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Pecky and the rest of the chicks were growing at an alarming rate. They were outgrowing their first home so they’d been moved to new, larger pen.
“You’ll be more comfortable out here,” Jake said as he watched the flock race around in their new pen.
I guess. Did you have any luck at the hatchery?
What does that mean?
Jake sighed, remembering the rude man he tried to talk to about Pecky when he and his mom went to pick up more chick food at the hatchery.
“Well…I asked if they had any other gray chicks with green legs. Told them that we were thinking of getting a few more.”
And? What did they say?
“That’s the strange part. The guy seemed…uncomfortable.”
Hmmm. That’s interesting.
“That’s what I thought. He told me he didn’t know what I was talking about. That I must be mistaken.”
Mistaken? Didn’t you tell him you ordered from that hatchery?
“That’s just it. He insisted that I was wrong. Said I must have ordered it from another hatchery. Before I could ask any more questions, he turned and said he had to get some work done and I should just forget about ‘those chicks’.”
Pecky let out a frustrated squawk, startling the other chicks. They all ran to a corner of the pen and seemed to glare indignantly at him.
“So I guess that’s it.”
Pecky ruffled his feathers and looked up at Jake with angry eyes. Of course, thought Jake, chickens always looked angry.
What do you mean ‘that’s it’? One dead end and you are ready to give up?
“I don’t see what else we can do,” Jake said defensively.
Pacing, Pecky let out a series of cheeps and chirps.
Wait! What about the shipping company?
“Shipping company? What would they know?
They’d know if the chicks came from that hatchery. And, if they didn’t, they’d know where they came from.
Jake went into the garage and rummaged through the recycling, looking for the box the chicks came in. When he found it, he could hardly believe they were ever small enough to fit in the little box. He took it back to the pen to show Pecky.
“Here it is. They were shipped through the post office. I remember Mom going to pick them up.”
That’s it then. We have to go to the post office.