We've been having an extremely hot summer here in NC (not unlike many other parts of the country). It's also quite humid, so even on the "cooler" days (under 100) the heat index is usually about 105-110. I've been quite concerned about my chickens getting too hot during the day. Their run is mostly shaded by trees (we live in the woods) so they have plenty of places to get out of the direct sun. We have a 5 gallon waterer and a 1 gallon waterer that we fill every day and put ice in the waterers in the afternoons. They have many little dirt holes that they've dug out and roll around in, same thing the dogs do to cool off. Still, when I go out in the afternoon to bring them treats (usually just scratch, cut up hard boiled eggs and semi-thawed frozen corn) and collect the eggs the chickens stand around me with their beaks open panting. I'm not really sure what else to do for them...is it really a good idea to put a baby pool with a couple inches of water in it for them to cool down? The baby pool we bought for our puppy last year is too small for the now full grown dog, so I'm sure he'd be willing to let the chickens borrow it. Besides the panting, the other thing that concerns me is that they all seem to have a bit of diarrhea sometimes. Not all the time, there's still lots of normal looking chicken poo around, but diarrhea always freaks me out a little. This is orangeish brown, quite liquid diarrhea. I haven't seen anything bloody in it, no worms (they were all wormed about a month and a half ago - two weeks apart to kill any newly hatched worms...). It doesn't smell particularly bad. I mean, all poop stinks so of course it doesn't smell great. But it doesn't seem to smell abnormally bad. None of the chickens are acting "sick", nothing abnormal in their behavior other than the panting. No real changes in egg production. So I guess I have two questions, or a two part question anyway. Is it possible that the extreme heat is causing the chickens to have a bit of diarrhea? And, if so, what can I do to help cool them down. (Their coop is very well ventilated and they're outside from about 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m...or whenever they decide to go to bed.) We don't have electricity run to the chicken yard, but I'm not sure fans would be effective anyway since they're out in the yard all day. Thanks!