water mister

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fdehaven, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. fdehaven

    fdehaven Out Of The Brooder

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    I just bought a water mister for my girls and was wondering were I should put it. Under the coop in the shaded area or out in the run.
    Any suggestions would be appreciated.
     
  2. Frost Homestead

    Frost Homestead eggmonger

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    I put it in the shady spot, wherever they tend to hang out during the day. I would put it out in the run.
     
  3. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Misters are useless in areas of high humidity, say over 50%. In the desert southwest of the U.S. they can be of benefit. Evaporation of water off of chicken feathers has NO cooling effect on the chicken whatsoever. Their heat is held in UNDERNEATH their feathers, which is why you see all birds (not just chickens) holding out their wings in hot weather; this releases heat from underneath the feathers. The chicks are attracted to the mist in the air though as they are curious about everything. Water in the air! Neat! Another negative is that the mist can get the run/coop floor wet and keep it that way, which is a terrific way to grow bacteria.

    Fans will help much, much more than misters.
     
  4. dbounds10

    dbounds10 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have misters in my run which has a sand floor. I respectfully disagree with the above post. Even if the girls are not getting the water down to the skin, it keeps the sand moist and cool, they dig holes in the sand and bathe in the cool sand. We have had the misters for over a month and they really seem to like it. We run them from around noon till the sun goes down. It has been over 100 degrees every day here for 25 straight days and when I turn the misters and the fans on, they stop panting. I say do whatever you can to help keep your girls cool.
     

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