As a responsible chicken owner, it is up to you to look after your chickens when the weather is extreme says Vanessa Joyce-Briggs — after all, your backyard hens are more than just pets, they are part of the family.
Ms Joyce-Briggs loves chickens and knows them so well that she recently shared her wisdom at a workshop run by Shoalhaven City Council Waste Services.
She tells people who are interested in getting chickens at home that if the summer heat is bothering you, it is definitely bothering your feathered friends.
The workshop focussed on how to keep chickens happy, why chickens are a good investment for maintaining a sustainable garden, and how to look after them — especially in the summer heat.
According to Mrs Joyce-Briggs, keeping chickens is “not rocket science” and is about getting the little things right like covering the coop with a tarp or umbrella to protect the birds from the sun and heat.