Heat wave coming by Saturday with insane humidity. The sudden change from 70's/80 to 110+ heat index (on the heels of a ton of rain which has left everything super saturated/soggy/buggy) has me worried because my feathered friends (and everyone elses in the same boat) won't have a chance to acclimate. 30+ degree increase essentially overnight and expected to last several days. I'll set up fans, have lots of cool water and cool fruit treats like watermelon (with a bit of pedialyte?..) and hope they can hang on. Have a ton of family coming to participate in an all weekend townwide yard sale (including my nearly 80 year old folks who should not be in that kind of heat, mom with bad COPD but I know she won't stay inside) so it will be mayhem - am even afraid to let the birds free range so they can find the coolest spot they can (run will be shady but muggy/buggy as a result), since there will be a gazillion shppers around perhaps with dogs off leash. It's been challenging enough that Cooper's hawks are nesting 30 feet from the coop (will they EVER leave?). Funny how the weather can take something that's supposed to be lighthearted and turn it into a hand wringing exercise! I don't want my sweet roo (no spring chicken) in heat stress and me dealing with customers and not noticing in time! Good luck to everyone in the same weather situation. Thanks for letting me wring my hands here where people will understand! JJ Edited for crazy fast typed spelling!