It hit 108 degrees F. (42 degrees C.) here today. Our 10-day forecast, in fact, is all triple digits. We’ve been lucky to have not been hit with it sooner than we have this year, truth be told.
This is the cluckies’ first summer in Texas (well, their first summer ever, if you get all technical about it!).
Although it looks like I caught them mid-clucking, they’re actually panting, poor things. They hold their wings out away from their body (looks like they’re airing out their ‘pits!) and pant.
Amazingly, they’ve continued laying daily. One of them is laying eggs with some funky-thin shells, though — yesterday the shell was barely thicker than tissue paper (it made copy paper feel thick in comparison!) and it had give to it rather than being hard. We were leery of eating it, so didn’t keep it. Today that hen’s egg had a bit thicker shell, but not by much — it was hardened like it should be, but very fragile to the touch. In fact, when I picked it up, the pressure from my thumb cracked the shell. We’re assuming the same hen is laying those eggs (they were similar in color). But other than those funky couple of eggs, we’re still getting 6 to 7 eggs daily (we have 7 hens).
This little “alley” between the side fence and the coop stays shady most of the day and the girls like to hunker down there. So we’ve been spraying it down every several hours during the heat of the day to help keep the area cool for them. They don’t like to get sprayed themselves, but they sure love settling down in the cool, wet dirt!