Keeping chickens cool

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by seminolewind, May 28, 2008.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    My temps here are in the 80's and will be in the 90's for the summer. My chickens are already panting. I feel like I need alot of help here. I have a fan in the coop which doesn't do much. I gave them ice water today. They have nice shade under trees. I just hate watching them pant. Tell me what you do, thanks
     
  2. mandomama

    mandomama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We had a heat wave a while back and mine were panting too. We have a covered run that has shade and I put there water in the run. They seemed to do fine. We have three windows and a fan in the coop too.
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    Other than making sure they've got shade and fresh water, I like to wet down an area of the run in the shade so they've got damp dirt to lay around on.
     
  4. love-my-wolves

    love-my-wolves Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have very hot temps here, and we keep a fan on, and ice bottles in the run, and cold applesauce once in a while. They love it. Oh, and I keep a container of sand near the fan, so they can dust bathe in the cool sand. They like that a lot!!! Steph
     
  5. Aurie

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    something more to think on... thanks.. here in Louisiana, we have already had many 90 degree days. I know the summer is only going to get hotter.
     
  6. dlhunicorn

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    When your chickens are continuously panting you need to put electrolytes in the waterer

    stop feeding scratch and remover feed during the hot hours of the day (placing a melon will often help them hydrate as they will often avoid their waterers)

    Here are some extension articles specifically dealing with hot weather stress:
    http://backyardchickens.yuku.com/topic/639
     
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Thanks all for answering. Gosh, out of 10,000 members, we must be the only ones with panting chickens. Maybe we're doing something wrong.
     
  8. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Quote:Thanks so much. The articles were wonderful.
     
  9. Southern Gardener

    Southern Gardener Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1. Add nutritional supplements to the feed or water.The electrolyte balance in birds is altered during heat stress due to panting. Panting increases carbon dioxide loss in the bird, which reduces the birds ideal water intake. By adding electrolytes to the feed or water, birds increase their water intake, which aids in keeping a constant body temperature and maintains an effective system of evaporative cooling.

    What and where do I buy the electrolytes? My girls are panting like crazy in this Louisiana heat!
     
  10. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    You aren't alone, I have panting birds too!

    You can get electrolytes (comes powderform, usually, in a packet) at feed stores or farm & ranch stores that sell poultry supplies.
     

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