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Last Summer was record breaking, I suspect this Summer is going to be another near one.

For those who live in high heat areas, 15+ straight days of 100+, do you do anything special for the flock to keep them cool?
 

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When the temps get to 90 or above here we check water three times a day, also adding shade to the run is helpful. We found the camo netting from the army surplus store made a big difference.
 

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We like to keep ours in their coop/run for the most part, when they are free ranging they tend to lay eggs in places that cannot be found.

When it is very hot though we let them out to free range all day. They pretty much dissapear into the deepest recesses of vegetation they can get into, We have one very large bush most of them will hang out in, I slide a water pan into it and leave them alone. Never lost a chicken from heat or cold. They figure out the best way to take care of themselves.
 

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We live in a heavily forested area, so shade is not a problem. I just make sure plenty of fresh , clean water is available for them. JA
 

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Chickens In Florida Heat

We live in Florida so it can get pretty hot here. So we have come up with a few solutions to temperature changes.

When our chickens roam around the yard in the summer we always have a kiddy pool or sprinkler available for the chickens to drink from as well as from their water in their coop.

Sometimes we will TREAT our chickens to a cold or frozen treat, such as frozen Peas, or a big slice of cold watermelon. :p
We have even made Chicken Popsickles (picture below) made just for them in our ice cube tray, (mint or basil leaves with peas, or fruit inside with water frozen until needed.

We share lots of ideas on our FB page, feel free to stop by.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunny-Side-Up-Coops/234738163293821
 

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We let ours roam, too. We make sure they have clean, cool water available at all times. We have 2 of those galvanized waterers and they are both in the shade all the time. They're actually in the coop, which we leave open (door propped open) for the chickens to come and go as they please through the day.
 

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I'm in Wisconsin so we dont have alot of high heat days but we do get to the 90's now and then. My flock free ranges from about 6:30am-ish to 9:30pm-ish, we have lots of trees and brush for them to go under, they go under the front proch, trampoline, and our trucks. I also have ducks so we have 3 pools filled every morning with fresh water for the flock to drink and swim in. The chickens just drink from the pools like the ducks, they'r just kiddie pools so its the right height for the chickens to reach their heads over and get a drink.
 

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Always hot here.
Make sure they have plenty of water, a lighter diet (We throw some hay in for them to work over) and excellent ventilation.
 

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In addition to giving our ladies cold treats, such as watermelon, I also provide them with ice cold water. I fill up their water containers with ice, which will keep the water chilly for a while, and I freeze tuperware containers over night and place them in the run the following morning, where they'll slowly melt throughout the day. I also just installed a fan in the coop to keep the air circulating on those hot, muggy nights.
 

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I will have it on Saturday which is perfect because I think my tractor coop will be pretty much ready by then.
 

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Last Summer was record breaking, I suspect this Summer is going to be another near one.

For those who live in high heat areas, 15+ straight days of 100+, do you do anything special for the flock to keep them cool?
Water fresh and always in the shade. Shade for birds, I have a fan in coop to move the air around. Don't disturb them more than you have to. A nice big cold watermellon about once a week with some fresh green leafy salad would be nice also.
 

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coping with the extreme heat

Last Summer was record breaking, I suspect this Summer is going to be another near one.

For those who live in high heat areas, 15+ straight days of 100+, do you do anything special for the flock to keep them cool?
I put big plant drip trays full of ice water out for them and have them under a big shade tree this makes our 3 wee girls very happy
 

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Is that why my chickens are panting (or look like they are)? We have had really high heat for our location..I give them ice water but they still do the panting..Just wondering if it's normal
 
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