List three events concerning chicken raising that the narrator witnessed as a child that had a negative effect on him in The Egg.

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The narrator's family ventures into raising chickens because of his mother's ambitious dreams to rise from poverty to fame. Unfortunately, the land they rent is poor and stony, not ideal for farm life. Yet this quality of the land also serves to foreshadow how their chicken farming quest will eventually turn out.

Disease kills some of the chickens, and the narrator equates this loss to being "so much like people."

Those chickens who happen to survive disease are not safe, either. Although the narrator begins to have high expectations for the survivors, he finds that some of the chickens are so "dreadfully stupid" that they simply walk under the ever-present wagon wheels and are thus sent squashed and dead back to their maker.

Other chickens are born with "grotesque" biological malformations. Some have four legs. Others have two pairs of wings or two heads. They don't live and only exist in perhaps every one thousand hatchlings. The narrator's father furthers the grotesque association with these birds by preserving them in alcohol and even storing them on the shelves in his later restaurant. The narrator knows that his father hopes that one of these biologically abnormal creatures will live, and he will be able to make his fortune by charging people to view it.

The family's chicken business seems doomed from its beginnings, and eventually they move on to another dream.

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