We are having a heat wave here. It is vital to keep chickens cool in summer heat. Heat can be deadly for chickens so of course being a new chicken momma I am being very careful with my girls.
When the afternoon heat hits I let them out of the run and flood there favorite shady area under this bench which is completely shaded most of the day. They walk through the water and this helps cool them down.
I just let the hose trickle so they have plenty of water to cool off in.
I keep these trays near them with cold water and frozen bottles to keep water cool. I also freeze two liter soda bottles to put in their hen house and help keep it cooler at night. So far, besides some panting they seem to be faring well. By the late afternoon they dig a spot in the damp soil and stay pretty still until it cools off.
I am also giving them an electrolyte in their water that I found a recipe online from Fresh Egg's Daily. A couple times a day I give them ice and frozen fruit and veggies. Just anything that is getting old I toss in the freezer to put in their water tray. Normally of course they don't get this much attention but when it hits 102 I don't want to risk a chicken dying after all the raising I have been doing. I need some eggs soon so I am caring for my investment umm I mean chickens.