Holding out!

CRCL

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I put my 5 week pullets in pen ( separate enclosure within pen) and within 5 days my 2 big hens stopped laying eggs. Martha and Mary are avid layers. Martha is a Rhode Island Red and Mary a New Hampshire Red. Should I be concerned?
 

CRCL

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The hens are laying again. It's so hot here that Martha just stands in one of her water pans. Hilarious to watch. She won't even move when I add more water to it.
 

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She won't even move when I add more water to it.
Will she move for treats?
Beware of heat stress/stroke, it can kill them.

It's so hot here
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Deep all day shade is best but....I don't have much of that.
This has worked very well to keep heat stress/stroke at bay:

I give a dose of Sav-a-Chick electrolytes/vitamins about once a week during heat waves.
It really seems to help....started this after they saved a heat stroked hen once.
Can mix up a smaller amount, just wrap the packet tight and store in a dry cool place.
Always have plain water available too.
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BIG(9x14x2") chunks of ice last all day for wading, sitting, and sipping.
Much more useful to the chickens than frozen foods and treats.
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Make space in your freezer!
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CRCL

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The electrolytes are sage advice- Thank you. I am in Fort Worth, Texas.The blocks of ice I use are frozen 1 gallon empty milk containers. I put 4 in pens for the pullets and frozen water bottles in all the water sites. I hooe this will help. I also mist the birds with water.
 

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