Tuesday, July 5, 2011

hot chickens!

Yep, the dog days of summer are here - HOT!

What do you do to help keep your flocks cool in this weather?

Mine free-range so have plenty of access to shade and cool dirt, the ones penned up all have the same in their giant runs. I put out bowls of fresh cold water and offer them treats of fresh fruit, but mostly that's all I can do.

I don't trust fans in the coops, too scared of a fire risk :-/

They pant, they hold their wings off their body and mutter but so far
knock on wood, everyone's still accounted for...

Miss Daisy, my latest white leghorn addition:


She's 6 months old and lays like a dream :-)

Lucky she's white, it's my big fat black hens that are suffering
through this summer - although they are all affected.

At least it's not freezing!

5 comments:

AutumnSkyRanch said...

I leave the hose on a slow constant run, it creates a puddle in the dirt, and the chickens love it. They stand there for hours, lay in the cool dirt around the puddle, and drink fresh water all day. I think wading in the little puddles cools off their feet and maybe their bodies at the same time?

the cake chick said...

Miss Daisy is a beauty! My birds are hot too but seem to be doing ok so far. It hasn't been too hot here.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I know it's really hot here in California. Sounds like they are doing pretty good. How sweet to give them water and fruit. I agree with you on the fan.

C said...

elle suis tres jolie!

The Chicken Keepers said...

Glad it's not so hot anymore.. around our parts! But, for a while there it was awful! What a beautiful hen, we no longer have any leghorns and want more soon!

The Chicken Keepers