East Coast dwellers, ducks, and Hurricane Irene.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by kurtjackieprovost, Aug 25, 2011.

  1. kurtjackieprovost

    kurtjackieprovost Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 22, 2011
    Hello all.

    I live in Northen Vermont, and am new to ducks. The effects here from Irene will be tropical storm/depression strength at best. I'm wondering if I should keep my ducks penned in their overnight house during the storm. Which could be most of the day. If I provide them with three sided shelter will they use it? Could the wind blow their feathers off?[​IMG] What are your plans to weather the storm?
    Thanks. I hope this doesn't sound to ignorant.[​IMG]
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] No, the wind won't blow their feathers off or the world would be populated with featherless birds as many face such storms. Conceivably extremely strong winds might blow your ducks away if they take flight. They will use the 3 sided enclosure if they feel that the need.
  3. newbyduckmom

    newbyduckmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 18, 2011
    Snohomish County, WA
    Be safe to all on East Coast. Ducks and Duck owners alike! Hope the storm doesn't do too much damage.
  4. froggie71

    froggie71 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2009
    Shamong, NJ
    We've had quite a few storms recently and the ducks and geese are the only ones that don't seem bothered by it. Some may "duck and cover" [​IMG] but often they just shake it off and some even go swimming

    Someone sent me this link and I thought it appropriate.
  5. evansacres

    evansacres Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2011
    OH MY [​IMG] I initially laughed at this but when they kept going I have to admit I was a bit horrified [​IMG] The only thing I could think of was "road rash". Talk about getting blown around! Hopefully, they did "duck and take cover" after that!!! [​IMG]
  6. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Our ducks and geese are LOVING the wind today as it picks up. Getting lots of wing beating and running around the yard.the ducklings have all come in on the pool enclosure and spent the morning in our pool playing. Almost time to put the ducklings away before the harder wind and rain hits us.
  7. FarmrGirl

    FarmrGirl MooseMistress

    Jul 1, 2009
    Southern Maryland
    Quote:OMG!! I hope that mama got her babies under cover! I always worry when I see the wild duck moms out here taking their babies out on the Potomac when there's white caps! I'm not a huge worry wort with my ducks but, for heavens sake, they live on a protected property so there's less to worry about!
  8. DuckyGurl

    DuckyGurl Overrun With Chickens

    If it was me, I would pen them in the overnight shelter. How hot is it there? That's what I would do, gives me peace of mind.
  9. CelticOaksFarm

    CelticOaksFarm Family owned, family run

    Sep 7, 2009
    Florida - Space Coast
    Kurt, we are going to lock everyone up here in FL even in the heat until it passes. Harder bands of rain/wind just starting to hit us now.
  10. PDurkin

    PDurkin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 27, 2010
    Country boy at heart
    Here in Connecticut we are expecting Irene to arrive as a CAT 1 on Sunday. I plan on bringing the entire flock into the garage and leaving them on a tarp for the vast majority of the storm. I am not so worried about the wind taking them, I am worried about old trees falling on there enclosure. Since these storms are so rare for us, we have many many old trees that could likely come down much easier than they do down south.

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