The chickens are looking very good. They certainly do not look anything like they used to look. Since this all started I have been at the computer more time than I should be. I have imagined all the lives you have changed as all of us read your words and look at your progress and create batches of FF. All the healthier chickens that you have helped by helping others and they in turn will impart that knowledge to more people in the weeks, months and years ahead. Pretty interesting stuff.
I often wonder about that....the ripple in the pond effect. This forum is a powerful influence on chicken owners all over the world even if they don't belong. When trends or fads happen here, they happen everywhere. Back a few years only a few of us were using ACV in our water, now you can see it on webpages and articles that weren't there before. You couldn't find mother vinegar except at health food stores..now you can find it in our normal grocery stores. That isn't an accident...more people have been in their stores and requesting this item.
Same with the materials for making your own soap...couldn't find the ingredients to save your soul a few years back and now the Walmart has them and has them grouped together on the shelf.
I just told my mother the other day that I bet the next time I go to TSC they will have Nustock for sale there....because people on here will be requesting and asking for it and, if TSCs are smart, they will start stocking it. The NS at my feed store went up in price by $2 the other day...coincidence? I think not. More in demand...supply and demand pricing kicks in.
It boggles my mind but I do recognize that this place has a following and people are changing, adapting and learning from this forum. I only hope that some stick with it and tough it out until they gain their own experience to stand on~and then you will see them starting threads like this one or the OT thread and a whole new generation of bird owners will be starting to carry it all forward.