Out of the Blue

I never imagined our weekly trip to the farm to pick up our CSA share would prove so entertaining. On the other hand, we still don't get out much these days, so maybe my bar is particularly low. Yesterday we were out in the fields picking our share of cherry tomatoes when we happened upon a chicken. And then another... and another. You can see where this is going. We got to the end of the row of plants, and found it adjacent to a chicken coop. And to go along with our newfound appreciation of the literal meaning of terms like low-hanging fruit and easy pickings, yesterday we got to experience chickens who had flown the coop. Or at least squeezed through the fence. Dozens and dozens of them had done so, leaving at least as many outside as inside. The weird thing was how they flocked to me when I went over to see what was what. Weird to me, at least. I don't have a lot of chicken experience to fall back on. Before I knew it I was surrounded by hens like some mystical poultry god (or at least a rooster). So I led them all back towards the coop as best I could and then ditched them by striding away faster than they could follow. We let the staff know and apparently help was dispatched. Hopefully everyone was recovered safely and the fence was repaired before the hawks found out what was going on.

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Aug 15, 2022, 10:11
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Ant wrote on Aug 14, 2022, 14:14:
Blue, please post medias of your adventures! My neighbors' chickens were scared of my colony when visiting.
I felt bad for not getting a shot or video of the giant group, which was amazing. I took a few shots of the chickens when we first came upon them, but once they all flocked to me I became more concerned with leading them to safety.
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Re: Cognitive biases and brain biology help explain why facts don’t change minds
Aug 14, 2022, 23:02
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MeanJim wrote on Aug 14, 2022, 03:45:
Simon Says wrote on Aug 13, 2022, 12:04:
Very good article on that subject, worth a read.
So, it's basically a longer version of this?

Shorter version apparently after reading the oatmeal's version.

But definitely less entertaining than the oatmeal's.
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Blue, please post medias of your adventures! My neighbors' chickens were scared of my colony when visiting.
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Re: Cognitive biases and brain biology help explain why facts don’t change minds
Aug 14, 2022, 04:12
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Aug 14, 2022, 04:12
 
Carl Sagan's "The Demon Haunted World" is my bible.
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Re: Cognitive biases and brain biology help explain why facts don’t change minds
Aug 14, 2022, 03:45
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Simon Says wrote on Aug 13, 2022, 12:04:
Very good article on that subject, worth a read.
So, it's basically a longer version of this?
"You can either want something to be true, or you can want the truth. Pick one. - Mr. Diety
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Re: OotB: Playing chicken
Aug 13, 2022, 19:53
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 13, 2022, 19:12:
RedEye9 wrote on Aug 13, 2022, 13:21:
I like house sitting chickens and this time it included banties. The fowl all change their tone when you're tossing out food, even the roosters quit crowing.
The chicken roosters were all pretty chill but in the banty coop one little guy had a streak of shit and would strike my pants leg.

My ex's roosters were all turds and you could not turn your back on them or you'd get spurred.

It definitely depends on the breed and human interaction level, for sure. At our old place, Mrs. Burrito used to raise cochins and they were incredibly sweet. She raised them from chicks and would handle them, pet them, and talk to them every day while they were growing. They would follow her around the yard like dogs and a couple would "fly" up to the handlebars of her outdoor scooter so they could be petted as adults.Even when they were brooding, you could gently move them aside to gather eggs without being pecked. The rooster was kind of an asshole but she taught me a gentle tap to the top of his head would cause him to scurry off and leave you be.
Here's another secret. The ex said if you could get the rooster by his feet and hold him upside down that he'd passout and when you righted him he'd think you were GAWD and leave you the fuck alone for fear of being smited again.
I just took 5 steps and would spin around for a weird barnyard squid game of Red Light Green Light . 🔴🚥🟢
You can also put a 5 gallon bucket over a chicken and it will think it's nighty nite time. 💤🛏🛌

WannaLogAlready wrote on Aug 13, 2022, 18:31:
Chicks chirping is one of the sweetest sounds (and moments) in life.
And you know what sounds even sweeter. The squawking a hen makes when an egg is pushed out of her Cloaca.
My buddy thinks that was selective breeding. Because if a hen made that much noise in the wild, every critter in 2000 feet would know there were fresh prepacked liquid chickens ready for the gnoshing. Whereas us humans would watch the flock and eat the eggs from the silent hens while letting the ovum from loud squawkers go full term.
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RedEye9 wrote on Aug 13, 2022, 13:21:
I like house sitting chickens and this time it included banties. The fowl all change their tone when you're tossing out food, even the roosters quit crowing.
The chicken roosters were all pretty chill but in the banty coop one little guy had a streak of shit and would strike my pants leg.

