BEAT THE HEAT, Helping Chickens Survive High Temperatures

| 6/4/2012 3:58:13 PM

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Beat the Heat Chickens Mister

High heat is dangerous for chickens and measures must be taken by their caretakers to ensure their well-being, particularly when
temperatures increase suddenly. Heat stroke, heat-induced stress and death can result when a chicken is overheated.

Beat the Heat Chickens coop

I hose down areas around the coop in the heat of the day while replenishing waterers.
Beat the Heat Chickens thermometer in coop

The normal body temperature of a chicken ranges between 104°-107° F; it regulates its body temperature by the amount it eats and by panting. In cold weather, a chicken will eat more to convert the energy in feed to body heat. In hot weather, a chicken will eat less to avoid increasing it body temperature. Since a chicken has no sweat glands to cool its skin, it depends on evaporation from panting for cooling. A panting chicken is cause for concern and immediate remedial action.
Beat the Heat Chickens in nest box

Since a chicken will eat less feed in the heat, a change in feed from layer feed, containing 16% protein, to grower feed, containing 18-20% protein, will help them get the protein they need. While layer feed contains the added calcium laying hens need, grower feeds do not, therefore oyster shell should be provided free-choice (as always). Oyster shell should never be added directly to feed. Each chicken has different calcium requirements and too much calcium can cause organ damage. Without adequate calcium, weak egg shells and brittle feathers can result. A chicken will eat the calcium it needs when it is made available to them free choice.

6/13/2016 9:44:03 AM

Thanks for the ideas on keeping the girls cooler as they are suffering in this early heat. My girls love water/rain/puddles and if I didn't know better I would swear they are part duck.

Kathy Mormino
6/15/2012 12:15:29 PM

Great point Patty.

Kathy Mormino
6/15/2012 12:15:12 PM

Can't lose with frozen fruit, mine love it too!

Kathy Mormino
6/15/2012 12:14:32 PM

Lucky them, Fred!

Kathy Mormino
6/15/2012 12:14:20 PM

Thank you Dennis! Love the screen door idea!

Kathy Mormino
6/15/2012 12:13:47 PM

Kathy Mormino
6/15/2012 12:13:38 PM

Great thinking, Stacia. It's easy to overlook coop location as the first line of defense against the heat.

Kathy Mormino
6/15/2012 12:12:48 PM

Thank you Susan!

Kathy Mormino
6/15/2012 12:12:39 PM

Thanks Jessica. Chickens far prefer the cold to heat, so you must have some pretty happy campers in Seattle. ☺

Kathy Mormino
6/15/2012 12:11:50 PM

You're welcome and thank you!

Kathy Mormino
6/15/2012 12:11:36 PM

Great to know, Ethel! I hope they're making your chickens more comfortable.

Kathy Mormino
6/15/2012 1:24:05 AM

Elissa: congratulations! You have won the vintage egg cartons from!

Patty Kasiewicz
6/14/2012 10:21:30 PM

Thanks for the info, also its a good way to remind us that these animals cant do as if in the wild. we must care for them.

Debbie Ault
6/14/2012 9:15:31 PM

Love the ideas-thanks! Not too hot right now in southern OH, but I did give them some frozen mandarin oranges today-they loved 'em! (not as much as I'd love to win the egg cartons them at my local farmer's market on Weds-very nice!)

Fred Mertz
6/14/2012 6:59:53 PM

Great tips as always, we've been making chicken popsicles out of freezing spent brewery grain. Lengthens the self life of the wet grain and gives them a cool treat.

6/14/2012 5:51:41 PM

Great info. Will try wading pool of some sort, its hot down here in southeast La! Built coop for ventilation.hinged Back door( access for cleaning)can be replaced with hardware cloth for out hot summers. Love the great pics too! Thanks for the ideas

Stacia Horvath
6/14/2012 5:40:53 PM

We built our coops in the shady part of the property for this reason alone. Pennsylvania can certainly get unbearable in the dead of summer. TRIDENFARMS@GMAIL.COM

Stacia Horvath
6/14/2012 5:38:57 PM

We built our coops in the shady part of the property for this reason alone. Pennsylvania can certainly get unbearable in the dead of summer. TRIDENFARMS@GMAIL.COM

Susan Sorce
6/14/2012 5:05:38 PM

Great ideas! Really like the frozen fruit and veggies idea!

