Favorite or Pet Peeve Old Wives Tales related to chicken breeds, genetics or showing

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Sonoran Silkies, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    This is intended to be fun, and hopefully dispel some old time myths about chickens. Okay, so here is a start of inaccurate, but common sayings:

    • Only the rooster gives colour to the chicks.
    • White crossed with black makes blue.
    • If it has a pea comb, it is an Easter Egger.
    • If it has green legs, it is an Easter Egger.
    • Silkies are a cross between a chicken and a rabbit.
    • Chickens will only breed with other chickens of the same breed.
    • A bantam rooster cannot breed a largefowl hen.



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  2. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    Okay---
    Don't know if this is true or not.

    Picking up and holding a hen by her legs to carry her can make her stop laying.
     
  3. Narragansett

    Narragansett Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My pet peeve is the incorrect use of terminology, (and the related use of acronyms in place of typing out the entire word, for breeds and varieties which are not universally abbreviated.) A few examples:

    New Hampshire "Red"
    "Blue" Slate
    Black "Spanish"
    Polish "Crested" or "Tophat"
    Lavender, or commonly "lavendar" instead of Self Blue
    "Turken"
    Cornish X instead of commercial broiler
    The endless confusion and bastardization of Araucana and Ameraucana
    Thinking that one cannot raise waterfowl without a pond.
    Turkeys cannot be raised with chickens, or that they will drown in the rain.
    Haphazard breeding and, especially, crossbreeding


    The one that grates on my nerves like hearing fingernails on a chalkboard: the infantile use of "roo" instead of rooster or cock.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Now, let's try to do this without being insulting to our members. [​IMG]
     
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  5. OldChurchEggery1

    OldChurchEggery1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A common myth: the egg shape indicates the resulting chick's gender. Pointy eggs make cockerels and round eggs make pullets.

    I couldn't believe that some parents at a presentation I gave at my mother's school thought that chicken eggs were fertilized by the rooster sitting on them!

    Another myth, but about turkeys: Turkeys will drown if they look up while it's raining.

    And last, but not least: The Cadbury bunny lays eggs. Buck buck buck!
     
  6. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    Ducks can't eat medicated feed.

    Not strictly an old wife's tale, be cause it was true 1/2 a century ago. The information is a bit out of date, but still gets passed around like Gospel.
     
  7. draye

    draye Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:

    And last, but not least: The Cadbury bunny lays eggs. Buck buck buck







    Now look at you, you've gone and ruined my next Easter.
     
  8. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Well, bunnies do sort of lay eggs...itty bitty tiny sperical ones. [​IMG]
     
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    The thing is...it depends on the medicine...

    Here is another Old Wives Tale (or in the tradition of BYC, let's make that into an acronym: OWT):
    • medicated feed contains antibiotics
    and along with that...
    • medicated feed cannot be fed to chicks that will be raised organically
     
  10. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Two very good examples of Wives tales;

    Corn will make your chickens Hot/keep them warm,
    You shouldn't feed Rice because, "It will swell inside them and kill them",

    Chris
     

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