Domestic Fowl and Ornamental Poultry

Domestic Fowl and Ornamental Poultry

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1851 edition. Excerpt: ... wonder much if it bo as efficacious as he seems to imagine--" No food makes their flesh whiter and more delicate than kitchen stuff, or the dregs of melted tallow, more or less of which must be boiled according to the number that is to be fed; and being diluted in a boiling kettle, plants (and especially nettles chopped up) and pot-herbs are mixed with it. The whole being well boiled, barley-meal or maize is added (the latter can now be had very cheap), to form a kind of paste, which may be given twice a day at least--in the morning and at one o'clock--when it is wished to render them fat. But as the dregs of melted tallow are not everywhere to be procured, the dregs or refuse of the oil of nuts, linseed, or sweet almonds, may be substituted, the greatest care being taken, not to fatten them wholly with such oily substances, for their flesh would partake of the flavour and be injured." I have never seen this mode of treatment adopted; but from what we know of the value of oil-cake in the fattening of our cattle, I have no doubt of its efficacy in fattening turkeys, but it certainly renders the flesh rank and oily. It will always be recollected, in reckoning the advantages with the expense attendant on the rearing of these birds, that until you want to fatten them for sale or your own consumption, you need bo at no pains relative to their food, as they are quite able to provide for themselves, being in this respect superior to any other of our domestic fowl. In thus readily providing for themselves, they are also greatly assisted by the easy character of their appetite--grass, herbs, corn, berries, fruit, insects, and reptiles; in short, hardly anything coming amiss to them. Turkeys are represented by several of the older writers, among whom more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236682424
  • 9781236682420