The poor dears spend most of the day huddled in the shadiest spots of the run.
I took ice packs normally used for the kids lunchboxes and buried them in wood shavings, and put a gallon jug of frozen water nearby. The chickens ran over, full of curiousity. They looked at it warily, pecked it, then ignored it and went back to their shady yard.
An old pizza plate and a lid for a storage bin were turned into a swimming pools. Only one of the birds has learned that you’re supposed to stand in it to cool off. The others just drink. One tip I got was to supplement their water with gatorade since they need their electrolytes replenished.
There are lots of reasons why it sucks to live near a noisy highway, but at least it helps create a breeze. Since they don’t get much breeze in the top of the coop, I set up a fan.
When they’re up on their roost dozing off, they get spritzed with the mist bottle. It alarmed them at first, but now they seem to be getting used to it.
My brave pet sitter has never cared for chickens before. He was here for an hour yesterday being trained in my novice chicken-keeping methods. I hope we didn’t scare him away.
If anyone has other tips for cooling these babies off, I’d love to hear them!
And guess what?
(My 10-year old son thinks this is hilarious. I have to admit it’s a good response when stumped for an answer to just about anything.)