Stephen Kahn

Chicken economics

In Hard to tell, Humor on April 2, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Is it ethical to read the online New York Times without subscribing to it? Well, it won’t be practical much longer, anyway, as they are going to start charging. In the meantime, I will quote from them without paying:

With unemployment still high, companies in recent months have tried to camouflage price increases by selling their products in tiny and tinier packages. So far, the changes are most visible at the grocery store, where shoppers are paying the same amount, but getting less.

Prices are getting higher. If civilization is going to collapse, everything will become cheaper (as during the Great Depression 1, unlike the Great Depression 2, which is going on right now) or everything will become more and more expensive, which is often called inflation. Runaway inflation has happened at many places and times, as in Germany in the 1920s or in Zimbabwe just the other day.

It is more creative to find other methods to inflate without admitting you are raising a price. One way is to make the package smaller.

Our three chickens lay one, two, or three eggs a day. Usually the eggs are about the same size. However, recently one of our chickens (not sure whether it is Big Mama, Moll, or Little Peep) has started to lay little tiny eggs. I guess this is her way of dealing with inflation, even though I provide her with plenty of fresh weeds and earthworms each day.

However, today one of the chickens laid an especially big egg. (I don’t have a picture of it yet.)

chicken economics

Today is April 1. This entire episode of the little eggs and the big eggs has given me an idea for a trick to play on the chickens. However, it is not only for our own good, it is also for their own good. I am about to go outside and work on it right now. Written 12 noon, April 1, 2011.

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  1. Haha, I love trickin’ chickens. Hope you’ll write a post about that. 🙂

  2. I can’t wait to see what sort of merry prank you play on your fowl.

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