heat stroke in florida..what to do.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Country Living Farm, Jun 13, 2009.

  1. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Songster

    Apr 18, 2009
    I have lost four, three week old chicks to the heat. Does anyone have suggestions on how to keep them cool.
  2. Boondachs

    Boondachs Songster

    Mar 23, 2009
    Calvert County, MD
    my god, how hot is it? plenty of water and shade (like a tarp - not a boxed up coop) and I would think youd be fine.
  3. poultryhaven

    poultryhaven Addicted to Seramas!

    Jan 19, 2009
    Ocala, FL
    its been almost 100 lately it was 95 in ocala yesterday [​IMG] i hate the heat
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    If they're in the coop, I set up a box fan for them.

    Some of mine were out free ranging in the woods yesterday and were breathing open mouthed. It was only 92F yesterday, and the woods are very shady. I think the 98% humidity played a large part in it.
  5. Tycine1

    Tycine1 Crowing

    May 26, 2009
    David, Chiriquí, Panama

    Set closed, frozen water bottles or milk bottles where they enjoy hanging out. Now's a good time to offer chilled watermelon, canteloupe or other cold goodies. Between them using the frozen bottles to reduce external temps and eating chilled goodies to reduce their internal temp and rehydrate them, this should help quite a bit.

    Does their area have plenty of air circulation, "a breeze?"

    Good luck and I hope that you are spared the loss of any more of your babies.
  6. ~SunSetsWest~

    ~SunSetsWest~ Songster

    Jul 20, 2008
    Central, Fl.
    Where are you keeping them? My temp was 90F in my mostly open air coop yesterday, and that is under trees.
    It's plain old flippin hot out, everyone is open mouth panting with wings out to cool them.. I have had no loss due to the heat though. Keep the water cool and maybe some electrolytes in the water...
  7. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    I also give mmy girls a good misting with the hose .. Cools em down quick...
  8. Lorettawyandotte

    Lorettawyandotte Songster

    Jun 12, 2008
    white springs, fl
    I mist the ducks and geese several times a day and empty and refill their pools in the heat of the day...I freeze gallon jugs of water to place in the brooder with my baby bantams right after lunch when it starts to cook up in their building...I keep wet spots in the sand in the chicken runs where they scratch about and half bury themselves to keep cool...watermelon and frozen tomatos are a big hit...going to be another scorcher today...
  9. Country Living Farm

    Country Living Farm Songster

    Apr 18, 2009
    Yep, put a fan on them today. I will try the frozen water thing and I started to water them down as well. We gave them watermelon the other day as well. They are under roof with shade and open to the wind but still it is HOT!!!!!!!!! I just hope I do not get home and find more gone. I can not afford to buy more of them and the fertile egg prices are killing me.
  10. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Fans are crucial. Some folks also use misters that bring the overall air temp down (there is a good amount of info about this on BYC, don;t have the links handy at the moment....). Keep water fresh and cool.
    I don't know how many birds you have, but whenever there's been extreme heat in my area, I bring my birds inside till it passes (basement where it's cool), but then I only have had a few birds at any given time...

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: