Instead, we began preparing for her arrival. We literally battened down the hatches. The outdoor runs on both chicken coops were covered with tarps to provide the hens with a little refuge from the wind and rain. Anything and everything that might become a projectile during the high winds was carefully stowed away in the barn and the farmhouse cellar. By the time we had finished, our farm looked bare.
After the feed had been stored, we filled buckets and waterers with fresh water for the following morning in case our water supply was compromised by the storm. We planned to station our rain barrels outside to collect rain water if necessary in order to provide our animals with fresh water in the coming days. Once we had the food and water supply for the animals covered, we had to perform the most difficult task in preparing for a disaster. It was time to take a deep breath and wait for the storm to arrive.
The next morning, we surveyed the damage to our farm. Hurricane Sandy had made a mess of things with her strong winds. There were plenty of fallen branches and leaves to gather and remove, but no major damage to speak of. We went about the work of cleaning up and the animals went back to their normal routine.
How did you prepare your flock for Hurricane Sandy? I would love to hear all about it in the comments section.