Caring for Chickens in the Extreme Summer Heat

Caring for Chickens in the Extreme Summer Heat

[music in background] Alright, so today we are going to talk about
Summer Care -Caring for Chickens in the High Summer Heat, especially here in Texas where
we are. It is very important to care for your chickens in the summer heat. Much more important
even the winter times when it freezes; the chickens are made for the colder weather here,
but not made for the Texas summer heat. So as you can see our chickens, it is pretty
warm out here today. Getting near one-hundred degrees now, and they are already starting
to slightly pant, and that is a normal thing for the summer. But, anytime it’s over about
90 degrees or 85 degrees and up, is the time to really pay attention to your chickens.
They can have heat stroke, heat-induced stress, or even death can occur when they become overheated Now, their normal body temperature is usually
104°F to 107°F, is their normal chicken body temperature. The chickens they do NOT
sweat, they pant, just like a dog does. And they lose their heat through their comb, waddle;
like a radiator and is released through there, usually. And they also can release their heat
from their legs, droppings, and lightly of the spreading of their wings. They will open
their wing a little bit and breeze comes through there as well. Now, they also like, cool down in their dust
bath. If you have seen my previous video The” Dust Bath” the chicken will cool themselves
down by digging down into the soil, and the dirt and cool themselves off also. Now they will eat much less during the hot
summer time They will drink much more They will find naturally, on their own, find a
lot more shaded spaces to sleep and rest and they will forage much less and may slow down
or even stop laying eggs in the summer Now the heavy-bodied breads, like cooler weather
more. These are like the heritage type breeds. All of our chickens here are a heritage type
heavy-bodied chicken The light-bodied chicken is more like a Mediterranean type birds, similar
to like a Leghorn. And they will do much better in a warmer climate So make sure you give them plenty of space
to sleep in their house at night They don’t want to be all crammed-up inside there, they
will put off a lot of body heat, so make sure there is plenty of space for them to sleep
and have your coop also vented for heat and to vent out the heat and moisture inside Also
most definitely think about where you are going to put your chicken coop and run, as
we have, when we put it up here we put it under this Crape Myrtle tree next to the fence
and most of this is shaded throughout the day here as you can see, some of it is in
the sun, but you can also put a roof or covering over some of the run as we have done here
as well. On the back side of the run is all covered for shade. So make sure also there
is plenty of good airflow, windows or fans you can even put in the coop as you can see
here we have some vents on the top here and also on the sides Now as far as feeding the chickens in the
summertime, Do not give them any corn and no scratch. So the scratch and the corn, do
not use these in the summer. This is much slower to break down in their body system,
and will actually heat up their bodies as it breaks down, much better for the wintertime
It is better to give them melons or berries and freeze them as well to keep them cool.
Also leafy greens they will use the water out of the leafy greens cool them down as
well. We still give our chicken the layer feed as
we normally do all year long free-range free-choice whenever they want to come to it. We do not
give them the scratch or the corn in the summer, as well as the treats that they love. The
mealworms, they go crazy for, limit these as much as possible as well as the sunflower
seeds and safflower seeds One thing also, do not use apple cider vinegar
in the summertime. A lot of people like to use this in the water add it to the water,
but during the summer do not add apple cider vinegar, instead you may want to use some
electrolytes. This is what we use for ours to keep them cool and hydrated through the
summer as well This will help them keep… it’s like Gatorade for chickens, pretty
much. So this is a really great item to use in your water One thing to keep in mind in water, I like
this one-galloon water I have here. It is easy to measure the electrolytes and we frequently
change the water anyways, so there is no worry of running out of water here. As you can see
we have the electrolytes added as well as ice this is nice and cold water. Your chickens
will not drink hot or warm water, they will for surely run to this cold water during the
summer. Also as you can see here we have it in a shaded area under a nice big mulberry
tree Another watering option in the summer that
is really great is this, get one of these insulated coolers here, and you can get one
of these attachments, this is a nipple watering system and you can fill this up this thermos
with ice cold water This thing will keep cool all day, and put under a shaded area and they
will have nice ice cold water all day long in a setup like this. So this is something
to think keep that in the shade and you will have nice, fresh cold water all throughout
summer for your chickens AS you can see here’s one kinda laying in
the dirt in the dust bath trying to keep cool in the shade Very important to keep your chicken
cool also the water, make sure you keep it clean. Pathogens are very active in the summertime
so they need to be clean and cool and change very frequently to prevent any disease or
illnesses to your hens. Now to spot overheating, if they are gasping
or there is a labored panting they’re not moving, lethargic, staggering, there is a
constant wing spreading. The wings are spread constantly all the time then it is probably
time to take some action. One way is you can wrap them in a cool wet towel. Or also submerge
them in cool, but not cold water all the way down to their neck to bring their temperature
down. So make sure do not overheat you don�t want to give them shock. So as you can see out here we have a lot of
vegetation and plants around our shed here and our chickens love this. They are out here
most of the day under all of this foliage and if I can get closer to show you, you can
kinda see them all laying underneath here and they are just chilling out under all of
this shaded area where it is nice and cool. One thing you can also do it to hose down
any areas where they stay in the summertime to keep the soil, and the air much cooler
as evaporative cooling will do. So they love watermelon, this is a great way
to cool them down, ice cold. They will come over here and they will just eat this whole
thing up and the way down to the rind. This is a great easy way for them to cool down
in the summertime It�s not easy caring for chicken in the
high heat conditions, but a little bit of adjustments can make a big difference in their
comfort level and their ability to survive the summer. So make to really think about
caring for your chickens and hens in the extreme heat of the summertime. This is when most
amount of problems will occur in the summer from overheating. So, thanks for watching.
Make it a great day!

