Poultry for Profit

Poultry for Profit

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...they will be weak and hard to raise. The hen herself becomes diseased, soon breaks down, and is an eyesore to the whole flock. The cocks are not exempt. When too fat they are unserviceable, impotent and sterile, and might as well be cooped arp for all they are worth. In fact they really do damage by injuring the hens, and in no manner are they profitable except for market. Underfeeding is another evil, not that we mean to infer that the fowls are usually not supplied with a sufficiency of food, such as it is, but they may be underfed while reveling apparently in the midst of plenty. Exclusively corn is a terrible infliction to a flock, and actual physical suffering is the consequence when certain elements are lacking in the necessary requirements of the system when it is forced to produce a particular article from materials not adapted to the purposes intended. No kind of machinery is capable of weaving silk goods from hemp, nor can steam engines be built of cotton. A hen cannot produce eggs if lime is lacking, nor can she supply the growth of her own body when her product takes possession of that which should support herself. Nature gives her what we call an appetite, which is only an indication of that which she requires, and we are all familiar with the habits of most fowls, and notice that when we change the food they accept the new variety readily. Feeding is the art of supplying the proper food, not so much in quantity as in quality. If we watch the fowls thoy-will easily tell us what they desire. If you are feeding corn throw down a handful of oats. If they greedily take the oats and leave the corn it indicates that they require something else. Try grass, meat, ground bone, pounded oyster shells, cooked vegetables, all of which they will...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236524691
  • 9781236524690