A Handbook of Agriculture Volume 3

A Handbook of Agriculture Volume 3

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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. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ...of butter, or your dairy farmer will not have her. Sheep must produce a fair amount of good wool and raise good lambs or the sheep farmer will not have them. Hogs must fatten easily, on as little food as possible, or the pork-raiser will not feed them. So if poultry yields no eggs, meat or feathers, you don't want them on your farm, even if they do scratch their own living. Hence, poultry fanciers at our fairs are constantly asked: "Are these chickens good layers?" Poultry on a Large Scale.--Poultry is important if one considers it as farm stock for profit. There are men who have made large sums of money producing poultry and eggs. James Rankins, Southeastern Massachusetts, runs a duck farm of a capacity of 10,000 ducks per annum, or 50,000 lbs. of fucks, which bring him from $10,000 to $15,000. He has said that a duck can be made to pay more than a cow. He has a large dairy farm, too. A. C. Hawkins, Lancaster, Mass., has the largest poultry farm in the world. He keeps from 2,500 to 5,000 breeding hens, and raises from 10,000 to 12,000 chicks annually. His sales from eggs in 1885 amounted to $15,000, 90 per cent. of which was profit. Then, he sells large numbers of fancy breeding poultry. One man in this county tells how he made $1,276 out of poultry in 1885. He says his poultry paid him better than all other farm stock, all things considered. At Lochsberryville, Pa., is a famous egg farm--Pennsylvania Incubating Co.--consisting of not more than an acre of land devoted to chickens. The buildings cost $4,000. The manager is a boy, who does all the work. The profits for a year from 625 hens were $1.00 per hen on eggs alone, after deducting those used for hatching purposes. The total profit on eggs and fowls was $1,680, on an investment of...show more

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  • Paperback | 122 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 231g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236626281
  • 9781236626288