Early Birds


A Conner Prairie rooster guards his flock.
A Conner Prairie rooster guards his flock.

People often say that it is the Early Bird who gets the worm.

I see several problems with this statement.  First, is there really only one worm that is available early?  Second, how early do you have to be out to get that worm?  If you are too early, it’s just dark and then you don’t see the worm at all.  Next, what about grain or corn?  I often prefer them to worms.  What if I just wait for daylight and then forage for kernels of wheat?  Finally, let’s say I’m not really a morning person (in this case, a morning bird) and I prefer to start my day later…won’t there be worms in the later afternoon when all the Early Birds have returned to the coop?

I’m just trying to think outside the egg carton.

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