Hotter and hotter days are coming and it is almost time for every chicken keeper to prepare his flock and their coop for the summer.
Chickens don`t like hot weather even though most of their reproductive process depends on the amount of sunlight they are getting during the day.
We at the typesofchicken.com team are here to help our readers prepare for the summer by providing them with an article about How To Keep Your Flock Cool In The Summer.
1. Avoid Heavy Food
By “heavy” we mean food that requires longer digestion processes, which creates body heat. Try giving your chickens fresh fruit and vegetables to keep them cool.
From time to time it is good to make an ice-cold treat for your chickens to make the time they spend pecking also refreshing for them.
Foods like corn and scratch are one of those foods that chickens take a longer time to digest.
2. Provide Some Shade In The Run
Many chicken keepers get surprised when they realize the importance of shade during the summer.
In the hot summer days when your chickens are out on the run, they will need a place to escape the heat.
Adding a table in the corner of the run for your chickens to chill and enjoy the shade is a good idea. Too much direct sunlight can have a negative effect on the health of your chickens and providing some shade can make all the difference.
3. Water, Water & More Water
Hydration is the key – from providing cool fresh water for your chickens 24/7 to spraying the hot insides of the coop with some cold water – it all makes a whole lot of difference in the summer heat.
Add electrolytes to the water that your chickens drink and that can have a big role in the process or preventing dehydration. Changing the water few times a day in order to provide fresh and cooled water every part of the day.
4. Lower The Amount Of Exercise Your Chickens Are Getting
When your chickens get excited they tend to gain body heat from their movement.
Everything you do with your chickens may alert them and make them run from you or towards so the best thing a chicken keeper can do is stay calm and not spend too much time with his flock in order to keep them as calm as possible.
Give the treats to your chickens slowly and try not to bother them too much because as we mentioned above chickens get easily excited.
5. Upgrade Your Coop With A Better Ventilation System
Upgrading your coop by adding a fan can ensure that the air moves in and out and that can even help you remove bad smell. This, however, is not possible for every chicken keeper because they don`t have room in the coop or a safe electricity outlet so if you are one of them it is better that when your chickens are outside you cut off some more windows.
Do you agree with our list? How do you help your chickens make it through the summer? Share your thoughts and opinions with us in the comment section below or via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
3 thoughts on “How To Keep Your Flock Cool In The Summer!”
Chickens absorb coolness from their feet too, which is why you may sometimes see them standing in their water if you use large watering vessels. I use a kiddie pool, with a single layer of unfinished red clay bricks on the bottom. I put water just to the halfway mark on the bricks. The clay bricks absorb the water, and the evaporation process keeps them cool.
I freeze plastic bottles with water in them and drop them in the waterer to act as a giant ice cube. Keeps the water cool all day.