An old Farmer told me this about why I got so many roos this year.....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chickenguysmom, Jun 8, 2009.

  1. chickenguysmom

    chickenguysmom Songster

    It all started when I ordered 16 chicks from a hatchery - all straight run. Well, one died in transit .... but of the remaining 15 it looks like I got 11 roos. Now I thought that it should be about 50/50 but I chalked it all up to my own bad luck. Until ......

    I listed them on CraigsList. I got some replies from someone offering advice about listing them and this turned into a phone call from a 71-year old farmer who told me .....

    There is a seven year cycle that happens in nature. Every seven years two things will happen. You will see an increase in the population of rabbits (jack rabbits in your yards and fields) and the second thing is ......

    Every seven years most of the offspring of animals will not have the 50/50 ratio but will have 75% males with only 25% female.

    Funny thing is we currently have 2 bunnies in our 1 acre yard and saw another in our neighbors yard. I think the old farmer was onto something. His name was Bill Allman (not sure of the spelling).

    Anyway he was a really nice guy and said I could call him anytime I needed advice. I can't stop thinking about what he said.

    Anyone else think this is true?
  2. mrbstephens

    mrbstephens Songster

    Cool, I love it![​IMG]
  3. calgal98

    calgal98 Songster

    I've not heard that. I got about a 60-40 ratio of girls to boys in my goats this year. Still two does to go so may be a 50-50 year. My chicks have been about 50-50 as well.
  4. Thats strange. This year I have been getting lots more females then males.
  5. R@ndy

    [email protected] Songster

    Mar 20, 2009
    Interesting [​IMG]
  6. nivtup

    nivtup Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    We are running close to 50%-50%.

    Have not seen a rabbit around here at all this year.

  7. fshinggrl

    fshinggrl Songster

    May 1, 2009
    the edge of insanity
    A friend of mine who raises goats got 4 bucks this year. 4/4! Perhaps. I ordered 14 pullets and I am pretty sure I have at least 2 roos. I'm not liking these odds! Interesting concept!
  8. Cherokee Rose

    Cherokee Rose In the Brooder

    Apr 21, 2009
    Tucker Hill
    Funny......we're seeing WAY more rabbits this year.

    I grew up in a farming family, both sides. Never doubt the word of an old farmer! [​IMG]
  9. azelgin

    azelgin Songster

    Jan 18, 2008
    S.E. AZ
    Sorry, I don't buy it. I have zero rabbits in my yard this year and got 9 roos, out of a hatch of 11 chicks, from three broodies. I can hardly wait to see what the next ten, due the 21st, will be. Last year we were overrun with jackrabbits.[​IMG]
  10. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    Oh, how we love our pseudo-truths (otherwise known as lore).
    They all sound so lurid, so convincing. I mean, isn't it just more fun to believe these sorts of things, than the normally boring reality?
    This one is the stuff of legend, for sure.

    My question is this: Why do we jump to the conclusion that everything which pops from an old-timers mouth is gospel truth?

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