Happy Hens in Phoenix Miserable Heat

Keeping Chickens Comfortable, Here’s a Few Tips

It’s been a rough summer for our hens here in Phoenix. The temperatures have soared to 117 and averaged around 110 for more than 35 days since June. And… only one day of rain, in the last 4 months.

But my hens are doing great! Why, how? Well my girls are in a large 10×10 covered pen inside a covered shedrow barn. They have shade tarps on the south, east & west side for protection from the sun. I hang a simple box fan on their pen, and mist system that is far enough away to keep the pen dry, but cooler.

Here they are today, outside temperature is 110, 108 in the barn, no panting, or holding their wings away from their sides. They are smart enough to find just the right spot where they can catch a cool breeze from the mister, and as you can see, resting comfortably.  🙂

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Unfortunate Outcome on Hatch Day

During the incubation period mother nature decided to bring record breaking 117 degree temperatures in Phoenix for a few days. I’m blaming the weather for a failed hatch.  Mother hen is out with the flock again, and she seemed quite happy to get out of the brooder coop.  Next month I’ll try again.

Silkies 5-29-15

New Chicken Keeping Articles | June 20, 2015

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June 20, 2015
11 Reasons to Keep Backyard Chickens – Urban Farm.
A Chicken Coop Remodel | Backyard Poultry Magazine.
5 Ways to Make Coop-Cleaning Easier – Hobby Farms.
7 Tips to Prevent Respiratory Infection in Poultry – Hobby Farms.
Chicken Quarters: 5 Ways to Spruce Up an Aging Coop – Urban Farm.
Chicken Quarters: My Hens Are Laying Fewer Eggs—What Should I Do? – Urban Farm.

Worried about your chickens in the hot weather? Read Article on how to help them beat the heat. With these helpful tips you can be sure you’ve done all you can to make them comfortable.