I know what you are thinking. Didn’t you already have shade cloth on your chicken run?Yes, it has shade cloth but the ladies were still too warm! So what do you do when you want to make the ladies feel better? You overkill it!
We found a few shade sails and strategically hung them inside the run, the ladies are sooo much happier! There just wasn’t enough room under the tables for all 27 of them.
To also help them stay cool they got some trays of water with frozen strawberries floating them and watermelon rind…Yum!
Watch the ladies beating the heat under their new shade sails on their YouTube Channel!
The neighbors barn cat loves to hang out by the coop and watch the ladies. I never let them free range while the cat was there because she seemed way too interested. One day I was working in the garden while they were free ranging and I heard some squawking so ran quickly to see what was up. The cat was laying down chewing on something and the chickens were lined up about 10 feet away just staring at her. My heart sank thinking she caught one of the hens! As I got closer I was relieved to see that she was wolfing down a large mouse!
You go girl! Keep those critters away from the coop!
Honestly, the ladies looked a little jealous! I wonder…..would they have eaten the mouse?