Flight of the ... Guinea Fowl?

| 9/8/2008 4:29:36 PM

Tags: ,

The evening began with Josh running around the house gathering the emergency kit, Nalgene bottle, and boots. I followed behind peppering him with questions about the child that had gone missing at the old Christmas tree farm down the road which we knew about because of a police roadblock Josh passed through en route to the house. We drove down to our friends’ house (because they were a quick jog to the area being searched). Upon pulling up, we saw a lady in the yard and I rolled down the window to ask if we could park at the house while helping with the search. She told us that the little girl had just been found curled up by the electric fence about 100 yards from her home. The child was fine and quickly returned to her parents. Relief washed over us, and we sat in the driveway chatting with our friends while a long line of cars belonging to volunteers streamed by.

This community is not the type to bring you a ham when they find out your grandmother died or even invite you over for dinner to welcome you when you've unpacked your last box. In fact, you may never see them unless they are riding a lawnmower alongside the road and you can just make them out through the red clay dustcloud. BUT if your child wanders from your sight or a powerline is down and has struck your vehicle or your house just burned down – in a few short moments, you will be surrounded by altruistic country folks with gentle south-Georgia drawls who heard about your situation and dropped everything in their lives to help you.

And that is exactly what happened that night.

Of course, while all of that was going on … one of our guineas was plotting escape. Maybe it was the flashing lights in the distance and Little Man (our wayward guinea fowl) thought the disco was in town.  He was certainly dressed for it.

Guinea Fowl

After Josh finished eating, I went to close up the guinea house and discovered that Little Man had bedded down in the neighbor’s lot. Now if he had been up in a tree, we would have left him alone but this winged and flight-capable bird decided to abandon all logic and curl up a few yards from the fox den (certain death for a ground-dwelling guinea fowl). Josh brought out a blanket to throw over Little Man, and I held the flashlight beam in his eyes. So Little Man waited patiently for his daddy to scale the fence and come within one foot of him to launch himself deeper into the dark woods. Josh and I ran with flashlight beams darting this way and that as we tripped, leapt, and fell over fallen trees, kudzu, wild grapevine, tropical soda apple, and brush.

This is where it would have been nice to have my pick of superpowers. (Come on, like you never thought about it…) I’m thinking that x-ray vision, invisibility, and super-speed would have been just about perfect for guinea wrangling. What do you think?

We crashed around the front lot and attempted to herd our winged fugitive towards the guinea house where our three normal birds were snuggled on their branch with tiny white heads tucked into gray polka dot wings. Just as we rounded the corner of the house, the flood lights came on and away Little Man ran. It was close to midnight when Josh and I finally cornered Little Man between the house and backyard fence. Josh threw the blanket over our runaway, picked him up, and carried him to the guinea house. All was well on the Razor Farm. The best part? I got to cuddle up safe in the arms of my Superhero on the front porch after he’d saved the world. Golly, I love my husband.  And there we sat, watching the stars and thinking about the family of the little girl, our neighbors, and how very blessed were to be in our tiny corner of rural Georgia.

9/14/2008 9:19:45 PM

Lacy, glad everything turned out well. It's great to see people pull together when needed. Have a great week!

9/12/2008 10:15:42 AM

Hi Lacy! I love your storytelling! I'm glad both child and fowl were fine in the end. :)

9/12/2008 8:20:33 AM

Disco Dan sure is a cutie! Glad all was resolved. Sometimes, living in rural Jawja is not so wonderful Then there are THOSE moments. Thank you for reminding me. =)

9/12/2008 12:06:39 AM

Hey Miss Lacy! Your bird friends are so so awesome! I just think they are the prettiest things. I hope you have a *wonderful* Friday, my friend. Blessings, Robin

kam a
9/11/2008 9:33:09 PM

Your writing is wonderful! I am glad there was a happy ending!

midlife mom
9/11/2008 5:56:45 PM

Hi! Love your blog, have been having fun reading some of your posts! I don't hunt down hens at night but I do my two cats when they decide they want to spend the night outside! We have lots of coyotes, fox, bobcats and bear around that would like a tasty morsel like Noodles or Munchkin our two kitties. Thanks for stopping by my place, come by again soon. I just love meeting new friends! We are sort of a hobby farm with 400 acres but on the fringe of a housing development so it limits what we can have. The town fathers allow us to have our horses but no hens or barnyard type animals. Probably a good thing or I'd have some of everything! Hope to see you soon! :o)

aly in ga
9/11/2008 5:08:03 PM

Hi Lacy! Whew! You guys must have been exhausted. Glad it ended well.

fishing guy
9/11/2008 7:45:29 AM

Lacy: Cool story of the runaways, glad all worked out.

9/11/2008 7:35:48 AM

Hi Lacy! One thing about a crisis situation is that it brings people together that will do whatever it takes to help get something done. Thank God the little girl was found and safely returned to her family! Aaahhh yes, the excitement of having animals!!! You never know what crazy thing they might decide to do! I'm glad little man did not become fox supper, and that he was also returned to his family! I had a bit of a scare yesterday. I was canning tomatoes, when I heard an awful rucus outside from the chickens and ducks. I looked out the window just in time to see a hawk go swooping past! Fortunately, I have some lucky ducks and chickens! The hawk was unsuccessful in it's attempt!

julie at elisharose
9/10/2008 8:42:02 PM

I'm so glad both sagas had a happy ending.

cindy murphy
9/10/2008 7:49:19 PM

Hi, Lacy. Glad to know that the little girl, and that Little Man made it safely back home where they belong and are loved. Oh, and those super-powers that I've once in a while given a wishful thought to....I'd like to have a couple sets of extra arms when needed to get all the stuff done that needs to get done...or better yet, a body-double with six pairs of arms, so the real me could relax for just a spell while someone else did that stuff. And since that's not going to happen, it's always good to sit on the porch, watch the stars, and reflect on how very blessed I am. The stuff will wait 'til tomorrow. Great post, Lacy.

mojavi at simple things
9/10/2008 3:35:20 PM

I have to say I love your writing and your blog! I get excited when I see a new post from you because you never know what your cgonna get :)

mojavi at simple things
9/10/2008 2:41:44 PM

I have to say I love your writing and your blog! I get excited when I see a new post from you because you never know what your cgonna get :)

elizabeth m.
9/10/2008 2:32:58 PM

It's true that sometimes the hard times are what make us stop and appreciate all the good we have. I'm so thankful that the little girl was found alright and that your guinea fowl was as well. We're all so busy with our own lives that we don't often connect with those around us in our community but we still care about eachother and it does show up from time to time just like in your story. It helps remind us that people are still generally good and caring people.

mother earth news fair


Feb. 17-18, 2018
Belton, Texas

More than 150 workshops, great deals from more than 200 exhibitors, off-stage demos, inspirational keynotes, and great food!