I wise they would realize this is not just some passing fad of mine!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by cat1994, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. cat1994

    cat1994 Songster

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    Hi all, I was talking to my ant today, we get along great b/c I love to talk and she loves to listen, she is like a second mother to me. Anyway she said something that really unsettled me; she asked that since I am going to be going to college next yr if I was going to get out of chickens and start thinking about my future! Now it is not the first time I have had people say that I have to get out of chickens some time, that I can’t have a flock forever, that it is all a faze I should grow out of, or eventually I will tire of being stuck at home caring for my animals. I understand when this comes from people that don’t really know me but when it came from someone I thought understood me it bothered me. The only thing I could do is stare at her blankly for a few seconds and then blurt out “WHAT?! Why should I, why can’t I keep my flock for as long as I like?”. I just wish they would realize that this is not just a fad of mine that I will not tire of and get rid of my chickens just like they are nothing. I mean come on people I got my first chicks when I was still in elementary school with the full intention of breeding chickens someday and my flock and I have been going strong ever since, it’s not like I am just doing this b/c it’s cool, in fashion, or anything like that, I am not even doing it for the money! Plus the fact that she said I need to think about my future just ticked me off, the fact that I’m finishing high school, holding down a job, and planning to go to college should be enough proof that I am thinking of my future. Now I know that not all will go as smoothly as I want but I don't see why I can't have chickens and other animals during this time and after! It seems the only ones that except the fact that these animals are not leaving my life any time soon are my parents and my sister, I guess it doesn’t matter if the rest of my friends and family don’t understand me, I am going to keep on going the way I planed, with the animals I want, until I choose otherwise!
    Thanks guys sorry for writing so much I just had to get this all out I’m sure you all understand
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011

  2. magicpigeon

    magicpigeon Songster

    Oct 9, 2010
    [​IMG] She sounds like my parents. They were all, "We kept the chickens for your sake only, you won't be able to care for them now, blah blah blah..." I know how you feel, that attitude reallly ticks me off too. Normally I'd just say to ignore her but maybe in your case you should try to explain to her how you really feel? Sorry I'm probably not much help. [​IMG] Good luck with your flock [​IMG]
  3. dichotomymom

    dichotomymom Songster

    Mar 19, 2008
    Dayton Indiana
    I was told the same thing at your age only it was about the baby I was carrying. It's not nice to hear someone tell you what your values and priorities should be but they do and they will and the best thing to do is to just politely thank them for their concern and prove them wrong;)
  4. they'reHISchickens

    they'reHISchickens Songster

    Oct 31, 2008
    You are at a very changeable stage in life. What have you decided to major in at college? Will it give you a career choice that will in some way enable you to keep your flock into adulthood? If you can figure out how this can be done, you have made a good choice. If you can't, then you need to find another major or rethink your chickens.
    My oldest gal was looking at all the liberal arts colleges offerings for over a year trying to decide. Then one day she asked about an ag course. I said: you want to take an ag course? She said yes.
    Well, that limited her to 12 universities over the entire USA. ( She was in Dairy Science.) CHoosing was simple after that. I know another farm gal who has spent her life off the farm doing dance and music. She is suddenly realizing the consequences of choosing those majors vs anything in agriculture and how it will affect her life. I don't know where she will end up but she is doing some serious thinking.
  5. dewey

    dewey Songster

    Nov 9, 2010
    north of eternity
    Some people that I'm very fond of are still waiting for me to "grow out of it"...and I'm about 50 years old. [​IMG] [​IMG]

    It never feels good when someone we care about dismisses our interests, at any age, but especially when we're teens. Even when they miss the mark with those things I think they usually mean well. [​IMG]

  6. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Tell her that you are thinking of majoring in Poultry Science. See what she says then. [​IMG]
  7. cat1994

    cat1994 Songster

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    Thanks guys, right now I am planning on majoring in conservation, probably in the waterfowl deportment or wetlands preservation. I have wetlands plus lots of wild ducks and geese come and go and raise lil ones there, dad has taught me every thing he knows about them and all the things they have and need that are in our wetland and how to keep our wetlands healthy and good for all the animals that depend on it, so in other words I know a lot about those things. I think I may minor in animal husbandry also just b/c I love animals. The college I’m going to go to is less then 30 min away so I am going to live at home not on campus, I plan to begin working at my local conservation deportment next yr also
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  8. Germaine_11.20

    Germaine_11.20 Songster

    Jun 6, 2009
    Quote:[​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] If they knew that it only gets worse! They are theraputic and no matter how much time spent in the heat, freezing cold and physical energy expended-- they are worth it. Just something about those chickens.
  9. A lot of people have hoped I would quit or outgrow it. They are dissapointed. [​IMG]

  10. michickenwrangler

    michickenwrangler To Finish Is To Win

    Jun 8, 2008
    NE Michigan
    Understand completely!

    My dad was never supportive of my horseback riding--thought horses and shows were just a phase I was going through ... for 30 years.

    Well, 25 years later after asking for that little white pony every Christmas until I was 13, I finally got her ... for MY daughter.

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