Hot Chicken? How to Keep Your Hens Cool This Summer 4


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By Loriel, contributing writer

Summer has arrived and it’s letting us know. In Florida, this means temperatures went from hot to really ridiculously hot since there are basically only two seasons here. I get concerned about my chickens because of how HOT it gets. Poor girls. One hot chicken is one too many!

Looking for a way to keep your hot chicken friends cool in the summertime heat? Here are some ideas for you!

I’ve been researching ways to help keep them cool because heat stroke in chickens is a real thing. One of the most important things is to make sure your chickens have an adequate amount of shade and a place for them to dust bathe to keep cool. Many people mentioned putting fans out by the coop but unfortunately, I don’t have power out there since the coop is in the back corner of our property.

Looking for a way to keep your hot chicken friends cool in the summertime heat? Here are some ideas for you!

Keep your chickens cool:

  • Freeze two liter bottles and place them in the coop and run. As the ice melts, the cool air radiates and hens tend to lay down or stand next to or on top of the bottles.
  • Buy a small hard plastic wading pool and fill it to about 4 inches of water. Chickens cool down through their feet so the idea is that they stand in the wading pool to cool down. Ideally you’ll put this wading pool in the shade so your chickens are more likely to try it out. My chickens, unfortunately, are big chickens (badum-psh!) so they stared at the wading pool and walked away. I even tried to put their favorite weeds in there but it didn’t work. I ended up turning the pool upside down and placing it against a wall to provide extra shade.
  • Make them frozen treats. Freeze fruits, veggies, herbs, and/or meal worms in containers. While it melts, the chickens peck at them for the treats but also keep cool by keeping their feet near the cool ice melting. My chickens tend to gravitate towards the sweet frozen treats — go figure, right?

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Chicken treats for the heat:

I have found that the easiest and most cost efficient way to offer them cool fruit treats is by simply cutting watermelon and placing it in the refrigerator overnight. You obviously can skip putting it in the refrigerator the night before, but it just adds a little bit more coolness to the treat.

If you’re feeling generous and want to spoil your chickens, here are a few frozen treats you can make for your hens:

  • In a muffin tin, add meal worms, blueberries, mint, and water and freeze. Once frozen, pop out and let the girls at it.
  • In a sturdy shallow pan, add pineapple, mango, mint, peas, ice, and water. Place out in the run for your chickens to enjoy
  • Freeze grapes and place in a shallow pan with ice water
  • Make scrambled eggsicles (learn more about that here)

Really it’s about finding what works best for your chickens and rolling with that to keep them as comfortable as possible. Who’s counting down the days to cooler weather? This girl right here — and her hot chicken friends, of course.

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4 thoughts on “Hot Chicken? How to Keep Your Hens Cool This Summer

  • Becky

    Hi my name is Becky. I am just?starting with chickens. I want egg layers. Not sure which is the best do you have any suggestions. I also live in florida i love the treat idea. My daughters bought me a coop from tractor supply my husband will be putting it together on Saturday. If you could please email me or text me some advice or tips anything would be good..
    Becca3670@gmail.com
    4075063629

    Thanks

    • Kris Bordessa Post author

      I’m a big fan of barred rocks for first timers. They’re sweet and lay consistently. Have fun!

  • elaine

    I am in South East Spain with a climate similar to south California. The weather is usually hot and dry from the beginning of April till the end of October. Last summer I sliced some melon and froze the slices, then gave them to my chooks. They loved them – seeds and all! In fact any frozen fruits were welcomed. And if I put outside lettuce leaves, kale leaves, dandelion leaves and cabbage leaves through the blender then froze it, they loved that too. Feeding my chooks fermented feed helped to make sure they were getting enough liquids, as well as putting lots of extra waterers out in shady places.

  • Marnet

    Thank you so much for the cool tips, Loriel. Living in Central Florida I can relate to the heat. With an early summer this year the chickens are digging in to the dusting frequently. We live in the country so they have free range of many acres, but stay close to the coop. I really like the tip about the frozen bottles and plan to try it this week. Looking forward to your newsletter and more tips.