Good morning! Here in Seminole County, Florida, were have been informed that we are now under a hurricane watch, and will most likely feel the effects of Hurricane Matthew. I live in a subdivision and have a micro-flock of four pullets that are housed in a cute, commercial coop that I don't think will stand up to hurricane force winds. In this regard, I have set up a small, makeshift coop in my tiny garage for my girls. For their safety and comfort, I put down a layer of cardboard, and covered the cardboard with hay, and have provided an old dog crate cushioned with hay so they can feel more secure. They will have a safe, dry place with dry food and fresh water during this scary period, and they will have contact with the people they have come to know as providers and protectors. I'm sure that others are trying to find ways to protect their flocks during this difficult time. I've been through the aftermath of a tornado in February 1998 that missed our house by 300 feet, and three back to back hurricane in 2004. During those times, we only had ourselves and two miniature poodles to protect. This time, my son is grown, and we have three miniature poodles and the four, 9 week old girls. The girls need a safe place in close proximity to me and my son that is also safe from the dogs. Those problems have been solved by using a sturdy, 3' tall puppy pen with sturdy bird netting over the top to enclose the girls. The other concern is to make sure they are accessible. We could have re-housed them in the most sturdy 10' x 10' shed in the back yard, but during the height of the hurricane, we would have great difficulty checking on them, and would have no way of knowing if they were in any danger (shed structural failure, water damage, predators), until after the storm. Additionally, if we have a downed power line, we would not be able to get to that shed until the power company cleared the area! The garage was our best solution to these problems. So please, if you have not done so, think of every scenario you can that might put your flock in harm's way during this difficult time, and give them the protection and comfort they deserve.