Jessica Stegman
6/14/2012 5:04:43 PM

I love your blog, thanks for this post! I almost think it's more important for us cold weather folks to know this stuff for those few and far between heat waves; it's easy to forget that our birds aren't cut out for the heat here in Seattle ;) I'm glad for all your suggestions! I really hope to win those egg cartons too!

Jody Pautsch-Wygans
6/14/2012 4:59:57 PM

Great tips, thanks!

Ethel Hogue Ealson
6/14/2012 3:20:58 PM

I'm doing most of these now!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:55:34 PM

Thank you Aimee! :)

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:55:25 PM

Congratulations on your new pets, Kara!!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:55:07 PM

Thanks Mary!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:54:59 PM

My chickens won't go near it, Dorothy, but it cools down the area, which puts them in a better position than without it. In high heat, it's more about what keeps them safe than what keeps them happy.

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:53:41 PM

Thanks, Ryanne! Sure, I'll swing by for a consultation; any chance you live near a beach? LOL :)

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:52:18 PM

My pleasure Kelly!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:47:23 PM

Lisa, I'm not complaining about these mild temperatures. Spring this year felt a lot like summer, so I'm good on heat for a little while anyway. :)

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:46:44 PM

Rachel, it's a great use of a high-water content vegetable that tends to be plentiful in the summertime!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:46:07 PM

Thank you Brenda. ☺

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:45:53 PM

106 is your low temp? Yikes. Whatever works at those temperatures, Deb. Keep 'em cool!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:44:37 PM

Thank you Diane. I hope the mister works well for your flock!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:44:16 PM

You're welcome Loretta. Let me know how it works out. :)

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:43:57 PM

My pleasure Loretta!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:43:42 PM

Thank you Barb, I'm really glad to have you with us on my Facebook page! The grass. Hmmm. Well, I suppose it has to do with the fact that they have a lot of space to spread out and dig up.There's the woods behind the coops, where it's nice and shady and they love to hang out there during the lazy part of the day.

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:41:29 PM

Melody, it doesn't take long for them to become full-fledged family members, does it? :)

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:40:25 PM

I'm so happy to hear it, Charlotte!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:39:59 PM

My pleasure, Lindsey!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 1:39:21 PM

Cindy, I have seen them this year at both The Home Depot and Lowe's- they go by different names but are usually in the garden department.

Aimee Formo
6/14/2012 1:12:16 PM

These ideas are great!

Kara Thompson
6/14/2012 5:27:39 AM

Thanks for the tips! We just got chickens for the first time, I hadn't even thought to give them frozen treats!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 2:43:21 AM

Not too shabby for a little relief in the heat, Diane!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 2:32:39 AM

My pleasure Katie, thank you!

Kathy Mormino
6/14/2012 2:32:27 AM

Thanks Dawn! That's fabulous that they take care of the chickens!

Mary Bittle
6/14/2012 2:31:36 AM

Excellent ideas to help beat the heat - mine enjoy the frozen berries and melons :-)

Dorothy Tatum
6/14/2012 2:22:24 AM

I have a mister like this one. My chickens hate it, lol!

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6/14/2012 1:38:31 AM

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Ryanne Lipinski
6/14/2012 12:44:53 AM

I love all of this! Such good ideas. And such cute decorating ideas! Care to stop by our place and give us some pointers? ;) Definitely putting this in my favorites!

Kelly Gillman
6/13/2012 11:25:10 PM

Thanks for all the great tips!

Lisa Bender
6/13/2012 11:15:54 PM

Love the tips. Do you think it'll ever get warm enough here in CT to need them?!!!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 11:05:44 PM

How are they with pineapple, Larkin? LOL Just kidding! ☺

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 11:05:18 PM

Thanks so much, Debbie and congratulations on being a new chicken-keeper Debbie! Isn't it great?

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 11:03:27 PM

You're welcom Jeanine and thank you.

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 11:03:13 PM

Great information, Marti, thanks for sharing!

Rachel Shannon Foshe
6/13/2012 11:03:04 PM

I never thought about frozen squash! We have way to many from the garden this year. I love that idea!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 11:02:17 PM

You're welcome, Bernadette!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 11:01:59 PM

Susan, I'm always fascinated by chickens who like the water. Mine want nothing to do with it. Keep up the good work with your flock, sounds like you've got a great system in place!

brenda duncan
6/13/2012 11:01:17 PM

Loved the article, great tip about the feed.

