I am a newbie. I have an eclectic group of 28 chickies. I have some light & buff brahma's, BO, PBR, RIR, NHR, EE, silkies, sulkies, and polish, and a few unknown's! They r fully feathered and r 7, 8, & 9 weeks old. We finished the coop and run Sunday morning and put the girlies out there. We have them on a schedule where we let them out around 8am and r trying to get them to go back in around 8pm. Their outside run is enclosed (with poultry netting, nothing that would keep rain out) and it's 24x14 and the coop is 17x8. So, all that being said. The temps here in western MD have been in the 80's & 90's with high humity. The girlies weren't really introduced to really high heat and humidity while they were in the basement in their brooder. I would open the garage door to let them get fresh air, but our basement is air conditioned also. Now that they r out, they r panting. I have ice in their water and a small fan in their coop. My ?'s is: could I put a water mister out in a part of their run that they could use if they wanted to to cool off??? My next ? is: After I let the girlies out, I have to go to town and will prob b gone for 5-6 hours. We r supposed to get thunderstorms. No tornados ro hail, just heavy rain. Will they know to go back in the coop? Or since I know it is going to rain should I just leave them in the coop until I get home in the afternoon? Please help! Any suggestions or opinions r greatly appreciated!!!