Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by irf1983, Jun 17, 2009.

  1. irf1983

    irf1983 Songster

    May 7, 2009
    Brooksville, FL
    We live in Florida and right now is it extremely hot and humid. My chickens always seem to be panting. They are in a large airy run, with plenty of water and shade. Is this normal, is there anything I can do? I'm worried they are going to overheat. Thanks.
  2. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    they're hot... try giving them some cool watermelon or something along those lines - cool cantelope, etc. It helps to cool them down a little bit. [​IMG]
  3. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Add fans also - can make a crucial difference. Just so there's a spot where they can stand in front of it if needed to cool down. Some folks also use misters that can bringthe air temp down notably.
  4. jbowyer01

    jbowyer01 Just Me!

    Aug 29, 2008
    Hogansville, Georgia
    I took freezer packs and put them in some big ice cream containers. You know the big ones you buy at sams and costco. Put them in the coop or run, they'll be kinda frightened at first but then they'll lay against them and cool off. I also put ice in their waters. I know what its like, I live in southwest Ga. its suppose to be 100 today!
  5. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

    Jan 11, 2007
    put electrolyte/vit in the waterer (Durvet is a common brand sold at feed stores> do not overdose!)
    set out a shallow pool for their feet and put one of those plastic blocks from the freezer (you know the kind you use in a cooler) in it during the hottest part of the day... cooling their feet helps.
  6. Andora

    Andora Songster

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    My chickens sometimes pant when it's very hot too. In Kentucky it's only that hot sometimes, not everyday. I usually hang the water hose over the fence and put it on the mist setting--I do it for the ducks, but then I realized that on hot days the chickens like it too!
  7. agirly4chicks

    agirly4chicks Songster

    Feb 16, 2009
    Hamilton, Georgia USA
    This was soooo needed. I live in Georgia and it is close to 100 every day for the past week and I don't think that will change until September. They all have their beaks open. I am not home during the hottest part of the days but will try to do some of these tricks.

  8. cybercat

    cybercat Songster

    May 22, 2007
    Greeneville, Tn
    Keep them in complete shade. Also get yourself a mister to cool the air some. These can be had at pond supplies places or even a reptile store. It makes a fine spray that helps cool the air some.
  9. deidreschultz

    deidreschultz Songster

    May 27, 2009
    Melbourne, FL
    I live in fl as well and i was very worried yesterday. they were panting early in the am, and by afternoon some had their wings hanging way low. i did give them watermelon, and even tried to mist them with the hose. they wanted no part of the hose. we did put a fan in their house yesterday, so hopefully that will help. i'm scared they'll never make it through july and august. i think we are going to try the misting thing next. the watermelon just isn't going to do it.
    good luck
  10. DebbieLynn

    DebbieLynn Songster

    Feb 9, 2009
    East Tennessee
    The same here and I have my hoses set on mist and hanging on the fence. My other chicks that are free range have multiple areas of deep shade and they enjoy a leaky water hose that they will stand aound cooling off their feet as needed. I don't know what else short of air conditioning a coop we can do!

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