Tribute from the Animal World

Tribute from the Animal World

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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. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...plenty of food and fresh air. Soft food is best suited for hurrying the fattening process, as this can be digested without loss of energy, and for young fowls a considerable quantity of meat is added. The hens are separated from the cockerels, but fed upon the same kind of food. When the cocks and cockerels are thus crowded together, their natural instinct for fighting develops, and the energy expended in these combats would retard the fattening process very materially if fighting could not be prevented. A very simple and ingenious arrangement of the floor of the cage, however, accomplishes this end very effectively. For purposes of ventilation and cleanliness the cages are usually raised a foot or two above the ground, and made with slat bottoms, the slats being close enough together so that the birds will not step through under ordinary circumstances, but wide enough apart so that when they attempt to fight they quickly lose their footing and fall between the slats. This has a most discouraging eifect upon the combatants, even the most persistent of whom will give up in disgust after a few ignominious tumbles. During the first few days of this close confinement the fowls eat great quantities of food, and fatten rapidly, but after a week or ten days, even on a varied diet given so as to be most tempting, they gradually lose their abnormal appetites and refuse to eat more than moderate quantities. They still continue to fatten, but not as rapidly as at first, and much too slowly to suit the impatient raiser. Once food is taken into their crops the birds will digest abnormal quantities of it, but the diificulty now is to induce them to fill their crops. Most of the food remains before them untouched. It becomes a case of "leading the...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236910656
  • 9781236910653