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Chickens

by N.T. Brown

It was a sweltering July day in 1989, and I had a shovel blade pressed against a chicken’s neck. The bird had thrashed when my father picked it up, but now it lay still under the shovel, twitching occasionally, waiting for this particular procedure to end, just as the wing-clipping had ended, so it could go back to pecking in the dirt. My sister hovered nearby, hands over her mouth. “Step down hard,” my father said. “Don’t hesitate. Do it clean.” Behind me, the other hens clucked. A plane droned overhead. I licked my lips. “Go ahead,” my father said. “Step down.” The bird blinked up at me, and I looked into its eyes. Then I stepped down hard.

The head stopped blinking and just lay there. But the body got up and ran around the…

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