Thursday, October 31, 2013

Guinea Update


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!!


Love,
Henny Penny


10 comments:

  1. The adventures with Guineas. I have fond memories of them, they imprint on the place they were born you know. They used to follow my grandpa all over in the yard. Someday if I get a coop I think I would like some, winter is too cold without a coop. Seems like you saved the one from certain death. What are their names? :)

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    1. You are right, and having guineas is an adventure. I haven't named the babies yet. I am keeping my fingers crossed that we can raise all five. Thank you.

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  2. You could name the little saved one, Miracle. :) I love your blog!!

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    1. That's perfect. I will do that. Thank you.

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  3. I am sure some day you will know which guinea it is because it will think of you as Mama #2. :) You're the best Mama to me and to little baby guineas! Love you! Your first baby, and don't you forget it!

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    1. Makes you wonder if animals remember things like that. Love you, Lynn. Mom

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  4. oh Henny Penny, you lovely, lovely lady ! what a huge kind heart you have.
    I know only too well the heartbreak and elation of caring for animals, the wonderful feeling when one 'comes back from the dead'
    God bless you ...........

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    1. Wean, thank you...what a nice, sweet comment. I think we two have a lot in common when it comes to caring for animals. Love, Henny

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  5. Henny.. You are the Mom of all Moms! I think Mama Guinea might want to give you a hug and a kiss! I know I do! I hope that they make it, you have worked hard for them. Maybe I willl know what to do if I ever need this information...Love, Terry

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  6. Thank you Terry. I still can't believe that baby survived! Love, Henny

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