water mister for chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by luvmyhens, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. luvmyhens

    luvmyhens Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 24, 2010
    La Mirada, California

    Is it O.K. for me to put a water mister outside for my hens. I am new at chicken raising and I was just wondering if getting them wet is Ok. It is about 107 degrees here in Southern California today, very unusual for us our summers are never this hot 80's or 90's never in the 100's. There is plenty of shade and I did hose it all down so it can be nice a cool.
    So anyway I put a mister outside and I did hose them off, they have their beeks open. My question is it is OK to get them wet I do not want to give them a cold or something else. How about baths does anyone bathe a chicken or is this just something you don't do to a chicken?

    Please forgive my ignorance I am a newbee.
  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    I do not have a mist system for my girls - others do and some chickens love it and some not so much.

    I do make sure the flock gets lots of water changes for cool water on hot days, I also will run the hose on low - chickens will gather in the stream and scratch around, sometimes I spread treats. They also like to lay in the cool moist ground.
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I got one of those curled, plastic, cobra looking misters from Home Depot. Just misting the air drops the temperature a good 10 degrees around it. Some of my chickens would wander through the mist, others wouldn't. But they'd spend more time around it because it did cool that part of the yard down some.

    And when it's incredibly hot, ANY cooling is good!

    It won't give 'em a cold.
  4. blackwpk

    blackwpk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2014
    It is 104 right now her in NW Oregon at 5:50pm. This is VERY unusual weather so have been working hard to keep my girls cool. I put ice in their waterers, one outside and one inside the coop. I have an oscillating fan going for when they are in the coop. I feel them cold, wet foods like grated carrots and washed & torn lettuce, they love that. They also like to dig around in the wet ground. I am hoping and praying we ALL make it thru this!
  5. blackwpk

    blackwpk Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2014
    I just saw one of those cobra misters online at Home Depot. I would LOVE to get one of those.

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