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Panting Chickens

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by CallyB57, Apr 27, 2009.

  1. CallyB57

    CallyB57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]I have 6 chickens, about 2 months old. 3 light brahmas, 2 easter eggers, 1 orpington. It is only about 83 degrees max here so far - Louisiana. My brahmas start panting in the late afternoon, though they are in partial shady conditions until about 3:00 and from about 3:00 p.m. on they are in almost total shade. My other chickens do not pant, but the brahmas are panting even at 9:00 p.m. when I open the henhouse door to check on them. I have vent holes in both ends of the henhouse, a large egg door in one end and a 12" x 12" screened window in the henhouse door. I also leave their personal door (12" x 12") open until late (around 9:30 or 10:00 before I shut and latch it. I'm wondering if my brahmas are suffering unduly and is this natural for them, and should I use a fan on them? Sorry, I'm new with chickens.
     
  2. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Mine pant when they are warm. Just make sure they have access to plenty of water and shade. I am guessing it is humid there, which puts the heat index at about 93.....
     
  3. vortec

    vortec Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My light brahmas pant too. I am not worried as they are still the most active and do not seem to be bothered. It might just be something about the brahma breed. Its been around 90 here, so its been a little warmer. I agree with water and shade. Make sure they have that, and they'll be fine.

    vortec
     
  4. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    My brahmas pant. I think it's a coping mechanism for them as they otherwise do fine in the heat.
    What I noticed during the dog days of last summer is that they rest in the shade during the hottest part of the day and do most of their foraging in the early morning and evening hours.
    I added poultry electrolytes to their water when temps. reached about 90 or so and it really seems to help.
     
  5. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    Mine are panting also but it is hot and muggy here... I have been freezing water bottles and tossed a few in there and they love to snuggle down on em...
     
  6. Andora

    Andora Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2008
    Lexington, Kentucky
    My buff Brahma hen is panting today too! So is my EE roo. It's in the mid-80's here in KY too, and also pretty humid. They have shade and deep grass to lay in, plus two rabbit waterers and the duck bin full of cold water. My smart BO's are taking a dirt bath under a tree in some damp loose dirt...

    When it gets really hot I sometimes use the mist setting on the sprayer and aim it in their direction. Some of them love it and others don't. My SF's really seem to like the mist!
     
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