it’s been hot here the past couple days in denver. we’ve had to take care to water our garden and pots of herbs early and well in the morning before the sun’s heat sets in. we also have to ensure the first ladies have plenty of water and shade. in high temperatures, it’s not good to handle hens as it stresses them out and can affect egg production. they are only able to cool down via panting (like dogs do) or by flapping their wings to get air moving around them and interacting with them unnecessarily means they have to spend their energy freaking out instead of chilling out. during the hottest part of the day they congregate behind the four large tree stumps in our yard for shade and protection.