The rainy season here is due to end in a few weeks' time and, to be frank, it can't be over soon enough for me. We have little trouble on our land because about two thirds of it is raised but this evening's storm was something beyond the norm. At about 4.00pm I thought about cleaning the coops and freshening the feed and water. Some grey clouds were approaching so I decided to wait for the inevitable rain to pass. It didn't! We had the most horrendous storm for weeks and, the water table being high now, the lower part of our land was soon under water. The coops are on the lower land so I decided it was time for the waterproofs and a wade out there. Only then did we realise just how deep it was. Both coop floors were under enough water to drown the poults and strand the other turkeys, all of whom had headed for cover and were inside on their roosts. We had no choice but to get them out. Two broody hens and their eggs were moved in their nests to the storeroom. All of the other turkeys and poults were carried two at a time up to one of our garden gazebos where they will spend their first night ever unprotected except for the roof. They complained at first but seem to have all settled down. Thankfully, none were lost. Once the rains are over we shall need to rethink the layout of our coop area. Land has been prepared for a third big coop but I now think that we need to top up with more earth in case this happens again. The issue is as much about drainage as land levels so a ditch across the vulnerable area to the run-off lake will be dug to clear the water away sooner. At the moment, the standing water level needs to be about one foot deep before the cutting into the lake takes away the excess. Even then, today's rain was falling faster than it was taken away. Tomorrow will be a busy day as we try to dry out the coops and make them usable again. Now we have to call the neighbours to check on their situation. Not all houses her here on filled land and they might have bigger issues than us.