If you're using fresh fruits, you can also cut up the fruit, stick it in the freezer for a few hours, then feed it directly to the chickens. Some of the best fruits for this method are bananas, strawberries and watermelon.
Add ice to everyone's water a few times a day on the hottest days. We also have automatic waterers so the water replenishes throughout the day, helping to keep it from becoming hot and stagnant.
If you have plastic gallon jugs and 2-liter bottles, fill them with water, freeze them and place them in the coop and barn. As the ice melts, it cools the air around it.
Never, ever, EVER give your chickens scratch during the summer months. Scratch is difficult for chickens to process and it, literally, heats their bodies' core temperature to dangerous levels.
If, even after all your planning and care, your chickens become distressed, you can administer an electrolyte solution. No need for buying anything; you can make your own. This is a quick and easy recipe:
- 2 c. Warm Water
- 2 tbsp. Brown Sugar, Honey or Molasses (I prefer pure raw honey)
- 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
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