I am really concerned about my chickens as we have just had a 96 degree day with many more to come I am sure. We are new to the South and I am also new to chickens. We have our 12 week old Orpington and Sussex in a chicken tractor, portable chicken pen. I had them in the shade of a tree today (the morning sun was still on the pen until I put a gazebo up to block the heat) All of them were panting pretty much all day and one of the hens (orpington and one of our favourites) seemed particularly stressed. I am thinking of getting a long cord and setting up a fan near their pen tomorrow. Can I mist them with water in the heat of the day? What are some tried and true ways of dealing with this? I REALLY don't want to lose any to the heat.... HELP!?