Hot outside, panting chickens/ anything I can do?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Shrader, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. Shrader

    Shrader Songster

    Apr 7, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    It's been really hot here in CA.
    The chicks have good shade to sit in,
    and their coop is pretty cool inside,
    but they still sit around panting
    and I feel really bad.
    Is there anything I can do to cool them off?
  2. Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy Songster

    May 2, 2007
    Naples, Florida
    I let the garden hose run in the corner of my run sometimes. Plus I took my horse's black rubber feed bowls and put them in the run and fill them with water too.
  3. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing

    Mar 10, 2007
    I like to give my chicks watermelon on hot days....nice and cold and they love it! Provide lots of cold water.
  4. thechickenfarmer

    thechickenfarmer Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    Any kind of melon is great to keep them hydrated. Hosing down the run or putting a sprinkler on will keep the temp. down for a while and will really help during the afternoons. We had a very hot summer last year and these things worked for me. [​IMG]
  5. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I spray mine with the hose. They didn't like it when I first did it but they seem to like it now. Also try to keep their water cold. They don't like hot water. I have a large shallow pan out in the chicken yard and when they get hot they stand in it to cool their feet.
  6. Judymae

    Judymae Songster

    Apr 22, 2007
    Merit, Tx
    I give mine frozen grapes. They love it. So do the ducks!

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