Buttercup beats the heat!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Tina D, Jun 1, 2011.

  1. Tina D

    Tina D Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 2, 2010
    Dutchess County, NY
    This heatwave is kicking our butts! I have been going out to check on my girls' food and water all day, and adding ice cubes to the water. I've been making sure they stay in the shade. I gave them some frozen broccoli.

    Buttercup, my BO, has been especially miserable. She is so fluffy! One time when I went to check the girls, Buttercup really had me a little scared. She was panting so hard, and looked weak. She was holding her wings out away from her body. I held some ice water to her and she wouldn't drink. She wouldn't taste the broccoli. I was panic stricken! So, I filled a casserole dish with ice water, and dipped her feet in. But she didn't perk up. I grabbed a bath towel, and put it in the ice water. I squeezed some of the water out, and wrapped Buttercup up in the cool, wet towel. Thank goodness, she perked up after a minute or so! She even stopped panting. Then I got her to take a sip of water. After she looked better, I dipped the towel in the ice water again, and squeezed it out again. I put down a cold pack from the freezer, and fashioned a "nest" out of the towel on top of it. Buttercup settled herself right in! Whew!


    My other girl, Lillie, hasn't been too bothered by the heat. She's much smaller, younger, and less fluffy. She drinks a lot more, too.

  2. gertiie

    gertiie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2011
    Warsaw, Indiana
    good thinking ! I am glad she responded to it well !!
    I am not looking forward to the heat this summer either. [​IMG]
  3. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    Central Florida
    Quick thinking, and I will remember the ice nest!!
  4. Rockin' Reds

    Rockin' Reds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 3, 2010
    Penrose, Colorado
    Aww...such a cute picture. Great idea!! [​IMG]
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Super idea! I'm going to use your idea!
  6. klpenny

    klpenny Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 1, 2011
    Good idea, you must love your girl(s) [​IMG]

    The heat has been really scary, one of my husband's clients brought in a 9 month old Pomeranian that was flat out, and unfortunately it didn't make it. I put about an inch of water in the baby pool that the chicks lived in as peeps, they weren't interested. They just hung out in the woods picking at the bugs on jewel weed.
  7. taprock

    taprock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Great way to keep them cool. Lilly is so cute and looks a lot like one of ours. What kind is she?
  8. FlockMama

    FlockMama ChickyBawkyChickChick

    Mar 11, 2009
    Washington State
    She looks so content and cool. [​IMG]
  9. pinkwindsong

    pinkwindsong Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 18, 2011
    Laurens SC
    how did chickens survive years ago when they didnt have dotting humans to tend to their every need and comfort.. shoot I m so good to my chickens I want to be one.. hahahha...

    I am going to slip your idea in my great ideas to keep in mind for future needs..

    blessings and smiles )O(
  10. Sassafras

    Sassafras Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 16, 2011
    great idea. She seems pretty smart too.

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