Hurricane prep - New England


9 Years
May 3, 2011
Eastern Massachusetts
Anyone have advice for preparing in the New England area? I think my outdoor coops - both structure and locations - are OK. They're sturdy and protected by a concrete garage. But are folks debating just bringing the whole flock into the basement for the duration? It's a major consideration because I'm not going to be here and the chicken-sitters are going to be stuck with them Sat night and Sunday AM.


10 Years
Jul 2, 2010
Martha's Vineyard
If you don't think the structure will hold up, you should put them somewhere safer. Are there any trees that may take it out? How are the windows? I know I am boarding up one of our windows because it's just a screen. Other than that, a clean dry sturdy house with food and water should suffice. Just like people.


11 Years
Mar 16, 2008
Southern Columbia County NY
Im going to be moving all the younger birds into the garage along with the birds in the tall coop. Along with anchoring the tall coop so it can't be blown over. Were in for 70mph winds here and 6+ inches of rain.

Stay safe!


8 Years
Mar 9, 2011
Chittenden County, VT
It looks like in VT we are prepping for 2-7 inches of rain, sustained winds of 35-40 MPH with gusts up to 70MPH. I'll be moving all chickens into the big coop (still had some in a wire sided quarantine pen) and boarding up the three windows that are nothing but hardware cloth, but I have 20 chickens so they will be riding out the storm in the coop. I'm also getting an extra bag of feed to have on hand, just in case things are bad for a few days after and I can't get out to the feed store. The coop is in a small protected valley that is usually spared the worst from our storms, so I'm hopeful this will help some.

I am also filling a large stock tank and the tub with water for the chickens and flushing in case we loose power for a few days. I'm preparing the house with supplies and canned goods as I would for a good nor'easter, plus a little more. I'm also picking up an extra gas tank for the grill.

It might not be as bad as they think, or it could be worse. With a toddler in the house and 20 chickens I'm preparing for the worst to be safe.

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