We’ve all heard them and many have said them. But are they all true and what do they actually mean if you are on a farm? I can’t speak for every farmer, but I can give you some insight into the meanings at Mighty Oaks Farm.
10 common sayings about life on the farm
1. “Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.” – TRUE
Eggs are one of those things; when the hens are laying good, some times you are over run with them and you feel like there is a never ending supply. But in reality, that time period is brief if you are supplying friends and customers with fresh eggs. And there is nothing that will make a farm girl cry quicker than dropping and entire basket of eggs and having an entire days worth of work (for the hens) go down the drain. AND…if you have a large flock like we do, putting all of your eggs in one basket, will often crack the ones on the bottom. (Putting them in your coat pocket is not really a great idea either. Don’t ask how I know!)
2. “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” – TRUE
So many things can happen to incubating eggs. It doesn’t matter if they are under a hen or in an incubator. They don’t always hatch. So don’t be counting on something until actually happens. You can eagerly await, you can be excited for, you can be hopeful of, but… know that farming is unpredictable and a learn as you go kind of thing.