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Beat The Heat

by | Jul 28, 2020 | Meyer Hatchery

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about how to help your flock beat the heat! Across the country, we’re feeling the summer heat, and your birds are feeling it too. Today we’re going to cover how to keep your poultry safe while staying cool this summer season.

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Hey everyone! Welcome back to The Coop with Meyer Hatchery – where we talk all things poultry in hopes of inspiring crazy chicken keepers and educating future flock owners. Each week we like to take a Meyer Moment to cover relevant happenings. 

Let’s take a Meyer Moment to talk about how to help your flock beat the heat! Across the country, we’re feeling the summer heat, and your birds are feeling it too. Today we’re going to cover how to keep your poultry safe while staying cool this summer season. 

First, we’re starting with the basics. Hydration! It’s important your flock has clean, cool water to drink. Make sure waterers are not placed directly in the sun and refill as needed. For laying hens, the lack of water for even a few hours may cause mild dehydration. This can affect their laying ability for a couple of days or even several weeks as they recover.

You may also want to consider adding electrolytes to their drinking water. If your birds are panting or holding their wings out, mix up your vital pack, and add to their water to help support them nutritionally during increased heat stress.

You’ll also want to make sure your flock has access to plenty of shade. Animals of any kind, need to be able to escape the direct sun when temperatures soar and poultry is no exception. If your run does not have adequate shade from trees or bushes, you’ll want to consider adding a temporary structure like a tarp or shade cloth. You may also add a water mister to help cool down your flock or a particular area. This can be a great addition, especially in southern states with long stretches of high temperatures.

If your flock is confined to a coop, or you find your flock enjoying the shade inside, you may want to consider adding inexpensive box fans to keep air circulating.

Lastly, consider offering your flock frozen fruits and vegetables as a sweet summer treat. Cut a watermelon in half and freeze it, allowing your hens to peck at it throughout the day as it thaws, cooling them off. Your flock will also enjoy frozen raspberries, blueberries, green beans, and spinach.

You can also fill ice cube trays or muffin tins, with mealworms, fruit and veggies add water and place in your freezer. These treats will help them stay cool and healthy! 

We hope you find these tips useful in helping your flock beat the heat this summer.  And that’s your weekly moment with Meyer. 

Enjoy the rest of your week and as always, thank you for listening to The Coop!

Hosts & Guests

Kendra + Jeff
From Meyer Hatchery

 Resources

How To Deal With Summer & Your Flock – blog post

Quick & Easy Frozen Treats – YouTube Video

 

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