Wow I wasn't expecting to lose one of the babies (well they are big girls now, but I raised them from babies) before Fiji since she is the oldest. They are not even a year old yet, but today's 116 or whatever temperature it was was too much for her. I got busy and forgot to put their ice block out, they have a fan but they stand on and around the ice to stay cool. Then I left and when I got back home I went to check eggs and she was in the nesting box with Shirley, and I don't know if she tried to get out and Shirley was blocking her way or what, but I got her out and she was still alive, and I brought her in the house and tried to get her to take some water, she made a couple peeps and died in my arms. Then I went out to check on Shirley cause she was wobbly when I took her out of the nesting box.
She was not good either, Trish was here and she was helping getting ice and everything, thanks Trish!! We got ice out to the girls in the run and a bucket of water, they have their chicken fountain but maybe it is not enough water in this heat. Although the girls outside in the run were hot but not bad like Shirley and Maggie inside the hen house.
Then we brought Shirley in to cool her down, she could not even stand up when we brought her in and she was panting hard. We gave her bits of water and she would drink it off our fingers. It took about a half hour to see improvement.
Trish took this picture as she was leaving, she used to be scared of chickens, not anymore. Shirley stood up as Trish was leaving. Once she was all better I put her back out with the girls and all is well, I wish I could have done the same for Maggie. I went and got a watermelon for them, and hosed down the run to keep it cool.
I called Jeff at work and told him about Maggie and he said he would bury her when he got home, I asked if he could make like a screen door type of thing that I could put up during the day and look what he did as soon as he got home. It won't keep a dog out but it will keep the girls in and I lock them up at night.
God blessed me when he made my hubby for me, I don't know what I would do without him and I pray I never find out. Thanks honey, I love you.
Thanks for stopping in. Hugs, Di
Jacqui Lines says
Awe, RIP poor Maggie. And yes, you are blessed with Jeff.
Di,I am so sorry about Maggie 🙁
Living here in WI, we complain about the cold and snow, but sometimes I think the heat is just as bad.
As far as hubbies go, God broke the mold when he created yours and mine, Wally. Mine,too, is such a kind, wonderful guy and I never want to be without him.
Kathie E Kelly says
Sorry to hear about Maggie!!!
Your hubby is definitely a keeper and how thoughtful of what he does. You are blessed to have such a wonderful husband.
My dad died at 93 three years ago. We always had chickens, mostly Bantams the last years, but he would have loved your stories and how you cared for your babies.
Sorry you lost Maggie.
Sorry for your loss
I guess you can't leave home in the heat!!!
That is why I could never do Az and it's heat
If I had chickens they would be wet
Sorry about your little Maggie. 🙁
Dianna Neary says
So sorry about Maggie. Would it be possible to put up a patio mister, and fan, set on a thermostat? I've seen them in various establishments in hot weather areas to keep people cool. That way, even if you forgot, they'd be taken care of.
Julie Davison says
So sorry to hear about Maggie! ((hugs))
Awww Diana, I'm so sorry about Maggie.