Archive for July, 2011

Keeping Chickens Cool: Gazpacho

July 17, 2011

How do you keep chicks cool when the heat index is 108ºF in the shade?

Earlier this week it was too cold to go swimming, and today the weather reports included warnings not to go outside in the afternoon sun — that’s Minnesota for you! Today was like walking into a bread proofing box: hot, moist, close. You sort of felt like your skin might start rising from your body just by stepping outside. But I can assure you, nobody was baking bread.

I was worried about the girls all day. Keeping chickens cool is actually harder than keeping them warm. They don’t have sweat glands and are surrounded by a billowy coat of downy feathers. When you see chickens start to pant like dogs you know they’re hot and desperately trying to cool off. read more »