All you Need to Know is in this Article
In most parts of the country keeping chickens in the summer heat is merely keeping them comfortable. But not here, in Phoenix, Arizona it’s a matter of keeping them alive in temperatures that can easily exceed 115 degrees… for months.
Keeping chickens in extreme heat is serious business and I’ve got all the information you need HERE to keep your flock healthy during this difficult time.
Do I know what I’m talking about? You bet, my flock has experienced temperatures in the 120’s. Any fatalities? Zero in the last eight years. In my novice years as a chicken keeper I lost birds when the temps were only in the 90’s… now I share what I’ve learned to help others avoid this tragedy.
We’ve had a pleasant spring, but it looks like our normal May temperatures have arrived. By Sunday it’s expected to reach 107, and then the real heat comes by the middle of June!
My ladies are ready, there’s plenty of shade in their new housing, and they’ll have the option to free run all day. I’ve let a creosote bush grow big and bushy all year just so they’ll have shade. A hose on a slow drip beneath it will also give them a place to cool off… and a place to keep them busy looking for worms.
These girls have there own covered play area to hang out in, but of course they insist on being in my space. This is the feed room, and where I raise young pullets. It’s supposed to be the clean area… oh well, guess not anymore.