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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)

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Now Jersey, but I em certain it will
not for Wisconsin.
Feed a warm mush of cooked roots
and bran and middlings mixed with
skim milk; if you have it add ground
beet scraps or Bowker's animal meal
for the morning meal in their feed
lboxes; then throw grain in the deep
straw in the sheds and let Biddy work
as hard as you do for a living. She
will do it and make a suceess of it,
too. Give her cabbage and beets to
pick at for green feed and a good box
of dust, with plenty of water and oys
ter shells and bone to keep her from
laying soft shell eggs, and she will be
I like to hear them sing in the morn
ing for their breakfast, the) are so
contented. Interest the boys and girls
in them; give them fancy poultry as
pets; they will soon take care of them
as well as you do, and take a pride in
it. Last, but not least, keep good
fowls; it costs no more to feed a nice
fowl than it does a poor one, and you
will enjoy it better yourself. If I have
left anything out that you would like
to know I will try and answer it.
Mr. Scott-What kind of poultry
would you recommend for the farmers
Mrs. Lehmann-What do you wish
them for, winter laying or for markets
For winter laying the Brown Leghorn
or the Langshans are really the best I
think, but for market the Plymouth
Rock or any of those that feather out
quickly, are the best. I like a cross
between the White Leghorn and the
Brahms for a broiler; they have a nice.
white skin and look well. For turkeys
I myself have the Mammoth Bronze.
Mr. Kellogg-How large a crop of
chickens are profitable?
Mrs. Lehm ann-If you have them
separated in small pens you can keep
ae many as you wish to. I do not think
that over fifty ought to run together
unlem Tou have a good large yard.
Mine are separated into twenty-five in
a pen; I use wire netting for dividing
Mr. Arnold-On a good sized farm do
you think it would be profitable to
keep five or six hundred chickens and
have them separated during the win-
lMrs. Lehmann-I do think it would.
You can build your houses large and
divide them off into small pens for
roosting places, then make these sheds
and divide them with wire netting and
the expense is very little. They will
run and scratch and go back into these
pens for roosting and for their morn-
ing's feed. I think there should be
cheap sheds on the south side, with
big sunny windows and plenty of
The Chairman-What height netting
do you use?
Mrs. Lehmann-I have mine clear to
the top, but I think most chickens will
keep within a six-foot netting.
Mr. Porter-I wish you would men-
tion one, two or three different diseases
that are prevalent among poultry, and
state how you would best cure them;
for instance, roup.
Mrs. Lehmann-You can generally'
tell when they have it, by their swelled
heads, and you will hear them sneez-
ing and coughing. It is brought on by
cold draughts or damp places; I don't
very often have to cure it, but if I do,
I use tincture of iron in the drinking
water; you put in a spoonful to a gal-
lon of water, although it will not hurt
If you put in more. I find Sherman's
condition powders or Pratt's condition
powders, put In their morning's food,
to be a good thin&
Question-Is it catching?
Mrs. Letmann-It is catching if you
let it run very far. I suppose it is the
same as influenza with people; the
same condition that brings it on with
one, brings it on with another.
Question-Why do you consider
Brown Leghorns better than White
1ra. Lelmann-I don't know that
there is really any differenee, only m7

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