I have four free range chickens. Yesterday was hot and getting humid... 112 degrees??? Found my polish crested, 9mo old yesterday afternoon laying on the patio, unable to walk or lift head and she was panting rapidly. I brought her in the house and gave water with dropper and she perked up by evening. I put her out again this morning before the heat came. She walked a bit and then stood in the shade and never moved around with the other chickens. We bought a mister last night and I put that on. She sat right next to it, never left it and got all wet. She just doesn't seem to have any energy and it's getting so hot. So I brought her in again. I haven't seen her eat much, but she did poop yesterday.... I haven't noticed this morning. I gave her a little water/calcium as well as I could. BTY, how do you get a chicken to open their beak so that you can administer water or meds??? I felt her abdomin and do not feel an egg/mass. Her tail is more on the droopy side and not sticking up. She really looks so much better than yesterday, but not herself, quiet, slow, inactive. I had a chicken die over 2 weeks ago. I don't know if it is related. No signs of distress, just found her one morning in the coop dead. I'm really nervous because I'm supposed to go out of town this evening and I don't know that the dog sitter will be around much or willing to check on her. Should I keep her inside the whole weekend? Any other suggestions?