As we continue to endure this heat wave across New England, I have received many tips and suggestions on keeping the flock cool and not stressed from the soaring temperature and humidity. I have, created a day spa for the chickens. There are many options for them to keep cool and hydrated. Today, I thought that I would share some of those with you. Also, please be sure to check out Beat the Heat for other suggestions and ideas as well.
Although the run stays shaded during most of the day, I typically place a towel to block the high afternoon sun in areas that are directly in it’s path.
I brought a fan out from inside. I angled it, gently create a breeze across the run. No rain is in the forecast, so I am not worried about an inside appliance being outside.
Dottie Speckles loves to sit directly in the fan’s path.
The Buff Orpingtons love to have their tail feathers fanned as well. Here they are discovering fresh cold treats from the refrigerator. Vegetables and fruit such as carrots, whole tomatoes, whole apples, halved watermelon and whole cucumbers retain their cold temperatures longer and help cool down the flock.
Today, I created a wading pool with cool water. This plastic tray works perfectly. It is about 3 inches deep and the girls, once they try it, should enjoy cooling down their feet and toes. Tilly, the head hen, will of course have to try it first. I placed some floating nasturtium leaves to lure the girls. Of course, curious Dottie Speckles beat Tilly to the floating leaves. She already ate two!
Then there are some that like to stay inside the day spa. With all of the windows open, Feathers is content to stay in her nesting box, sit on her imaginary eggs, and be broody.
Photo Credits: Tilly’s Nest