The Poultry Monthly Volume 10

The Poultry Monthly Volume 10

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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. 1888 edition. Excerpt: ...zero, to greet the downy youngster. It is scarcely 20 days since I set the hen, and when the chirp fell on my ear this morning it was a pleasant surprise, I can assure you, readers all, after the awful cold weather during the incubating process. Brother Drevenstedt, let us shake; if you were not so far off I would say "smile," too; we are as one on the "Dotte" question; what can beat them? Echo answers "What?" As to their extra broodiness, spoken of by F. C. S.: I can only say they are not so with me. A few words on nests, Mr. Editor, if you think this is not too long. For March, April and early May I use nothing but box nests, with a door, so that the hen cannot get off at her own sweet will, and spoil the chance of a brood; sand about four inches deep in the bottom and slightly hollowed, and a covering of clean straw. Do not be persuaded to use chaff; it will stick to the moist bodies of the newly-hatched chicks and glue them up; so will feathers. If you put feathers in the nest, wait till the chicks are dry, and let them (the chicks) remain in the nest quietly a full day before feeding them, to get strength from the warmth and comfort of the mother. I am a great advocate of a first-rate bill of fare for chicks, "waiter" included, as some fas tidious people say they must need; hard boiled eggs, chopped fine, never hurt my chicks, and I have seen others raised on the same plan that looked as if they were diminutive aldermen, and knew what to feed on and how long to take it; whole wheat as soon as they can eat it; millet seed and bread and milk with the egg, and any scraps of tender meat shredded fine, will bring them on finely; sometimes a rice pudding or johnny-cake for a change. Instead of grumbling at...show more

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  • Paperback | 326 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 585g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236608682
  • 9781236608680