20 November 2015 11:32am – Chook Husbandry in Hot Weather

Hi everyone,

As the weather heats up, please make sure that your chickens, and other pets, have sufficient shade and cold water during the day.

Chickens won’t drink sun-warmed water, and they can die from heat stress in a matter of hours, so make sure you check their water multiple times a day if its really hot, and refresh it if its warm. A good tip, if you’re like me and work away from home during the day, is to freeze waterbottles or takeaway dishes and put them inside their water dispensers/bowls in the morning. Feeding them fruit and vege that is high in moisture, vitamins and minerals, such as watermelon, will also help them to cope better with the increasing temps.

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