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When Rickey Shive was a kid growing up on the farm, one of the annual jobs he always looked forward to was the "chicken harvest." Apologies should be made in advance for the somewhat graphic nature of this illustration. Nonetheless, he looked forward to the chicken harvest. No, he wasn‘t some deranged youngster, but there was something he considered out of the ordinary that always happened, and it amazed him. On the farm, the chicken harvest was woman’s work, but being a young boy, he was allowed to participate. The chickens would be caught early in the morning and brought to his grandmother. She would then methodically remove their heads. Here’s where the amazing part happened. With their heads gone, these chickens would run around the yard like crazy. He just couldn’t believe it--it amazed him every year. Once, he asked why the chickens did this? The answer – ...

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