Tiny Guinea Fowl chick abandoned by your flock
Scratching in the dirt as you’ve seen your parents do
But without their guidance and protection
And only a few inches tall
You will not survive alone
Breakfast for the Magpie chicks?
Heart-rending peeps follow me down the path
Egyptian goose with the badly broken leg
Each halting step agonisingly painful
Yet still you hobble near your chicks
Protecting them alongside your partner
Your commitment ensuring
The survival of your genes
Raucous screeches follow me down the street
On our walks around the neighbourhood Little Monkey and I have come across many new-born chicks: Guinea Fowl and Egyptian Geese.
When I see an injured or abandoned bird it is hard not to interfere, but there is nothing to be done. The injured bird is still protecting its chicks and the abandoned chick will either survive on its own, or not. It had a near miss when LM spotted it before me!
I did search for the parent Guinea Fowl, with the intention of guiding the baby chick back to their safety, but they were nowhere to be seen. Guinea Fowl are notoriously bad parents.
It reminds me that life out there in the ‘wild’ is tough.
It really is the survival of the fittest.