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My chickens are HOT! Help!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Donnigan, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. Donnigan

    Donnigan Chirping

    Apr 30, 2016
    My chickens are panting and holding their wings out! How can I cool them off? I have been giving them fresh water every couple hours and they have plenty of shade! I had too spray my Jersey Giant hen, Hilda, with water because she was SO hot! Please Help!

  2. SueT

    SueT Crowing

    May 27, 2015
    SW MO
    Where do you live? What is the temp?
  3. a704

    a704 In the Brooder

    Aug 26, 2013
    NE ohio
    Freeze a water bottle and put it in the coop they will lay next to it to cool down otherwise get more airflow into the coop if it is more hot than outside the coop, or just het heat hardy breeds no point in fighting against nature
  4. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Hi there Donnigan

    While it is currently winter here in Aus, it does get quite hot and humid in summer. A few things I do to help keep them cool and hydrated are:

    * Watermelon is always a favourite in summer and helps with hydration.
    * I put frozen vegetables into water, again helps with hydration, cools the water and the bobbing for treats entertains them and hopefully takes their mind off the heat.
    * As they do not like getting wet, I damp down the dirt in their shaded run and they seem to like to lay on the cool dirt.
    * Or, if they are free ranging, I spray the vegetation in their favourite spot which not only helps the vegetation but keeps that area cooler and the water has a trickle down effect from the vegetation.
    * I also damp down and/or create puddles in frequently used paths etc, which they walk through and hopefully aids in keeping them cooler.
    * I do have a mister system set up on the run but only use that in extreme heat because we already have enough humidity and adding to it could encourage mould spores which can result in respiratory issues.
    * If someone is showing symptoms of getting a little too hot, I have damped down her face, wattles and comb.
  5. Kmac1

    Kmac1 ChickenAddict

    May 22, 2016
    Kingfisher, Oklahoma
    We live in central Oklahoma and the heat here is already in the upper 90's, and I have been wondering the best way to cool down my flock. I feed them frozen corn from a muffin pan today, tomorrow I will get a mister to cool them. Thanks.
  6. Donnigan

    Donnigan Chirping

    Apr 30, 2016
    It might be 100 degrees tomorrow! I live in the southeast usually we don't get such hot summers!
  7. Fletch83

    Fletch83 Chirping

    Jan 27, 2013
    We're in Texas so it's hot here, too. Do they have plenty of shade? That is absolutely one of the most important things.

    I give them ice water throughout the day and use electrolyte powder in their water as well.

  8. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Songster

    May 18, 2016
    Valley of the Sun :)
    chickens will be panting in hot temperature it's normal.. they will not die from it

    it can get to 115-120 here so

    1- the right breed for your area would be best-- if you live in desert states.. get breeds that can handle the heat well since around here even at 12AM it's still 100-103

    once you have the right breed.

    provide constant shade from the sun
    cool/cold water
    wet ground or bricks to lie on
    pans of water to stand in -- but make sure the water level is around 2in or so.. since they do drink from the pan as well so.. :/

    be sure that your coop have proper ventilation ( that small little window will not be enough)

    most of the chicken coop plans out there are worthless for my area

    keeping cool during the day is one thing but at night is also important

    my chickens are outside in the run during the day and in the coop at night
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2016
  9. mizz9

    mizz9 Chirping

    Jun 22, 2016
    Silicon Valley Area, CA
    I am having the same problem today. It is 99 out. They are fully in the shade. My chicks are 10 weeks old and the poor girls are panting a lot. They have a nipple drinker set up which works just fine, but since it is so hot I am wondering if it is too much work for the amount of water they are getting. I just put an additional bowl with ice in it and they were afraid of the ice! go figure. Once the ice melted all 3 girls drank a ton... I hope they are feeling better now. I am about to give them a frozen treat I made of canned corn, water, and scratch in a muffin tin.

    Luckily they seem pretty alert and active still. They are just panting a lot and one is holding her wings out.

    Breeds are Rhode Island Red, Barred Plymouth Rock, and Black Australorp. Thought they were more heat hardy?

    Anyone have any additional tricks for helping keep em cool?
  10. bk15

    bk15 Chirping

    Jul 22, 2016
    Right now it's 100 degrees I just give them fresh water in the mornings/evenings and hose the dirt down in there run for them other than that mine take care of themselves and I have not lost a bird due to heat oh and I have hardy winter breeds and they due fine they know how to take care of themselves just make sure you provide shade and birds will know what to do and how to take care of themselves so don't worry to much!![​IMG][​IMG]

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