Devastation of Harvey

Harvey.  It will never mean the name of a man again.  It will forever remind me of the devastating hurricane that hit the coast of Texas from Brownsville all the way to Louisiana.  Many lives lost, several friends homes destroyed, and hundreds of animals whom no longer have owners.

Two weeks before Harvey hit, our beloved Pearl passed away. An unknown circumstance that apparently is the “norm” when it comes to chickens.  In hindsight, it was probably a blessing.  The stress of going through a hurricane, I could not imagine with her.  We had her for a few years, and she is missed tremendously.. the chasing games between her and the kids, swimming in the pool, and perching in the window every night watching us in the living room.  She was a sweetheart and forever will be missed.

 

RIP Pearl <3

 

I’ve previously addressed what to do in order to prepare for a hurricane.. you can read about it here.  But then reality hits, an actual hurricane is on the horizon, panic sets in, and you take it minute by minute.  I recommend having a checklist.  One you can have prepared at the beginning of the hurricane season that is easy access to checking off everything you need to do.  Animals, kids, husband/wife, extended family— there is so much to do!  But what happens when your city no longer has running water?!  WORST. NIGHTMARE. EVER.  Something that is taken for granted daily, but when crisis hits, we are so under prepared.. which is why I sit back and think now- God has a plan for everything and he knew what he was doing.  Finding water has been an issue- for a week.  Luckily, we are now on the horizon to a surplus of water that is safe for humans and animals.

So now that we are chicken-less, I am devastated. I have been doing a lot of thinking- what is my next step?  I love having chickens– I love fresh eggs– I love that my children grow up learning responsibility and to take care of others.   Therefore, I have decided to make a bigger and better coop.  To put thought and dedication into making a bigger and better home.  To be creative in how we do it. To have more than just two or three chickens— and experience different breeds.  Stay tuned to the next phase as I will be blogging about the steps taken- before and after- and the process of probably one of my biggest projects thus far!

Like they always say, once a chicken mom, always a chicken mom!

 

 

Hurricanes A Comin’

When summer hits— so does hurricane season!  I have been blessed to not have to evacuate during a hurricane.  But boy oh boy, I am NOT looking forward to the time when I will have to.  Tropical storm Cindy was enough for me– and that was way too early in the season. I cannot imagine how the next 3 months will go.

There is a big debate in the chicken world.. What do you do with your flock when you have to evacuate?  Some good ole common sense is what is needed in this situation.  There are several steps you can take in order to make sure your chickens are out of harms way.  Throughout this article, I will go over some ideas on what you can do to keep your flock safe.

 Take them with you!

This is not ideal for people who have an entire flock of chickens.  For me, especially now that we are down to one currently, I can put Pearl into a cage and along for the ride.  Can you imagine?! 2 children, 4 dogs, and a chicken?  Oh Lawd!

Bring them indoors!

Bring those crazy chicks inside 😉 Do you have a garage? Do you have an enclosed space from the weather? This is always a viable option! Take them out of the wind. If you have to evacuate, then it is a safer option if you cannot take them with you!  Leave plenty of water and food for them if you have to leave.  Create nesting boxes with sand, hay, or wood chips, that will keep them warm.  As with every animal in a storm, chickens too get scared. make the proper arrangements to keep them safe.

Lock them in their coop! 

When you have too many– always make sure they are locked up safe.  Out of the rain, wind, hail, tornadoes, and debris that hurricanes bring with it.  You are still risking that their coop is strong enough to withhold a storm of that nature, but at least they will be out of harms way with everything else.  If you lock them in their coop, and you have a mobile coop, make sure to put it in a location safe for them.  For instance, away from trees, maybe up against a wall of the house, under a shed out of the storm.  If you have a stationary coop, make sure all windows are boarded and that there is enough ventilation for them inside.

Other Basic Things to Do!

Stock up on feed.  Depending on the category of the hurricane, you will need to take measures as far as food goes. Once the hurricane hits, supplies will be limited and stores will be closed!

Have enough water.  Make sure that you have enough water.  A chicken can go through at least 1 gallon of water every three days.  Make sure you adjust for however many chickens you have and that if you are evacuating without them, you leave enough for them to make it through.

3 feet rule.  Always store food and emergency vet supplies for your chicken 3 feet above your floor.   This applies more so to people who are living in a place that floods easily.

Electricity.  This applies to both outdoors and indoors.  Make sure everything is unplugged wherever the chickens are.  Make sure that their coops are not in the way of a power line in case it falls.  If indoors, make sure nothing is plugged into the walls and everything stored properly while gone.

 

I hope this list helped you prepare to keep your flock safe.  Although it is not an exhaustive list, all of the main points have been addressed.  Do you have any great tips in hurricane preparedness? Leave a comment and let us know!!  Happy and Safe Hurricane season to you all!

Life & Death

 

Life.. its a crazy, wonderful thing. With every life, comes death. I have so many emotions today. This weather, so damp, cold, and humid, makes everything a little more gloomy. In my last post, I told everyone the loss of our sweet chicken, Rosy. Since then, we have had two deaths in my family. Both somewhat fast and unexpected and yet everyone knew, it wasn’t far. I think of our family, the trials and tribulations each and every one of us go through in the worst of times and event he best of times. It leads me to reflect on my life… what I want out of it, what I want for my children and husband, my siblings, and friends. With that, there are a few things I have come to know:

~ FORGIVENESS. This is key in any relationship. If you cannot forgive, then don’t expect for people to forgive you. We all say things, do things, and act ways that are inappropriate in someone else’s eyes. Forgive them.

~ RESPECT. Respect yourself. Respect others. Respect can go a long way when it comes to relationships. Don’t lie to one another.. respect others for all that they are, even when it seems hard.

~ LOVE. Ah. My favorite <3 Love one another. It is the most wanted thing in every single person. To be wanted. To be needed. To be loved.

~ BOUNDARIES. Learn to set them. That does not mean cutting people out of your life. That means making boundaries by having healthy conversations with one another to express thoughts, emotions, and hurt.

~ FRIENDSHIPS. Cherish them. Find your tribe, and love them hard. Don’t waste time on the pettiness. When you find the ones you can laugh with, cry with, and share your frustrations with, don’t ever let them go.

I strive to live by these as often as I can.  Sometimes, it is easier said than done, and then other times, it seems nearly impossible.  But through all of the losses and death in my little lifetime, I have come to realize as an adult, that these rules above, if followed as often as you can, help to live a more peaceful, loving, and happier life.

I wish you all the same.. to live a life of peace, happiness, love, grace, and fun!