Chicken Myths, Misconceptions & Old Wives Tales Debunked

Discussion in 'General Chicken Discussion' started by doug, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. doug

    doug New Member

    30
    0
    0
    Saw the funny thread about chickens looking up and got me thinking about all the misconceptions, wrong stories and old wives tales being passed around.

    What untrue stories/information do you often hear?
     
  2. Roslyn

    Roslyn A Round American Woman

    735
    0
    0
    Chickens are just stupid.

    Wow. Is that one wrong. Yes, there are some stupid chickens out there, but sometimes they are down right clever.
     

  3. Apyl

    Apyl New Member

    3,157
    0
    0
    lol I agree with Roslyn, I have heard that chickens are stupid but I beg to differ. Sure I have a rooster that seems to be dumb as a box of rocks but the rest of the flock is pretty smart.
     
  4. rob

    rob New Member

    2,300
    0
    0
    my silkie is realy stupid !
     
  5. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

    3,192
    0
    0
    Abbie (RI) loves to play tricks on my german shepard. I've found chickens to be as trainable as a dog is too. Just a matter of how much time you give them same as any other animal. As for madder than a wet hen? I don't get that one. Mine love to be in the rain just so long as its not a torential down pour. ;)
     
  6. BikerChick

    BikerChick New Member

    38
    0
    0
    All roosters are mean. That is like saying all men are mean.
     
  7. power

    power New Member

    27
    0
    0
    There are many misconceptions, wrong stories and old wives tales being passed around.
    Usually when a person tries to list a few there will be people who actually believe them.
    Nothing can change their minds.
     
  8. orna

    orna New Member

    16
    0
    0
    2 of my favorites:

    Hens must have a rooster to lay eggs.

    Some eggs look brown because they haven't been washed like the ones at the store.
     
  9. Lady_Alia

    Lady_Alia New Member

    238
    0
    0
    My favorite is that they're stupid. My birds are NOT stupid! In fact today I was sitting out there in the rain while they stood in the doorway of the coop...you tell me who the stupid one is! Ohh...wait....I think I just called myself stupid :-( lol

    My point is, my birds are inquisitive, they solve problem and like to play. Their instincts are spot on! None of those things point to stupidity.
     
  10. grow_your_brew

    grow_your_brew I sell chicken aprons!

    15
    0
    0
    I do have a stupid bantam rooster but yeah, other than him, the others are pretty darn smart! :D
     
  11. CMCLB

    CMCLB New Member

    45
    0
    0
    Our White Rock Roo got between my daughter and the Plymouth Rock Roo who was coming at her. (The PR has just started free-ranging & is nearly blind in both eyes. He reacts strangely to movement.). The WR knows us & trusts us around his harem. He's a good boy & is letting the PR know the rules. That's smart!
     
  12. Homegirl

    Homegirl New Member

    42
    0
    0
    There used to be a website from Australia, the guys name was Chris Something, he was studying chicken communication. He had several audios of different calls. They are FAR from stupid. Worth a Google.