It has rained hard and steady for ten hours straight and isn’t done. There is more standing water than dry land right now. The chickens were all wading over their ankles, and the chicks in water up to their feather pants.
The rain gauge was over 120mm when I last checked. That is insane! The chickens spent the day in their coops and rain house; I didn’t even open them for eggs and risk letting the rain in. The littlest chicks and mom got a greenhouse pass and probably had the best day of all plundering, although by evening they were up on a strawbale like a raft. Some hens were camped in the rain house at night because they didn’t want to make the run to the coop at bedtime. It’s raining that hard.
The guineas, when I went to let them into the GH for the night (extra early) were waiting by the door, soaked to the skin. I feel soooo bad for the three missing hens, whom I assume are all sitting on eggs in the woods somewhere – exposed in this, soaked, days or weeks into a fast, and making their bodies into heating pads. Some must be sitting in puddles right now.
We also had an epic thunderstorm. It hurt my ears inside the house, and it (the sound– no wind at all) shook the house and made my pots rattle. I felt the fear of Thor’s hammer. It passed directly over, moved to six seconds away, and then it returned a half/hour later and passed right back over like it was going back where it came from!
This quantity of rainfall is pretty out of the ordinary, especially for (the entire month of) June.