Help! My silkies are to hot, lost Curlie yesterday.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Noah'sMom, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. Noah'sMom

    Noah'sMom New Egg

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    Does anyone know what I can do it's 109 today and I lost Curlie, very sweet silkie they're all panting very heavily, I thought about hosing them down but I don't want to make things worse.
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  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    They need a big fan and ice water.
     
  3. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    there are a number of things you can do- if possible use an extension cord and set up a fan in the coop or run (where ever they are hanging out) so that they get a good breeze, you should buy (if you don't have any) some gallons of water and freeze them- then put the frozen jugs out for the chickens to lean on and sit against. You can also put out shallow pans of water for them to stand in- might be good to go out and get all of them a little damp- dip their feet and bellies in water. Mist them down with a sprayer, and give them some frozen peas or berries if you have any. Hope this helps!
     
  4. Meghalu

    Meghalu Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you live in an area with dry heat, misters work well to cool them down, but not so much if you live somewhere that is already really humid.
     
  5. Mama_hen

    Mama_hen Out Of The Brooder

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    My husband and I are going to make a home made frig, we have been looking into making things for the hens that would not need any power. Haven't made it yet but when I do I'll let you know if it works. We have a tarp covered area for the hens, so we are going to somewhat box that in. It's like a spa but much cooler. I hope this works......[​IMG]
     
  6. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    I filled a big tub with cold water today and gently dunked each bird (not all the way under of course). Only one of them actually seemed to like it - my big buff orp. Our heat index was about 110 today. I know my dogs act like they feel cooler when I wet them down, so I figure it had to help the birds feel cooler [​IMG] Frozen blueberries, watermelon, ice water... DH told me he fully expected me to have the chickens in the kitchen when he came home.

    I'm sorry about your Curlie [​IMG] I hope your chickens fare better tomorrow...
     
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  7. classicsredone

    classicsredone Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Our birds really like to wade in a shallow dish of cool water when it is hot. We have a mister on a timer to go off once an hour, too. That way it doesn't get too wet in the area, but still keeps it cool. I also freeze pie pans full of water and some treats to encourage them to peck for veggies or fruit.
     

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