During the hot Summer months it is important for your chooks to stay as cool as possible. In saying that, they are very good at doing this themselves. As long as they have the fundamentals.
- Shade: and lots of it.
- Fresh cool water: just straight from the well or hose. Offer it to them twice a day if possible in their waterers. Make sure you leave the waterer in a shady place, not in the coop. Please see below regarding ice cubes.
- Regular feed and scraps
- Ventilation: after the day is done, sometimes the coop is the worst place to be. Make sure your coop has proper ventilation.
- Cooling Herbs: this is where Childs Chicks can help. Our Summer Sun Blend is packed full of Herbs designed specifically for their cooling element. We have also packed in some of your chooks favorite treats to aid in calcium intake and protein requirements without any heating elements.
This 100% natural blend is packed full of protein, amino fats, calcium and vitamins to help your chooks keep cool and healthy while they thrive through the summer months.
Dried Mealworms- packed full of protein, vitamins and high-grade edible oils.
Black Solider Fly Larvae-(dried) highly nutritious insect. Our nutritional analysis has shown our BSF larvae to contain about 40% protein and 30% fat.
Insect Protein Meal-(dried) highly nutritious. Partially defatted meal: Min 65% crude protein, ~15% fat, <5% Ash
Pumpkin seed-loaded with nutrients and vitamin E.
Red Clover- one of the most nutritionally complete herbs you can feed your chooks. Known for its cooling properties and is an excellent detoxifier which helps with chicken stomach.
Peppermint and Spearmint- Naturally lowers a chickens temperature. Also an excellent rodent and insect repellent.
Lemon Grass-Excellent for antioxidant, insect repeller and part of the mint family. also naturally lowers a chickens temperature.
Lavender -As well as relieving stress and promoting calm among our chickens, Lavender is full of antibacterial properties, and also a great all natural rodent repellent.
Garlic-Chicken keepers have been giving garlic to their hens for decades, possibly longer, to help them treat infection and respiratory problems but also to improve their appetite and the size and quality of the eggs they lay.
Seaweed Meal- Over 70 essential naturally-balanced elements, minerals and amino acids including vitamins A, B1 and E, copper, cobalt, magnesium, iron and natural iodine.
Black Sunflower seed- adds protein and make feathers shinier and more water-resistant. Black oil sunflower seeds will increase egg production in hens, and promote weight gain. They also increase the nutrients in the eggs.
400g, 1kg, 2kg resealable satchels
What size do I need?
We recommend 1 cup per week to 5 chooks or 20g per chook per week.
400g is approximately 4 cups.
1kg is approximately 10 cups.
2kg is approximately 20 cups.
Does not replace normal feed.
As with any animal, when you give them ice or excessively cold treats, their bodies begin to cool down. The issue is that after a temporary cool-down (normally about 10-15 minutes), their bodies begin heating back up again. But this time, not naturally. Their bodies have already acclimated to the heat slowly with the rising of the sun, but now their bodies are forced to cool down naturally on their own while the temperatures are already hot and heavy. This can lead to heat stroke and heat exhaustion, especially if you are doing this multiple times a day. This causes the chicken’s body to heat up and cool down over and over again until their systems simply fail and become ultimately stressed.
Instead of allowing them to pick at ice cubes and frozen treats, you can stick a regular ice cube (just one) in their waterer to help keep the waterer at a normal, cooler temperature for longer in the mornings. However, do not add ice water to their waterer on a regular basis, especially once it has gotten extremely hot. Regular well water temperature will be just fine.
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Mixed reviews from Janet and Liz
I think this mix helped keep our girls cool on some hot days. We need to entice them to eat it though - mixing with water and laying mash or extra meal worms. They keep leaving the petitas behind. Janet the frizzle complained but she ate some of it