Chickens and How to Raise Them

Chickens and How to Raise Them

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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. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...when there will be no fear of their being chilled by sudden exposure to cold winds. This precaution is even more important when removing chickens from the incubator to the brooder. The hen being put into the coop, and the young ones after her, the next move should be to provide the latter with their first meal. The Chicks' First Meal.--For the first meal there is nothing like the old-fashioned hardboiled egg and stale bread crumbs, the former being well minced and mixed up with the latter. A little of this should be sprinkled upon the sack, and the chickens will in most cases immediately begin to eat. In a couple of hours or so another meal may be given, and the following day some coarse oatmeal may be added to the mixture. Unfertile eggs are just as good as fresh ones for the chickens, but this food should not be used exclusively nor excessively, and not after the third day, unless the chickens are very weak and the weather against them. Having discontinued it gradually, some scalded biscuit-meal may be given with the oatmeal, and green food added to the bill of fare. One could not well exaggerate the importance of a good supply of fresh, juicy vegetables, particularly while there is no spring growth on the turf. Lettuce, cabbage, and onions can always be obtained and the last-named is an excellent vegetable for chickens if minced up. They are cheap, always obtainable, wholesome, and prevent many diseases. Feeding the Chicks Later On.--When the chickens have taken to the oatmeal and biscuitmeal some dry food may be introduced, a little at each meal until the birds get accustomed to it. Or some can be put in a small trough so that the chickens can help themselves. But before going on it would be as well here to say something more as...
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  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 68g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123657348X
  • 9781236573483