Man oh man, Southern California is being hammered with these horrible Santa Ana winds! The top of the fountain in my front yard blew over, the cover to our gazebo is in shreds, and our poor chicken coop is under seige. The tarp i have strapped down on the north facing wall kept ripping off yesterday. i had it tied down with those twisty tie things. Finally had to use 18 gauge wire and that seems to be holding. i put my teeny frizzle bantams in the garage in a large bird cage, so now my silkies have access to their section of the outdoor pen and coop, which is a bit more protected than their own side. i'm not so worried about my two EEs, as they have the chick-n-barn to hide in if they want out of the wind. But i still feel terrible that they have to be outside in these conditions. Now thinking again about cutting doors from their pens into the front of the garage and making a coop for them inside. i really need to put a solid roof on the entire outdoor pen, but honestly do not think we can get that done until spring. Ah, why didn't i think about all these things while i was building their coops and pens during our lovely summer months?