Caring for your Birds in Hot Weather!
The average body temperature of a hen is normally around 102 – 103 °f, additionally, their layers of feathers trap the air which retains body heat keeping them well insulated. This natural insulation system is great in cold weather, but makes hot weather much more dangerous for chickens.
Chickens cannot sweat, but will cool themselves by panting, spreading their wings and laying down to try to reduce their temperature. Additionally, the blood flowing through the comb and wattles will cool and recirculate back through the interior part of the body.
During hot conditions, the amount of water consumed will increase and the amount of food eaten will go down, also egg laying will probably drop.