Chickens in the Basement

I love to write and I love to laugh. When I write, I get to the point quick. My stories would fit on the back of a postcard. They usually make me chuckle. And you know what they say, "It's all about me!"

Monday, May 17, 2010

Feast or Famine

North Carolina's motto should be changed to:

North Carolina
The state of feast or famine!

Let me explain. This past winter, we had snow, rain, cold! As soon as spring kicked in, no liquid at all. The temperatures were up and down, but DRY!

After weeks of promises of rain from the weathermen, they finally got it right. That must be the only profession that getting one out of ten predictions right won't get you fired! Today was the day they finally got it right. But, it didn't just rain. It poured so hard, I saw cars go careening off the highway.
Even the ditches between my veggie rows overflowed!
The ditches on the side of the road flowed faster than the traffic. My windshield wipers were useless! When I was about three miles from home, I had the most horrible thought...

Drains were blocked!

What if Melvin went out with Shakira and couldn't figure out how to get back in! He would be washed down the hill, never to be seen again.

It was raining so hard, even the space under the hen house was wet!

Once in the house, I kicked of my chunky heels and dress pants and pulled on my sweat pants and a pair of ragged clogs. I grabbed my umbrella and headed to the hen house.
Skippy and Chrissy want to know where the blow dryer is!
When I opened the door, I saw four very wet, scrawny looking chickens sitting on the perch. Shakira was huddled in the hay on the floor.
Trust me! Melvin's under there somewhere!
I listened through the rain for Melvin's sweet peeps. I heard them and saw his head peak through Shakira's feathers at the same time. I have to remind myself that Shakira is a good mother and really doesn't need my help. But, I still have to get my daily "Melvin snuggle" fix!
I'm such a chicken geek!


Linda said...

Oh Shakira is a wonderful Mom and so are you! Thank goodness Melvin is ok. Whew....I know what you mean about the weather! At least you didn't go off the road!!

Midcenturymadam said...

Glad everyone is okay. Hey, we need a Melvin fix too! Where's the picture of our little guy??

Chickens in the Basement said...

My batteries in my camera died before I made Shakira let me have a turn. Once I got inside, I didn't want to go back out! More photos tomorrow!

Sharon said...

Poor Melvin, I can just here him peep "Mommy, Mommy, the sky is falling!"

Glad he was ok - and you too, of course.

We had the driest April (april showers?) and the wettest May (May flowers?) so far. What plants I have are pale from lack of sunshine!

Dina said...

Everybody is safe and sound. Sleep well.

Ninny said...

Oh I do love happy endings! What a good mother Shakira is! Don't ever let that KFC Colonel near that gal...hugs to Melvin.


Barbara said...

We're having the weirdest weather too. Normally it's in the high 80s by now, but we keep getting cold fronts and rain. It's really odd.

I'm so glad you thought of poor old Melvin, and that Shakira is such a good mom! I can imagine wet chickens are not happy chickens!!

Nancy K. said...

It's good to know that Melvin's got TWO mom's looking out for him!


ted and bunny said...

oh I was really worried there til we got to the end- don't do that to me again!

When we came over to US earlier this month, we were staying with my cousins in Columbia SC and came to NC for the Metrolina fair.

Could we make Melvin a little raincoat?

Vintage Christine said...

Hey! I made a button for everyone to use to proclaim their devotion to soggy Melvin! I figured I'd better do it before he grew up and then of course we'll need to change the graphic to a studly rooster. It never just rains in the South, does it? Sometimes it seems like the entire Gulf of Mexico comes smashing down on us. And now, of course, we get to worry about hurricanes picking up the oil and flinging it all over as it travels inland!!

Chicken Boys said...

Sickening thought, ain't it? Got a story for my blog later. Glad Mellie is okay.

~~Carol~~ said...

You're not a chicken geek. You're living one of my little dreams! I want to have a couple chickens so bad. Not to eat, just to have because I think they're so pretty! Now I have to go look and see who this Melvin guy is!

Amber Von Felts said...

It rained here in Cali too yesterday but what we call rain, you would call a stiff fog. It was enough to get people talking though..."Its raining?? What the!?" We don't usually get rain this late in the season but my Dad informed me it is an El Nino year, so every once in a while we catch a sprinkle. Maybe you can make Melvin a teeny rain slicker...then you'd really be a chicken geek!

Little Messy Missy said...

Glad baby didn't float away!

Lisa said...

We are having the same weather here in Indiana.

Glad to hear Melvin is okay, you had me worried there for a minute. My goodness if something happens to him we are all going to be devastated!

Give him a little pat on the head from all of us!

Foothills Poultry said...

I still run hens in with their babies if rain is heading this way. I know the moms would take care of them and keep them dry, but I am a worrier.

Once a fast rain came in and trapped a hen in the garden. I was pulling dry chicks out from under the hen to get them to the broody house. Then the momma too. She kept all 8 dry, but was soaked.


dobco said...

Glad you found Melvin nice and cozy where he should be. After I put the egg back in the nest I was worried that it would be rejected. My husband said they know what to do leave them alone. Guess we both have a problem of letting go!