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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)


Page 102


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-
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