HEAT! 100+ how to cool em down

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nelgkel, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. nelgkel

    nelgkel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey there, I have been reading everyones tips about keeping cool....Live in FL today it is 95 with heat index hitting around 105 VERY HIGH humidity! ice in water, spray down run, small pool in run with water for their feet to cool down..NOW i put a fan out there...they are panting, which is normal here, but now wings are open trying to cool themselves...any other ideas? Please..


    thanks!!
     
  2. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Sounds like you are doing everything you can.

    I burry frozen water jugs in the ground and they love to lay in that area and dust bath in the cool soil or just lay on the cool ground, the water stays frozen longer this way also
     
  3. chics in the sun

    chics in the sun Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine are panting and the one Marans in the 'quarentine' cage has her wings spread. I've got as much shade as I can on the three new ones that aren't allowed to free-range and find the coolest areas of the yard yet. I don't think there is much else we can do. I did take out some nice cold yogurt, but the new ones didn't seem to know what it was, so I hope they found it and ate it before it gets hot and gross. I'm about to take them out some more ice for the waterers.
     
  4. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Frozen fruit treats. Watermelon is great for this. They will love it!
     
  5. nelgkel

    nelgkel Chillin' With My Peeps

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    gave them frozen brocolli...out of frozen watermelon rinds...i like the frozen water in the ground..may try that one..

    thanks...
    it is awful, awful hot!!
     
  6. TerriLaChicks

    TerriLaChicks Overrun With Chickens

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    Frozen watermelon--they love it, or any other frozen veggie. I also use the frozen water in plastic bottles. Have a feeling it's going to be a long, hot summer...[​IMG]
     
  7. LadyBeartoothMamma

    LadyBeartoothMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad that this topic came up, I have water in the freezer now as I am writing this., and decided to turn on the fan for them cause its getting hot here, but theyve got plenty of water and shade, but the funniest thing though they got a little scared when the dan came on lol..
     
  8. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Shade and water. Fans are nice too.

    It was 104F at my chicken house at 5pm: just water and shade; panting and wings held from the body are normal.

    This is why it is important to raise breeds that are best adapted to our temps in the deep South.
     
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  9. PriceFamilyFarms

    PriceFamilyFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today I installed a misting system for my backyard flock. I had ordered 12 of them to use in the runs for the breeding pens I've built/building and thought I would do a test install.

    The birds love it! The runner ducks got right under the spray and were flapping their wings and quaking like crazy - it seems to take the edge of the heat quite well.
     
  10. LadyBeartoothMamma

    LadyBeartoothMamma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats so cute about the ducks.. [​IMG]
     

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