THE OLD joke asks how do chickens cross the road – well, in Granagh they jump!
The photograph taken by Susie King Butler in her back garden shows the power of the storm in County Limerick on Monday night. The force of the wind picked up the large trampoline and deposited it on their chicken run.
Luckily, it narrowly missed hitting the shed and the over a dozen poultry inside escaped unharmed. They had a lucky escape as they would have been roosting up on the rafters.
“They are all alive and still laying. We didn’t hear it because there was so much noise throughout the night,” said Susie on Tuesday morning.
The chickens belong to her daughter, Eve, who looks after them before and after school. The 15-year-old was thrilled when they showed no ill-effects of their traumatic night.
While their home looking out on Liskennett hill and Knockfierna has picturesque views, the area is prone to storm damage.
“This isn’t the first time it has happened. The chicken shed nearly went previously and my greenhouse blew three fields away. There was terrible damage after the storm last year. I think we were one of the last houses in the country to have power restored - it was nine or 10 days - but it is beautiful out here,” said Susie.
The chickens will get to enjoy their new luxury equipment for a few days until it is figured out how to move the trampoline.
“It gives free range a new meaning!” smiled Susie.