While our summer temps here at about 5,300 feet above sea level usually average in the high 80's, Kansas heat (where we moved from) can get MUCH hotter. Last year one day was actually 118 degrees! In these high temperatures it is important to remember your animals too. For the most part farm animals are fairly tough, and with lots of cool water and shade, can survive some serious heat. However, even with water and shade, some animals (I'm looking at you chickens) just need a little extra TLC. Here are some tips that you may find useful when the weather gets hot:
1) Fill a couple milk or pop bottles with water and freeze them. Once they are frozen, place a couple in a shady spot where your chickens like to lay. It may take awhile for them to realize that it's cooler there, but they'll figure it out.
2) Make sure your coop has good ventilation. If you have power to your coop, you may want to set up a fan to help circulate air. This will also help reduce humidity in the coop.
3) Try to avoid feeding chickens corn or scratch when it's warm outside. This type of feed creates more body heat to digest than pellets or crumble. Watermelon is a great treat for chickens on a hot summer day.
4) If the humidity is low and the heat is extreme, try a water mister. Just remember not to let it pool.
5) WATER!! Lots of fresh water. You will want to check it and refill it several times a day.