My ex's roosters were all turds and you could not turn your back on them or you'd get spurred.

It definitely depends on the breed and human interaction level, for sure. At our old place, Mrs. Burrito used to raise cochins and they were incredibly sweet. She raised them from chicks and would handle them, pet them, and talk to them every day while they were growing. They would follow her around the yard like dogs and a couple would "fly" up to the handlebars of her outdoor scooter so they could be petted as adults.Even when they were brooding, you could gently move them aside to gather eggs without being pecked. The rooster was kind of an asshole but she taught me a gentle tap to the top of his head would cause him to scurry off and leave you be.
"Just take a look around you, what do you see? Pain, suffering, and misery." -Black Sabbath, Killing Yourself to Live.
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Chicks chirping is one of the sweetest sounds (and moments) in life.
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Can't be the only one getting Fable flashbacks from Blue's story.
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Aug 13, 2022, 16:52
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jdreyer wrote on Aug 13, 2022, 14:55:
Simon Says wrote on Aug 13, 2022, 12:04:
Very good article on that subject, worth a read.
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Aug 13, 2022, 16:23
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Love your chicken story Blue. Perhaps they were egg-ploring. Sorry, that was a terrible yoke! 😄
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jdreyer wrote on Aug 13, 2022, 14:55:
Simon Says wrote on Aug 13, 2022, 12:04:
Very good article on that subject, worth a read.

I don't believe you.
See what I did there?

Indeed Mr. Vulcan.
See what I did there?
Trollface back to you. :)
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Simon Says wrote on Aug 13, 2022, 12:04:
Very good article on that subject, worth a read.

I don't believe you.
See what I did there?
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Burrito of Peace wrote on Aug 13, 2022, 10:46:
The hens had come to understand that person = food so they were gathered around you waiting for you to start tossing chickenchow out for them. At least they seemed chill about it.
I like house sitting chickens and this time it included banties. The fowl all change their tone when you're tossing out food, even the roosters quit crowing.
The chicken roosters were all pretty chill but in the banty coop one little guy had a streak of shit and would strike my pants leg.

My ex's roosters were all turds and you could not turn your back on them or you'd get spurred.
- At this point, Windows is the OS equivalent of Stockholm Syndrome. -
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Mr. Tact wrote on Aug 13, 2022, 12:15:
and while I suspect I do sometimes form opinions as described I also believe I am generally willing to consider an opposing view, even sometimes changing my opinion. So, am I fooling myself and I really am less willing to consider other views or am I an exception? All that said, I do have some rock solid political opinions which I can't imagine being changed... so, *shrug*

That's a very good as well as legitimate question and I really don't know.

Further research is probably needed?
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Simon Says wrote on Aug 13, 2022, 12:04:
Very good article on that subject, worth a read.
Whenever I read articles like this I ponder how much it is true for me. The articles says,

Cognitive psychology and neuroscience studies have found that the exact opposite is often true when it comes to politics: People form opinions based on emotions, such as fear, contempt and anger, rather than relying on facts. New facts often do not change people’s minds.
and while I suspect I do sometimes form opinions as described I also believe I am generally willing to consider an opposing view, even sometimes changing my opinion. So, am I fooling myself and I really am less willing to consider other views or am I an exception? All that said, I do have some rock solid political opinions which I can't imagine being changed... so, *shrug*
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Very good article on that subject, worth a read.

And that's why I only give ONE comment of facts and information for a particular issue where my interlocutor is uninformed/misinformed or when it's an as of yet scientifically unsettled matter and opinions differ.

If after that comment my interlocutor hasn't moved an iota from their position, I know further comments are only a waste of time and energy so I just leave it at that and *Morpheus voice*: "let them believe, whatever they want to believe".

You might've seen me do this a lot lately in the comment section here, now you know why.

Cheers!
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Aug 13, 2022, 10:46
 
The hens had come to understand that person = food so they were gathered around you waiting for you to start tossing chickenchow out for them. At least they seemed chill about it.
"Just take a look around you, what do you see? Pain, suffering, and misery." -Black Sabbath, Killing Yourself to Live.
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