Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by noodleandpoodle, Jan 29, 2009.

  1. noodleandpoodle

    noodleandpoodle New Egg

    Jan 29, 2009
    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.
  2. Hello and Welcome to BYC ! You will love it here and a lil warning for you , Its very ADDICTIVE !!!
    Sorry to hear about your loss. All we do is make sure they have shelter and shade with lots of fresh water. Thats about all i can think of sorry not to be of much help.

  3. sussexgal

    sussexgal Chillin' With My Peeps


    40c is about 104f.... yowser.... perhaps some of our warmer weather members can give you guidence. Where ya from?
  4. B. Saffles Farms

    B. Saffles Farms Mr. Yappy Chickenizer

    Nov 23, 2008
    Madisonville, TN
    [​IMG] from TN
  5. Dandelion007

    Dandelion007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2008
    Durant, OK
    Which breed were they? Did they have plenty of shade and water? Sometimes you have to force air flow with fans. Sorry your loss and hope the children are taking it well.

    I have a Black Cochin and even she is able to tolerate 100 plus temperatures. Hard to even think about high temperatures with the low temperatures we've been having in Oklahoma.
  6. Dandelion007

    Dandelion007 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 7, 2008
    Durant, OK
    Oh, forgot...

  7. cockadoodlemom

    cockadoodlemom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2007
    [​IMG] and sorry about your loss. When it heats up here we make sure everyone has fresh cold water and shade. I freeze water bottles (coke, water, gatoraide whatever ones I have) and keep those in their water and a couple in the shade so they can get by it and cool off. Sometimes I water down the area they are laying in and try not to feed them too much cause the extra weight can cause them to over heat. Hope this helped
    Last edited: Jan 29, 2009
  8. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan

    Glad to have you here! I hope you'll keep posting and become a regular member of our community!

    I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. [​IMG] Shade, access to the outdoors and plenty of cool, fresh water/ice water are essential in hot weather.
  9. momofdrew

    momofdrew Chillin' With My Peeps

    last summer I set a fan up where they could catch a breeze if they needed one...sometimes they sat rightin front of it other times they stayed away...I would freeze their water or put ice cubes in the waterer... they drank a lot during the not feed them corn in hot raises their temps...

    I am sorry for your loss... I lost 3 of my silkies this morning to a dog...
  10. christmaschicken

    christmaschicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2008
    Christmas, Florida

    from Christmas, Florida...

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