Frugal farmer that I am, I prefer to use failsafe passive methods to protect the flock. The first protection I added was a shade cloth to cover overly-sunny locations.
|Shade cloth on the gate|
|Shade cloth over tractor|
|Elegant awning for only $10|
|De, Robin, and water, water, water|
|Oreo demonstrates hands-free drinking technique|
The chickens need water at all times, even at night. I sometimes have to replace fouled water three times in a day. I guess poo-water is the chicken version of lemonade. Oh yeah!
The flock also appreciates getting hosed down with cool refreshing water. Well actually, that is not true. They hate it with a fiery passion. Mr. Big hates it less than the others, but Buffy fairly smokes with rage when I reach for the hose.
|Mr. Big fixin' to chill out|
Other people have made suggestions which I have not yet tried:
- Install a mister system
- Plant shade vines
- Freeze bottles of water and set them in the run or in the water dish
- Provide frozen fruit or frozen vegetable treats
- Install a coop fan
What methods do you use to beat the heat?
Update: Tried freezing bottles of water. The adult chickens were not interested. The chicks initially ran in terror, then stepped closer for a look, and then finally lounged on and around it. Ah, the wisdom of youth!