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)
-%WWWWWP - , 7- U11 DIsCUSSION. eat breeds cannot run togetnef us a fed together with good results. For instance, Light Brahmas and Leg- horns cannot be reared together and kept together after maturity success- fully, as the Brahmas while growing require more feed thau the Brahmas the Leghorn as they grow faster and larger. After maturity the Leghorn require more feed than the BrahmsJ' because they are more active and lay mere often than the BrahmL The feed required for a laying Leghorn hen would fatten a Brahma hen up so she couldn't lay but would In a short time die from over fat. A hen to give the best results should have what feed she requires but her attendant should know better than to over-feed her He should also understand that the dif- ferent breeds have different natures and should be fed and cared for differ- entiy. One of the secrets of succeam is not to get too many birds together in one pen or coop and to keep to gether only those of the same naturel and disposition. Crossing Thorough-bred Towls- Where thorough-bred fowls of on kind are kept together the character istlis of the birds should be alike an, the same proper care beneficial to th entire lot. Cross-bred birds are sur to have different natures and requir different eare and feeding and if kel together In numbers cannot do wel When we have so many differet breeds, same best suited to one pu pose, somae best suited to another an still others best suited for a genera purpose fowl, there can be no excut for Crlbsing thorough-bred fowl' When they are crossed it must I done for a purpose and tell me yot purpose and I will select a thoroug] bred fowl much better suited to ti purpose than the cross-bred bird, u less possibly the single exception the Cornish Indian Game and Lig Brahma Cross. Usually the first cro only make fit birds for one purpose those birds bred together the next ye a- i d IflfAltortV. and so 4 ach succeeding generation. While in he chicks produced from the Mrt ross there will be a fair average unt- irmity, the succeeding generations of Lese cross-bred birds will be all sorts, ies and color. There should be no -ouble in selecting among the various reeds of water fowls or turkeys, as ze, color and the owner's fancy sLould govern. The Bronze or White Lolland turkey should suit almost any ne, while the Pekin ducks and Tou- ,use goose meet aU requirements. ,As to climatic condition, I believe ny of the foregoing breeds are well dapted to a cold climate and my ex- erience is that they all want good omfortable quarters and care to get he best results and it the conditions urrounding them are proper they will be a source of profit to their owner. DISCUSSION. Mr. Arnold-What chickens do you recommend? Mr. Jenkins-The general purpose fowls are Plymouth Rocks, and the Wyyandottes. I personally prefer the Wiyandottes; the strain is a matter of fancy. Mr. Brigge-Which are the better, barred Plymouth Rocks or white? Mr. Jenkins-That is a matter of fancy. Mr. Reed-Isn't it true that a white fowl is the easiest cleaned for market, and for that reason it is the best, other things being equal? Mr. Jenkins-Yes, I made that state- ment; a white bird is always better than a dark one for market purposes. Mr. Reed-Is not the white Plymouth Rock a larger chicken than the barred' Mr. Jenkins-No, it shouldn't be. Mr. Reed-How do you like the Cornish Game for general purposes? Mr. Jenkins-They are not as good as the Wyandotte or the Plymouth Rock. Mr. Kellogg-Can you successfully use artificial heat in hen houses for the winter? Mr. Jenoins-Iu you, unerta*4 it, . I1 lkk _I_ , ___ sA_._t ~ - - t b I- "W'" ft "_ . , q.-W r,'7!7 19I -
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