It’s been so hot out here lately that when we go check the chicks in the late afternoon, they are all panting! I’ve never seen a chicken pant, but their little beaks are open and they look so hot! Can you imagine being out in 90 degree days in a coat of feathers???
Two days ago, when all three of us went out to see them in the early evening, Charlie flew up onto one of the chicken “huts” as easy as pie. Time to clip his wings—again! So, Max and I cornered him and caught him. He didn’t try to peck at us or be nasty at all---just tried to get away. Then, as we were doing it (it took all three of us) we noticed two chickens had escaped outside the pen. So Max and I went out and caught them fairly easily. That’s when we decided to clip all their wing feathers. It is a quick and painless deal, but a few of them were NOT happy about it. Now, at least they won’t be able to fly out. They can still jump and climb up on many places in their yard to get off the ground.
When I went out the next day, it was like they were still mad at me… they huddled together inside the metal shed- --three tried to squeeze into one little cubby reminding me of kids trying to fit as many as possible in a VW bug! Amazingly, the shed does stay cooler than outside at certain times of the day. We also mist their outside area (which is already shaded with trees) as well to keep things cool and the bugs to the surface for them to snack on.
Have a great day and stay cool any way you can!