Luckily, we saw it coming, and we were able to prepare a little bit for the snow we had from Hurricane Sandy. Sadly, we lost two turkey poults to the cold wet weather. I really do believe they are the sweetest but dumbest birds! It looks like they just stood out in the snow and rain, got too cold and wet, couldn't get dry and died. Yes, I said cold and wet. This was a heavy snow that was almost slushy. Not bad in small quantities, but 6 inches of the stuff was heavy. It pulled over a fence post and completely pulled down all the chicken wire from the top of one of our runs. Three hours in the rain to repair, and an hour of chasing chickens! This time of year is when you realize that a coop has to be big enough for the chickens to walk around in... otherwise they are going to get irritable when they are stuck in there for a few days.
It all started as a joke. My sister-in-law wanted to play a prank on my brother-in-law and put a chicken in his yard. As I researched chickens, I fell in love. I guess the jokes on me because now I have around 50 chickens in my yard!