My Flock.......and the heat!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by GAhen, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. GAhen

    GAhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got my new camera, so I took some pictures while my flock was in the coop.
    The heat in GA is terrible...I hope it is not negitive on my flock???
    I am providing lots os water, to make sure they have plenty. They love watermelon too!
    Here are a few of my chickens...

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    The grass is really greener on the other side.......

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    The Duke.....cockerel....he is crowing now!

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    I love the contrast in this picture.....RR and Barred Rock Pullets

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    My two new girls checking out the nesting boxes....no eggs yet......hopefullu next month.

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    My three Reds.....

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    My Barred Rocks are my favorites....they have grest personalities and are such pretty girls too!
    Thanks for checking out my flock....
     
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  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Nice birds! The BRs are my favs, too. Hey, my grandfather had a farm in Carrollton till he was in his 90's and had to leave it (he died at 100). I went to West Ga College and met my husband there in 1975. Both my sons graduated there, although at that time, it was called the State University of West Georgia.
    I know how hot it gets there. I'd just wet down their pens and put ice in the waterers plus do what you're doing giving them cool fruits, plus some plain cold yogurt would be great, too.
     
  3. GAhen

    GAhen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks...
    I never thought about yogurt......
    I read where some where giving electrolytes too???

    How cool that you have a Carrollton connection...
    What part of the county?
    My husband and I both graduated from WGC in the early eigthies.
    It is now the University of West GA.
    It it HOT and Humid here yuk!
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I don't even recall the road my family farm was on, isn't that terrible? It wasn't far from the college, maybe route 101 or something like that? I may be WAY off base, though.
    I've never given electrolytes, but if you just keep the cool water coming and cool yogurt-plain with active cultures, which I think they all have now- they should survive just fine. It's extremely hot here right now, maybe 15 degrees hotter than normal with heat index at about 112 degrees!
     
  5. firechicken

    firechicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah it's been pretty hot here in GA. My birds stay in the coop almost all day where the fan blows and there is plenty of shade. I put some food and water in there for them so they don't have to come out if they don't want to.

    In the evening just before dark, they come out for a dust bath and to poke around what little grass is left.

    And those are some nice looking birds ya got there.
     
  6. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Nice birds. I like the BRs, but then again, I have Doms.

    It's 95 here in Raleigh already. Supposed to hit 103 today.

    I've been putting ice in my girls' waterer and misting them in the late afternoon. They seem to love the water when I put the ice in it. They all crowd around and drink. They HATE the mist and hide as far away from it on the opposite side of the coop as they can.

    They're not big into treats, although I got a couple to try some sliced grapes last night for the first time and they seemed to like them. I may try some yogurt at lunch time when I refill their waterer.

    Their run and coop are mostly in the shade and they seem to be doing OK. They are panting more than normal and hang out under their coop in the dirt a lot. But they still come running/flapping when I call them.

    Whew! Stay cool everybody!
     
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  7. chickiepoo

    chickiepoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This has probably been asked before, but... how do you feed the yogurt?
     
  8. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

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    It's very hot here in NC too. I have a very grassy yard for them but there are some places in the shade that has no grass and they lay there during the day. I go outside every couple of hours and hose down the dirt so it's very nice and cool for them to lay in. I also refresh their water during the day.
     
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  9. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    I just spoon maybe a half cup into a bowl and they to to town. Sometimes, I make them oatmeal and use the yogurt to cool it down by mixing it up in the warm oatmeal, but that's usually in cooler weather. Just give it to them plain in a bowl, maybe with some berries dropped into it.
     
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  10. Avrilon

    Avrilon Out Of The Brooder

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    GAhen, you have some beautiful birds. And yes, it's so hot here in Georgia... just checked and it's 95, but "feels like 105". I can't wait for October and blue skies and little humidity again! Thanks for showing us your gorgeous flock. [​IMG]

    Avrilon
     

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