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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)

Page 109

--. 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
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 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
elsewhere for an ideal breed  It takes the dark varieties that cannot be
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&
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