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Chickens can suffer with the heat of summer. Easy ways to keep them cool include:

* Providing extra shade with tarpaulin, awnings or parasols

* Hosing down the outside of the hen house a couple of times a day

* Making a wading pool just a couple of inches deep in a shaded area

* Freezing their fruit

* Freezing water in plastic bottles and adding to the drinking water to keep water cool or laying them in the run so that the hens can cool off by lying next to the bottles