Too Hot in the Barn!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by countrygirl53, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. countrygirl53

    countrygirl53 Hatching

    Aug 1, 2011
    We have 25 cornish rock chicks and the temperature without the heat lamp goes up to 102 in afternoon. We have an exhaust fan to pull out excessive heat. What else can we do to reduce heat without chilling the chicks too much? They are only 5 days old.[​IMG]
  2. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Songster

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    I fill a kiddie pool for the birds when its super hot out and place it in a shady area of the yard, they often lay around the outside of the pool to keep cool (I fill the pool with icey cold well water) A bucket would work too
  3. countrygirl53

    countrygirl53 Hatching

    Aug 1, 2011
    Thanks for the idea. Not sure 5 day old chicks would survive in the water. They are a 4-H project and will be raised inside the barn and will not be free range chickens. Appreciate the suggestions:[​IMG]
  4. DelcoChix

    DelcoChix Songster

    Nov 12, 2009
    Central Ohio
    I'm in the same boat as you are--my dd has her 15 Cornish X fair chicks, now six days old and we seem to be constantly checking the temps. I bought a floodlight bulb that is a lower wattage (rather than a heatlamp), so that's on every evening, then anywhere between mid-morning and noonish she'll unplug the lamp and check the temp. When it seems to be getting higher she'll plus the fan in that I'd set up. It circulates the air above them--no direct blowing on them. They are in a 4'x4' (3' high) dog whelping box ...the door is two pieces of plywood that slide in a channel...I remove the top section so the bottom 14" piece of wood is there, the air blows in above them--hoping that will do the job, preventing too much hot, stuffy air. (we built a cover for the box, 2x4 frame with hardware cloth, so it's open too) So far, so good. Also, fresh water at least twice a day. I agree, I'd be hesitant about the pool for them right now--I've heard of misting them with water, but that's once their feathers come in, not when they are still mostly fluff.
    I'd keep the air circulating but allow them an area where they can stay out of any drafts, if that makes sense, along with the fresh water, and be ready to adjust as needed. Good Luck!
    Will look forward to hear what others have done/are doing to try to keep theirs safe.
  5. MrsHappyHen

    MrsHappyHen Hatching

    May 2, 2011
    Quote:Quote:I don't think she was implying to put the chicks in the water. I think she was saying they lay around the outside of the pool and the condensation helps to cool them. [​IMG]
  6. henparty3

    henparty3 In the Brooder

    Aug 3, 2011
    Could try part-filling large plastic soda bottles with water, then partly freezing them. The fan blowing across the bottles should hopefully create a cooling effect for them

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