There’s a storm coming.

All our thoughts are with Florida today, as Irma plows forward with the Keys in her crosshairs. I’m so grateful that folks there have their priorities straight – shelter, safety, and chickens.

Hundreds of feral chickens roam the streets of Key West – we had brunch with a number of them underfoot a few years back at the Blue Heaven restaurant – and thankfully someone is looking out for their welfare ahead of the storm. Saw this on Twitter as I tracked the hurricane last night, photo credit to @producerken:


Some enterprising soul managed to capture a flock of the “gypsy chickens” – and if you’ve ever chased a chicken you know the near impossibility of that feat – then wrapped them in newspaper, wings down to keep them calm, and transported them to safety. A different kind of chicken burrito than you’re used to seeing, for sure.

Also in the good news department, I read that the staff at Hemingway House in Key West have opted to ride out the storm there to care for the fifty-five six-toed cats that live on the property. They are the descendants of Hemingway’s beloved felines “Marilyn Monroe” and “Kim Novak”.  Hemingway, who once aptly quipped “One cat just leads to another” would undoubtedly nod his approval.


More seriously, we have family members hunkered down in Sarasota, where Irma currently seems determined to beat a path to their door. We’ll be praying for you all!

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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4 Responses to There’s a storm coming.

  1. dizzyguy says:

    All prayers to family in Florida.

  2. Jean Gutsche says:

    Thanks for your calls! We are hunkered down in Venice. Hoping the storm will decrease in intensity.

  3. Katherine says:

    How did your family fare? Mine survived by evacuating with two cats who had to be tranquilized b/c they don’t get along. My aunt said she just wished there were enough tranquilizers for her.

    • polloplayer says:

      I think Irma did a swerve to the east at the last possible moment because they were fine – no damage! A power outage, of course, but none of the devastation that the Keys experienced. I like the idea of tranquilizers all around for all future storms!

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