Summers with chickens

Chicken0Boy

Songster
9 Years
Feb 27, 2010
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Upstate of South Carolina
I live in South Carolina..........what should I do about the heat down here....... any suggestions on what kind of breeds would do good down here?
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ranchhand

Rest in Peace 1956-2011
11 Years
Aug 25, 2008
13,295
78
291
SC
Hello from Hollywood, SC!

I have all kinds of chickens here and most are okay with the heat and humidity. The humidity is the worst!

When it gets really bad, I set up a box fan to blow through all 3 pens. When it gets even worse than really bad, I set up the fan to blow across a tub of ice, so the cooled air goes to them.

No corn or scratch feed in the summer, it just makes them hotter. I also like to keep lots of fresh water all over, for drinking and for wading. Much more than the usual waterers.

I also cover the tops of the runs with shadecloth, to give some relief. They get to free range in the afternoon and evening, and they always find cooler spots to dust bathe.
 
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cmom

Hilltop Farm
13 Years
Nov 18, 2007
26,468
18,946
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Florida
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I live in Florida and we do have hot summers. I have had my coops under shade with shade in the birds runs. On really hot days I put a wading pool out and the birds actually walk around in the water. I have put misters out too for them. I moved my coops to a new location where there is limited shade so I will be building them shaded areas. My coops are all well ventilated. The coops are also raised up off of the ground.

Here are pictures of the inside of one of the coops just after it was built. - These are the vents on one of the other coops
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Dixiedoodle

Songster
12 Years
Apr 14, 2007
2,147
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Last summer was my first with chickens. I placed a box fan on the outside of the wired window pulling the air thru the coop--thru the open door and other window. I placed shade cloth over the top of the run and placed large plastic tub tops (2-3 inches deep) full of waterin the deepest parts of shade --I would find them walking, sitting or standing in it. Mid day of those 100*+ days, I would spray the run with water--not to soak it just to cool everything down.. I have all heavy breeds--BO, RIR, BR, EE and Ameraucanas. They did not seem to suffer too much/.
 

A.T. Hagan

Don't Panic
12 Years
Aug 13, 2007
5,379
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North/Central Florida
I'm in Florida as well. So long as they have plentiful fresh water and shade I haven't found any breed that can't take the heat and humidity. If I had to go for absolute best I'd go with White Leghorns because they'll lay when nothing else will. For brown egg breeds Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks or Sex Links have all worked well for me. Even my Black Jersey Giants learn to tolerate the climate and perform.

.....Alan.
 

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