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 11:00:51 PM

Thank you Donna, happy to share. :)

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 11:00:21 PM

Sounds good to me too, Misty!

Deb Hanson Deiman
6/13/2012 10:59:34 PM

I do frozen grapes, strawberries, anything really, I toss in the freezer...we are low at 106 right now, but so far all the kids have been happy, and I toss ice in their water a few times a day....

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 10:58:59 PM

My pleasure Molly. Thanks for being one of my long-time peeps! :)

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 10:57:25 PM

Thanks so much, Felicia! It's my pleasure.

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 10:57:05 PM

Gotcha Holly!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 10:56:50 PM

I'm so happy to know that, Phyllis. Thank you. ☺

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 10:56:32 PM

Sounds good to me, Vicki!

6/13/2012 10:56:13 PM

I got mine @ Home Depot $10.00

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 10:55:57 PM

My pleasure, Heather. I hope they help!

Diane Genco
6/13/2012 10:54:06 PM

Some great tips from The Chicken Chick. I just got mister too.

Rebecca Garrett
6/13/2012 10:50:50 PM

I just ordered this mister for my girls! Thanks for all the ideas!!

Loretta Forman
6/13/2012 10:50:25 PM

thank you for this info!! i didnt know about switching the feed! my chickens live under nice big pines its cooler where ther are but i will freeze water bottles and throw one in the auto water dish!!

Barb Hladick
6/13/2012 10:33:21 PM

Such good info! So glad I founf you on FB, but I have to ask, how do you keep your grass so nice with those hens?

Melody Urich Mays
6/13/2012 7:42:13 PM

Don't remember the name of it but we just purchased it at Ace Hardware it was about 10.00.

Melody Urich Mays
6/13/2012 7:40:49 PM

We just bought the mister that you have, I am on my way home right now to check on my two chickens, Thelma and Louise who are almost 2 months old! I already love them!

Charlotte Thomas
6/13/2012 7:20:12 PM

Thanks for all the tips! Ive started using them to beat this Texas heat and my chickens look a lot more comfortable during the hottest hours.

6/13/2012 7:12:18 PM

So far we've been lucky this summer, GA has had a very mild summer...I'm sure it won't last long though! Thanks for the tips!

Cindy Martin
6/13/2012 6:57:46 PM

What kind of mister is that in the first picture? I love all the great ideas you shared! Thanks as always!!

Katie Perry Harper
6/13/2012 6:34:51 PM

Thanks for this!! Great ideas to help keep our chickens cool in the heat!!

Dawn Aggeler Bybee
6/13/2012 5:46:48 PM

Great article! Can't wait for my kids to read this, they are all about feeding the chickens cold watermelon and corn on the cob!! It is also their job to freeze chunks of the ice and add them when needed to the waterers!!! Thanks so much!!

Larkin Hathaway
6/13/2012 5:44:55 PM

Thank you for the tip on the feed. My chickens LOVE watermelon.

Debbie Ellerd
6/13/2012 5:37:39 PM

Having chickens for the first time in my life, your blog is great and informative and I so enjoy your pictures and information on raising chickens.....thank you for that!!!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 5:31:54 PM

Thanks Kim. I hope it helps!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 5:30:50 PM

Thanks Ilean! Let me know what works best for you in Texas.

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 5:30:14 PM

So exciting that they're onto the big girl coop soon, Fantacy! The first night they're out there is the most unnerving but you'll get used to it quickly. I'm sure you'll be happy for the dust source to be gone though. :)

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 5:28:17 PM

That's a good thing, Shelly. You really don't want to have to employ any of these tricks but they're good to have tucked in the back of your head when necessary.

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 5:27:15 PM

You bet, Jodi. Thanks for stopping by!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 5:26:27 PM

My pleasure Wendy. Hope they help!

Jeanine Apuron
6/13/2012 5:21:13 PM

Wonderful Information, I read it over and over. Thank you!

