For many, preparations in anticipation of the arrival of the devastating hurricane Irma included securing their chickens and other livestock as best they could. For those able to bring their chickens inside, garages, bathrooms and bedrooms became temporary chicken shelters.
Carol Nevius : Makeshift chicken hurricane shelter.
and the following day : All is well, but my roo got loose during the transfer back to their regular coop. Oh well…most likely he will want to come back to his girls at dusk.
I shared a photo to the keeping chickens facebook page showing the efforts of one Florida Keys resident (one of the worst hit areas) to rescue some of the Key West Chickens. The large free-roaming chicken population causes both delight and despair to the locals and tourists of Key West (a lot of roosters = a lot of crowing) but generally they are a much loved feature of the area.
In North Fort Myers a local news report told how one woman was saving as many of her neighbors chickens as she could.