The Rearing and Management of Turkeys with Special Reference to the Blackhead Disease

The Rearing and Management of Turkeys with Special Reference to the Blackhead Disease

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ... appetites of the poults. They have been allowed what they could eat up clean. From one-half an egg at a feeding, for twenty poults, to three at the end of the first week, was sufficient. After the fourth day cracked corn, hulled oats, and whole wheat were scattered for them on the floor, in a thin coating of litter. Also at about this time the food of the poults is changed to a moist mash made of either animal meal or granulated milk with wheat bran, middlings, and rolled oats in equal proportions. The midday meal of egg is first omitted and then the morning meal. Young poults usually look for their food in the air, as if from instinct they expected to secure insects. If they do not eat the egg at first it must be sprinkled repeatedly for them, or it may be thrown against the side of a board. They are attracted by the white color, and when one begins to eat, the others soon follow. In changing from the egg to the mash or other variety of food the poults will often refuse to eat, but may be led to do so by mixing the food with a small proportion of chopped egg. Some green stuff is fed daily from the time they will take it. This may at first be finely chopped pea vines or clover, then lettuce, as soon as it becomesavailable, and swiss chard may be used later. The poults will soon learn to tear lettuce and chard, after which it may be fed to them without chopping, but the clover and pea vines must be finely divided. If there is a lack of these materials any green leaves, such as dandelions, may be substituted, but the plants first mentioned are most easily procured, for they may be grown with less trouble than is involved in seeking wild greens. Tender cabbage has been fed to the young, but it does not seem so satisfactory as the more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123684663X
  • 9781236846631