Two of my chickens died of heat exhaustion...

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by chickensrule45, Jan 5, 2015.

  1. Hi everyone,
    last night when I went to put my four chickens to bed, only two came out.
    I went around the back and found my other two lying near eachother dead.
    They were covered in ants and one of the ones who died was my only living EX battery hen! :( The other one was still young.
    I assume they died of heat exhaustion since yesterday was boiling hot!!
    Now I only have two left and I want to prevent the same happening to Henrietta and Angeline.
    Also, the chicken on my avatar photo is one of the two that died:(

    Any suggestions for keeping my last two cool and out of the heat?

    Thanks
     
  2. Book Em Danno25

    Book Em Danno25 Overrun With Chickens

    [​IMG]sorry for your losses[​IMG]
     
  3. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    I'm so terribly sorry about your losses![​IMG] That is horrible!

    The best ways to keep your flock is to provide lots of shade and cool water. Also, hanging frozen jugs with a fan blowing on them can keep the coop cooled down. Large bowls or buckets of water will allow them to dip their combs and feet if needed.

    Good luck and sorry again![​IMG]
     
  4. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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  5. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] We're glad to have you.
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Oh I am so sorry for your losses. [​IMG] Use a fan, hose down their area, put ice cubes in the water, feed cool treats and if you have too, bring them inside if you have AC. Sometimes however, the heat does get overwhelming. So sorry.
     
  8. ChickyChickens

    ChickyChickens Chickening Around

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    Welcome to BYC!!! There are loads of members on here…so if you have ANY questions…just ASK!!!

    Hope you have loads of fun and all your answers answered here on BYC the BEST CHICKEN KEEPING FORUM on EARTH!!

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  9. CrazyChookz

    CrazyChookz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi there! [​IMG] and our flock! Please ask us any questions, we're happy to help. Sorry for your losses.[​IMG]The posts above have some good advice.
     
  10. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    G'day, so sorry about your tragic losses. I think the best place for help would be the aussie thread "Australia, six states and one funny little island." They should know how to get their birds through the fierce heat.
     

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