Lesson 431 – what a chick does at a shelter

Hi there. We’re still at the shelter and while we’ve spent most of the day away doing errands and checking in on the flock, we still find ourselves here at night taking advantage of the heat. I don’t know how many of you have had the experience of staying in a shelter but I thought I’d share with you, what it is a chick does while staying in an emergency shelter.

First of all, a chick relaxes. The kids are safe, the animals are tucked away for the night, despite the storm’s fury, all is well. It really is. Time to take a deep breath.

A chick must also see to Holiday decorations. Several young members of different flocks are here and let’s face it, Halloween in a shelter is not the best place to  be.  So to be festive (and to continue being a mom, above all else) this is how a chick celebrates Halloween in a shelter.

After a very short time, this is how a chick keeps clean. There’s a trick, if you pick the very last shower on the left and press the spigot twice, you can get warm water.

And lastly, this is how a chick spends the time in a shelter. She has to be around to supervise the kids (no basketball near others’ cots please) and she has to keep an eye on where those young pullets and cockerels are but like the village that a shelter eventually becomes, everyone sort of takes care of each other. People are given rides, older people are given food first, and moms get to put up their feet in order to read the book they’ve been dying to start – an opportunity to rest their bodies before the arrival of the next crisis.



Filed under All things chickens, All things local, Backyard Chickens, chicken care, New Hampshire, Personal, Project Chickens before the Eggs, The Family

5 responses to “Lesson 431 – what a chick does at a shelter

  1. Besides my other ways of making a nuisance of myself, I volunteer for the Red Cross. We haven’t had any disasters here, but we are trying to encourage preparedness. We take classes, including ones on shelter management. I will share your post at the next Red Cross meeting.

  2. If you don’t know this book, you will love it: Hilda, the Hen Who Wouldn’t Give Up by Jill Tomlinson.

  3. Great post!-I hope your flock is back to the home coop soon! Take care 🙂

  4. Great post. Power outages are 1 part PITA and 1part change of pace. We have a generator, but sometime the noise is overwhelming, so we just turn it off and enjoy the quiet. How are you liking the bio? I have it on my Kindle and have read the sample. It will be my next download.

  5. Gina Rosati

    So glad to hear you kept your optimism and sense of humor during a very tough week! I hope things get back to “normal” soon.

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