My poor Freedom Rangers.... we've had nothing but cold weather, rain, thunderstorms, and tornado warnings here in NE Ohio since I got the meat birds. Last week, it finally seemed warm enough to let them out of the brooder and into the tractor (at 4+ stinky weeks old!)... Moved our layer chicks into the big brooder they had been in. Last night, we got the worst storm I think we've ever had here. We were out there frantically trying to get tarps on the tractor (the sides are just hardware cloth) because the rain was coming down so hard and fast and sideways that i knew they were going to get drenched. Went to bed and prayed for the best. Those poor birds look so pitiful this morning...muddy, wet, and overall just looking bad. I moved the tractor but the ground is just saturated and there is no drier place to move them. More storms expected tonight too... Hoping they will be okay and feeling like a very bad chicken keeper. Already placed the order for our next batch to come in June, but I have to admit I'm wondering if that's such a great idea. For the sake of the birds, I hope we get some real spring and summer weather very soon!