Life in the country is very costly, but the Ricardos devise a plan to offset expenses.



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Mary Alan Hokanson ...
Magazine Team
Richard Keith ...
Little Ricky Ricardo (as Little Ricky)
Tyler McVey ...
Magazine Team


Bills, bills, bills! Ricky is on a rant about how, indeed, living in Connecticut is very expensive. Lucy suggests that they are not being resourceful and that many of their neighbors run small businesses to help with the high cost of living. Lucy's idea is to buy some chickens and sell fresh eggs. The Ricardos run the idea by the Mertzes during a visit and Fred thinks it's a great plan. Fred was raised on a farm, so when the Ricardos advertise for a hired hand, the Mertzes apply and, of course, get the job. Not only are they partners in business, but neighbors yet again - the Mertzes have a manager for their NYC apartment building. In the meantime, Betty Ramsey tells Lucy that her editor friends at House and Garden Magazine would be interested in featuring her home. Lucy is thrilled, but is sidetracked when she and Ethel buy 500 baby chicks before Fred is finished working on the chicken coop. Things run amok when the chicks are let loose in the house, and amid the chaos, Betty arrives... Written by gaelicguy

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Comedy | Family





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4 March 1957 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In this episode, while deciding to raise chickens, Lucy states that eggs cost 75 cents a dozen which is $5.74 inflation adjusted to 2010 dollars. Large Eggs can be purchased for $2.89 in 2012. See more »


When Little Ricky comes in the front door to find the chicks, a hand and the shadow of a stage hand assisting him is visible as he opens the front door. See more »


Ricky Ricardo: [when Ricky comes home, he finds the living room floor covered with baby chicks, and the heat up to 90 degrees] Well, I'd like to think I got into the wrong house, but I know I din't.
Lucy Ricardo: No, you din't.
Ethel Mertz: Well, Rick, y'see, Lucy and I bought five hundred baby chicks.
Lucy Ricardo: Yeah, aren't they cute, Honey?
Ricky Ricardo: [impatiently] Adorable! But what are they doin' here?
Fred Mertz: Well, we had to bring 'em into the house because these two Dumb Doras didn't know that you have to keep baby chicks in brooders.
Ricky Ricardo: Why, anybody knows that ...
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Theme From 'I Love Lucy' (Instrumental)
Written by Eliot Daniel
Performed by Wilbur Hatch and the Desi Arnaz Orchestra
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