Producing Poultry Profitably

Producing Poultry Profitably

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1917 edition. Excerpt: ...A weak bird is_usually inactive and droopy. Fig. 2. No farmer or poultry raiser can aflord to raise scrub poultry. A flock which is uniform in shape. color and size, iikc those illustrated above, are more attractive and produce a more nearly uniform product. smooth, fully developed, bright plumage of the vigorous fowl. The strong bird has a good appetite and a large crop. Do not wait until your birds are fully matured to select your breeding stock. The selection of the vigorous chicks should begin when a few weeks old, and the weak ones should be taken out and placed by themselves and disposed of and never kept for breeding purposes. The causes of loss of vigor can be summed up as follows: First--Inbreeding, without knowledge of the principles of breeding. Poultrymen sometimes have a bird with exceptionally fine plumage, and for that reason mate the bird in their breeding pens, regardless of its vigor or its relation to other birds in the same pen. There is a distinction between line breeding and inbreeding. _ Second--Use of pullets and immature male birds.-As a rule our females lay more eggs as pullets than as hens, yet it has been proven by experiment that the chicks from hens are larger when hatched and that they mature more quickly and produce stronger and more vigorous specimens than those hatched from pullets. A half grown cockerel should never be used in your breeding yards. Third--Increased egg production. Forcing fowls to lay by continuously feeding heavy, rich foods, and a large egg yield, tell upon the health of the females and often injure their breeding qualities. Fourth--Crowding. Poultrymen make the mistake too often of crowding a great number of birds into small quarters, and then expect the best results from their flock....show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236808908
  • 9781236808905