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Chickens on the homestead

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by sumi, May 26, 2017.

  1. Jun 1, 2017
    samssimonsays

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    That is good to know. All my chicks are flighty right now. Very much not ok with humans. I'm trying all the tricks. They get better but then revert. But i will make them friendly lol.
     
  2. Jun 1, 2017
    samssimonsays

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    I got a faverolle this year! I want to order another pullet and a roo.
     
  3. Jun 1, 2017
    frustratedearthmother

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    Yay! I love mine!
     
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  4. Jun 6, 2017
    sumi

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    I get to chickensit for our local travellers (who are really nice) now and then. They dropped off some new tenants for me this evening.

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  5. Jun 6, 2017
    samssimonsays

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    Getting ready for the heat wave next week, starting this weekend. Last year it got so bad in the coop~a double shaded area with whole walls open to air~ that the hens would be panting on the nests and on the roosts at night. So, last year I added a fan to the coop for these times...got it out and ready.

    In the morning I'll point it at the main nesting boxes and when I gather the eggs of an evening I'll point it toward the roosts. Having a hoop coop makes all of that enormously easy as there are multiple hanging points all over the structure from which to hang a fan. My current fan is just the top of an oscillating fan that my son was throwing out because the base had broken...still worked, so couldn't see throwing that out. ;)

    So, in the summer months, it hangs in my coop, waiting for the really hot and humid days.

    Since they aren't confined to a coop and run, they usually spend those really hot days out in the cool of the woods and do well in the heat. They dust, they lounge on the cool grass or in the damp forest floor debris until the cool parts of the day, then they resume foraging.

    What do you all do for the flock when you get into the hot and humid days of summer? :pop
     
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    frustratedearthmother

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    Mine have multiple places to lounge also. I do have a fan in the barn and they do take advantage of that. I've even had chickens that will take a "dip" in the heat of the day. I've caught them standing or even sitting in a puddle. They do seem to adjust, somewhat, to the heat as the summer goes on.
     
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  8. Jun 9, 2017
    sumi

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    Where we lived in S.A. our summer temperatures went to 120F and more sometimes. I poured a lot of water in a shady spot in the run for the chickens to stand in, to keep their feet cool. That really helped them.
     
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    sumi

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    Yep, it got up to 130 a time or two. That was brutal!
     

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