I read the most fascinating article about air conditioning the other day. Cliff's Notes version--more people die of heat than cold, but somehow a furnace is a necessity and air conditioning is only for spoiled people.
I hadn't ever quite thought of it that way, but it makes sense, especially when I think of my chickens.
Even with a few nasty winters, we haven't lost a single hen to cold, but we've lost two to the Kansas heat.
Thankfully, this year has been relatively mild. But, still, as the hottest part of the year comes due, it's important to keep your ladies cool.
A tip? It's time to clean out your freezer.
You know it's in there. Bags of frozen vegetables leftover from Thanksgiving. Last year's tomato sauce. Freezer jam with freezer burn. Nothing inedible, per se, but just some stuff that you don't particularly want to eat anymore.
So pack it up, a little every day, and take it out to your chickens. They'll appreciate the cooling effect--it's like chicken popsicles--and you'll have space for this year's new canned goods. It's a win/win!
Anyone have any other tips for keeping hens cool? Share them in the comments!