They told him not to do it. They tried to stop him. He knew it was wrong, but he did it anyway, and then he paid the price. That’s right, local farmer Reese counted his chickens before they were hatched, and now he is dead.
‘These young farmers think they can just do anything they dang well please,’ said Reese’s long-time neighbor Carl, who runs the adjacent farm. ‘Well Reese found out the hard way, he’s dead now.’
Farmer Reese thought he could go against generations of wisdom and count his chickens before they hatched. Now look at him, dead at 45.
‘Farmers, if you have to count your chickens, please do it after they hatch,’ read a statement issued by Reese’s surviving wife and daughter, who told police that they abstained from the hen-counting altogether, in fact had put it far, far from their minds. ‘It just isn’t worth it.’