The weather in Missouri is notorious for changing wildly from one day to the next. There's a saying that if you don't like the weather in Missouri, just stick around; it will change in 15 minutes. We had the warmest March on record this year, much of April was actually cooler than normal, and now May is hitting us hard already with heat. Today my car said it was 93 degrees outside!
One of the chickens' favorite ways to stay cool in the heat is to play in water puddles. I pull the hose out to their run and just let it go for ten minutes or so.
When they cool their feet in the water it helps bring their body temperature down slightly. Most of the time they stand in a big puddle and drink a lot of the cool water. They love to drink any water that isn't in their waterer! Crazy chickens.
Fortunately the chicken run is under a lot of trees and is very shady so that helps to keep it cool.
We don't have a pool, but if we did apparently that would be a good way for them to cool off!
|via Our Country Chronicles|
We also have some new feathered friends. I'm sure they won't be around for much longer, but we've enjoyed seeing the mother build the nest and sit on it til her eggs hatched.