Chicks dead after thunderstorm

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by KathyK, Apr 19, 2011.

  1. KathyK

    KathyK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2009
    Liberty Hill, TX
    I had 4 out of 24 dead the morning after a thunderstorm. Weird. They all were in the same corner of the tractor, out from under the tarp. We only got 1/2 inch of rain, so they didn't drown in standing water. This happened about a week ago when they were about 4-5 weeks old. Any ideas? We are expecting more thunderstorms this week and I don't want to lose any more if there is something I can do.
  2. hotshoe

    hotshoe Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2011
    sorry for your loss [​IMG]
  3. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    Wow, never heard of that. How cold was it outside?
  4. KatyTheChickenLady

    KatyTheChickenLady Bird of A Different Feather

    Dec 20, 2008
    Boise, Idaho
    they were outside not under the tarp when it turned dark, they can't see to get back under it once it's dark. there was a thunder storm, they got wet/chilled & died. Not sure what the question is???
  5. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Young chickens can drown in the rain if they don't tuck their heads under their wings. Silly things breathe the water. And, at that age getting wet and cold is deadly to them. So sorry you lost them.
  6. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

    May 25, 2007
    SW Wisconsin
    Could they have piled up in the storm?
  7. jktrahan

    jktrahan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2011
    Sweet Lake
    Quote:Yea, I'm thinking maybe they got spooked with the weather and piled up in the corner and some got crushed to death. sorry
  8. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Oh, we've got really wet, windy weather right now in Ohio too. I had my month old chicks in an A-frame coop, and I moved them to the small storage room in my hen house because they just needed more shelter where they could move around all day. The a-frame has a coop that's really just for sleeping, and then they would be outside all day.....I worried about them getting wet and cold too.

    So if you can move them into the garage or a shed or something until this yucky weather improves, that would probably be better.....Or lock them into the coop at night, so they can't be out in the run.....

    My problem was, I'm out of town at work during the days, and I wouldn't be home to put them into the coop if it started to storm.....It's a pain in the neck anyhow, trying to catch 14 chicks if they don't want to be put inside.....ARG

    Hope you can work something out, that is convenient to you and safer for your little chickies,

    Take care,
  9. Maggizzle35

    Maggizzle35 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 3, 2010
    Fairbanks, AK
    Her question was if there is anything she can do to keep them from piling up in a storm. A friend of mine told me that her dad use to raise chickens and turkeys and during thunderstorms they would have to go out and sing to them to keep them from piling up and suffocating like that. I would imagine the small and weaker ones end up on the bottom, if there is a way to get them more use to loud noises or something that may help. Maybe bang on a garbage can and see what they do and keep doing it until they are use to the loud noise. I keep a radio going for my little ones but I've never had any of my big hens have a problem. Good luck.
  10. Maggizzle35

    Maggizzle35 Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 3, 2010
    Fairbanks, AK
    Wow you are really lucky to be able to put them out side so early. We let ours out during the day and these are my big crew and put them back in at night. We still have ice and snow on the ground and won't be able to introduce any of the younger ones to the outside coop for at least another month. Life in Alaska makes some things a bit more challenging. We are more likely to get snow than a thunder storm.

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