We had three of the meat chickens die of heat exhaustion yesterday. They had water, they had shelter but I was off the property for a few hours buying supplies, then we treated ourselves to lunch and did not see them go down.
By the time we had got home the wind had turned and was blowing hard and hot from a different direction, gale force hard and I think the fat chickens just got too hot and as they are coming to the end of their time they are a bit hefty. They have a moving wall that shields them from the wind but I was not here to shift it in time.
Immediately the girls and I dragged the cage further in under the tree, moved their wall, put ice into their water, actually standing the worst of them in the cold water for a minute, put electrolytes into their drinking water and they were all ok an hour or so later, except for the three who had already succumbed.
Everyone else was fine, the turkeys, who are also in a chicken tractor, were standing in their water when we got home. And they are not known for sensible behaviour. The pigs had their wallows and the cows were loitering under trees. (I took these few shots in the last of the daylight yesterday after it had started to cool down).
I am trying to think what we have learnt from this except not to go out for lunch! I have raised hundreds of chickens for the freezers and never had this happen. A combination of bad luck and bad timing.
The little pigs are finally allowed out in their garden with a mud puddle. They are a very happy bunch especially when they found a hidden cat toy! Poor Egoli moved fast!
I hope you have a lovely day.