Originally Posted by Fizzybelle
Fancychooklady, that's an idea, spraying the trees too, though I risk spraying my neighbours deck. I do have some vetafarm spark liquid to add to water. They don't seem to mind the taste of that at all, I think it's sweet actually. Chilled watermelon is always a winner around midday, for them and myself.
I've only dunked them once the temperature hit 35 degrees, using cool tap water, and all were dry within half an hour. I'd never wet any of them in winter unless they seriously needed a bath, and then they'd get a full blow dry.
I appreciate the advice though Anniebee, as I know it comes from wanting the best for Aggie :) If she's panting badly, or any of them, I'll bring them upstairs where it's cool. The hosed grass though seems to be something they all really enjoy. They get moisture from the grass and it cools their feet. Fingers crossed the worst of summer is just about over for us and our chickens. Some of the heat waves going on around the country have been terrible.
The girls had some crickets as a treat today. Boy were they popular! Somehow I managed to make sure everyone got a couple.
Good idea Fizzybelle - to remove them to a cooler spot somewhere, if they are panting badly. .... Also if you have trees above them, spray them with water - to drip down and generally make things cooler. I do that a lot in the summer hot days here ( Victoria ) plus make their run into something akin to a bit of a mud bath ( it is devoid of grass - a real moonscape courtesy of the girls ).
Tried the frozen peas bit - didn't seem to work. I can't be sure, but it seemed they didn't like the green 'visitors' in their water. So I break up ice blocks instead, and dump heaps of that in their water to cool it down .... and it works. They love to chase tiny bits of ice on the ground too - then sip the cooler water. And of course water melon is number 1 treat on hot days.
Watering grass ( and we do still have some in a specific area of the garden ) .... is a bit of a lost cause, as if they are free ranging on a hottish day - the grass dries quickly, and besides they head immediately for their favourite spots under bushes to make short cuts to China - with their dust bathing. They nibble a bit of grass and then get off there, to cooler parts.
I do hope all who have been 'attacked' by the ghastly heat - especially up north, get some respite soon. The leaves here are turning, and now dropping, so I hope that gives you all a bit of hope that the same will happen up there.
Cheers all ..........