How to Keep Chickens Cool in Summer — Chickens In A Minute Video

Learn How to Keep Chickens Cool in Summer Heat

Join Backyard Poultry magazine in our video series, Chickens In A Minute, as we answer frequently asked questions about how to raise a healthy backyard chicken flock. This video explores how to keep chickens cool in summer. With summer heat upon us, this is a must do. There’s nothing we can do to stop the heat, but we can help our chickens beat the heat.

First, it’s important to know how chickens cool themselves. Do chickens sweat? Nope. Instead, they spread their wings and lift their feathers to let heat escape. They also pant and they can vibrate their throat muscles which lets warm moisture evaporate.

In hot weather, chickens look for an undisturbed shady, cool spot to rest. We can provide these spaces through garden plantings, awnings, umbrellas, whatever it takes.

Water is crucial. Adding more waterers, keeping them filled and locating them in shady spots is helpful. Adding ice to the water hits the spot. And, a shallow pool of water, where chickens can stand, helps keep them cool.

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Make sure your chicken coop is well ventilated by leaving windows open and having a fan running to increase air movement.


Keeping your birds comfortable and undisturbed will help them avoid heat stress and enjoy the summer.

These videos are a great reference for both new and experienced chicken owners alike. So feel free to bookmark them and share! And look for more Chickens In A Minute videos on Countryside Network.

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We love to hear from our fans. Now that you have the answer to how to keep chickens cool in the summer, what additional questions would you be interested seeing answered as a Chickens in a Minute video?


  • Joe P.

    I keep all my poultry cool with a 12 volt solar powered fan; use in a shaded area from 1400 (2:00 PM) to near sundown. Soft eggs are usually the result of insufficient Calcium at least once a week for free range birds.

  • A friend suggested giving my featherkids Gatorade. It’s cheaper than the packaged electrolytes you get at the feed store and they love the taste. Especially the berry flavors!

  • They can vibrate throat muscles which lets warm moisture evaporate. Fabulous, I just heard one of my girls do this today in the heat and was concerned it could be an infectious issue. So glad I read this article ! THANK YOU.

  • My Rhode Island Red chickens’ fenced garden is on the north side of my home and there are dozens of large Rose of Sharon plants so they get plenty of shade. I feed them ice cold watermelons slices, ice cold tomatoes and ice cold corn cobs (my wife and I eat the corn) when it is extremely hot like the weather is now in the Kansas. I put several wood blocks to raise the roof on the side opposite the continuous hinge so they get more ventilation in their house; I have a screen door to let in air that my girls push open in the morning when they want out of their house and I have small hard metal vents on their house to let air in. They so far have not shown any signs of heat problems. I also insulated the roof on their house to keep in cooler when the sun hits it since my home is at a angle which lets the sun hit it late in the afternoon. The insulation in winter keeps the heat in.
    If they show any signs of having problems with the heat I plan to move my 3 girls into my air conditioned home to cool them off. I am retired so I check on my girls at least 7 times a day. So far they still want to chase a ball filled with meal worms everyday, when I cannot stand the heat I do not supervise the ball game I just give them meal worms.
    They must still be healthy because when they see me they will run and try to fly to get to me. I have one girl when she wants my attention that will peck at my pants. I love my girls, they are a lot of fun..

  • Large pot saucers filled with water, placed in the shade, allow chickens to cool by standing in them. I have one for each chicken as they frequently are all being used. They will spend long periods of time standing in them.


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