Dirty butt in hot weather

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by purpledonna, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. purpledonna

    purpledonna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi

    I have a lame chook who manages to still be the boss. lays the most eggs and hogs the food! We are currently experiencing some hot summer weather (40 celsius +) and I have noticed that on these days she gets a dirty bottom - pooh on her feathers - she doesn't move around much on these days as it obviously uses too much energy in the heat. I just give here a quick bath to help clean her up at the end of the day.

    Should I be doing anything else and is this normal for hot weather?

    Cheers

    Donna

    PS Maybe she is doing it on purpose to get a "swim" at the end of the day!!!! [​IMG]
     
  2. SunnyDawn

    SunnyDawn Sun Lovin' Lizard

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    Quote:She probably is trying to cool off! My vet suggested I give mine some frozen water bottles when it gets really hot. They love them! Just being close to them cools them down some.
     
  3. ginasmarans

    ginasmarans Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She might need to be wormed.
     
  4. purpledonna

    purpledonna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the responses.... already do the frozen bottles and freeze fruit as well, will worm them today!
     
  5. Stephanie-n-Hayden

    Stephanie-n-Hayden Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Summer weather in Australia! Wow. I don't know what 40 degreed C is when converted to F, but it must be warm if it's summer. It's freezing here in Kentucky. Getting below 0 F at night, staying around 15'ish during the day. that's cool.
     
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Mine do that in Florida in the summer. I'm pretty sure they drink more water in the heat, which makes their poo watery, and makes the feathers dirty.
     
  7. purpledonna

    purpledonna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]


    41 c = 106 f approx...... so yep it is hot! But I love it! [​IMG]
     
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  8. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Quote:OMG! That's too hot. I live in Florida where summer temps are around 92 F. With mega humidity
     
  9. purpledonna

    purpledonna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dry as here..... not much moisture in the air!
     

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