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Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Chickiegirls2, Jun 8, 2011.
7 wk old chicks panting...
anything to cool them down... suggestions?
Some friends told me to freeze some water jugs and place them around the coop.. also ice in their water helps too. I go out several times a day to check on everyone.. we have fans in the coop.. one oscalating on the nest boxes.. I have one broody that is sitting tight.. I know she has to be feeling the heat.
I'll be watching for suggestions from others
i have done the frozen jugs too. i also offer frozen watermelon and other cold treats. i noticed that spritzing the run cools the temps some. the chickies don't like it tho
Mine always avoided the frozen jugs of water. But you can stick one or two of them in front of a fan and it makes a nice cool breeze...
I only have 8 chicks, so I brought them back into the house until morning. I couldn't get them to cool down and my run doesn't have shade.
When they were out, I filled their water with ice, froze a gallon jug and put it in front of the fan. It was 104 here and humid. I had a cool whip bowl full of ice water that I brought to each one to drink. It was horrible. They were all on the floor, neck and wings stretched panting.
our coop has shade all day & is right next to the garden, which gets water daily, so it keeps the coop much cooler than the rest of the yard. also, we give them frozen watermelon rinds, cold veggies & put frozen water bottles around the coop as well as keeping lots of extra water for them to drink. so far, what we're doing seems to be working....
I stopped on way home and bought grapes to feed, nice and cool. Then took open pan of ice water out to them, they are clueless about the ice water, scared of it, but are dive bombing for the ice so it has to be cooling some. Considering the temp, they look great. It is worrisome, so hot.
I was just about to ask this question myself, I felt so bad for the chicks today when I went down, they were all pantig like mental...
Today was 96 degrees here. I filled their run waterer with half ice and half water. They seem to be doing fine so far, though. The coop is in full shade and well-ventilated so it's pretty much the same temp inside as out. Their run has dappled sun. They spent most of their time outdoors today catching the breezes and lazing in their dirt bath while I worked on adding security to their fortress.
Great post. We got up to 97 or so here today & my girls werent too happy. The roos complained more though
We supposed to be in the 100's tomorrow so ill be doing the ice jugs & ice water as well. Good luck dealing with the heat !!