Don't Count Your Chickens Before They Hatch (Moral Story) O nce there lived a milkmaid in a small old town. Everyday early in the morning she milked the cow and sold the milk in the market. One day the milkmaid was going on her way to sell the milk. She carried a pail on her head which was full of fresh milk. ''Today the cow has given more milk than she normally does, how good it will be if.