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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by LoreleisMama, Mar 7, 2011.
If I did I'm sorry , with me I have had chicks die eating shavings
A lady I knew had the perfect reaction for all 'excess advice'.
You look the person in the eye and say very loudly, with a big smile, 'THAAAAAANKS!'
And go and do exactly as you planned.
Frankly, a good lot of the 'excess advice', you'll find out later, that as little as you wanted to hear it at the time, it really was good advice. We tend to categorize - stuff we don't like or want to hear, it's 'bad'. Stuff that fits in with what we really already want to do, that's 'good advice'.
That's just how people think.
But as time goes on, we find out that some of that 'bad advice' really is good.
And some of it is not, LOL.
I just act like I am a new chicken owner all the time, just smile and say OH? Sometimes you pick up a tidbit of good info. Some of the old timers know a lot that you'll not find on the Internet, just kinda weight it first. People around here are chicken experts, (for real) but they keep them in little Roo huts on cables too, so not into that. But, they do know their stuff.
No and quite frankly you may not want to. IMO, at my age I've learned to listen. There is no law you have to take theirs or anyone elses advice. You can of course let it go in one ear and out the other. This forum is loaded with folks who come acrossed as "know it all". However they are here to help others avoid the common mistakes that they or others have made.
Lord knows there were times I wish someone had cared enough to give me advice that I didn't have courage to ask for. The folks here have been a great help to me and due to the advice both asked for and not I have had a great experience.
Also due to this unsolicited advice, I have had only ONE pred attack and that is the only time I lost birds to them. In more than two years I've lost only one chick and my hatches have gotten significantly better.
Thanks to all who post here, I'm listening and still learning.
Quote:Oh - I just turn it around and say "Oh yes, and..." and go into gory graphic lovingly longwinded detail about poop boards and optimal sizes of coop and run and using DE to control worms and etc etc until their eyes glaze over. And then I ask them if they've heard about how Julia Roberts owns chickens and Paula Deen and etc etc until they leave. (But that's only for the idjits. Anyone who starts with "oh yes, I've had chickens", I listen to because, as others have pointed out, they often have gems of wisdom that I never knew I needed.)
Ask what the meaning of life is.
Only BYC'ers know what the meaning of life is... chickens!
I'm open to all advice from chicken owners! I'm new to this and any advice is welcomed form someone who's been there! It's the people that have never actually seen a chicken in person that really get my goat! lol
I think what they say is really interesting, though, those people who never saw a chicken and know nothing about them.
I think it's fascinating to hear what kind of impressions people get and how they get them.
A lady at my work was HORRIFIED with the idea of me not washing eggs like mad in boiling hot soapy water, and of not keeping them in extreme cold from the second they popped out. The idea that those eggs would be in the chicken coop for a SECOND after they popped out of there, freaked her out.
The idea that they would be FERTILIZED - BY A ROOSTER - YOU CAN'T EAT THAAAAT!!!!! OH.MY.G**.
I really think that SHE thinks that the chickens are strategically positioned with their butts centered over some powerful suction device that instantly sucks up that egg, soaps it up in boiling hot sterilized water and then instantly takes it down to absolute zero.
I was very careful not to tell her that when the egg comes out of the chicken, that it is as warm as a cup of tea, LOL, OR that it spends a good deal of time rolling around and toodling along before it is refrigerated, even in the most high tech of eggeries.
Sshe would have run down the hall screaming.
Quote:Been there, dealt with that. When I started many years ago, I got lots of advice from people that seen a chicken once while traveling down the road. I started in B.C. (before computers) and read a lot of Rodale Press Organic information, asked a few experienced old-timers, then made my own decisions.
Quote:Not at all! I'm welcome advice from people who have been there with open arms!