I have been watering down the run and yards for the chickens since I've read in a few poultry books that they have no sweat glands and cool off from their feet upward. Who knew? Not me apparently. I also added a fan that's running 24/7 right now to keep the edge off in the coop and in all those nest boxes. That seems to be helping. I have not lost any birds since the last 109 degree day. I don't want to lose anymore of my babies.
I am keeping lots of water available for the goats too, and plenty of shade. There are good strong breezes blowing most of the day around here. Since the goats dislike water so bad, I am not spraying water in their yard though it's so dusty I feel guilty not doing it. I am adding apple cider vinegar and electrolytes to everybody's water, and my goat breeder suggested adding ice cubes to water during the heat of the day to keep the water cool. I am preparing some ice blocks now for tomorrow.
Is there anything YOU do for your animals that seems to really help them beat the heat that you can share with us?
Thanks for any tips you can share!
Have a GREAT weekend.