It has cooled off 25 degrees, and we are all relieved for the break. It won't stay at these temperatures, but we'll take it for now.
I know that the measures that we've taken are being enjoyed by the hens right now, but won't know how well they will work until we get terrible heat again.
The shade netting goes completely from north to south in their yard, and it's also on the walls of the west and the south.
We turn on the misters the night before, to wet the ground under their hay. Right now they are loving that, but how much it will help when it's 120 degrees I don't know. I've never lived where it's that hot before a few months ago, so we're just guessing what will be effective.
We're also locking their boxes when they come out in the morning. They normally - for the past 33 years - when they feel like it, but it's too hot for it now.
Also, the guys drilled holes about 3" across in various places along the top, even though we already had a space between the roof and the sides of their houses.
Their water supply already stays clean and full, because they have both an open pan, but also a container with little drinking spouts all around it.
I just hope that it's enough. We've never had this issue before, but it's so much hotter than it's ever been before here.
Thank you again.
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