Old wives tales and superstisions


8 Years
Feb 15, 2011
Griffin, GA
I had a lady come buy some hens from me and she told me that you are only supposed to keep chickens in odd numbers. She wanted 3 hens, because she had 6 and it was unlucky for her to have 6 since it was an even number.
I tried to get her to get 4 from me and I was even gonna cut her a deal until she started talking stupid talk. She said that you can't eat fertilized eggs and that chickens only get one set of feathers. I had a hen with a bald back and I told her that the feathers would grown back and she said that they only get one set and once they loose them they wont come back. OMG I wanted to slap her for being ignorant.
Ask her if she got one set of hair, once fall out, did it ever grow back?
That reminds me of a story...

One day a woman was preparing her Thanksgiving Ham like she did every year. She prepared the ham by cutting off the top, and setting it aside before she placed the ham into the pot.

As her daughter watched her, she asked her mom why she cut the top off of the ham before putting it into the pot.

Her mom replied to her that this was how her own mom always did it, and she just figured it was how it was supposed to be done.

The young girl went to her grandmother, and asked her why she cut the top off of the ham before she put it into the pot.

Her grandmother's answer shook the foundations of family tradition. She replied to her granddaughter, "Well honey, it was the only way to make it fit into my pot."

The woman probably was told that they needed a certain number of chickens, because that was all the coop could handle. Her conclusion was that it had to do with luck of odd or even numbers.
Her parents probably didn't eat the fertilized eggs, because you don't eat the seed when you need it to grow the crop, and they were wanting more chickens.
She probably figured that feathers didn't grow back, because she never saw them grow back because the other chickens kept picking at that hen.

The moral of the story... Explain the details to your children so that they don't come to the wrong conclusions and grow up ignorant.
Between my mom and a neighbor that I use to have, (sadly she has passed on) I think they knew every superstition there was. ask me about any and I have probably heard it.

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