The Smart Farmer

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A farm just outside Mountain Home Arkansas

The Smart Farmer

Farmer John lived on a quiet rural highway. But, as time went by, the
traffic built up at an alarming rate. The traffic was so heavy and so
fast that His chickens were being run over at a rate of three to six a
day. So one day Farmer John called the sheriff`s office and said, “You`ve got
to do something about all of these people driving so fast and killing
all of my chickens.”

“What do you want me to do?” asked the sheriff.

“I don`t care,” said Farmer John. “Just do something about these crazy

So the next day he had the county workers go out and erect a sign that

Three days later Farmer John called the sheriff and said, “You`ve got to
do something about these drivers. The `school crossing` sign seems to
make them go even faster.”

So, again, the sheriff sends out the county workers and they put up a
new sign:  SLOW: CHILDREN AT PLAY. But that sped them up even more!

So Farmer John kept calling, and the sheriff kept changing the signs.

Finally, Farmer John said to the sheriff, “Your signs are doing no good.
Can I put up my own sign?” The sheriff was ready to let Farmer John do just about anything in order to get him to stop calling every day. He said, “Sure thing, put up your
own sign.” And after that, the sheriff got no more calls from Farmer John.

Three weeks later, curiosity got the best of the sheriff and he decided
to give Farmer John a call. “How`s the problem with those drivers? Did
you put up your sign?”

“Oh, I sure did. And not one chicken has been killed since then. I`ve
got to go. I`m very busy.” He hung up the phone.

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The sheriff was really curious now and he thought to himself “I`d better
go out there and take a look at that sign… It might be something that
we could use to slow down drivers…”

So the sheriff drove out to Farmer John`s house, and his jaw dropped the
moment he saw the sign. It was spray-painted on a sheet of wood:

*** Go slow and watch out for the chicks ***


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