Bulletin Volume 219

Bulletin Volume 219

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...with food, the appetites and the digestion of the chicks will be blase--used up. If on the other hand the parent stock was chronically hungry, the chicks will be born hungry--and we can almost forget this question of what and when to first feed. We do not mean chicks from starving hens, when we speak of chicks from hungry hens. By "hungry hens" we mean hens that are perfectly normal. Man, by reason of the environment he forces on hens, rarely allows them to be perfectly normal and hence he pays the penalty when he goes at rearing chicks. The direct lesson this teaches is to avoid over-fat hens as breeders and on the other hand to give these same breeders the largest amount of range possible with that supplied feed that makes for muscle and vigorous health. Our best "tonic" for baby chicks is to feed vigorous appetites and good digestion into the parent stock. The reason why newly hatched chicks do not require feeding is that just previous to emergence from the shell they enclose what is equivalent to almost the entire yolk. This yolk remainder is for the distinct purpose of supplying food to the chicks. It is a sort of enclosed reservoir of food. And when this reservoir (yolk) refuses to be properly absorbed our chick dies or makes a slow, stunted growth. FEEDING LITTLE CHICKS: The critical period in feeding little chicks is up to the end of the second week. In Leghorns and similar breeds this may well be extended up to the end of the fourth and fifth week, for the critical period should include not only keeping the chick alive, but keeping it making a quick, uninterrupted growth. The first feed should be: Stale whole-wheat bread. Sweet milk. The bread should be broken into crumbs or run through a mill and these crumbs...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236856279
  • 9781236856272