Gooday, i have been looking through this site for over a year now for various bits of advice and have finally joined. We have had four chickens for about six months now. They have been terrific fun.My two young daughters have had a fair say in the design of the coop which took Dad about six months of weekends to construct. The four girls moved in and the eggs kept coming. My girls love collecting the eggs, feeding the scraps and generally following them around our garden which they have full access too. As a result they have learnt how to responsibly handle and look out for our chickens. We have had incredibly hot weather over the last three days (40 degrees plus)and have changed the water and provided more shade as a result. We watered them down last night. They produced four more eggs this morning as normal but did show signs that they were hot. This afternoon i noticed that one had lost a few feathers around its neck. About an hour ago i went out and discovered they had all died. I am starting to think they might have been poisoned by something in the garden that they have eaten or the heat has been too much. Has anyone got any advice. How do you nurse chickens through a heat wave? Thanks noodleandpoodle.