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Losing another hen to this awful heat

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by gritsar, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    Days in the 100s with the heat index even higher. No rain since the latter end of May. Lost a hen earlier this week to (what I think was) a combination of heat stress and her egg peritonitis. Now my best broody Doe is dying.

    I have her here in the office with me. Feeding her electrolytes and have her on ice packs. I think it's too late. I'm angry with myself for not checking on her more often this morning. It's her first day back in the coop after an injury.

    Ready to cull all my roosters because hens just can't take being chased for mating with it so hot out.

    Just really frustrated right now. [​IMG]
     
  2. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

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    Awww [​IMG] I'm sorry for your loss if u keep seeing over heaated hens or roos try bringin some in and put a fan on.. they'll love that. I hope it gets cooler where you live!
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks &amp; Impys - OH MY!

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    They have fans in their coops, lots of ventilation too, but they free range. They usually hang out in the shade until later in the evening.

    Doe has passed. [​IMG]
     
  4. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Quote:Sorry to hear, what about a four foot devider or something to just keep the boys in the same area away from the girls?

    Its just as hot here (FL) Plus wildfires- I got rain yesterday and maybe a 1/4-1/2 inch more today- boy do we need it... I have a kiddy pool in the pen and my pen is full shade late evening- (fully shaded eastern side and above) I have 6 weeks -6 years in there and no heat problems (yet *knock knock*) they do go stand in the water (I had an egg laid in the water three days ago-ewwww) - the water is under full shade all day w/o any sunlight.

    We are are *this* close to water restrictions so I know getting them used to misters then having to pull them would be hard on the birds.

    My brooder is outside also, off ground no sunlight except late evening and an extra wind baffle for increasing circulation and decreasing draft. They were hatched June-19th.
     
  5. equinelyn

    equinelyn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] I'm sorry about your doe...
     
  6. alabamachick

    alabamachick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dealing with the same here in South Alabama... I've been giving them frozen watermelon...Ice in their water buckets, and letting them free range all day so they can find their own cool places to lay. There is just no way around the heat though...Its just miserably hot...

    [​IMG] that your hen makes it...
     
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks &amp; Impys - OH MY!

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    By the brahma coop, which all the birds have access to, I keep a hose dripping. This has created a nice mud puddle that they all seem to enjoy. The hose is connected to a well that wouldn't get used otherwise, so I don't worry about restrictions with it.

    There's a large shallow pan under the hose, but most of the girls stand in it, so it has to refill often. Plus, they have access to Kane's (our dog) kiddie pool.

    You have given me something to think about. I may see about moving all the boys to the brahma coop and moving the brahma girls in with the younger hens.
     
  8. <3ChickenForever

    <3ChickenForever Fire Is Catching

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    Quote:[​IMG] awww I'm sorrry [​IMG]
     
  9. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    Quote:No problem, if you can ad another line of hose an irrigation hose first then the regular hose, it would move the mud puddle- but you could 'irrigate' a large canvas cloth - like an old sheet- (think swamp cooler) and have it spread out suspended off the ground to give full shade (opposed to tree shade only) and then they have A/C kinda
     
  10. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

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    Sorry to hear you lost Doe. [​IMG]
     

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