Archive for June 19th, 2012

Helping Your Chickens Survive the Dog Days of Summer


As the temperatures and humidity soar, you’ll want to help your hens keep cool. A few tips for helping your hens beat the heat!

As the temperatures hit the mid-80s, your birds will probably start panting. If temperatures hit above 100, your birds may suffer heatstroke. Here are some tips, excerpted from my class on chickens and heat, to prevent that.

1) Provide fresh, clean water – and lots of it.

2) Freeze 2-liter bottles and put them in the coop to cool it down.

3) Remove excess bedding, which traps heat.

4) Feed a crumble feed, rather than a whole-grain food. Grains generate heat as they are metabolized.

5) Provide shade.

If you notice that the birds are listless and lethargic (signs of heat stress), consider bringing them into a cool basement or to an airconditioned mudroom (in a dog crate or portable cage).

As always, keep an eye on your birds and know what’s normal for them. This will help you catch problems before they become life threatening.

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Belmont Feed and Seed Has Special Breeds


June 19, Chicks @ Belmont Feed & Seed
We have all these breeds on our order:

Black & Buff Silkies, Bantam Partridge Rocks, Bantam Araucana

Contact:

(773) 588-1144

3036 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60618