Chicken coop vs Hurricane Earl

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by obxWaMi, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. obxWaMi

    obxWaMi Songster

    Well, we are prepared about as good as we can be. Earl is nearly upon us. We are under mandatory evacuation orders, but we are staying put. It is 6pm and we've been told to expect the worst between 7pm tonight and noon tomorrow. So far we have only light wind gusts, but the surf is really kicked up! We've drilled anchors into the ground on each side of our big coop and used ratcheting straps across the top to tie the coop to the ground. Thankfully it's up off the ground about 3 feet. We are going to leave the 16 chickens we have in there where they are unless it gets really bad.
    We've prepared the garage and will move the 5 older girls in there after they go back into their little coop. The little coop is made from pallets sided with cedar shakes. They are only put on with shot nails so we don't expect it to fair too well. We could be pleasantly suprised...

    Will update the conditions after the storm is past--and after our power and internet are restored. Hope it doesn't take as long as with Hurricane Isabel. We were without power for 11 days and since we are on a well that meant no water as well...

    QUESTION????? Does the Weather Channel show what's going on here on your cable channel??? It has been the only thing reported on here for the entire day.
  2. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Songster

    Jul 1, 2009
    new Hampshire
  3. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Songster

    May 1, 2009
    [​IMG] Good luck to you and your chickens. I'll be thinking of you and everyone else in the path of Earl. [​IMG]
  4. Catstar68

    Catstar68 Songster

    Sep 7, 2009
    Franklinton, NC
    [​IMG] Good luck to you and your family. Please, if it gets bad DO NOT GO OUT to rescue those chickens. Flying debris will kill. Keep yourself safe. I'll be saying my prayers for you and everyone in the path of Earl. [​IMG]
  5. obxWaMi,
    OMG!!! and I thought I had problems, coyotes, hawks, neighbor's dog..............but to have to hurricane proof a hen house. WOW!
    But then I live in the middle of Texas, so I've not had any first hand experiences. TV footage is close enough for me!!!
    I called my friend who lives on the east coast last night to see how she's doing, she's been through enough hurricanes to know what to expect..... (but she doesn't have any chickens to worry about). So now I'll be thinking about her and you and all other folks who'll be looking out for their flocks during Earl's visit.
    Best of luck [​IMG]
  6. zazouse

    zazouse Crowing

    Sep 7, 2009
    Southeast texas
    Best of luck riding out the storm, i live in southeast texas on the coast so i know what you are going threw.

    Hang on , for the wind ride it's a powerful force.
    Last edited: Sep 2, 2010
  7. booker81

    booker81 Redneck Tech Girl

    Apr 18, 2010
    Good luck!

    Just wanted to say, my DH was one of the tree trimmers that came from DTE - Michigan to help restore after Isabel [​IMG] Hope he doesn't have to head out for Earl! Hope Earl magically calms down for you guys!
  8. Adora

    Adora Chirping

    Aug 27, 2010
    Southeast NC
    I don't think Earl is gonna be that bad, I doubt we'll get a direct hit, but those winds will still be kinda rough.
  9. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

    Nov 27, 2008
    Glen St Mary, Florida
    obxWaMi. I wish you the best, hang in there!
  10. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Songster

    Apr 15, 2010
    Forest Grove, OR
    Hoping for the best for you and yours!

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