Do chickens pant?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by andorraclaim, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. andorraclaim

    andorraclaim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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...
     
  2. chickenlittle32

    chickenlittle32 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 19, 2009
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    It is normal with the heat. Mine pant and open their wings a little bit to help cool themselves off.
     
  3. IHeartCapnHook

    IHeartCapnHook Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh, they pant in the Texas sun!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Quote:They pant in south Georgia shade, too....
     
  5. andorraclaim

    andorraclaim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    All this MG/MS talk lately and I was starting to wig out a little.
     
  6. Jolyn

    Jolyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  7. 1birdlady

    1birdlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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  8. imtc

    imtc Chillin' With My Peeps

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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.
     
  9. andorraclaim

    andorraclaim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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  10. freefly

    freefly Out Of The Brooder

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    90 here. I put ice in there water
    They love it
     

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