Excuse me, but if the experts run off to their advanced boards, who are we newbies supposed to learn from, each other?
There are different levels of people on these boards. There are the folks who raise hundreds of chicks a year, and cull heavily according to specific standards for showing and/or utility. There are the people with a few backyard fowl who can't bear to see even one of them die. Many fall in between. Some of us are simply new to chickens, nothing more, nothing less. I understand the frustration of having to read posts from people you deem ignorant or foolish, but if you segregate yourselves, and withhold your experience and knowledge, where does that leave ME?
I have found this discussion, with it's opposing viewpoints informative and enlightening. It has helped me formulate an approach on how to deal with illness, if and when it hits my small flock. I am richer for the experience.
This is another discussion that really makes me wish that BYC would have some sort of advanced topics board or something similar. As someone that has raised birds for decades, it is obvious to me when someone does not know what they are talking about (and there are a few on this very thread). It is less obvious to people that are new to the hobby. That is unfortunate as we have a number of outspoken "gurus" on BYC that know very little about poultry keeping.
Oh, what a great idea. I wonder if that would be a possibility? I guess we could check with Nifty (Rob) and see.