Guinea fowl may be grounded as Rainey Street takes ‘flight’
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Rainey Street in downtown Austin is definitely a hotspot with construction, bars and restaurants on every corner—but it’s also a neighborhood.
Geraldine the Guinea Hen has lived on Rainey Street for years, and is known around the area to be one tough bird. She's barely the height of a tire, and battles traffic and construction on a daily basis.
Now, a 23- story apartment building is going up next door, and some worry their longtime feathered friend won’t be around much longer.
Shane Myers has been working construction in the Rainey Street district. He is most concerned about Geraldine’s future.
"This poor little bird, this hen, she's just lost with all this growth," he said.
Growth is also boxing in Lucy Fabela's home. She's been in the neighborhood for more than 50 years.
"It's got a quirkiness, it’s an oddness, a lot of us on Rainey are kind of odd,” she said. “It's part of our neighborhood. I'd hate to see her go, because she's Rainey, the little hen is Rainey."
Geraldine's friends are just hoping if the tree does get cut down, that she doesn't go down with it.
"It's been happening forever, they're going to get run out, just like every animal in the world,” Myers said. “Eventually they're going to build there, trees come down."
Some of the condos in the area put Geraldine in their weekly newsletter. The bird also has her own Facebook page.