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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by brooster, Jul 9, 2007.

  1. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    It is 110 degrees and super humid [​IMG]. My chickens arent used to the heat i have a fan in the coop and the water inside and out has ice in it. Nothing is helping! There has to be something to cool them off.[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2007
  2. bayouchica

    bayouchica Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    Hi, can you run so water on the ground for awhile?? Only other thing I can think of is a shallow pool for them with some frozen bottled water??? I have a couple of homemade pools for my chickens.They are made out of 2 by 4's nailed together in a square shape & a piece of bisque for the bottom to hold water, helps my girls out alot.
    I'll keep milk jugs fill with water & freeze them to put in the pool.
    I hope you chickens do okay. I'm ready for fall myself.
    Miriam
     
  3. chickflick

    chickflick Overrun With Chickens

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    I read here some time back about filling plastic bags with water and freezing them and allowing the chickens to sit on them.
     
  4. MayberrySaint

    MayberrySaint Chillin' Out

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    Wow...110 in Ohio...you better change your screen name to "broaster"...because it sounds hot enough to broast your chickens. Just make sure they have shade and cold water. Don't feed them any corn scratch and try to not disturb them.
     
  5. ThunderStruck

    ThunderStruck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in Nevada, and last week we hit 117 and we are suppose to be over 110 for a while and one thing i did was to freeze up some plain yogurt, cottage cheese, and some of their other fav snacks and give it to em in the hottest part of the day. My 4 REALLY enjoyed that! I also took to physically "hosing" em down. One other thing i found that worked well to was to add electrolytes to their water as well as about 1 tablespoon of ACV to every gal of drinking water. The ACV is because i found that they have a tendency to eat less in hot weather and it helps em to absorb more of the nutrients of what they do eat.

    Forrest
     
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    Even if you have a small tub or wading pool...dip them...they sweat through their combs and wattles and feet. Slifer would stand in there for hours...
     
  7. fowlweatherfriends

    fowlweatherfriends Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Electric FANS!! I thought it was a crazy idea to use fans for cooling-but it helps my birds SO much! It is the quickenst way to help cool them down and get the hot air circulated away from them. I run extension cords to the coop and to the run and brooder when its this hot. My thermometer said 110 yesterday.
     
  8. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    http://p072.ezboard.com/fbackyardchickensfrm1.showMessage?topicID=22798.topic
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    link above is stickied at the EZ location of BYC and are most of my collected articles on heatstress and how to deal with it.
    In addition I would just like to add my vote to the advice given here on providing water to cool them through their feet...this is very effective.
    Last summer when it was so hot here I noticed that my birds were really not drinking sufficiently (even though I refreshed their water every few hours and added electrolytes regularly)... so I put out watermelon... boy did they go for that!!!
    I also do not believe the water should be ICEcold... (when a bird is dehydrated it is always advised not to give cold water )...just ensure it is cool and fresh and set out in several places so they do not have to expend energy to get to it.
    Lastly...perhaps a crazy idea but if you dig an underground "cave" for them in a shaded spot would this also not be cooler than on the surface???
     
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