It took me awhile to write this post because I’m still a little choked up. I lost my 2 biggest girls 2 days apart last week. As my vet said, funny thing about chickens is sometimes they just die!
As some of you know it was very hot last week, over 90 degrees the whole week and reached 100 degrees at least once. Chickens usually do well until it starts to go over 85. That’s when shade sails and fans come into play to keep it shady and the air moving. We wet down the run with water to cool the soil and the girls will dig a shallow hole and lay in it like your dog does to beat the heat. We put ice in their waterer and snack them with frozen blue berries. I even cut up slices of zucchini and froze it in a cake pan of water to give them something cold to peck on.
I’m telling you this because the only thing these 2 beautiful girls had in common is they were both the largest girls in the hen house. Our Black Aussie was the one who gave Stewart the rooster a run for his money on Valentines Day as she was a lot bigger than him. I don’t think he ever outgrew her. She was a vey heavy girl and a challenge to pick up! Same with our Buff. This was a picture of her last year but she got so big this year she waddled everywhere she walked.
I just think the heat was a little too much for the two girls.The vet explained overheating can cause a heart attack. So sad……..
Rest in peace…….