Tips for keeping nest boxes cool

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by SusanD, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. SusanD

    SusanD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Any tips on keeping nest boxes cool? I have a RIR hen today, that was panting like crazy while waiting to lay (she's a small bird, and it seems like she usually takes longer than the others). I poured some coolish water on her back, which she seem to like at first, but then she got up and scolded me. I don't think I want to try that again, because it seems to stress her a little.


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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    Sometimes the act of laying is painful, especially on young layers, she's not hot, she's stressed.
     
  3. SusanD

    SusanD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Good point. I suspect it may have been a touch of both. She does seem to take longer laying, and her eggs tend to come out elongated. Also, our temperature is supposed to be up in the 90s today.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Let It Snow Premium Member

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    She's getting double wammied, you could try a fan blowing the nest direction, not sure if they would find it a disruption. I'd rather deal with our cold winters, than deal with hot summers, which can be deadly.
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    I've taken to cracking open the egg collection door a tad about an inch, have a secondary screw to catch the latch, not sure if it helps much.
     

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