There was a severe thunderstorm here last night. A lot of high wind, thunder that rattled the windows, lightning flashes one right after the other, and torrential rain. It has been a bad spring this year, way too hot early and a lot of cold rainy weather since. When I went out this morning I found trees down, limbs on fences, part of the pond spillway washed out, a mess in general. Worst of all I found 1 of my best Rhea hens dead. She was tangled in the fence and apparently thrashed herself to death. Another white hen was in the shallow end of pond, mired in the mud and unable to free herself. I got her out and moved her into the barn under a heat light, she is alive and alert but cant move her legs and probably wont survive. This is a real blow, it will really mess up our Rhea production. I was having a difficult time filling egg orders before because of the weather. I hope I won't have to refund customers money. Considering the lost production and value of the hens themselves this was at least a $1,000.00 loss. Kind of reminds me of the old line from the Hee Haw show: If it wasn't for bad luck I'd have no luck at all.