Upcoming summer Heat

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by katies19, May 19, 2017.

  1. katies19

    katies19 Just Hatched

    Aug 31, 2016
    My babies seem to be getting a little hot already (all hiding in whatever shade they find) and I was thinking of getting a mini personal A/C device (the kind thats no bigger than a cellphone) or mini fan to put in the coop to give them a cool spot.
    Has anyone done this and have suggestions on what type of fan or device to use.

  2. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Overrun With Chickens

    I haven't put a fan in mine, but I did put in a small misting system that's on a timer to go off during the hotter part of the day.
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  3. SueT

    SueT Chicken Obsessed

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    I put shade cloth over the run, and on the SW side. I got 70% shade cloth on Ebay, and it's very durable...makes a big difference....
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  4. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Overrun With Chickens

    I also put shade cloth over mine, and my misters are at the far end of the run, so that the water won't get into the coop.
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Depending on how your coop is made...a fan works well. I place a "weather resistant" box fan in one of my windows - making sure it's sheltered from direct rain (makeshift cover over it). It also has a thermostat I can set, so it will auto shut off when temps drop below a certain point (In the NC we can have high 90s during the day and it drop to the 40s at night). It does help circulate the air keeping some of the flying critters at bay as well, which is a plus.

    I also have fan(s) that blow across the run (covered) this helps circulate air as well - my hens do tend to stay in the air flow areas on hot humid days.

    A few other things - keep water cool (freeze come blocks of water or water bottles to place in your water founts), give some frozen treats in the afternoon (watermelon, cucumber, etc).

    Just my thoughts.
  6. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

    Jan 30, 2015
    Africa - near the equator

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