My plan was to be at "Town and Country Supply" when they opened this morning. Those baby guineas need medicated "Start n Grow" chick feed...asap!
Before leaving, I checked on the babies, and oh, there lay one on the ground, cold and dead. At least it looked dead. It had somehow gotten out from under the mother during the night. I picked it up and felt the faintest movement. It was cold. I put it under my shirt over my heart and came in the house.
I put a soft cloths in the microwave to warm so that I could keep a warm one around the baby. With one hand I mixed a little sugar in warm water and using a Q-tip, put drops to it's tiny beak. I kept doing this and the baby began to move. Then I noticed it's throat moved, like it swallowed.
Having no place warm to leave this baby (in the excitement over the guineas yesterday, I dropped the heat lamp and it broke), I started the car, turned the heat wide open, put the broken heat lamp in, got myself and the baby (still wrapped in warm cloths) in and drove to "Town and Country". Holding the baby close to me with one hand, I carried the broken lamp, (cord dangling), and my purse and went in.
I must have had that "I need help" look because the store owner and a lady buying horse feed asked if they could help. I briefly told them the story. The lady said let me hold the baby while you get what you need...the store owner took the lamp, replaced the broken bulb, got me 5 pounds of chick feed, and put it in the car for me. I paid, thanked them several times, and took the baby and left.
The store owner said to me, "we have some of the nicest customers you'll ever meet...because they are animal lovers"! He is so right about that!
Driving home, the heat in the car was so hot I thought I would roast! It was all I could do to drive and hold on to that now, lively baby guinea!!! It is fine! I can't tell it from the others!
Thank you for listening! Happy Halloween!!