Marti Godwin
6/13/2012 4:23:22 PM

To calculate heat stress in livestock you add the temp and humidity together and when it's over 90 you're supposed to start monitoring the situation and be prepared to take some action. I imagine the same goes for chickens, and here in Texas where I live the temperature is easily 100 degrees with 70%+ humidity, well over the 90-95 benchmark. I built their coops & runs in the shade and run two large shop fans across their area. Sort of noisy but they seem comfortable enough!

Bernadette Kuhail
6/13/2012 4:22:07 PM

I use the water bottles/fan on my girls, and they particularly love frozen watermelon! Thanks for the great tips!

Susan Wheeler
6/13/2012 3:14:10 PM

Living in Tx is a challenge for the heat. I keep a gal of water in the fridge to give in the afternoon with a frozen water bottle in it. I place frozen gal jugs in front of a fan and around the coop for them. They like to play in the hose and we will turn the hose on for them and they will walk in it and drink for a bit. We also have a mister as well when needed. It keeps me busy.

Donna Nagirny
6/13/2012 3:13:15 PM

Love these wonderful tips--easy to underestimate the value of fresh water, and an area of shade and comfort during these summer months. Thanks for posting such valuable information and such great photos.

Misty Bennett
6/13/2012 2:45:27 PM

We provide the chickens with shade, fresh water, fresh veggis and fresh fruits. They enjoy cucumbers, cantaloupe, watermelon and blueberries. : )

6/13/2012 2:43:28 PM

Thank you so much for these wonderful tips Kathy! Love your blog and your advice!!

Felicia Johnson
6/13/2012 2:36:21 PM

I love your blog. Thank you again for all the great information.

6/13/2012 2:16:21 PM

My girls love watermelon & yogurt to beat the summer heat! Hey put me down for those cute vintage egg cartons ; )

Phyllis Munn
6/13/2012 2:10:49 PM

Thanks for the information about what I should be feeding my chickens in the summer months. Your posts and blogs are very helpful to me and my chickens !

Vicki Shows
6/13/2012 2:02:24 PM

I attached a sprinkler to a post and just turn it on!

Kim Ivie
6/13/2012 1:58:53 PM

I love reading these articles. Good information and photos... what could be better ?

Heather Thalwitzer
6/13/2012 1:58:40 PM

Thanks. These are some great ideas!

Ilean Roberts-Hardy
6/13/2012 12:00:29 PM

Been saving up containers to freeze up blocks of ice to put in their waters. Have fan and misters at the ready for those hot Texas days. As always, you have the best advice for taking good care of our girls n Roos too!!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 11:36:39 AM

You're welcome, Marianne. My pleasure!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 11:36:21 AM

Rachel: sounds like this might be a good blog post to share with your husband. ;)

6/13/2012 7:17:01 AM

Great advice! My "babies" will be headed to their new coop here in a couple of weeks (if I can stand the thought of them being outside) and even now, we take them outside quite often and it is starting to heat up! Great information! Thanks!

6/13/2012 4:02:14 AM

Not really warm enough to need this today, but all your ideas are great. I will definitely use these tips for my girlz when it gets hot! Thanks so much for all the GREAT information!!

Jodi LaPlante Khouri
6/13/2012 2:44:59 AM

Lots of great information, thank you.

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:58:19 AM

LOL Melissa. Sounds like you've got smart bantys. :)

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:57:48 AM

Good to know, Spencer. Thank you!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:57:27 AM

Jennifer: watermelon really is the best as its high water content keeps them hydrated as well as cooling them off.

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:56:44 AM

Thanks Sarah. ☺

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:56:36 AM

Let me know how it works out, Mo-Mo! See you on FB!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:56:18 AM

Melissa, I tried to talk my husband into a chest freezer so I had more room for bottle freezing in the summer, but he wasn't persuaded. :/

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:55:35 AM

Thanks Dawn. :)

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:55:27 AM

Thanks Marty. ;)

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:55:14 AM

Yikes, Britny. 107° is unreasonable. I'd probably bring them into the house at those temps! LOL Keep up the good work.

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:54:31 AM

Sounds great, Jared! Thanks for dropping in to read about keeping your flock comfortable in the summer heat!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:53:59 AM

Thank you Diane, the nest box curtains are not only fun but functional too! You can read more about how they help on my blog post here:

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:52:32 AM

Thank you, Jennifer. My pleasure. ☺

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:52:06 AM

Thank you Sheilah!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:51:55 AM

LOL Kristin! I can tell you're a chicken addict by virtue of the fact that you subconsciously used the word "nestest!" The good news for you is that chickens do not face the same problems with cold as they do with heat. As long as you buy cold-hardy breeds and have good ventilation without drafts in your coop, your pets will do just fine in the cold.

