Can chickens get heat exhaustion

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nonhankins

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Can chickens get heat exhaustion
« on: July 18, 2006, 20:28 »
I need help!!

I have two blue cochin hens. Up until about 5 days ago, when the heat notched up a few more degrees I had two happy hens laying fairly regularly.

Since that, neither have laid an egg in 5 days and one has taken to her coop and refusing to come out for love nor money (well sweetcorn anyway).

Is this common in the heat? Or is one broody? I don't know anymore.

My hen that's taken to her coop, looks very sad - how can I make her smile?

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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2006, 07:29 »
Definitely!  If you PM me your address (don't worry, I'm quite safe), I've got a booklet from MAFF (DEFRA now) about heat stress in Poultry if you'd like it

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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2006, 07:59 »
I was out there yesterday with a plant mister spray cooling them down, luckily the coop is always in shade so doesn't heat up too much.
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2006, 08:47 »
We live in France and on Tuesday it got up to 50c - I decided that as the ducks like a good hosing down - tried it with the chooks - most enjoyed it but the cock took it as an insult and below his dignaty - pompous chap that he is.
However they really enjoyed the small pools of water afterwards for scratching about in - they also enjoy a good dust bath
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« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2006, 11:29 »
My very young Cock jumped in the duck pond the other day, I swear the ducks were laughing at him.

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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2006, 18:30 »
I  have taken to sprayin them - one is not sure - but the other comes running to the spray gun now like it's  a tin of sweetcorn - they also seem to like eating crushed ice cubes - don't ask!

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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2006, 11:32 »
does this make their tail and wings droop?

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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2006, 13:22 »
No doesn't seem too, I don't soak them, just give them a cooling spray



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