July 24, 2014

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The Vashon Country Store & Farm:
20211 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon WA 98070
Phone: (206) 463-3655

Store Hours:
Monday-Saturday 9:00am - 5:30pm
Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm

Shipping Room Hours:
Monday-Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm
Accepting packages on Saturday and Sunday to be shipped on Monday.

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Keeping chickens cool in the heat

How are your chickens coping with this hot summer we are having? One idea is to freeze water in two-liter soda bottles and lay the frozen bottles in the run for the girls to lay beside. Feeding them very cold watermelon will bring relief.   If you can relocate the coop, do so under a tree. Hosing down the roof of the coop and areas around the coop will help facilitate evaporative cooling. 

Since a chicken will eat less feed in the heat, providing laying hens with a ration higher in protein will allow them to eat less overall volume while continuing to meet their daily nutritional needs. Switch from layer feed (16% protein) to grower feed (18-20% protein).


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