I Love Lucy

Lucy Raises Chickens

Season 6, Ep 18, Aired 3/4/57
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  • Episode Description
  • The Mertzes find a way to stay with the Ricardos: chicken farming. But the scheme puts Lucy over her head in chickens when she and Ethel bring home 500 baby chicks before the hen house is ready.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy McGillicuddy Ricardo

  • Desi Arnaz

    Ricky Ricardo

  • Vivian Vance

    Ethel Mertz

  • William Frawley

    Fred Hobart Mertz

  • Richard Keith (I)

    Little Ricky

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • (The Ricardos discuss raising chickens) Ricky: What about 'spenses? Lucy: Well, what 'spenses are there? Shelter and some food. What can a little grain and corn cost? Fifty cents a sack. That's chicken feed. (laughs at her little pun)

    • Ricky: Bills, bills, bills! That's all there is in the mail this morning. Lucy? Lucy: I'm sorry. I bought it, I didn't want it anyway, and I'll take it back tomorrow. Ricky: Now, now, honey, it's not you this time. It's the household bills. Lucy: Oh, thank goodness. The house is gonna catch it for a change.

    • (Betty and the people from Home & Garden have just rejected Lucy as a candidate for a spread after seeing baby chicks all over her living room) Lucy: (starting to cry) Oh, dear! Now we'll never get our picture in House & Garden Ricky: That's all right, honey. Don't worry. Maybe we'll make the next issue of Chicken Breeder's Gazette.

    • (Lucy and the Mertzes are trying to find the 65 chickens) Ethel: Any suggestions? Lucy: Yeah, let's wait 'til they grow up. They'll be easier to find.

    • Ricky: What's goin' on? What's all this? Why is the heat up so high? Why are you dressed like up like that? Lucy: Well, what question do you want me to answer--what's going on, what's all this, why is the heat up so high, or why are we dressed like this? Ricky: Answer them all. Lucy: OK. These are baby chicks and the heat's up so high so they won't freeze and we're dressed like this so we won't roast, and this is all going on 'cause Little Ricky left the door to the den open, and would you care for some lemonade?

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    Notes (3)

    • Postage stamps were three cents in the late 50s.

    • This episode was the first to be sponsored by Ford.

    • Like so many episodes, this idea was taken from the Arnazes' true life. As newlyweds at their Desilu Ranch, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz raised chickens, cows, and had several dogs. They ate the eggs and drank the milk from their farm animals, but never slaughtered their pets for food because they became too emotionally attached. The writers remembered her impression of the chickens which made it’s way into this episode.

    Trivia (5)

    • BIG GOOF: When Ethel & Lucy open up the boxes of chicks to feed them, Lucy accidentally traps one of the chicks (in the box at left) UNDER the box, and it is never noticed by anyone.

    • Goof: In the scene where the foursome are gathered around the table discussing what to put in the ad for the farm hand, when Ricky says "'sperienced chicken farmer", Lucy can be seen mouthing the words at the exact same time as Ricky.

    • Goof 2: When Little Ricky enters through the door into the living room a man’s arm is seen opening the door and pushing him in.

    • Goof: The Ricardo's have two washers and dryers; one seen through the swinging door from the dining room into the kitchen and one seen behind the door on the back porch.

    • When Lucy and Ricky discuss the bills, Lucy shares her method of deciding which of the bills should be paid: any bill that stays on the lazy Susan after she spins it would be paid. If you watch very closely as she places each of the bills on the lazy Susan, Lucy takes special care to make sure that the bill in the center stays on while it spins. The bill in the center doesn't fly off because it's secured by a piece of tape or some other adhesive.

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