Hello everybody, I would be really thankful for any suggestions on how to keep my chickens cool during the summer. I have 4 chickens; a Rhode Island Red, a Bantam, an Ameraucana, and a Plymouth Rock. This is their first summer in Southern Nevada. They were born sometime around September and have always lived here, but it hasn't been this hot for them yet. They have a wire fence area outside with a coop next to them. They are allowed to roam the whole backyard for usually a few hours a day. They have a dog waterer for drinking in their area and are always under the shade of a giant pine tree. They usually get some cold fruit and vegetables every day. Today I hosed down the soil in their area so that it wouldn't be as hot for them. They are ALWAYS panting and their laying of eggs has drastically decreased. The temperature here during the summer is almost always over 100 degrees fahrenheit. I'm thinking about adding a water tray and other water bottles in their area. And also freezing water bottles for them. Are there any other ways to keep them cool? I can't put fans in their area or add a mister. On a side note. My bantam has been picked on by the other chickens so she is always sitting in the laying box inside of the house. A few times a day she goes out to eat and drink and I always give her vegetables and fruits in the box. Even though I take her out to roam the yard on most days she still prefers to sit in the box after her dirt bath. I've tried isolating the meanest chicken (the rhode island red) but she and the plymouth still pick on her when she is out of her box. How can I keep her cooler when she is always inside a hot box?