It can sometimes be hard to watch chickens battle the summer heat. You’ve probably seen them holding their wings away from their body, maybe even panting.
This is a good time to make an extra trip to the coop during the day to refresh their water and offer a cool treat. Fruit is always appreciated, maybe you have some tomato pieces and lettuce to offer, or grapes!
Watermelon is an excellent source of needed fluids, it’ll keep them plenty busy, and they love it!
Loosen up some dirt giving them a fresh place to scratch around in. Put a hose on a slow drip, it’ll provide a cooler place for your chickens, and it might even might attract a few bugs or worms!
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.
- Tip: Keep them hydrated, watermelon is a good source, and they love it!
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.
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