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)
in6 P ING0 ON TMU ]VAlE thin is furnished at its first cost, and For Instance, a goose weg ing t t- give many a dollar for spending f pound brnd 24 cents a pouneh money, help many boy or girl to These egeee aere sold to Jers in neih- get an education, give the wife many boring large cities. The liver, whieh * luxury she could not have otherwise' gets to be ebnordnlleY large, some help to buy the long-wanted pretty weighing three and one half pounds, I cloa or new gown. and bring rosy considered a great luxury, one liver cheek to the wan, pale e and cut selling as high as $2.50. All the larg- d tn the doctor's bills. But you will eat cities of the United States conti- -"that means work;" yes, but what tute a market for thes e geese This do we do that we make a success of, year one man had sxty-One geese that does not mean work, steady work, weighing usenty-seven pounds apiece, attention and willingness to do some- which brought him 27 cents a pounds, thing regularly on time, and thor. netting him $444.69 Another had oughly. eighteen which brought him $86. These are accurate figures, as I have endeav- Ducks and Gees ored to get the truth of the matter. You can raise guaranteed fresh eggs for market, stamp them with your LUrke5 name, send them onto the market for Perhaps one drawback to raising just what they are, and it will not be early poultry near our small towns, long before they are in demand at a unless we have a larger town for ship- little more than the market quotations, ping to, is that the people in our north- because they are always good. One era states have not learned that poul- farmer had over $300 a year in that try Is good always as other meats, way from his poultry and eggs; an- and does not cost very much more, if other sold $180 worth of geese. From any. We are all bound by habit, more these geese he had all the feathers and or less, and poultry is considered a 16 geese left over, and he sold them sort of holiday meat- Consequently all at market price. He took 90 just before these days the markets are geese to market In his buggy. The glutted and poultry goes down to al- next day he took two large wagon most nothing; we lose money on it loads of hogs, and the two loads did and become discouraged. The rest of not bring as much money as his wfe's the year poultry Is high and people buy gcese, and he said he knew the hogs it as a luxury. You never lose money ate twice as much corn. James Ran- on young and growing turkeys and kin, of South Easton, Mass., says he chickens if you keep them until after turns three or four thousand dollars the holiday$ are over. Tutkeys are worth of grain every year into eight eaters on the whole, and con- or nine thousand dollars worth of stantly growing until one year old, and ducks. He has of course the great it costs no more to raise a good turkey eastern market to supply, where they thar, it does a little one. They do not bring much higher prices than here. require the attention of other fowls But there is no fowl that will grow as after they are feathered, so cost much fast as a duck or goose, and he mar- less care. I have learned by exper- kets his ducks at ten weeks old, gets ience that the more you let a turkey them out very early to catch the first alcne after it is big enough to hunt, markets and high prices, the better it is off. Feed them The country tributary to Water- regularly, let them roost out of doors, town, Wil., is noted for its stuffed and they are a very bealtby fowL If geese Anything weighing seventeen it has been raining and they are all Eonnds commards a price of a manywet, and it suddenly turns cold and cents a pound as the goose snows, drive them under shelter, a I RL_ ___ W--7r. P, -7 - VDIJLfty MM l
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