Surprise Chickens

It seems Adrain (Adrian) Pinkston had to go looking for more than a needle in his haystack. From the August 25, 1899 Skidmore Standard:

Hatching Chickens by the Million.

Last Saturday on going to his barn, Adrain Pinkston heard some little chickens peeping in the hay mow and in hunting for them found they were way down six or eight feet from the top of the hay. He had quite a job in getting them out. There was not hen with them as there was not way by which a hen could get to them, and the question is, how did they get there?

Mr. Pinkston bought the hay some time ago and it is supposed the eggs were in the hay, and the weather has been warm enough to hatch them. Just think of the possibility of hatching out a barn full of chickens at once!