Realizing that my chickens might be suffering in the stifling heat, I turned to my trusty source of information, Backyard Chickens, to see what could be done to keep the girls more comfortable. I found a great wealth of information as usual, but for some reason, my birds didn't respond to their proven advice. They evaded every cooling measure I took. I tried to put a fan near their favorite cool spot, no dice. I tried putting frozen water bottles near their food and water dispenser, thinking they would be like the other chickeners' hens that sat by the blocks of ice to keep cool - nope. Then I tried hanging wet towels up on their run fencing, thinking that the hot breeze would cause a nice cooling effect through evaporation. I think I made a steam sauna instead. The girls, in an effort to avoid all my attempts to keep them cool, ended up huddled in a pile in a central location as far from all of the cooling devices as possible - stupid birds!