Don't Kill the Laying Hen

Don't Kill the Laying Hen

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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. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...STARTS MAY REDUCE THE EGG PRODUCTION. I shall suppose that it is well understood that after the season's laying is completed and the moulting season comes on the laying organs go into the dry state and remain thus for from one to three months, according to circumstances. Good laying hens will often lay until the moulting has well advanced, and then as a larger number of pin feathers start, requiring all the surplus nourishment, the egg development ceases. Quick moulting reduces the system very rapidly, and the laying organs take on a very low state. Hence when the moult is over the recuperation is correspondingly slow. Under these circumstances more than ordinary care would be necessary to start egg development. As this period is the most critical time poultry raisers should be careful not to overfeed. It is a mistake to think that by feeding we can force this process faster than nature intended. Over-feeding at the time will tend to produce fat, as when the feathers are fully grown and the hen not producing eggs to take up the surplus substances, consequently is liable to become over-fat. Much better results will be obtained with "more work and less feed" methods. This is especially true with year-old hens, as they take on fat very readily at this time, and it is at the expense of egg development, as it is more natural to put on fat at this time of the year. On the other hand, if the hen is made to exercise to get her food she would reach the laying point much quicker and after the laying period had arrived she could stand more feed, as more substance would be required to produce eggs. As egg production grows the tendency to produce fat would be less. I do not mean to say that the hen at this period must be starved, but rather they should be...
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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123666969X
  • 9781236669698