need answers fast! flash flood lost 3 chicks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by maf2008, Apr 18, 2009.

  1. maf2008

    maf2008 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had just put my "middle babies" (all feathered and about 4 weeks old) in the coop. We have a creek 30 feet away from the coop BUT a huge rainstorm came through dumping 4 inches of rain and flooded the coop with 2/3 inches of water.

    Most of the chicks went to higher ground but 3 in the corner drowned. I lost a 1) buckeye, a 2) light brahma and 3) a medium brahma!

    The coop is secure... very,very secure, double hardwire cloth and 3 doors..... I did not think flood waters would go in and drown my chicks.

    I waded to the coop with cardbard boxes and transported all chicks (55 left) to my barn and they are in a make shift pen with hardwire cloth and shavings.

    What to do? do I add dirt to the chicken pen? rocks? I spent 3 hours in the RAIN DIGGING 4 TRENCHES around the entire coop. Most of the water has subsided now...... any suggestions? [​IMG]
     
  2. Jeff9118

    Jeff9118 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Move the coop to higher ground if possible.
     
  3. ShadyGlade

    ShadyGlade Chillin' With My Peeps

    [​IMG] I am sorry for your unexpected loss. It just goes to show that no matter how hard we plan there is simply no way to guard against all calamity. I have not knowledge about flooding but I am positive some one on BYC will have exactly the information you need.
     
  4. aidenbaby

    aidenbaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You could put the coop on stilts too (if it is a smaller one).
     

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