With (soon to be Hurricane) Tropical Storm Irene on the horizon and possibly getting into the Gulf of Mexico, I was wondering how chicken keepers along the coasts in hurricane country prepare for these storms? I have five RIR girls who currently free-range my yard during the day. Their coop is an old dog house, in a run that is a converted greenhouse. Both are extremely sturdy, built by my husband, the King of Overkill. Both structures have also survived Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina intact. Should I just close up the hens in their coop and hope for the best? I thought about splitting them up, putting some in their old brooder (a large Rubbermaid tub) and some into another large container and housing them in the garage until the storm is over, but I don't know if that would be too stressful for them? Our house is our extended families' hurricane central, as well, and most folks bring their animals with them. So what does everybody do? Leave them in their coop and hope for the best, or bring them into the garage, where I think they would be safer?