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The heatwave has hit Boston - we're expecting 110f (43c) with the heat index tomorrow.... :shock:

 

It'll be a little cooler today at 104f (40c) heat index.

 

Poor girls...I've shaded the run, they have lots of ice water, there are cool blocks in the eglus, they have ice cold cucumbers to nibble on, I've filled a big trug with dirt for them to bathe in....

 

anything else I can do?? should I consider moving them into the basement? can't imagine they'd be happy cooped up in the basement either?

 

I'm home tomorrow for the very hot one so I'll let them out early so they can chill under their favorite rhododendron

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That is too hot

If I could send you some of our weather I would. 14 and overcast and rain later on.

 

Good luck

 

Sage

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That is too hot

If I could send you some of our weather I would. 14 and overcase rain later on.

 

Good luck

 

Sage

 

 

well let's not get too carried away - I'm not wanting an english summer :lol:

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I must admit that I don't coddle mine too much. They are Florida chickens and we have too many of these days so they have to adapt to it. I have the Eglu in the shadiest part of the yard. I put a mat over the uncovered part of the run to give them a bit extra shade when the sun does come through. I also put an additional water pan out. They like to walk through it during the hottest part of the day to cool off their feet. I let them out to free range in the late afternoon/early evening, but sometimes even then it's still really hot. It was incredibly hot a couple of weeks ago and they chose to sleep in the run rather than the Eglu. It's actually a few degrees cooler here now since it rained all last weekend. I hope it lasts a while!

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bless 'em they've done very well

record breaking temperatures in Boston!

 

everyone is okay and they've laid me !egg!!egg!!egg!!egg!!egg!!egg!!egg! in 2 days!

 

got a bit worried that lovely Rita had gone broody but no....she's so smart...she was sitting on a cool block that I put in the eglus to keep them below 100f!

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I'm going from one extreme to another, its 14 degrees, rain everyday here, to going to Minneapolis where it is over 100 degrees! Any sign of it cooling down bouldercroft?

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currently enjoying a massive thunderstorm with much needed rain then its back to 98f (36c) this afternoon!

 

and then a much more manageable 85ish (29c) all week - it'll feel quite chilly at 85f (29c) :lol:

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So not funny, as here it's the middle of summer, and we're managing all of 16 degrees!!!

and rain :lol:

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I wouldn't worry too much, although you may get a few less eggs when it gets really hot. Just make sure that they have plenty of water and perhaps drape a couple of wet towels or dust sheets over the run to cool the air.

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If the humidity is low, a hose sprinkle helps a lot. In humidity over 75% or so, it doesn't really serve any evaporative purposes. Down here in good old FL, it doesn't get as hot, but the humidity is 90 or better most days :?

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