I have never been a lover of animals. Having lived in the city center, I was used to noise. The sounds of blaring horns, conductors calling out to passengers, hawkers announcing their wares and religious institutions organizing prayer sessions and the likes was the usual scenarios. But I became transformed when my family moved to the outskirts of the city . It was the complete opposite of where I had grown up- the area was very silent, underdeveloped and sparsely populated.
A large percentage of people in the new region were into farming. The women were mostly house wives,clad in wrappers tied up to their chests. There was enough space for everyone. It was devoid of the struggle attached to urban life. Th struggle for water, parking space and every other necessity. Living in the rural area made me appreciate nature and study animals like goats, sheep,lizards and yes, fowls and their lifestyles.My concentration in this write-up would be on fowls(Poultry)
So my Mom ventured into poultry business. Trust me, It came with its own challenges starting up and managing.Below are lessons I have picked up from this venture and how I apply it to real life situations:
3. Only the strongest and fittest survive: Fowls that were lukewarm were deprived of food, water and other benefits. It was the strongest and smartest ones that got the lions' share of everything that came their way. # In life, one has to think , act and work smart. Being tenacious and courageous would take one very far. Those who are onlookers would forever wait while those who are active and goal getters would get the best of everything.
4. Waste can be recycled to produce other products: As smelly and obscene as poultry waste is, it is still useful. Farmers use them for manure,. And this usually comes with a price tag. # People should focus on the good things that can come out of something bad. We should see solutions rather than problems.
6.Water is necessary/universal solvent: As much as the fowls were greedy for their feeds, nothing could replace water. I watch them as they gulp down water continuously when given, leaving their feeds. #A large percentage of the human body constitutes water. Doctor's recommend at least 8 glasses of water per day,innit? Drink water and watch the wonders it does for your body!
9. Nurturing provides maximum output: The fowls flourished,looking well taken care of. They produced massive eggs. This meant increase in profits. # Any Organization that wants to increase output/profit should invest in their workforce in form of trainings, allowances,incentives,work leaves,appraisals,feed backs etc. Basically anything that would motivate the employee to do more than what he/she is paid to do. A conducive work environment is key to boost productivity.