I lost a Hen, Opal about a week or two ago. Up to the morning I found her, she had been healthy, laying, and eating, dust bathing, etc. Just found her below the roost dead. It has been 100+ for weeks with no end in sight for us here in South Texas. Awful!! This evening, all of my big girls were in the yard dust bathing and looking really good. There were panting, but they do that all afternoon here with those temps. We went to Whataburger for dinner, and when I came home, I checked the nest boxes, and Violet was half off the roost that is attached to the nest box and DEAD! She was fine an hour before that. i am so sad. I am down to 4 large laying hens and 3 banties. I have 12 that at 12 weeks old, but I am afraid I will lose all of them to this awful heat. We have a fan in the coop, it is on 24/7. They have access to fresh clean water and free range from about 2pm until dark. There are lots of trees on our property with plenty of shade. I give everyone a spray of cool water before I let them out to free range. The coop and run are in the shade. Anyone have any other ideas for keeping these girls cool? I don't think I can use a mister because we are in a record breaking drought and cannot run a sprinkler but 2 times a week at weird hours. Help!