Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch!

Don’t Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch!
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes By Mark M. Hall On a warm spring afternoon, I paused from my chores to watch our Delaware layers as they foraged happily at my feet. After a moment, one snatched up a worm and quickly split the scene, the treat still dangling from her beak as she ran. Instantly, pandemonium erupted as the entire flock chased her all over the yard, determined to steal her tender morsel.    Highly amused, I left the active bunch to their hilarity and walked over to the coop. Inside, I found two hens eyeing me from the quiet cool of the nest boxes. It was time to collect the eggs, so I picked up the basket and headed for the nearest hen, Gertie. Immediately, my encroaching hand met with a cautionary growl and several hard pecks. Surprised, I stepped back to ponder what had just happened. “What in the world was

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