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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by kplchicken, Jun 27, 2007.
How can you tell if chicks are over heating? If they have shade, are they ok in extreme heat?
One sign that they're really hot is panting. How hot is it there and how old are your chicks?
They hold their wings out a little from their bodies too.
Does panting and holding their wings out mean their overheating, or just hot? I'm freakin' out now! Mine do this anytime the temp is past the low 90s.
It is HOT, 104 right now. Should I give them ice or a frozen block? Tons of people here have chickens- I know that they can tought it. They have shade but maybe they got too much sun today. I will move them to a more shady apart of the yard tonight after it cools off.
Run an extention cord and use a fan (but not at night when it cools down). I did that and it helped my 3 week olds tremendously!
Panting and holding their wings out is a chicken's way of cooling themselves. Provide good shade and fresh cool water several times a day to ensure they can maintain body temp. Some people also mist their chickens in extremely hot climates, although I'm not sure if you should do that on chicks (especially if they're not fully feathered) as it may cool them too much.
I also wanted to add to avoid using scratch grains in the summer as a treat. It creates more body heat because it takes more energy to break down.
It is hot in the high 90's and very humid here. I have a fan I turn on during the day to help cool the chicks. I also make sure there is fresh water and add a block of ice in the waterer. I certainly can feel a temperature difference when I go out to check my chicks. The fan and ice do help alot.
I wouldn't freak out too badly. I have 15 4 week olds and 2 2week olds outside here that are doing just fine. I live in Arizona and it has been in the 110s for a few weeks now. Mine seem to do fine as long as I give them ice water and I also freeze 2 liter bottles and put them in the pen for them to lay against. This helps a lot. Also, their whole enclosure is shaded to protect from the sun. I haven't lost a single one to the heat yet! They are tough little buggers! Hope this helps.
The thing about the southwest that I liked when I visited was the low humidty.
Heat is not so bad but heat and high humidity can be a killing weather here in the southeast. In high humidity and extreme heat conditions the sweat can't evaporate from the skin to help cool the body. Where I come from in Ga it was sad every summer to read of old folks, babies, pets and farm animals dying from heat stress due to lack of a/c or a cool place to go. It takes a real toll on everyone especially in August.
I have 46 almost 5 weeks olds. When I go out and see them panting in the shade with a fan and cold water I worry about the stress on them.