Temperatures are rising, 101 degrees in the shade today. Egg production has has slightly dropped off, I expect this will continue until October.
The birds have a fan and a mud pond to help them stay cool, but insist on laying their
eggs in the coop which is crazy insane hot. They have nest boxes available to them in the shadewith privacy – but they would rather pant and near bake to death in the coop.
A 10.5 shade sail (Costco, $24.99) has been provided over the chicken yard, makes a huge difference! This allows me to keep water buckets in the shade as the sun moves throughout the day.
Been quite frustrated with a BROODY Orpington for 2 1/2 weeks. She is absolutely
relentless, tried everything I know to snap her out of it but nothing is working. She has
been moved to the chicken hospital where a coop is in the shade.
After 3 weeks, broody hen is back with the flock, other than a bit frazzled from the heat is ok.