Secondly, it has made me freak out a little about my chickens. This, in fact, may be the reason behind my lack of motivation, as anxiety about things tends to knock me flat, figuratively speaking. It is SO uncomfortably hot, and there isn't much shade in their run until early evening. Although it would have been a pain in the booty to build around, it makes me wish the huge oak that used to stand right next to my coop was still there. That would have made a huge difference. I guess I should be grateful it fell before I built my run instead of after.
So I've been spending a bit of time outside, sweating my proverbial balls off, coming up with ways to bring my chickens a little relief. I looked for misters, but no one around here carries them (and with this humidity I doubt they'd do much good anyway, since their cooling power lies mostly in evaporation). I've replaced their water multiple times a day, often adding ice to it. I've put a tray of ice in front of one of the large fans I have running in their coop. I put some small sprinklers in their run and turn them on a low mist during the hottest part of the day... this was a shot in the dark, as chickens don't like water, but I caught several of my chickens walking in and out of the water, so they seem to enjoy it. And today, with the heat index of 119, I tried something else. I put a splitter on the hose I have the sprinklers connected to, attached another short hose, and re-hooked the sprinklers. Then I ran the hoses over the top of the coop so the other side of the splitter is pointed across the roof. I opening the valve just enough for the water to spray out, covering much of the roof. I had been reading about roof sprinklers to cool down houses, and thought this may be an effective way to cool the coop.