August 27, 2011
up to a power outage at 6:00 a.m. this morning. We
weren't expecting to have to move the flock indoors
until this afternoon, but Hurricane Irene arrived early.
down to the barn first and began moving ducks around.
Tony came in a few minutes later and said, "Wow. Did you
see the size of that tree?"
tree?" I replied.
could you not see it?" he asked.
the barn door and looked back towards the house to see
what he was talking about. In the span of time between
me walking down to the barn and him coming a giant limb
fell within ten feet of our quarantine pen.
ducks into the barn pair-by-pair while Tony set up the
dividing fences for them. Then we walked the six geese
inside and then the three Coffee ducks. After that we
went out to Louisville with carriers and brought the
bachelors in as well. The four new rescues went into a
GIANT dog carrier on the other side of the barn to
ensure their quarantine remained in effect for the
safety of everyone.
everyone food dishes and water bowls. All the bear
was very settled in light of the storm. There was no
fighting or arguing. They all hunkered down and rode out
able to check on them three times during the course of
the storm when there were breaks in the weather. Each
time everyone was fine.
We had to call Jenn and Mike in TN to get up-to-date
weather reports. Without power or cable and with only a
radio to listen to, we weren't able to determine the
course of the storm, what part of the storm we were in
or where it was heading. The radio was just announcing
how much rain or wind was upon us, but they failed to
announce anything relevant about the course of the storm
or where we were in it--how much time we had to endure
Fortunately, it became a tropical storm before hitting
us. While micro-bursts of wind burst down at the trees
and worried us terribly, it ended up heading north
instead of taking an eastern turn.
Mike kept us posted as to where the eye of the storm was
and let us know when it was safe for our flock to go
At 2:00 everyone was brought back to their pens and boy
were they happy to see all that water!
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