How to care for your chickens in the hot weather

Small pets, which include rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and chickens can really struggle in hot weather.

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Small pets, which include rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and chickens can really struggle in hot weather.

Providing them with a cool environment will help them to feel comfortable and happy as well as keeping them safe from potential heat stroke and other heat related dangers.

Large, fluffy or ex-caged breeds can really suffer in extreme heat, so always offer as much protection as possible.

  • Where possible move enclosures into the most shaded area of your garden.

  • Use garden parasols, gazebos, or large white sheets to provide plenty of shade throughout the day.

  • The suns direction will move slowly throughout the day. Ensure that you have sufficient options to protect them at all angles to prevent them from suddenly becoming exposed.

  • Ensure that the enclosure has plenty of air flow and isn’t trapping in heat.

  • Provide plenty of shallow water trays and bowls around the enclosure.

  • Provide plenty of dust bathing opportunities in the shade around the enclosure.

  • Ideally place/plant pots of safe plant /shrubs within the enclosure to offer shade and a breeze.

  • Keep the flies at bay! Poo pick as often as possible.

  • Let them out of there night-time coops as early as possible to prevent them overheating.

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