For me the weather is lovely, for the animals and birds hot weather is a trial. The cows headed for the back paddock and lay into the long grass down there to get away from the heat and the flies but the meat chickens were marooned out in the field in their chicken tractor. They are a good weight now too eating all the clover and milk and boiled eggs. These ones have been ordered for some big lunches on the Fourth of July. (One of those lunches is here). They are due for their last truck ride on Thursday.
I had fans going on them for a few days but yesterday this was not cutting it. A few of them were showing signs of imminent heat stress. That will kill these fast growing meat birds fast. So I dragged the sprinkler over from the other garden and anchored it above the chicken tractor with one of my home made sand bags and turned on the water.
The effect was almost immediate. Their heads came up, they began to breath easier and off they waddled to their water and feed. All better.
Luckily the rest of the week will be cooler – we don’t want a repeat of that near miss. Last year I had four chickens die, right beside their water, due to the heat. And their house was under a tree.
This is the heaviest and healthiest group of birds I have grown to date.
I have another batch of chicks to be delivered in a few weeks and that chicken tractor is on its last legs – it is due to be dismantled and remade with a new frame- a job I will have to do by myself because from next week I have a three week gap between workers.
The mid summer batch of chickens are grown to a smaller weight and live under the trees.
Time for work. I hope you have a lovely day.
Weather: Hot with the possibility of a sprinkle of rain – nice for the gardens, not so good for fat chooks.