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:49:58 AM

Thanks Ashley!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:49:28 AM

Thank you Donna. My pleasure. ;)

Wendy Montreuil
6/13/2012 1:44:42 AM

Lots of great tips here! Thanks so much.

Sandy Abell
6/13/2012 1:43:36 AM

Oh, I forgot to say that I added fresh picked lemon balm with the mint and strawberries! I put 2 out and they cleaned the trays clean! I think I will add some vegetable scraps in the next one and maybe use a larger container so it last longer. Thanks for the ideas!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 1:39:05 AM

My pleasure, Christy. Thank you.

Marianne Tressler DiNardo
6/13/2012 1:03:17 AM

Thanks for the great tips!

Rachel Salinardi
6/13/2012 1:02:32 AM

I am gone in the summer and have to rely on hubby and neighbors to take care of the chickens. Hopefully they don't get overheated. Their run is in the shade, thankfully!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 12:56:38 AM

Ambiance is everything, Kimberley. I'm sure it didn't hurt. ;)

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 12:54:15 AM

Thanks Janet!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 12:54:04 AM

LOL Janelle. Important tip there!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 12:53:42 AM

My pleasure, Elisha. Happy to know it helped!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 12:53:01 AM

You're welcome, Tracy. Let me know how it works out!

Kimberley Carville
6/13/2012 12:48:06 AM

I moved the "diner" into the shade under a tree...They seem to like it, but I don't know if it makes the food taste better.

Christy Novaria Jones
6/13/2012 12:44:13 AM

great tips to keep the hens cool, I will try these, thanks for the great article.

Donna Bernhard-Rogers
6/13/2012 12:41:51 AM

Enjoy reading all the great info you have in your blog..Thanks for sharing all of it - Donna Rogers

Ashley Yeackle
6/13/2012 12:37:14 AM

Such great info & love the pictures and ideas =] It is already so hot here and I have noticed the girls getting very hot so I've been making puddles for them to splash around in and misting water in the air to cool in the waters and frozen fruit treats are great ideas i know they will love!

Kathy Mormino
6/13/2012 12:36:32 AM

I'd eat that on a hot day too, Sandy! Let me know how they like them!

Kristin Buchanan
6/13/2012 12:32:23 AM

You always have the nestest photos, and some good advice! Don't have to worry about heat issues here in Alaska, but hope to see a nice chickens and cold blog from you soon!

Sheilah Locklear
6/13/2012 12:29:17 AM

Love all the great ideas..Will definately put them to use..

Jennifer Harvin
6/13/2012 12:16:25 AM

Your blog is always a fountain of information and I thank you for sharing. Its only 65 today so the girld are pretty cool but if it ever does heat up these tips will help for sure

Diane Bracher
6/13/2012 12:10:12 AM

I love the little curtains on the nest boxes. I used to keep a fan going for my girls and plenty of fresh water.

Jared Fluhrer
6/12/2012 11:53:18 PM

Will definitely use some of these remedies to keep my girls cool during the warm summe months!

6/12/2012 11:23:46 PM

Thanks for the great always! It's 107 here today and our misters have been on since early morning. Luckily my girls seem to be handling the heat better than I am! :)

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 9:36:32 PM

Will yours wade in a kiddie pool, Spencer? Mine won't!

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 9:36:12 PM

Great idea, Esther. Heat and humidity are a major concern here in New England too, which is why I thought it so important to share all I've learned about helping my chickens in the summer.

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 9:35:09 PM

Good for them! What's not to love, right?

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 9:34:54 PM

You tell your chickens that I said 'you're welcome!" ☺

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 9:34:32 PM

Thanks Jennifer! I hope they make your chickens more comfortable this summer!

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 9:10:04 PM

My pleasure, Sara. I hope they help!

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 9:09:48 PM

The way I see it, Laura, if it's good enough for me, it's good enough for my chickens!

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 9:09:27 PM

I love that you have a 'scratch yard' Maria. I'd love to see it!

