Originally Posted by troyer
Right on!! I get a lot of satisfaction out of helping others learn to be self sustaining, not that I know a whole lot about it myself, but at least I had the privilege of growing up on a farm. I can teach what I know and I'm constantly learning. For example this thread has been a great blessing to me in getting other's point of view on a lot of different subjects... I want us to continue sharing what we know. Knowledge is an advantage to all of us.
Here is a 6 month old Sumatra cockerel.
It is great to be able to teach others and also to take advantage of the personal experiences of others. Before the internet and forums like this, learning was a lot more work. Books about chickens existed (probably written at a faster pace than now), but they were limited in scope and detail. Two of my uncles were big into showing chickens and I loved to go help take care of them and listen to them talk about buying and selling their birds. They would, at times, pay enormous amounts of money for champion stock - more than I could have afforded as a kid, but I could go look at these expensive birds and even collect their eggs to be put in his incubator.
Sumatras are on my "some day" list. I love the look, even if they are not as practical for egg production as some other breeds. I would like to raise a bunch and free range them, I think a Sumatra cock guarding his harem in the sun would be awesome to see!