We're over in sunny Adelaide here - where it is over 104 degrees (over 40 degrees celcius) for the next 4 days!! It was just over 100 (38 degrees celcius) yesterday too. This is CRAZY weather for this time of year.
I have my dogs and birds inside and usually manage the heat with my chooks - just 4 of them (suburban set up) by cooling them down with the mist setting on the hose (they love this) regularly during the day and providing cold watermelon and corn kernel iceblocks all day. They have a shaded place in the run they dig a hole in the dirt and sit.
Just went to check on them a while ago and my Wyandotte is in real distress. Never seen her that distressed. They 'puff' in the heat but she is 'panting' and floppy. She usually doesn't let me hold her but allowed me to pick her up and examine her. The other 3 are distressed too.
I've put tarp down on my laundry room floor and covered the washing machine and such with sheets and they are inside with a fan on. We only have cooling in the lounge room - the rest of the house has nothing.
Will they be ok in there? Is there anything else I can do for them? They are obvious stressed, as their poops are all watery too.
They just had some cool corn kernels from the fridge and have a big bowl of water there (they are not used to a bowl, they have a drinker in the run).
Any suggestions would be appreciated, I'm real concerned for them.
Edited by NewAussieChook - 12/15/15 at 7:10pm