count chickens before they hatch

count one's chickens before they hatch

Fig. to plan how to utilize good results of something before those results have occurred. (The same as Don't count your chickens before they are hatched.) You may be disappointed if you count your chickens before they hatch.
See also: before, chicken, count, hatch
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Although the SPA is almost always a legally binding agreement, my advice is not to count chickens before they hatch.
We never count chickens before they hatch, even though they are chickens because we do believe life begins at conception," said Joe Pojman, executive director of the Texas Alliance for Life.