100 thoughts on “Caring for Chickens in the Extreme Summer Heat

  1. Great video, I have shred it with our Pro Chicken Group here at home. I am one year late viewing this, but right on time, 7/17/2015

  2. This has been the MOST helpful video!  I am a beginner and trying to absorb and learn as much and as fast as I can.  You helped me so much.  Thank you for posting this!

  3. Thank you so much! This is precisely what I've been looking for. I was beginning to think all chicken keepers that wanted to share their knowledge lived in the frozen north. We're moving to the GA/SC line and I had no idea how to help them beat the heat. Thanks again!

  4. great video. what camera and editor do u use. really good quality! thx for the video. this video has given me tips for my chickens. we live in fl. and it get hot! we have about 40 chickens. 11 one year olds, 9 four month olds, and 20 week old chicks. we also have 17 ducks. once again thx for the video

  5. thanks for this video! plenty of videos talk about winter with your chickens but this is one of the only videos that addresses summer which is what I'm more concerned about living in Los Angeles. very helpful.

  6. I am amazed by the way you are keeping the chickens… A lot of care and pet responsibility I saw! Wonderful! Hats off!

  7. If you have an ice maker in your fridge, put a shallow pan in the shade. Add ice cubes every now and then keeping melting ice cubes and the cold clean water in there during the hottest part of the day.

  8. We had a heat wave in South Africa. Was 120ºF. 1 Chicken droped dead in the chicken house at night.

  9. Thank you. I am raising broad breasted turkeys and appreciate knowing how to spot over heating.  BTW what was the music at the end of your video. Sounded like a Chinese inspired violin over some blue grass?

  10. I am glad I found this video. I live in deep South Texas and I am new to chickens and I was thinking about what to do in the heat. Also what coop is that and where did you get it?

  11. You both are WONDERFUL care-givers to your lovely hens, and i am sure you are being rewarded with a daily bounty of eggs !

  12. you could take your chicken on an international flight, and then sue the airline for the heat.
    its a goldmine!

