Today was a very sad day. My 60 broilers were doing amazing and had finally feathered out enough to go outside into their larger pen. This pen had a large outdoor run and a stall area with rocks for drainage and a horse stall mat on top. They were in the stall area on Wednesday night and we got the mother of all thunder storms with lightning thunder hail winds and driving rain. The whole barn flooded with water through the walkways and in the stalls. When we went out to check the meaties only 19 were alive. The rest had been so frightened of the thunder and lightning they had piled on top of each other. Not sure what we could do differently but I am very sad. I was so happy that they had a large space and they were loving it up until Wednesday night. Now I feel like a murderer because I moved them out of the more protected brooder last week because I felt they were too large and confined in there. Sorry just had to vent. Hopefully someday the weather will become normal again.