Anyone Have Advice For Securing Chickens During Hurricanes?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kimh, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. kimh

    kimh Out Of The Brooder

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    Well Hanna is on it's way - and we are expecting tropical storm force winds and a possible storm surge. I have until tomorrow night to get my girls up higher or in crates inside. Curious to hear what anyone else in the same situation has done.
     
  2. LuckysMom

    LuckysMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm sitting here wondering the same thing. I'm watching the weather very closely. If the winds get too high tomorrow night, I'm bringing the chickens into my garage. They'll be safer in there than in their coop, I think. And I can check on them during the night.

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  3. d.k

    d.k red-headed stepchild

    * I only have Miss Chook, and she is in the tub at night, in bad weather and "normal" hurricanes. BUT, I am not at all sure what WE are going to do if "IKE" comes calling!!! South is no good, West is no good and North is no good and takes too long. . . . . [​IMG] Time to pray a lot!!!
     
  4. kimh

    kimh Out Of The Brooder

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    Yes - I'd be worried about Ike too. My family lives in Florida and I used to live in Alabama and New Orleans -- it's scary -- but I didn't have all the animals that I do now when I lived there.

    I think I'll make a make shift pen in the garage just in case. I have a large dog exercise pen that should work.
    We live on the water so I'm more worried about the tidal surge and the winds - -not sure this cute coop which is actually a playhouse can hold up to 60 mph winds.

    Good luck - please let me know how you make out.
     
  5. red reaper

    red reaper Out Of The Brooder

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    Tie a cinder block to her? LOL

    seriously, I had a small flock that I kept inside a small 400 bushel grain bin years ago,and a tornado took the bin while I was hiding in the basement of the house. I found the grain bin a 1/2 mile from home, and two chickens wandering around like they were drunk, missing half their feathers, the other chickens were still around the house. I gave them away because I didnt have anywhere to put them. The two missing feathers I ended up putting down.
     
  6. mrs.67

    mrs.67 Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in Houston so I know what you are going through. Just make sure you have plenty feed and anything you may need for them.
    I had a load of sand delivered in case we got a bad storm because I don't want the chickens walking in flood water.
    Good luck...don't forget to get mosquito spray and fire ant killer for after the storm for yourself.
     
  7. kimh

    kimh Out Of The Brooder

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    Lucky for us we live in MD and don't have those dreaded fire ants I used to deal with in TX and Alabama. We actually aren't getting it near as bad as they said we would. I spent a large amount of my day yesterday waterproofing every nook and cranny in their coop - -and they are standing outside in thier pen getting soaked - pulling up worms.[​IMG]
     
  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Y'all don't have storm cellars there? Or are those a thing of the past? [​IMG]
     

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