It hasn’t been acceptable to refer to a lady as a chick in decades, or maybe it never was. Frank Sinatra was probably the last man who could have used that term without generating any complaints. That’s why I was astounded when I received a February email from a large reputable company that said, “Chick Days are coming soon!” What surprised me even more than the caption was that it came from Tractor Supply.
I enjoy going to Tractor Supply, sometimes to buy something and other times just to add to my bucket list. Their aisles are filled with tempting items, but I was shocked to learn they now offer chicks. How that works I have no idea. I assume the chicks are there voluntarily, and that there is an interview process where each chick has a right of refusal. If not, they need to be reported.
I don’t know if they offer young chicks, old chicks, or everything in between. It seems that an age appropriate chick would be the best route to follow, but not everyone sees it that way.
The warranty period and return policy would be something that a customer would need to investigate thoroughly. What if a fellow changed his mind but the chick didn’t want to be returned? And what all is covered under the warranty? Is it just parts or is labor included? Is an extended warranty offered? There’s a lot that we don’t know from that brief ad.
In order to avoid any misunderstanding, I want to be clear that I have no interest in a chick for myself. I’ve been happily married since 1974. But even if I were in the market for a new bride, it could be a little embarrassing down the road. Someone would inevitably ask how we met. I’d have a hard time admitting that I got my wife during Chick Days at Tractor Supply.
The email asked, “What kind of coop or run do you need?” I guess that ad must have gone out to everyone regardless of marital status. If I brought a chick home from Tractor Supply I wouldn’t need a coop. I’d need a casket.
I know exactly what kind of run I would need, a very fast run, a run that is faster that Olympic champion Usain Bolt when he was in his prime. But as the great boxer Joe Louis said of an evasive opponent before they met in the ring, “He can run but he can’t hide.” Even the best runner has to eventually take a break.
That same ad offered 36 months of financing on purchases of $1,299 and up. I haven’t priced any of their chicks, but I’m sure they would all be well above the minimum. If you find a chick for less than $1,299 you better check the expiration date.
At the bottom of that email it said that I had received it as a valued member of Tractor Supply’s Neighbor’s Club. I’m wondering which of my neighbors are in the club, and if they know that I’m in it too. I don’t know whether to talk to some of them about this or simply ignore it. There’s just something about linking a Neighbor’s Club with Chick Days that doesn’t sound quite right.
My wife, Jane, who is Vice President of the Proof Department, read this proposed column and said that I was badly mistaken. She said that what Tractor Supply is selling are chickens for people who want to have their own laying hens. After looking at the ad again I did notice a couple of Rhode Island Reds in the background, so she’s probably right.
The chicks I was thinking about would seem more likely to be found in Bed, Bath and Beyond or maybe Home Depot. Amazon might be another possibility. I remember some Amazon women in an old Tarzan movie, but those ladies were sort of ornery and dangerous to deal with. I’d recommend caution about online ordering for a situation like this. It’s probably best to go to the store.
It’s too close to my deadline to write a new column. I hope this one doesn’t cause any confusion. I think I made a terrible blunder in my interpretation of that ad, but just to be certain I may call Tractor Supply. Or maybe I’ll go to the chick aisle at the local store. I’m still curious about which of my neighbors may be in the club.