Capper's Farmer

RULERS of the ROOST

FOR as long as I can remember, chickens have been a renewable natural resource, similar to such things as sunshine or television signals.

When I was a kid growing up on our humble South Dakota dairy farm, our parents would purchase a hundred baby chicks each April. One spring, something must’ve gone wrong with our brooder, because an upstairs bedroom in our farmhouse suddenly became a nursery for the baby chicks.

My siblings and I didn’t mind this development. On the contrary, we were delighted to

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