After their bug breakfast, Graceson and Izzy helped round up all the girls. We put them back in their pen and let Enoch off the chain. Somehow we didn't get them all. Enoch found Goldie and chased her around and around and finally under the house. (He has been acting a tad bit too excited around the girls and I am not so sure if I will ever totally trust him when they are out of their pen.) After putting him back on the chain, the boys and I walked around the house and looked under it and all around it..... My house sits on blocks and there is a lot of room under there, but not a safe place for a chicken to be for too long. We prayed and asked God to help us find Goldie and to keep her safe. Then we all three laid on our bellies and called her. She is one of the buffs and I would so hate for her to get hurt or get into trouble and need help. It was such an awful feeling.. We just laid there for about 10 minutes looking up on the bottom side of the flooring of the house. Checking the beams and all the other hiding places, while still on our tummies. Then I noticed her really small tiny looking body close to the ground in the tall grass under the edge of the house, being as small and as quiet as she could be. I could only see about a quarter of her, about 6 feet to the right of where Graceson and Izzy and I had decided to lay down. Isn't God so kool? He heard our prayer, and HE cares about everything we care about. He loves us and wants HIS children to be blessed. He brought us to exactly the right spot where our poor little Goldie was doing a great job of being invisible. God uses these things in our lives to cause our faith to grow. It is such a thrill to see these little boys faces when they realize that God answered a prayer. HE heard us and HE helped us. Of course after this horrible ordeal the guys wanted to hold her and comfort Goldie and of course we had to bring her in the house and take her picture. I am so thankful for each and every one of these silly little chickens. I pray that God will keep them all safe from harm and cause them to live in harmony and be nice to each other now in the tight space and even in the future when they are in the lap of chicken luxury!
After all this excitement, tomorrow sounds like a great day to keep the girls at the home base for a day. I need to do a better job of making sure they are all accounted for. Also, Megan became HUGE and graduated to big girl coop tonight while everyone was "sleeping" and they need a chance to bond as a flock with the newbie, and be watched carefully.....so lots of great reasons to take a breather and stay close to the ol hen house for a spell.