I took every precaution, provided plenty of water, shade, even placed extra tubs of water for the chickens to stand in, but still lost two very dear, sweet hens to the scorching heat yesterday. As a matter of fact, and much to my shock, I found a three foot RATTLESNAKE, rattling it's rattle in my driveway at my cat!!! I wasn't even aware the Roanoke Valley had Rattlesnakes! Lord have mercy! What in the world is going on ?