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)
10l BR1ERD FOR SPECIAL PURPOISE. --. Am I td iad with ieg and head on. The ommenm laying younger, ann wanhin .. e -- proper care and feeding will lay the trade demands and will have yellow year round. They are never idle ex- skinned and clean yellow legged birds cept during the moulting season and and the successful poultry man will they never or hardly ever set, so no cater to their wishes. time to lost that way. The young of both these breeds are veritable vest Advantlge of Light colored Fowbl. pckcet editions of their parents as In choosing among the Asiatics your they are feathered out almost as soon market fowl, one thing that should be as hatched and the sexes are easily taken into consideration after select- distingulshed by the combs when three ing the breed, is to select the white or or four days old. There are several light colored varieties, as the White varieties of both of these breeds and Cochin, Light Brahmas, etc. Every the choice among them simply rests housewife's experience in dressing on the fancy of the owner. They are fowls teaches her that the dark feath- to the egg business what the Jersey ered fowls are the hardest to dress cow is to the dairy; they are great for clean on account of the dark pin eggs but not much for meat. feathers, while the white or light col- ored fowls always look better with The Breed for Broilers the same amount of labor than their The man who engages in the dressed dark feathered cousins. I know of no poultry or ,broiler business must look point of excellence as market fowls in elsewhere for an ideal breed It takes the dark varieties that cannot be urged Hamburgs and LeghornS about four- equally In favor of the white birds of teen weeks to make small broilers, the same breed. while the Asiatics are ready at nine The General Purpose Fowl. weeks old. The principal breeds to be considered The next class to be considered is as strictly market and broiler birds the American, by many called the gen. are the nBrhmf Cochin and Lang- eral purpose class for the different shans, as they attain the greatest sire either as broilers or as matured fowls, but there is no half way ground, if not slaughtered at broiler age, nine or ten weeks, they will not be again fit for the block until nearly matured as frcm broiler age to near maturity they grow a large frame without putting on much bf any meat or fat. In feet, while growing it is almost impossible to fatten them. These breeds are also good winter layers, so they are not idle during that time of year. There is one objection to the Asiatics for market purposes that is, the feathers on the legs When dressed, if the feakhers are left on the legs they make a bad appesrnc and If they are puhled oui Lucy i"* -TV1"v. leg looking bruised and somewhat un- sightly. Of course the offending mem- breeds as the Wyandottes and Ply- hers can be removed entirely but most mouth Rocks make excellent broilers, draead poultry goes to the mrket and though not #s good as the Asiatl& -Trv'-Z- .1 M 11 I I I
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