Hurricane force winds - coop destroyed - update on page 2

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by kodiakchicken, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. kodiakchicken

    kodiakchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 18, 2008
    Kodiak, Alaska
    Went to bed last night with the wind blowing strong, but nothing too bad. We almost always have bad winds on Christmas - I'm talking 90 mph + gusts. Husband woke me up right around daylight (fyi - that's not that early in Alaska) yelling, "I think the coop is gone, the ducks were on the back porch." So, I jump out of bed, throw on sweats and heavy clothes and we head outside to find this:


    What you see is the BOTTOM of the coop. This photo was actually taken after we'd gotten the birds out and tried to brace the right wall that is coming apart. The whole thing went over during the night. How the ducks didn't blow away, I'm not sure. The floor of their "bedroom" was never attached to the structure, so when it went over they were left sitting in the open. Wes found them huddled against the back porch trying to get out of the wind. Unfortunately, the chickens were locked in their bedroom and had to ride it over. I was terrified we were going to find dead hens when we opened the door (which we had to pry around a branch that had gone through the roof.) But nope, they were all in there, flustered but fine. One of them was still even trying to sit in the nest box, which was on it's side!!!!

    Thank the Lord that I hadn't gotten around to changing out the lamp I keep in the chicken's bedroom from a regular bulb to a heat lamp. If I had the straw would have surely caught on fire.

    More of the disaster scene included one of the rabbit hutches turned over.


    Again, luckily, we never attached the actual hutch part to the stand, so it was easy to right and leave on the ground (that's the frame to the left). Poor guy, I was so worried about him. He's 6 years old, which isn't young for a bunny. But he was okay. Had to do some digging to find him in the straw where he was hiding.

    The winds have been blowing all day at sustained 65 mph + with gusts over 90mph so we couldn't do anything to right the coop. We only had tarps for a roof and had to cut them off to keep them from catching the wind and blowing the thing down the draw into the neighbors house. Right now the whole thing is braced by the trees behind it.

    We tried to secure doors but even sitting a big rock and the wheel barrow on top of the duck door wouldn't hold it. It actually lifted the wheel barrow and tossed it about 4 feet. We'll have to replace hinges and locks on all of them.

    The biggest loss is the bale of straw and most of a brand new 50lb bag of layer feed that scattered when the coop went over. We salvaged what we could but it wasn't much.

    Our garage is overcrowded with junk already and I have 7 two month old chicks in a kiddie pool and 12 four week old chicks in a tote out there now. So, this is the scene in our garage at the moment. It's gonna STINK by the time this is all said and done!


    I was running on adreneline this morning and then started to let myself get depressed (spent a bunch on Christmas, not sure where the $$ will come from to fix all this) but then decided it wasn't worth the effort to feel depressed. They're all alive and well, nothing's irreplaceable so I should be thankful.

    You gotta love the things Mother Nature can dish out!
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2008
  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    I'm glad all your girls & bunny are OK - you're right about that being what's important.
  3. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    Nov 22, 2007
    My Coop
    Erin, how terrible. Having been thru several hurricanes in the last few years, I know the feeling. Thank goodness you didnt lose any critters. Where do these kinds of winds come from?
  4. Their Other Mother

    Their Other Mother Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2008
    [​IMG] Thank God everyone is still alive. Looks like you can put things back together. Keep your chin up....[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  5. Mrs MIA

    Mrs MIA Chick Magnet

    Mar 3, 2008
    Oh Erin!!! I'm so sorry! I wish we were closer... we'd be right over to help put everything back together again. [​IMG] Hang in there!!
  6. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    How terrible! I know how the wind is. We live on a hill and the coop faces the north and all the wind that comes with it. You can almost feel the coop get hit by the wind on especially windy nights.
  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    Oct 13, 2007
    [​IMG] that looks really scary, I'm glad all your critters made it. [​IMG]
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    I'm so sorry!...that must have been such a shock!...i'm so glad all the critters made it through the wind storm.....and..LOL..your cellar look great compared to mine right now!..and thanks for the pool idea!...i need to move some chicks into a bigger just solved that problem for me...[​IMG]..
  9. xke4

    xke4 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 3, 2007 are posting from Alaska and your pictures do not show any snow. How come?
  10. Beau coop

    Beau coop Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    Wow!! Glad everyone is ok. 90 mpg is crazy windy. [​IMG]

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