We must have had some crazy wind last night

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by OtterCreekRanch, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. OtterCreekRanch

    OtterCreekRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2011
    NE Texas
    or a theif in the night because I just looked outside and my entire chicken run is missing. No sign of it anywhere, but it is still dark. Of course my chickens are no where to be found either.

    I cannot imagine what kind of wind we had to blow, not just over, but away a whole chain link dog run. I hope I can find it and my chickens when it gets light out, but not real hopeful for the chickens. [​IMG]

    Feeders and all are in the exact same spot we left them. Nothing else is blown in the yard. It is a mystery.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2011
  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    That's not good. We had wicked wind, and the lights blinked on and off for an hour...and we're in the middle of town! I'm hoping my chicken facility is okay, because it's on a hilly. windswept area...but the houses are all against a wood.

    Hope everything is okay! You can get some of those big corkscrew anchors for it when you get it back, or chain cinder blocks along its base.

  3. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    Wow! I hope you find out what happened.
  4. OtterCreekRanch

    OtterCreekRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2011
    NE Texas
    Well....we found it. About 3 pastures over. Probably 1/3 of a mile away from its original location.

    No sign of any chickens except my favorite hen. We found her in the mouth of a neighbors puppy. She didn't make it. I already buried her. I am so sick of the dogs (mine included) killing every chicken that has ever been outside of a cage without us watching them. We could pen our dog up but there is still two dogs that belong to two different neighbors that roam free. It is hard to tell them, pen your dog up or suffer the consequences when I have had a free roaming dog for over 2 years.

    We have to wait until later in the morning to go next door and ask the neighbor if he minds us driving out in his pasture to retrieve our now, likely crumpled up (can't tell because it was too far over his fence line) chicken run.

    So anyway, mystery solved by a now chickenless owner. [​IMG]
  5. geckomama

    geckomama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 12, 2008
    NE Oklahoma
    [​IMG] sooooooooooooo sorry! [​IMG]
  6. Mommy 2 Wee Ones

    Mommy 2 Wee Ones Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    North Texas
    I am so sorry for your loss. [​IMG]

    I was up half the night checking my coop, that wind was so gusty. Lucky for us, the coop is attached to the shed, which buffered the coop. My run has the tall wood fence post buried in the ground, so their run was safe too.
  7. OtterCreekRanch

    OtterCreekRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2011
    NE Texas
    I am kicking myself for not having it staked down, but we have had several wind storms before and didn't have any issues with it. I didn't watch the weather yesterday so I didn't even know about this one. I get my next chickens in Decemember (my first show quality, yay!) and you can bet I am going to have that thing locked down tigher than fort knox before I bring them home.
  8. OtterCreekRanch

    OtterCreekRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 16, 2011
    NE Texas
    We found one hen alive! Our splash. She is about the wildest, most unfriendly hen we have. I guess that is why she made it. She probably ran as she could. The other girls just probably stood around not knowing they were in danger. My poor favorite hen was broody so I think she tried to stay with the nest. That is why the neighbors dog had her early this morning. [​IMG]
  9. StarLover21

    StarLover21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 11, 2011
    I'm so sorry...[​IMG] . We're in NE Texas to...it was so windy last night! Glad our girls are okay, and hope you find yours!
  10. DinosRBirds

    DinosRBirds Hunted by Moonlight

    Feb 1, 2011
    Lake Huron,MI
    It had to be some wind to move that thing. I have the exact same run, and I can't even move it.
    Maybe you had a tornado?

    a mini Tornado..... that didnt come very close?
    I have my run next to my barn, In the front of the coop, so I guess I wouldn't know, but I still have to say, that had to be SOME wind!!!!

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