One thing I promised myself this year was that I was not going to complain about the weather. Summers here are horrible. I know . . Missouri is having 100+ degrees today too. They may have a couple of weeks of it. We have at last three months of it. Some days are worse than others. But, at this point, we’re here because we (or maybe just HIM) chooses to be. Nothing is holding us here so, since we’re voluntarily here and could leave any time . . we’ll just stop complaining and live with it.
Oh . . Vince has a cold. I can’t complain. I had a cold in June, then the arm/shoulder issues, then the high blood pressure . . but good grief . . it’s a cold! When I’m sick, I go to bed and sleep for days. Vince isn’t a good sleeper at best. Last night, he couldn’t use his CPAP because he was all stopped up. I feel bad for him. When it’s so miserable outside and there are so many things to get done and you feel awful and you didn’t get a good night’s sleep, it’s ok to be grumpy . . so long as you do it when I’m not around!
But . . here’s the real blog post.
It’s Hot! Not a complaint . . just a statement.
Ah . . look! A cool spell on Tuesday. Seriously, 97° is hot but it’s 10 degrees cooler than 107°.
The chickens are suffering. I’m not sure how many more days of this they can take. They’re picking all their feathers out. They’re so uncomfortable. I really feel bad for them. We took the mini split out of the sewing room and Vince kept it. It was struggling to keep a 1,000 square foot room cool but I’m betting it would work great in the chicken coop. Even a swamp cooler would be better than nothing. Remember . . Vince is feeling bad. He was not impressed with my idea of air conditioning the chicken coop.
We have fans out. We keep the fans on our side of the fence so as to not have so much cleaning to do on them at the end of summer. You can see that there’s also a kids’ pool in there. I keep just a few inches of water in it so I can dump it several times a day and put cool water in it.
We have two of these kinds of misters going.
We have misters hanging in fruit trees that water the trees while at the same time providing a bit of cool mist for the chickens.
Lastly, I put the hoses from the solar well around trees. If I connect three hoses to that well, it’s a slow trickle but it will pool up if I leave it long enough. The chickens like to play in the mud.
Except for the one mister, all the water is going onto fruit trees so it isn’t too much waste but it does mean I have to walk out there and move things around every hour or so.
They say that the heat is harder on the chickens than the cold. They can take a day or so of this heat but days and days and it’s starting to take its toll. They’re looking sad, laying fewer and smaller eggs. I’ll be happy if they all survive!