  13. Try covering the coop roof's  with aluminium foil, it will reflect a real lot of the heat away. This DOES WORK !.  To fix it, use GOOD quality double sided tape. Or you can use 12" cotton bandage or sim' and fix with drawing / picture pins.  !.

  14. THANK YOU !!!!! I live in San Antonio and have considered raising a few backyard chickens. Your video was so informative.

  15. The humidity in Alabama is crazy. My chickens drink 3 gallons of water per day in the summer. Yet they still lay 7-15 eggs a day. I have 22 chickens btw.

  16. So i have both a question and a comment;

    1. Comment- awesome! Thanks for the info, this will be a good help! We are going from California’s 70 degree weather to Austin’s 100 degree so thank you.

    2. I believe you live inside a city, big or small, what kind of permission did you have to apply/get from HOA (if applicable in your area) or from city officials? Anything will help. We want to have a nice garden and chickens in Austin. I wanted outside Austin but that is not feasible so what do I have to do to keep Austin weird?
    Thanks for any help.

  17. I'm glad I came across your video We also live in Texas and started researching about having our own chickens we will have 3 little ladies will be delivered and I'm trying to learn as much as possible

  18. I'm chicken sitting while neighbors are on vacation. What a great video! Now to cool off those chickens. Thanks from a beginner!

  19. It was 115 degrees yesterday and the chickens were so miserable we gave them ice sprayed them with the hose for a couple minutes and set up a fan

  20. One of my chickens died it was 109 degrees outside.. me and my mom were at Washington so my step dad was looking after the chickens so I don't know if he knew what to do when it was so hot

  21. I live in DFW and am about to get a couple of pullets as soon as I can get a run built. I really appreciate this video as there are lots of videos about how to protect chickens in extreme cold, but none about the heat. Thanks again from a new subscriber!

  22. My chicken has a great big lump under it's chin going up into its bottom beak and it cannot fade what do you think I should do

  23. Thanks man. We have our 2 chickens going into their first Australian summer together (a Leghorn and an Isa Brown) and this puts my mind at ease knowing there's a few ways we can keep them comfortable once we start to get a few heatwaves

  24. we have high temperatures but only in the low 90s but we have ridiculous humidity.  Also, the temperature doesn't drop at night during the summer like it does elsewhere….speaking of Miami.  So, I wonder how high humidity effects them.  Great info!!

  25. your yard and set-up are really nice so if you lose chickens to heat-stroke that probably means you have the wrong chickens

  26. The top of the chicken has a crown, much like the hat worn by the ancient man after the adult ceremony. Therefore, first of all, the chicken is actually very gentle and very "wen"! Secondly, everyone knows that chickens are fighting. From ancient times to the present, there is no shortage of cockfighters. The forks behind their claws are like an ancient weapon, so the second virtue of chicken is "wu"! What is related to Wude is the "courage" virtue, because the chicken is not only aggressive, but also very brave. Many ancient people have always worn a cock-like hat to illustrate that they are a warrior. Then, people who have raised chickens may know better, that is, chickens do not eat alone. After the owner throws food, they always shout and greet each other and eat together. This kind of behavior that pays attention to morality and morality is called "benevolence"! Finally, we all know that the cocks report on time every day, they keep their promises, and stick to the morality of the letter as "trust"!

  27. Excellent info! There's for sure a pacifying mood that comes with watching chickens eat melons–or doing anything else, for that matter.

  28. I love the ice water in the thermos idea, but can’t find the nipple container that screws into the thermos. Could you please tell where to get one and how to attach it to the thermos. Thank you.

  29. Great tips! When you showed the gallon waterer I noticed that it was a tea color. Is that apple cider vinegar in it? I know you said don’t give it to them in the summer. I also use electrolytes in my chickens water but that water is clear. Am I missing something?

  30. I put some ice cubes on a flat stepping stone. My chicken's fight to lay on it like they do eggs. So funny. I made three so far.

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