Well. What a day I have had. Stupid Wiscconsin weather! <<Gggrrr!>> Anywho, it SNOWED a little last night, but no big deal. Barely covered the ground. I looked at it as I went to check the chicks and thought "well, with how warm it was yesterday, this sould be melted by noon...." I get the kids off to school and about an hour later (well, 8:30) the power flickers and then goes out. No biggie, I think. I go on about things not realizing something VERY important! About 20 minutes later I was looking out the window at the coop, but couldn't see it well in the snow, when my eye cathes sight of the CORD that runs to the coop, when I shreaked "OMG! The chicks!" Keep in mind, that it is now roughly 30 degrees and is total white out conditions. I grab my coop shoes and coat and the biggest box I can find. Of course its full of crap, which I immediately dump onto the floor as I run out the door. The wind and snow are STINGING my face, and I realize I havent even had my coffee yet! Here I am, sludging through VERY WET snow out to the coop while the wind is pulling at the box and trying to drag me with it. "Nasty, nasty APRIL FOOLS joke!" I scream at the sky. The lock on the coop door is coated in ice, so I have to chip away at it with a key from my pocket. I finally get in and hear.....nothing. Eeiry quite and still, and completely dark. I am used to being greated at the door. This is scarey for me. I have to squint in the darkness and can barely make out their shapes. All huddled tightly in the far corner. Not making a sound. Poor dears. Must be scared out of their minds. I gather as many as I can cram comfortably into the box, fold the flaps over, brace myself for the walk back, and carry my scared little travlers to the warm house. Good thing I still had the brooder box set up! I made three more trips to get everybody safely in the house. I gave them all food and water and eventually they perked up a little. Now I'm keeping them overnight in case the power goes out again or something. They are quite stressed, but seem better now. I even gave them a little Mac 'N Cheese tonight to cheer them up! They LOVED it!