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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)

Jenkins, F. W.
Breeds of poultry for special purposes,   pp. 108-114 PDF (2.0 MB)

Page 108

108              WISCONSIN FARMRS IN       1TNUTE-
Milwaukee. Watertown is the best      Mrs. Lehmann-Yes, If you     ave
place to get Bowker's animal meal, some one to grind it. I can't get our
Mr. Huffman-Would     you  advise men to do it.
feeding green cut bone?
F. W. vflXINS, Rau Claire, Wis.
This is the question. the correct so-
lution of which forms the chief cor-
ner-stone in the building of successin
the poultry business. Do not be mis-
led by this and think that, after the
proper selection of a breed or variety
for your special purpore, ycu have
nothing more to do or learn. But my
topic will not lead us Into the mys-
teries that lay at the root of the baul*
ness, such as care and feeding, proper
construction of buildings, light and
ventilation, science of mating, breed-
ing, etc.
It is my purpose to assume two
things: 1st. That you have had prac-
tical experience in poultry raising.
2nd. That you are raising poultry for
eggs and the market
It would not be profitable under this
topic to enter into a discussion of the
strictly fancy branches of the poultry
The first suggestion as to your selec-
tion is a breed or variety that you
have a special liking for as we all
have more success with things we
have a fellow feeling for than we do
with those we do not like, but this
will not always do, as we may have
formed a great friendship and liking
for bantams but want to engage In the
broiler, dressed poultry or egg busi-
ness and certainly bantams won't do.
This brings us directly to our text, the
selection of breeds for special purposes.
The Breed for Laying.
We will first take up the breeds best
adapted to laying and applying the
egg trade at the least cost. The best
strictly egg breeds are the Hamburgm
and Mediterranean classes as they
will lay younger, with greater regular-
ity, and many more in a year than any
of the other laying fowls. The Polish,
while good layers, belong more to the
strictly fancy classes and are not prac.
tical fowls for the egg trade, as they
are rather delicate, hard to raise and
fall an easy prey to hawks. This latter
fault Is quite common to all birds with
large top knots.
Buowsi Lasnons.
The Hamburgs and Leghorns easlly
stand at the head of this clasm (and
the Leghorns probably lead) for the
reason that they mature youngW,
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