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!


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