Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)
Lehmann, A. W.
Poultry keeping on the farm, pp. 102-108 PDF (1.9 MB)
WISCONSIN FAR RS' INSTITUTIL POULTRY KEEPING ON THE FARX. Xrx. A. W. X-LRHANN, Neosha, WIe MRs. A. W. LEHMANN. The old Scotch adage, "It's many a mickle makes a muckle" can well be applied to cur poultry raising on the farm. There are very few who realize the vast amount of poultry and eggs used in our own country alone. The principal fresh meat of our southern people is poultry and eggs, because a chicken can always be had fresh with- out the necessity of ice boxes. The poultry output of our country far ex- ceeds its beef and pork production, and nine-tenths of this is raised upon our farms In small amounts. There is no meat that brings a better price the year around, and that will give us such constant returns. The Wife's Share. The average farmer thinks It is a waste of his time and feed to pay any attention to the poultry; aN a MaLur consequence they are generally poorly cared for and poorly housed. Before the days of creameries, the eggs, .poul- try, and butter constituted the wifte' income, to furnish her household sup- plies, consequently the cow and chicken got what nothing else would eat, or what they could find for them- selves, as it was considered the height of folly to give feed of any value to them, simply to fI the wife's pocket book. The product was carried to the country store to be bartered for goods. The creamery and cheese factory have turned the cow over to the other side of the house now, and she, at least, Is tolerably well cared for. But the poultry still remains in the woman's possession, often times to roost in the trees or on the wood pile, and feed with the pigs, what they cannot get by scratching for, and the farmer, un- less his wife has the good fortune to sell for cash and the proceeds come in very handy to pay his taxes with, will denounce the whole lot as a nui- sance, and will positively declare that they eat their heads off every year. A man who made a business of feed- ing sheep, hogs and cattle, and made money at It, was one day admiring my poultry, and said to me, "How do you do so well? I can't." I replied: "Where does your poultry roost?" "Oh, anywhere." "What do you feed?" 'Oh, nothing they run and get what they can with the stock." Now, do you wonder he made a total failure of it. He would have been horror struck had I advised him to feed his stock In the same way, and this Was in the winter time, too. Poultry for Profit. But my object today Is to show you that poultry can be made a payng business on the farm, where every- 102 I '-Zz.. ram. w W - s . AL _ _. .a . o - - -- _- 11
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