If you are in Texas (or anywhere actually) and the weather changes suddenly, this can create a bad living environment
for your chickens. Its not only the drop on pressure, or the temperature but the problems can lie in the chickens
health and how they can handle the changes. A typical fall in Texas can range from nearly 90 degrees in the day time dry
weather, and suddenly drastically change to 35 or 40 degrees and a "blue norther" full of a sudden downpour and several inches
of cold rain.
The best weather for poultry is consistent weather, not too humid, and actually
dry is best for poultry overall. So what can you do during season changes? Over medication is not the answer neither is under
caring for your chickens either. Before the heavy rains come, be sure to add "Corid" or "Sulmet" antibacterial
to water you can treat poultry for five days if you use "antibiotics". IMPORTANT: DO NOT OVERMEDICATE. ITS
BEST NOT TO USE ANY MEDICINES IF YOU CAN AVOID IT OR USE AS NEEDED DURING HEAVY COLD RAINS OR FLOODING
A mild summer rain is not a problem and alright for a short time, but chickens should not be left in pens with standing
water. Keep your chickens dry as possible during seasonal weather changes.
Its no surprise that in Texas a heat spell can be bring devastation to farm livestock. This includes chickens. When the
temperature rises above 95 degrees for most of the afternoon your chickens will need relief from the heat. There are several
things you can do. First, be sure that the chickens have a covered area or shady plants to stay near for a cool spot.
Second, make sure that chicken have fresh cool water and that the water is in a shady area too. It won't help your chickens
if the water container is in the 100 degree heat. The water is too hot to drink.