Naming a Chicken and Other Ways to Jinx Your Farm


April FreemanWe are only halfway joking when we say that Mr. Murphy (as in Murphy’s Law*) lives someplace on our farm. It is so amazing how many ways things can go so terribly wrong on a farm. It would be almost funny if it were not my life. Just when we think we’ve seen every possible frustrating scenario, another one pops up. Yes, indeed, truth is stranger than fiction.

We’ve learned that there are certain things, though, that we can do to increase the likelihood that Mr. Murphy will make an appearance. For some reason, some activities on the farm just seem to beckon him.

1. Spend a lot of money on an animal.

Whether it is a prize-winning registered bull or a fancy pants show chicken, the fastest way to get Mr. Murphy to make an appearance is to buy an animal for way too much money, convincing yourself that the animal will pay its way in just a couple of years. Look out. That animal will be marked for life.

2. Spend a ton of money at the vet’s for an animal.

Any time we take our animals to the vet for anything more than a minor procedure, Mr. Murphy does his thing. He has a cruel streak and pushes those sweet kitties or precious puppies out into the street in front of garbage trucks.

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