Elvirus in the Chicken Coop ©

In the chicken coop. That’s where I was this past weekend. Now, let me tell you the back story and how I was serving mankind by keeping my distance from the rest of you.

Naturally, we at Visiting Angels are super busy these days looking after our seniors and keeping them safe in their homes as far away from crowds as can be. My daughter-in-law, Sandra, who normally serves as our VP of Business Development, is now busy sanitizing everything in sight and securing masks and other protective equipment.

Not only that, but now, in compliance with Governor Kemp’s directive, she’s suddenly a home school mom as well. I know that we’re not unique in all this. I’m sure your daughters and daughters-in-law are in similar circumstances as well. And probably like many of you we got a phone call near the weekend “Could you look after a couple granddaughters for a few days”? Of course! They love coming to the farm and we love having them!

So, as is our regular routine we agreed to meet at the Exit 117 truck stop to load the girls, their backpacks, bicycles and sundry other girls’ supplies into the truck and off we went back to the farm with all sorts of busy-ness plans my wife had cooked up:

  • Coloring books always work
  • Reading books with girls in laps
  • Piano lessons: scales in all sorts of keys and “Jesus Loves Me, This I Know”
  • Bible memory: I Corinthians chapter 13 this time
  • Bicycle riding in the driveway
  • And country walks with Uncle Max to visit the horses at the farm down the road

That all worked for a couple days…..but NOW what do we do? Tractor Supply to the rescue with baby chicks! A brilliant solution to an urgent problem with unanimous consent; if only Congress could be so bi-partisan and decisive! So now at brunch around the table before the chick trip, we have to choose names for the six lucky soon-to-be-adopted fuzzy fowl. (Six to add to our aging dozen which used to be thirty or so before the foxes decided to whittle our flock last year).

  • “Elvis”, no “Elvira” because we’re only getting hens this time. If you ask “Hey Google” to play “Elvira” on your phone like we did (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wgm9gZs1hYw) you’ll join almost 18 Million others who watched the Oak Ridge Boys “Home Free” video and you won’t be able to get that song out of your head either!
  • Grace
  • And then a call from older sister, Abby: “Name mine “Fernanda” Pop Pop.
  • And so on until we had names for all six.

Then on to Tractor Supply where we stayed six feet away from everyone but the baby chicks. What should have been a $24 bill turned out to be $93 after T-shirts, feed , feeders, heat lamps, etc; master marketers those TSC people!

Now comes the hard part: renovating the chicken coop for our newly adopted Bavons Brown chicks. Reagan helped me clean the coop and re-purpose a leaky cattle water trough to be the new chick brooder until they’re old enough to be out on their own. And of course, fresh pine shavings everywhere for proper scenting , look and feel for our baby birds!

But where do the chicks spend their first two nights? In our bedroom of course, with Reagan sleeping next to them on the floor, just in case! Go to http://www.facebook.com/VisitingAngelsofCentralGA/ for pictures of Reagan and Ellie at the farm.

And now you know how we did our part on the farm to protect the rest of you from “Elvirus”.

Thanks for reading All About Seniors…..see you next week!

Bill Milby is a Director of Visiting Angels® of Central Georgia, a non-medical, living assistance service for seniors. If you have questions or comments about this column you can reach him at william.mercylink@gmail.com

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