Do chickens pant?

andorraclaim

Songster
11 Years
Nov 28, 2008
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East Austin, Texas
My silkies and showgirls are panting in the hot Texas sun. Is this normal or a symptom of a disease? Droppings are normal, eyes, and nostrils are fine...
 

Jolyn

Songster
11 Years
Apr 5, 2008
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Northern California
Last summer i thought mine were dying of heat stroke because they were panting so much. They were fine but i did add a fan and misters in the coop and run!! It gets so darn hot here in Sacramento.
 

1birdlady

Songster
11 Years
Nov 13, 2008
137
2
149
Spring, Texas
Oh yes, our 4 girls DO pant in our Texas heat.
Most of the hot afternoon, they just rest, or nap...... just today, put a large pan of water in their run, with a blue ice thing in it, and they LOVED it!

We did this in the afternoon, around 5pm and by 7 the ice thing was done and the pan of water muddy. But they had a good time with it..sipping and drinking the whole 2 hrs.
 
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imtc

Songster
11 Years
Oct 30, 2008
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I'm in Austin, Tx. and have an EE that's been doing the same thing. I'm glad someone else opened a thread about the panting...I was a bit worried myself after all the talk of MG.
 

andorraclaim

Songster
11 Years
Nov 28, 2008
175
2
111
East Austin, Texas
According to the local chicken masters I know, other than MG and CRD, gape worm would be the only other disease symptomatic of panting. But, we supposedly never get gape worm down here.

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