It is 103 outside and I saw my chicken sunbathing on concrete!

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by watrazom, Jul 25, 2016.

  1. watrazom

    watrazom New Egg

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    We totally freaked out and thought for sure she was dead, it is SO hot outside and there she was lying down on the hot concrete, right in the full sun, but a step or two away from the shade. I went over to check her out and she jumped up and ran away. Can this be normal behavior for this extreme heat?
     
  2. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes. Chickens are insulated against tempertaure extremes by their feathers so the hot concrete wouldn't faze your hen. They are after the vitamin D radiation. They absorb it through their feathers as we do out skin.
     

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