May 19, 2008
In May we usually
get our first really warm days, up to 100F. This stretch heat saw
my first chicken heat fatality in some time. She's gone into our "Chick-n-barn"
to get out of the sun and expired, I suspect.
When it's warm
here my new chicken yard offers some shade from a couple of volunteer
bushes that I built the yard around. A small mulberry tree and a volunteer
native 'gooseberry' plant provide a brushy, shady corner of the chicken
yard. Usually I go out and water those bushes heavily mid-day to offer
a cool spot for the girls to sit.
If you live where
it's hot, make sure and provide a shady spot for your girls to get
out of the sun and cool off when its hot. I've used misters in the
hen yard, which the girls loved. You can also just provide shade and
I've even also put in a small flat pan filled with water that they
can stand in. Sadly, they also tend to poop in the water and then
drink it. ... 8-P
Because of that,
I've taken to just wetting down an area until its muddy and letting
the girls lounge around on that. It had been a long time since I lost
a hen to heat, often it is the overweight girls who just can't keep
this recent warm weather inspires cleaning in my heart. My mom was
not a "spring cleaning" type, but yesterday's heat inspired
me and I tidied, dusted and mopped the house. It dried in no time.
It was great
to wake up this morning to a clean house.
Cheers for chickens!