What do your hens do to beat the heat?

Uppity Peon

Songster
10 Years
May 1, 2009
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Willamette Valley, OR
My neighbor's hens tend to retreat to the briar patch and lake lots of dust baths. Mine don't have that much freedom yet but their run is shaded by trees and they have a couple excavations going. I love to watch them squrm around and kick dirt on themselves!

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*GEL*

In the Brooder
10 Years
Apr 17, 2009
70
1
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Indiana
I let my hens out to free range about noon daily and luckily there is a LOT of shade and places they can retreat to in the yard that are MUCH cooler than the air temp. I put ice cubes in their waterer if it gets past 90 and they do seem to like to dust bathe a lot as well. I have heard of people freezing water in 2 liter bottles and puttin around so they can lay next to them and cool off.

Love the post on here about fans where the lady said one of her roos would stand in front of the fan and spread his wings like..'AHHHHH'. Love that mental image!
 

For-The-Love-Of-Chickens

Songster
10 Years
Apr 8, 2009
246
3
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Washington State
Our flock likes to take dust baths (I can't believe the size of some of the holes they can dig!!
), but during the hottest part of the day they are lounging in the coop taking naps.

Oh to live such a life!! I wish I could nap the afternoon away!!
 

Mrs.ChickChick

Songster
10 Years
May 23, 2009
184
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North central Illinois
My little girls (almost 7 weeks) have been outside in the coop for the last few days and are really enjoying their new run. It still has all the grass and plants in it. Today was hot & humid here, and when I walked by the run, I didn't see a single chicken! Scared me at first. Then I saw the daylily leaves moving. All 8 of them were under my gigantic daylily, just lounging in the shade.

They only came out when I brought them cold watermelon.
 

Hangin Wit My Peeps

AutumnBreezeChickens.com
11 Years
Apr 20, 2008
6,396
29
263
Birnamwood, Wisconsin
When it's really hot mine tend to hide UNDER the coop where the dirt is nice and cool. I also put frozen 2 liter bottles of water under there for them. They love to lay by them.
 

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