Well it's been a bad night here for me as well. I had told you all that I have sick birds in my grow-out pen. Tonight we had torrential rains & since there was no vegetation left alive in my yard, it was just all dirt now there was nothing to stop the water at all or the dirt for that matter. I had a flash flood in my grow-out pen & turkey pen. I fortunately was outside doing chores when the rain started again & this time it just poured from the sky in buckets, when we get rain we get RAIN. Those who have been here know what kind of a hill I have here so water just runs down that hill like a river when it rains hard. Well I was in the grow-out pen when water just started pouring into there, I mean it was coming in fast & furious & I'm thinking oh geez what am I going to do now, these birds are going to drown in here & there are some fairly small chicks in there still. Here they are already sick & now they were getting soaking wet fast. I looked around & saw one of my medium dog crates nearby & thought I just have to start catching these birds & take them all up to the main coop or they're not going to live through this. So here I was in my garden clogs with water & muck running into my shoes trying to catch scared chickens & throw them into the crate as fast as I could & mind you it was still raining cats & dogs out there with lightening & thunder like crazy. I'm thinking to myself that I hope I don't get struck by lightening or get electrocuted because I had the heat lamp on in there so I could see. I just kept chasing birds & of course they ran into the far corner where I couldn't really reach them because the roost is across the pen. I would catch a crate full & carry them through the water up the hill to the coop, empty that one out & come back down into the water again to get another load. I had to do that three times & by this time I was into water up over my ankles quite aways & sinking into slimy muck. The doors weren't opening very well on the pens because the water had washed mud & debris into the gate, so I had to push that away every time I tried to open the gate. I had to run out to the new coop where there is a pile of 2x4s too & shore up the top of the pen & tarp because they were filling with water & I was afraid they were going to come in on me & the birds. The turkeys were freaking out in their pen because it was flooding in there too, but I think they will be OK because they got up on their roost out of the water. I couldn't begin to push the water off of their tarp, so I will have to get my DH to help with that tomorrow. When it dries up again I'm going to take all of the covers off both of those pens & use the netting I got, I think that would be better than the darned chicken wire that hangs down & just is a mess. I need to put some supports across both of those pens too so that won't happen again. Anyway, the chicks are all in the coop & I have a heat lamp in there to hopefully help dry them off & keep them warm. This is just what they all needed since they were already sick. They were as wet as a bird could get, just soaked. I woke up the other chickens coming in bringing birds in & turning on the heat lamp. I'm sure they wondered what in the world was happening. I sure hope they don't pick on my little SF Hen chicks & Cream Legbars in the morning before I can get out there. Oh what a mess that's going to be in those pens in the morning, ugh. We have a flash flood watch out for Winfield tonight, I wonder what it looks like at the fairgrounds where people are coming in for the bluegrass festival. We had a big flood one year & they had to move a lot of people out of the campgrounds because it flooded there, it's right by the river. They ended up having a lot of the festival that year out at the lake & it was kind of a mess.
I guess now I will be treating all of the birds since I had to put the sick ones in with the whole flock. I wish I had that denagard here now. Heather you'd better hurry & get this turkey before anything else happens here, gosh!
Medawinks, I'm so sorry about bloom, you really tried your best. I know it won't be the same, but maybe you can find another bird close to what you had.
Karen, I love that Aloha in the front of your pic, she's really pretty!
Hawkeye, I love the greenhouses, especially the very first one, that's adorable! I think you should build one, you could do it.
I will try to get some pics tomorrow of the breeder coop with the frame partially up, I haven't taken any since we did the floor. I guess my floor got washed off tonight really well. It was really dirty from leaves blowing all over it & pieces of limbs. I'll get an updated pic of the hoop coop too. I still didn't get anywhere to get more supplies to work on that since my bird emergency happened tonight. I had planned to go grocery shopping, but that all went to you know what with the flood. Now I will have to go tomorrow & I hate shopping on Sunday. Our Walmart gets sold out of stuff really fast because everyone goes right after church to shop. You should see the shelves by evening in there, it's ridiculous. When all the festival people get to town it will be even worse to find some things. I'll bet some of the people already here are glad they weren't allowed yet down in the Pecan & Walnut Grove areas or they might have been moving camp really fast. Well I guess I'll survey the damage out there in the morning. I'm really tired now after all of that. My GP pups were so soaking wet & it was still pouring when I got birds moved, so I fed them in the garage & then made them go back outside & they weren't happy about it. They got in a huge fight over the front porch since it has a roof & they were really going at it. They knocked over my big ceramic planter, I didn't look & see if they broke it, but I had to pound on the front door to get them to stop fighting. Those two get in some pretty big fights for sisters.