A Few Tips on Chicken Keeping in VERY Hot Weather

Phoenix, Arizona

Are you prepared for a summer day that might threaten your flock? Don’t wait until it’s too late, here’s a few tips to help you prepare.

The coming week looks like it will keep me busy trying to keep my hens comfortable alive.

Am I worried? Nope… we are prepared and ready to beat the heat.

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Tools of Preparation:

√ Fan
√ Mist System on low
√Watermelon
√ Ice Cubes to keep their water cold
√ Shallow pan with 1 inch of water for them to stand in
√ Shade Cloth, lots!

Remember, confined birds are more at risk than free roaming.  Keep a close eye on your flock, watch for panting, holding their wings out from their body, lethargic behavior, or acting as though they are disoriented.  Flood an area for them, let them scratch around in mud, playing in water is a life saver!

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How to Help Chickens in Extreme Heat

The temperatures are soaring, the concern for your chicken’s well-being  is legitimate, but there are things you can do to help them. How to Keep Chickens Cool, explains in detail the steps necessary to help your birds survive extreme temperatures.

What is extreme? 115+ in the shade, 130 in the full sun, and yes, your birds will survive, with a little effort on your part.  Read the article above, but before you do, waste no time…

• First Step: Dig a shallow hole about 3 feet across in a shady area and fill it with water. Best to keep the hose in it, let it drip to keep it wet. Your birds will immediately go and play in the water. If you can somehow safely get a fan near the area, it would be helpful. Consider using a fence to hang a box fan on if possible.

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Tip: Keep them hydrated, watermelon is a good source, and they love it!

Important:

Confined birds are far less likely to survive the extreme heat. Providing them with a large run, OUT OF THE SUN, is your best tool for success.

• Next Step: How to Keep Chickens Cool