BEAT THE HEAT, Helping Chickens Survive High Temperatures


Beat the Heat Chickens Mister

High heat is dangerous for chickens and measures must be taken by their caretakers to ensure their well-being, particularly when
temperatures increase suddenly. Heat stroke, heat-induced stress and death can result when a chicken is overheated.

Beat the Heat Chickens coop

I hose down areas around the coop in the heat of the day while replenishing waterers.
Beat the Heat Chickens thermometer in coop

The normal body temperature of a chicken ranges between 104°-107° F; it regulates its body temperature by the amount it eats and by panting. In cold weather, a chicken will eat more to convert the energy in feed to body heat. In hot weather, a chicken will eat less to avoid increasing it body temperature. Since a chicken has no sweat glands to cool its skin, it depends on evaporation from panting for cooling. A panting chicken is cause for concern and immediate remedial action.
Beat the Heat Chickens in nest box

Since a chicken will eat less feed in the heat, a change in feed from layer feed, containing 16% protein, to grower feed, containing 18-20% protein, will help them get the protein they need. While layer feed contains the added calcium laying hens need, grower feeds do not, therefore oyster shell should be provided free-choice (as always). Oyster shell should never be added directly to feed. Each chicken has different calcium requirements and too much calcium can cause organ damage. Without adequate calcium, weak egg shells and brittle feathers can result. A chicken will eat the calcium it needs when it is made available to them free choice.

6/13/2016 9:44:03 AM

Thanks for the ideas on keeping the girls cooler as they are suffering in this early heat. My girls love water/rain/puddles and if I didn't know better I would swear they are part duck.

Kathy Mormino
6/15/2012 12:15:29 PM

Great point Patty.

Kathy Mormino
6/15/2012 12:15:12 PM

Can't lose with frozen fruit, mine love it too!

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