over-heated chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chicklover16, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. chicklover16

    chicklover16 queen of flirts

    Jun 3, 2011
    Em's Dungeon
    lately my chickens have been doing nothing but walking around with there mouths sagging open looking miserable, poor babies, I know there over heated but I don't know what to do to help them. any advice is appreciated, thanks
  2. NoseyChickens

    NoseyChickens Feathers On The Ground

    Aug 3, 2009
    Southern California
    Some people fill soda bottles with water and freeze them so they can cool themselves. Simply wetting down the run so that they can rool around in the nice cool dirt is helpful. LOTS of shade and fresh water. In some areas a misting system can be helpful if you live in a dry climate.
  3. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    also, put a couple gallons of ice in front of a fan, and it helps- have heard putting ice in a plastic trashcan, they can walk into the trashcan to cool off
    let them have a mudpuddle, or a bin with ice water to cool their feet
  4. poseygrace

    poseygrace Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 29, 2011
    I live in South Georgia and we've been having 100+ days. I freeze watermelon and other treats for them. I also fill their water container with ice in the afternoon when it's super hot. When my DH and I got married, we Honeymooned in Key West in August, and there were chickens everywhere. I take comfort thinking that if a chicken can survive Key West, it can survive anywhere.
  5. 8ROYALS

    8ROYALS Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2010
    Petersburg, Texas
    I have a small puddle that is for my overflow when I turn on the water and turn it off...so it keeps about 3-5 inches of water and they love it...just to walk thru and cool their feet...
  6. buildingmyark

    buildingmyark Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 2, 2010
    Is your coop in a shady area?
  7. ChicksterJo

    ChicksterJo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 19, 2011
    Grounded on Earth
    Keep their feet and legs cooled off. Mist them. Wet their run or give them a cool, damp place to lay/sit down. Put plenty of ice in their waterers. As long as they have shade and cool water they should be fine.
  8. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    I flood the ground under one of my really large bushes every night. It seeps in and by morning it's just a nice cool place for my girls to scratch out nice cool holes to lounge in all day! It's been over 100 here for days now and seems to be working! They also love it when I make them some big water puddles to walk in and drink out of!
  9. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 8, 2010
    Escondido CA
    I picked up some misters from Lowes today, they came in 10' lengths, for $15, I put them up around all three of my coops. I may just put them on a timer to come on for 10 minutes every couple hours in the afternoon, for the days I'm not here. Tomorrow, I'll have to come home for lunch and turn them on for a bit.
  10. ALRwild

    ALRwild Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Give them misters and fresh cold water AT LEAST once a day. If one gets heat stroke, put it in a small contained area inside your house with icepacks for the kiddo to lay on. Oh, and if your run isn't already shady, then go ahead and put a tarp over it to provide shade. You should also give them cool treats like milk, watermelon, cucumbers, and yogurt.
    Last edited: Jun 23, 2011

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