Hot and Sunny Today!!!
(My Large and Fluffy Cochen, Baby)
First of all I have fans going just outside of their run along with blocks of ice, and a nice tub of cool water for them to take a quick dip. They keep taking turns standing in the cool water. Baby, is probably hogging it the most. But she needs it! It really isn't good for chickens to consistently keep their feet wet, it can cause sores and problems with their feet, but they don't seem to stand in it for long periods of time. They are in and out enough that I think their feet are not staying water logged. Also, I believe that desperate times sometimes call for desperate measures.
(An old fashioned airconditioning system, but works fairly well. And my gals will stand with their wings open to catch the cool breeze.)
(Cool tub of water. Keep it shallow. Mine is a little over ankle deep for my hens. I wanted to get a photo of one of them standing in the water, but of course, they never cooperate when you bring out the camera!)
At night I have a battery powered fan going in their hen house, I keep their windows and top vents open. I have strong wire along the vents and windows to keep them safe from predators.
Another fun thing I have discovered that not only keeps my hens entertained, but also helps keep them cool and refreshed is popsicle treats, "chicken style", of course! I put some corn, fruit, and peas (most anything your chickens like to eat will do) in a bowl with water and freeze it and then I bring it out to them during the hottest part of the day.
(Chicken Popsicle Treat!)
The chickens LOVE IT! And it keeps them so occupied trying to peck the treats out of the ice that I think they almost forget about the heat!
(The Chickens say, "YUM!")
So, now we are waiting and praying for cooler temps to come soon!!!