Why do Chickens Pant?

Chickens start to pant at around 83 F, but just because they are panting doesn't necessarily mean they are overheated. Like dogs, chickens don't have sweat glands, so they pant in order to maintain their body temperature. They also spend most of their time outside taking dust baths and scratching around for bugs. To prevent overheating, you can fill plant saucers up to 2" of cold tap water. The first time you put the saucer in their coop you must introduce the chicken to it. Once they understand it is water they will use it to keep cool. You will want to regularly maintain the saucers as sitting water can lead to pest and bug infestations.