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 9:08:54 PM

I hear ya, Bonnie. Breed selection is an important consideration, particularly in hot climates like yours.

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 9:08:03 PM

You're so nice, Elissa. Thank you.

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 9:07:44 PM

Thank you LaMyra! Great evaporative cooling idea!

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 9:07:04 PM

Absolutely, Alex, shade is critical.

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 9:06:41 PM

Eric, that's a really great point, although less a solution to the problem of high heat than a way to avoid an even bigger problem for chickens not equipped to handle the local climate. When adding birds to one's flock, it's important to remember temperature extremes and how each breed will fare in them.

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 9:00:45 PM

My pleasure, Heather! Patty (below) just told us that she speaks to the vendors at her local farmers market and takes their past-prime watermelon off their hands!

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 8:58:54 PM

Thank you Katie! Great idea.

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 8:58:18 PM

Thanks Nikki! Did you find that they hunkered down next to the bottles in the coop?

6/12/2012 8:57:55 PM

Will definitely need to set up misters out here. Good thoughts.

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 8:57:12 PM

Smart, Patty!!

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 8:56:57 PM

Pam, you're 100% correct that chickens dislike change. I would turn it on and leave it on, they'll get used to it and even if they don't dance around underneath it, it is still helping to make cool puddles that they can walk through, which will help them cool off.

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 8:55:16 PM

My chickens won't use a kiddie pool, Dawn, but some will (they're the super smart ones!).

Dawn Emery
6/12/2012 7:15:17 PM

Great info :)

Melissa Hovinga
6/12/2012 7:07:24 PM

Great advice! I'm freezing water bottles now. Thanks!

Mo-Mo Draper
6/12/2012 6:39:38 PM

i LOVE the water bottle idea! I am going to do that now!

Sarah Cromwell
6/12/2012 6:39:17 PM

Great info

Jennifer Merle-Hamscher
6/12/2012 5:40:36 PM

I give my flock some of the fruit listed, but did not think about freezing it... Great idea, Thanks!!

6/12/2012 5:26:09 PM

Thanks SO much. Can't wait to try the frozen fruit.. We built a bigger run.. shade from the coop itself afternoons & evenings. Plus tree shade on the south & a nice breeze on the hill. We have one hanging water can & one big one on the ground.. plus many smaller ones around the run. SO glad you said that about panting. I didn't realize. I freeze a few water bottles for their water containers.. LEAVE the lid off & pointed down.. it will not just take up space but also add water as it melts :-) Field corn generates heat in their bodies.. so only give it in winter.

Spencer Noble
6/12/2012 5:23:25 PM

I have tried a lot of these methods and many of them work very well. Keeping your hens cool is something that has to be done in the summer. I would love tow in some vintage cartons by commenting on this! thankyou (:

Melissa Crusinberry
6/12/2012 4:39:58 PM

I run box fans in the hen house, put frozen 2-liters of water in with the Bantams, and hose down the shaded area behind the hen house for the free range birds. I love when my little Dutch Bantams stand on the frozen bottles. They have a look that says "AAAHHHHH!!" LOL!

Janet Christian
6/12/2012 4:29:08 PM

very good info

Janelle Testa Bulan
6/12/2012 4:14:08 PM

I use the frozen water bottles and some frozen corn.. .and i learned dont put a fan in your coop at night unless the girls have had a chance to check it out all day.. lol.. they wont come in at night lol..

6/12/2012 4:12:58 PM

I never knew that panting chickens means immediate action required..... so good to know this. I just thought they panted like dogs! I am certainly going to try some of the suggestions for cooling them down. I am so grateful that I stumbled across your blog! Thank you!!!!

6/12/2012 4:12:36 PM

Thanks for all the tips. I will be trying a few today, since the temps are supposed to hit the 90's today.

Sandy Abell
6/12/2012 3:29:55 PM

I used some small silicone loaf pans and blended up some left over strawberries and a hand full of freshly picked mint with water and froze. It's going to be hot out today, so they are going to get to try these little beauties out!

Spencer Knight
6/12/2012 3:27:34 PM

Think you for all the good ideas.My chickens and chicks love the water

Esther Widgren
6/12/2012 3:17:30 PM

I worry about the heat in combination with the humidity here in NC! I keep chopped veggie scraps in the fridge to give the girls as a treat and to cool them down :-)

Robin Mcdowell
6/12/2012 2:58:15 PM

I gave my girls a frozen cantalope yesterday. First time I ever froze one and they all loved it.

