Suggestions for dealing with southern heat?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chelliance, Jul 22, 2019.

  1. Chelliance

    Chelliance Chirping

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    I will start by saying my hens all free range on a fair bit of acreage. The outdoor flock currently consists of 11 EE about 13 weeks old. They have plenty of protein sources available and access to all kinds of shade, dust bath areas etc. We have water scattered around for them. But of course, its all warm with the oppresive heat and humidity.

    Any suggestions for how to give them cooling options? I read somewhere they might like a watermelon halved and frozen.

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  2. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

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    Watermelon even at room temp is a good treat. Cucumbers too, they both have high water content. My flock likes both. The best is to give them puddles of water to stand in and/or a mister in a shaded area. Chickens cool off by standing in cool water or mud and will bathe in the cool, damp dirt as well.
     
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    Chelliance Chirping

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    Yeah. I walked out yesterday and found the hens burrowing into pinestraw and using their wings to bury themselves like kids at the beach.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Misters don't do much in humid climes.
    Deep all day shade is best but....
    I give a dose of Sav-a-Chick electrolytes/vitamins about once a week during heat waves. It really seems to help....started this after they saved a heat stroked hen once.
    Can mix up a smaller amount, just wrap the packet tight and store in a dry cool place. Always have plain water available too.
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    BIG(9x14x2") chunks of ice last all day for wading, sitting, and sipping.
    Much more useful to the chickens than frozen foods and treats.
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    Make space in your freezer!
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    Oh, and Welcome to BYC! @Chelliance
    Here's some more threads about hot weather:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/search/68110596/?q=hot+weather&t=post&o=date&c[title_only]=1
     
  5. igorsMistress

    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

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    That hasn't been my experience. It's monsoon season with plenty of humidity and storms here. The chickens still enjoy the mister every day. Still enjoy their mud puddles every evening.
     
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    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Like how humid? 40-50-70%???
    I'd think anything over 40-50% would make a mister moot....but maybe not<shrugs>
     
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    igorsMistress Crossing the Road Barefoot

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    Humid enough it was sprinkling, big drops, and they were still standing in the mist
     

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