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...
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