6/12/2012 2:55:33 PM

I always need the reminders of different things to try .. my chickens thank you.

Jennifer McCormick Willett
6/12/2012 2:54:11 PM

Great ideas for keeping them cool. I will have to implement a few more of these!

Sara Tryzelaar
6/12/2012 2:45:55 PM

Thanks for all of the great info, I've been worried about them getting overheated so I appreciate all of the good tips! :)

Laura Lynn
6/12/2012 2:41:20 PM

Glad to see I'm not the only one using an oscillating fan for my animals ^^

Maria O'Brien
6/12/2012 2:40:16 PM

We ensure they have plenty of water and the shade tree keeps things cooler for them -- occasionally we run the sprinkler to cool down their scratch yard, too! Love the look of those vintage egg cartons!

Bonnie DiCrocco
6/12/2012 2:35:59 PM

Here in Fl, high temps can be a problem!

Elissa Shriver
6/12/2012 2:20:36 PM

I enjoyed the tip on freezing water bottles. That seems like a practical easy idea that will work for this summer heat. Thank you as always for your wonderful blog.

LaMyra Morton
6/12/2012 2:17:26 PM

Love the tips. We've attached a pipe with holes in it to the roof of the chicken house when it was extremely hot, then attached a garden hose to the pipe and let the water run to keep heat from building up inside.

Alex Summersell
6/12/2012 2:15:52 PM

Lots and lots of shade. I like the idea of putting a feeder in the middle of pool of water.

6/12/2012 2:05:07 PM

Interesting article. Here in Sunny south Carolina, our chicken coops are well away from any source of electricity. We've found that an abundance of shade and moving air will go a long way in keeping the chickens comfortable. A sometimes overlooked solution is matching the breed to the environment.

6/12/2012 1:57:45 PM

You always have great insight Kathy! I flood the girls run and alternate their free range time, so they can go and cool off.

heather wilcox
6/12/2012 1:57:08 PM

Thank you for these great tips. They were helpful and encouraging. Now it is time to go out and provide a larger area for dust bathing for my 9 girls. I love the tips on the watermelon, frozen fruits and water bottles. Thank you so much. :)

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 1:56:49 PM

My pleasure Shana! Thank you!

6/12/2012 1:50:52 PM

Such great tips! When we had our recent heat wave we did the frozen bottles in their water as well as large frozen bottles in their coop.

Patty Richey Byrd
6/12/2012 1:50:28 PM

I sometimes talk vendors at our local farmers market out of over ripe watermelons for my girls.

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 1:46:29 PM

Welcome to chicken-keeping Mary! Please feel free to visit and subscribe to my blog, which has lots of chicken-keeping tips and tricks for for your new peeps:

6/12/2012 1:46:17 PM

Great article. I tried a mister but it seemed like my chickens didn't like it. However, they don't like any changes, so I'll keep trying. Maybe turning it on for awhile & then turn it off?

Dawn Fontaine
6/12/2012 1:45:57 PM

Thanks for all of the great tips on how to keep my chickens cool in the hot weather. I never knew chickens would use a kiddie pool.

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 1:45:09 PM

Shade is key,Yssa. Glad to know you've got plenty!

Kathy Mormino
6/12/2012 1:44:12 PM

Thanks Kelly. I hope it helps keep your girls safe and comfortable this summer!

Mary South
6/12/2012 1:42:43 PM

I am brand spanking new to raising Chickens and your tips and photos are so helpful for me :) Thanks for all you do!

Yssa Mahoney
6/12/2012 1:36:46 PM

I have watermelon waiting to freeze for the girls! And I love the idea of adding frozen jugs to a shady spot for them! We have great tree coverage in the summer time so our chicken area stays not too hot except for those days where no one is safe from the heat! We have lots of spots that are under things like a porch and a shed. Under the shed stays cool ALL the time :) Thanks for the wicked awesome post and ideas!!!

Shana Putnam
6/12/2012 1:35:36 PM

These are a lot of great tips. Thank you so much for the info.

Kelly Nale
6/12/2012 1:35:14 PM

Love all the great way's to keep my girls nice and cool this summer .

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