"Hello?" I say
Woman's voice very breathless on the other end
"It's Wendy from Gwaenysgor........ I've just found a chick running around outside and I don't know what to do with it!"
"have you a hen sat on some eggs?"
"Oh god.......er...... let me think?....oh God! ... YES! Its a buff, she's been sitting in her nest for years!"
"Shut her away and place the chick underneath her"
"oh Lord this is exciting! I've never had a chick before! It's chirping very loudly!"
"They do, it's fine...there's probably more chicks on the way, best leave them all well alone for another day"
"Oh God! what else do I have to do?"
I covered chick care briefly
"Right", Wendy said, " I will go and put the baby back!"
Two minutes later phone rings again
"Oh God! it's Wendy! I have put the baby back and I have just found a sad looking Sussex sitting outside the hen house and she looks like she has lost something?"
"Has the sussex been sitting on eggs?" I asked
"no!..... yes!,,,,no! er .......sometimes? ...... I am not sure"
"She needs to be sitting for three weeks solid to hatch out a chick!" I reminded her
"Well no then!" she sounded confused...."is it always so stressful when you have your first chicks?"
"Yes, calm down, "put the baby back and see if the buff accepts him"
A few minutes later the phone goes
" Its Wendy!"
(I guessed it might have been)
"Everything looks ok, I have send my husband out for chick crumbs and I have put water in the coop is there anything else I have forgotten?.... I am so sorry to bother you!"
I went through some pointers again.
"It's no wonder I drink a lot of wine!" she gasped finally
I need a drink!""Go and have one" I said with a smile....