Which brings me to today's topic...HEAT. Weather here in Utah is inching up (sometimes jumping) and this can be a shock on chicken's bodies...I have noticed a drop in egg laying (especially by my brown layers for some reason) as the heat crept upward. I did a lot of reading and to counter the higher temperatures, I have made a few changes in how I treat the girls in the back yard.
|Check out the size of that middle green egg!|
Second, I change their water more often. In the cooler weather, the water stayed cool and they would drink until the waterer was nearly empty. Now I dump it and put fresh in about every other day. They have liked that alot.
Third, I have hung a fabric on the east side of their run (the west is protected by the hen house). This has kept temperatures in the run cooler while letting air through. I let them free range in my backyard in the evenings and they really appreciate finding cool shady areas to rest.
Now, instead of copying the whole post, I want to encourage you to go to http://fresh-eggs-daily.blogspot.com/2012/03/beating-heat.html. Fresh Eggs Daily has some great ideas and photos for how they beat the heat as well.