Chickens and Heat Distress, What to Do

When Should you Supplement your Flock with Electrolytes?

In the heat of summer, there are warning signs when chickens are suffering from heat distress. Once you recognize these signs, consider them as a reason to add electrolytes. Electrolytes are available in feed stores that carry retail poultry products, even Amazon will have it. You’ll find easy-to-follow instructions on the back label informing you how much to put in their drinking water. 
Warning Signs Heat Distress
Panting, holding their wings away from their body.
Combs and wattles a deep red, or pale.
Restlessness.

Signs of Heat Stress | What to Do
Much more dangerous is Heat Stress. Below are the signs your chickens are in great danger and could even die if you don’t act quickly.
Not eating or drinking.
Pacing.
Disoriented.
Wobbling.
Lethargic.
Dark reddish-purple wattles and combs.
Submerse chicken in warm water (a 5 gal. bucket from Home Depot works nicely) and move the bird to a shady spot. Don’t bring the bird indoors, it will only cause more stress when returned outside. A fan nearby would be ideal. Don’t try to force water, when the bird cools down it will drink on its own. Chicken feed is not important at this point,  don’t push it, offer watermelon instead.

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