Our coop is shaded most of the day and during that time, the chickens seem to be pretty comfortable. For the past couple weeks though, there is a period during the late afternoon of about two hours when there's not much shade for them at all and they get pretty hot during that time. It seems that they can take pretty much heat, but I can tell by they're degree of panting and wing spread, when they are too hot. What I've been doing lately, when they get overheated is get out the garden hose, set the nozzle on spray and hose them down for about three minutes. It scared the crap out of them at first, but the more I do it, the more they tolerate it. As soon as I'm done, they just shake themselves off and become very active and lively and stay that way until they go in the coop for the night. There's no more panting for the rest of the day either. Anyone else do this? I'm going to lean a big piece of plywood against the run today to give them more shade. Supposed to be 98° today.