An Air Conditioner in the Chicken Coop?

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Yes.  You read that correctly.  We put an air conditioner in the chicken coop.  Are my chickens spoiled?  Perhaps.  But they are alive!!

Living in Phoenix, I am challenged with keeping my chickens alive during the summer.  Our temps have been known to creep up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  Fortunately, that isn't normal.  But 110 is still darn hot!!!  

In the past, I have set up misters for our hens to cool off with.  However, after we moved, I discovered that the place where the misters could be set up also happened to be in full sun.  The chickens aren't too dumb. They realized that they could cool off in the misters, but didn't spend too much time there in the afternoon as it didn't offer any shade.

A month ago, or so, we had a 118 degree day.  Hot.  Way too hot.  Despite the misters being on and available for cooling, we still lost a hen to the heat.  My husband and I started discussing how we were going to keep the chickens alive this summer and he painted a picture of something similar to the Cool Zone on an NFL sideline.  Perfect!  

I started looking for a small and simple evaporative cooler that we could put into the coop on those extra hot days!  There are lots of portable evap coolers, but they were a bit larger than what I was looking for.  Then, by a stroke of luck while on Amazon, I saw a “if you like this, then you might like this…” picture of a small air conditioner.  Wait.  AC?  In my chicken coop?  Would that work?

Well, why not??  And it would be easier because all we would have to do would be plug it in!  We didn't have to consider the water factor.  The fact that it could be easily installed AND it was less than $200 sealed the deal.  

I ordered an air conditioner on amazon for my chickens.  Yes, I did shake my head and laugh out loud.  And I also wondered why I hadn't thought of this before!

The chickens LOVE it!  I think they are relieved, actually.  I always felt bad for them because even after the sun went down, they never really got to cool off!  I will say, it isn't freezing in there – I mean, it is a wood shed – not exactly air tight.  BUT!  It is at least 20 degrees cooler than outside.  They must love it because when I check on them, they are ALL in the coop, perched on their roost opposite the AC, with their feathers blowing in the cool breeze.  

Yes, it is a tad ridiculous.  But they give me food!  And if they are super stressed about the heat, they won't give me their delicious eggs!  So, if I can cool them off a bit, keep them alive, and keep us in eggs, everyone is winning!

Does anyone else in warm climates air condition your chickens?  Please, tell me all about it!  At least I won't be the only crazy chicken lady!

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29 Comments on “An Air Conditioner in the Chicken Coop?”

  1. We couldn’t afford an extra AC (I did think about it), but did put a fan in our chicken house during one extremely hot, humid summer. The poor dears would be on the roost with their beaks open and wings spread, trying to cool off. They appreciated the fan.

  2. haha! Oh hon I do understand the heat. Been here in Phoenix (now Chandler) for 17yrs. But, it’s home for us! Great idea on the portable unit. Our youngest daughter has been asking for chickens (we lost our little maltese back in April (prior to that went through a goldfish & hermit crab phase)and are now animal-less), however, my husband and I both know the care it takes to have ANY animals on hand. (Although I would love the fresh eggs to for my family) We’ll let the idea marinate some more. However, thanks for this tip!

  3. Yes me too. I put one in my coop last summer after losing a chicken to the heat here in Kingman, AZ. We had a really hot spell for a couple of weeks exceeding 110 which is really hot for northwest AZ. My coop is 8×14. I also have a fan above the AC. My only problem is keeping it clean and dust free. I put an extra AC filter over the front. It helps but I still would like to figure out a way to prevent dust from entering. I do shake it out every day. Any suggestions?

  4. Love this! We just bought a small ac from Amazon for our coop, too, and are counting the days till it arrives. Swamp coolers and sisters do no good in southern Missouri.

  5. Yes we live in Florida and we have one in our barn where we house our chickens, mini pigs & bunnies. They may be a bit spoiled but I don’t have to worry about them during our hot humid days here. I let them out early in the mornings and late afternoons for exercise and free ranging.

  6. I see you chose a window unit for the chicken coup but ductless units are another great choice for larger chicken coups. With that said, it looks like your chickens will be cool and happy now !

  7. Wonderful article:) We just installed an air conditioner in our coop! I couldn’t keep our chickens cool last summer during heat waves….misters, fan, and frozen bottles didn’t help….had to resort to bringing the in the house during the afternoon heat.

    Aldi has small window air conditioners 5000 btu for only $99…….. will only use during heat waves in the afternoons……

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  9. It was crazy to read that it can get up to 120 degrees in Phoenix! But I really liked your idea to incorporate an AC unit to an outside place. My husband is thinking about converting our shed into a man cave. I’ll be sure to pass along the idea to maybe add an AC unit to make it cooler in the hot summer days! We’d probably hire a professional to help us out with it since we aren’t that handy.

  10. I use air conditioning for my chickens here in Sacramento, CA and my chickens love it. Not strange at all. They feel hot; they feel cold; they are living organisms like us.

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