Lesson 389 – Surviving Hurricane Irene with the flock

I know that a lot of you were worried about us during the hurricane Irene that came up the east coast this past weekend. To be perfectly honest, I was also worried. When you have 6 kids (and 40 chickens and 3 dogs and 1 rabbit) you learn to take storm warnings very seriously.

Before the storm came we stocked up on food for the animals, water, and this most amazing brand of Kettle corn. And then we hunkered down for the winds, bring it on Mother Nature.

Our entire flock retreated to safer places, the chickens to the roost, the rabbit to the shed, and the kids and the dog to the PlayStation room.

First the heavy rains came. The holes dug by our chickens for dust baths quickly filled up.

Then the rain started to collect and was threatening to go over our house’s foundation (that’s a cinder block that’s fully submerged there near the side of the house – and yeah, we have cinder blocks by the side of our house.)

Uh oh, things didn’t look good. But then the storm sort of just went away. We were watching the news (we never lost electricity) and saw on the radar that it had passed our area? Really? It’s over?

We were tremendously lucky, we didn’t feel the brunt of the storm. There are places in New Hampshire that did not fare as well as we did. I’ll say it again, we were lucky.

This is a photo of the extent of damage on our street.

And here is another photo of Irene’s wrath.

Trust me, as a veteran of Nor’easters where we routinely lose electricity and polar fleece becomes our new best friend, I know how lucky our flock was to miss this bullet. Don’t think, though, that I’m too cocky about this not to heed the warnings of the next storm to come. When you choose to live in New Hampshire, you choose to have flashlights and that amazing Kettle corn always at the ready.

You just never know.



Filed under All things chickens, All things local, Backyard Chickens, chicken care, Chicks, In the News, Life Lessons, New Hampshire, Project Chickens before the Eggs, The Chicken Challenge, The Family

2 responses to “Lesson 389 – Surviving Hurricane Irene with the flock

  1. Hey sis–glad you and the 6+ and 40+ are safe and dry. You are right, we were all quite worried, especially with the reports about damage in Fairfield, Vermont and upper state New York.

    Went to the state fair and saw a fabulous chicken cooy. There is a video series at extension.umn.edu/small-farms that might be of interest. Keep those girls dry!

    • Wendy Thomas


      Yup, we made it through the storm and as glib as I am about the lack of damage we encountered, I grieve for the losses throughout New England. There is video of a covered bridge being washed away that simply breaks your heart.

      Thanks for the pointers to the chicken videos, our state and county fairs start soon, can’t wait.


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