How They Keep Their Cool and Beat the Heat

It has been broiling hot lately. Hot enough to cause fatalities among flocks of friends. Chickens do have a method whereby they lower their body temperature themselves, but in hundred-degree temps, if precautions are not taken, the red cock may crow over your flock. This is what the chicken can do.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA By panting, which replaces warm body air with cooler air, and stretching his wings away from his body, this rooster attempts to maintain a healthy body temperature. Fortunately, there are also things I can do to help my flock weather the weather, such as:

increasing the number of waterers available

putting ice in waterers

providing plenty of shade

lightly spraying adult chickens with water several times a day

Actually, I discovered a even better way to help… on image to enlarge.Screen Shot 2013-07-10 at 12.52.14


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Faith on July 11, 2013 at 10:30 am

    That last trick is one I use on my kids. I think the one on the left is my second favorite next to the pompadour mirror-gazing chicken.


    • Hahahah! I laugh whenever I see one of your comments. Yes, that popsicle trick is good, isn’t it? Definitely a handy one to teach chickens.


  2. Posted by Grandma on July 11, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Happy to see your healthy, happy chickens! Wow, there are so many things to think about when raising chickens!


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