The Poultry World Volume 9-10

The Poultry World Volume 9-10

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...flocks. Sometimes this may be accomplished by looking about cnrefully in one's own neighborhood. We refer now to the market poulterer, who does not breed for feathers, but is only intent on getting plump, early broilers in spring, and eggs the year round; the intelligent man, who knows that a bushel of grain fed to fowls having strong vital force and health will go a third further than if fed to those ill-bred, or in-and-in bred. There are many poultry keepers in the State of New Jersey who understand this matter, and have introduced Plymouth Rock cocks to their yards; those thickset, lusty fellows, with broad backs, wide breasts, and legs standing well apart. One of these men, who lives within twenty-five miles of New York city, wrote to a Plymouth Rock breeder in Connecticut: "I am willing to give $4 for a P. R. cockerel, if I can get just the bird I want, to breed chickens for the New York market. No matter if he is dark or light in color, but he must weigh ten pounds, without being fat; not one of the kind with stilted legs and long-favored; not one of the coarse, raw-boned sort; but a broad, compact fowl, that can stir himself around with force and 'git up and git.' This gives life to my chicks; they will all live, and be a third larger at three months old--plumper, and more salable. I want the males and females full of life and activity, and then if I give them a chance for exercise I have all fertile eggs, and the per cent, that 'die a bornin' is very small. I always change one or two cocks with my neighbors, or with some poultry keeper in the adjoining town every year, and thus I keep up a healthy stock of breeders." This is good sound doctrine, and this man is perfectly right on one of the most important points of more

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  • Paperback | 654 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 33mm | 1,148g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123655129X
  • 9781236551290