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urgent help needed how to keep chicks cool.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by sonic164, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. sonic164

    sonic164 Out Of The Brooder

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    I've just been up to check my flock of 4 and there all laying down panting with the wings open how can i keep them cool ??
     
  2. CherryChick

    CherryChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How old are your chicks?

    For my Chickens they are about 3months old. I go out periodicaly and put ice cubes/ huge chunks in their water. I also have heard that freezing water bottles and then laying them around so they can lay next to them to keep themselves cool.

    I hope this helps [​IMG]
     
  3. sonic164

    sonic164 Out Of The Brooder

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    there exactly 9 weeks today and thanks
     
  4. FlashPointFarm

    FlashPointFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can freeze water bottles and set them in the brooder.
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Well - they're doing what they're doing (panting and spreading wings) to keep themselves cool aleady. You can put a small fan on them to help create a breeze, some offer frozen veggies or the frozen jugs of water in the run (although mine always avoided them rather than cuddling next to them [​IMG] ), make sure they have shade, even if just with shade cloth. Yeah, it's hard watching them look so miserable, isn't it? [​IMG]
     
  6. silkeysandra

    silkeysandra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know nothing about chicks so this info is what I do for my hens. I freeze a small water bottle and put either in their cage or where they like to snooze, usually on the porch. I put out several so nobody fights over the cool spot.
    Could you bring your little ones inside? I have heard of folks putting them on a towel--dry--in the bathtub during the hot part of the day, then back outside once the sun went down. That's only if the room is warmer than 78 degrees. I have turned on the heat lamp in the bathroom to warm it up for when I bathe my animals to keep them from getting a chill. Might work for your little chicks. Let us know how it goes.
     
  7. sonic164

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    i've sprayed the ground with water and put some frozen bottles in and the've just gone to sleep on them. they are alive btw i checked that and alot cooler then they were so i think that's worked thanks [​IMG]
     
  8. pjknust

    pjknust Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello All,
    This is my first post. Im wondering the same thing. This is my second batch of chicks. My first order of 14 ( 7 NHR and 7 BR) was July '08. I have 5 left. So it was time to get more for the eggs. They free range in my back yard.
    My new chicks, 7 Buff Orp came from MPC and are all doing great. They are 5 wk today. Its HOT HOT HOT here in TEXAS. Over 100 every day, from 100 - 110. I have been bringing them inside about noon, and just the past 2 nights taking back outside about 8:30 pm and its still about 97. I have one huge frozen bottle in their 4x4 pen. Its in the shade at all times. I remember with my first batch, one day I went out and they were panting and spreading wings, scared me! so I kept them in the house in the afternoon, but I dont remember for how long. I put them out in my chicken house at about 3 mo.
    I also wet the yard around bushes and such for the old hens. ANd wet the ground in the chick pen, and have a little flower pot saucer that I keep water in , in case they want to wade in it.
    Im wondering at what age can they stand the heat to stay outside all day.

    I love this forum and am already thinking about getting more in the fall when its not so hot. Just havent decided what kind to get yet, I may get a straight run and have some roos to eat.

    thanks!
    pam in TX
     
  9. snazzyboots

    snazzyboots Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do the frozen bottles. I also give frozen fruit n veggies. They love them. Sometimes I will hose run down. It cools it off for a bit. Good luck
     

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