Jerry and I are big time suckers for anything “free”. Well, almost anything. But I am quickly learning that just because something is free, or being sold incredibly cheap, it doesn’t mean it’s such a great deal.
Do you remember those white chicks we bought at the Poultry Swap last year? We paid $10 for 21 chicks… and totally thought we’d scored.
Almost a year later, I know exactly why that guy was so eager to practically give his chicks away. These chickens… I swear to you… are the dumbest chickens I’ve ever seen in my life! Good for nothin’, dumb chickens.
I don’t even know what in the world they are, but they definitely are NOT White Leghorns, like we were told. I’m convinced they’re some kind of mutated hybrid breed, that are too scrawny for meat, but aren’t physically able to lay eggs. All they do is run around and get their heads stuck in places they shouldn’t be.
And I know you haven’t forgotten about those eight free chickens we caught not that long ago. It was a lot of work, but we were proud to bring home seven hens and one gorgeous roo.
Um. Yeah. Well, we’ve recently discovered that five of those eight chickens are actually roosters.
What the heck good will that do us?! No wonder we aren’t getting more eggs!
We have to laugh. What else can you do?! But good grief… we have got to be more cautious of a deal!
At least I kept my wits about me when I was recently offered a free lamb. Don’t get me wrong… I was totally tempted. But he was castrated, and the deal was that I would give my word that he was not to be eaten. And when you’ve only got an acre to work with, you really need to use the land to its fullest potential, which means not keeping anything that doesn’t do something in return. And a fixed lamb, as cute and fun as he would have been, would be of no real use to us.
So, here’s my word of warning: that old saying, you know the one, “if something is too good to be true, it probably is”, well… try to keep that in mind when snatching up a deal. There just might be a reason somebody else is so eager to get rid of it!
Have you ever been a sucker for something that seemed too good to be true, and ended up being a real dud? Come on, I wanna hear what you fell for!