Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)
Jenkins, F. W.
Breeds of poultry for special purposes, pp. 108-114 PDF (2.0 MB)
108 WISCONSIN FARMRS IN 1TNUTE- Milwaukee. Watertown is the best Mrs. Lehmann-Yes, If you ave place to get Bowker's animal meal, some one to grind it. I can't get our Mr. Huffman-Would you advise men to do it. feeding green cut bone? BREEDS OF POULTRY FOR SPECIAL PURPOSES. F. W. vflXINS, Rau Claire, Wis. This is the question. the correct so- lution of which forms the chief cor- ner-stone in the building of successin the poultry business. Do not be mis- led by this and think that, after the proper selection of a breed or variety for your special purpore, ycu have nothing more to do or learn. But my topic will not lead us Into the mys- teries that lay at the root of the baul* ness, such as care and feeding, proper construction of buildings, light and ventilation, science of mating, breed- ing, etc. It is my purpose to assume two things: 1st. That you have had prac- tical experience in poultry raising. 2nd. That you are raising poultry for eggs and the market It would not be profitable under this topic to enter into a discussion of the strictly fancy branches of the poultry business. The first suggestion as to your selec- tion is a breed or variety that you have a special liking for as we all have more success with things we have a fellow feeling for than we do with those we do not like, but this will not always do, as we may have formed a great friendship and liking for bantams but want to engage In the broiler, dressed poultry or egg busi- ness and certainly bantams won't do. This brings us directly to our text, the selection of breeds for special purposes. The Breed for Laying. We will first take up the breeds best adapted to laying and applying the egg trade at the least cost. The best strictly egg breeds are the Hamburgm and Mediterranean classes as they will lay younger, with greater regular- ity, and many more in a year than any of the other laying fowls. The Polish, while good layers, belong more to the strictly fancy classes and are not prac. tical fowls for the egg trade, as they are rather delicate, hard to raise and fall an easy prey to hawks. This latter fault Is quite common to all birds with large top knots. Buowsi Lasnons. The Hamburgs and Leghorns easlly stand at the head of this clasm (and the Leghorns probably lead) for the reason that they mature youngW, -- 7 F -
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