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

    Feb 19, 2009
    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

    Feb 21, 2009
    Greenup KY
    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

    Apr 10, 2009
    You could put the coop on stilts too (if it is a smaller one).

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