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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)


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understand it?
Mr. Jenkln*-By experience.
Mr. Kellogg-That is a dear way.
Mr. Jenkins-It is the best way. 1
think the best way to do is to have
your chickens where they do not need
It, but if you are going to use artificial
heat at all, I would use it more for
ventilation than for heat, and in that
way you don't get a great deal of heat
out of it.
A Lady-I read In a paper once that
very early pullets would moult in the
fall the same as hens, and then they
would not lay any better than hens.
Is that so?
Mr. Jenkins-That depends on the
breed. I would just as soon have the
Hamburg or Leghorn hatch the first of
July as any other time of the year. The
Brahmas and Wyandottes must be
hatched as early as possible.
A Lady-Are the different strains of
fowls affected by their age In laying?
Mr. Jenkins-Yes; a Plymouth Rock
hen, after a year and a half old, is
rather a poor layer; that I think is
due to the fact that they fatten so
easily; it is hard to keep them In lay-
ing condition. I have known of Leg-
hcrn hens being good layers up to nine
and ten years old.
Mr. Arnold-Then we judge that a
hen that is of a thick fleshy formation
that will thicken with age, is not a
good hen for laying?
Mr. Jenkins-Yes, that is true.
Mr. Arnold-How old would you rec-
ommend keeping hens?
Mr. Jenkins-That depends on the
particular breed. I would watch them
pretty close; as long as a Leghorn hen
lays pretty well, I would keep her.
A   Member-When    this   spring
chicken gets to be eight or nine years
old, what are you going to do with
her?
Mr. Jenkins-I would answer that as
the Jersey cow man told me once with
reference to the selling of his cow. He
said that he could well afford to erect
a tombstone over that cow after bury-
,ing her.
A lAdr-Which do you prefer, the
single comb or the double comb brown
Leghorns?
Mr. Jenkins-I don't think It makes
a particle of difference, but I prefer
the single comb.
Question-How in the black Lang-
shan for laying in winter?
Mr. Jenkins-Good. The single comb
is more apt to freeze than the rose
comb, but when the rose comb is once
frozen, the only way to thaw it out is
to chop the head off. A hen with a
frozen comb won't lay, but of course
I do not think it advisable to keep
hens where the comb will freese.
Mr. Hopkins-Do you find any ob-
jection to the size of the eggs of the
Brown Leghorns for selling?
Mr. Jenkins--I have seen Brown
Leghorns' eggs that would average
with Brahma eggs. I think where the
Brown Leghorns are bred principally
for show purposes, bred without re-
gard to the size of their eggs, the eggs
are small, but you can breed them up
to be good layers
Supt. McKerrow-How would you do
that, by selecting the largest eggs for
incubation?
Mr. Jenkins-Yes, 1 would.
would not the white lay the larger
A Member-As between the two,
eggs?
Mr. Jenkins-I have never noticed
any difference.
A Lady-Where you have a strain of
fowls, all of one color, how do you
distinguish the younger hens from the
older ones?
Mr. Jenkins-Well, after they get
two years of age, you can't very weU.
A Lady-Can -you tell them by the
wrinkles on their legs?
Mr. Jenkins-I don't know whether
the wrinkles are there or not.
Question-What do you think of
Houdan fowls?
Mr. Jenkins-I like them first rate.
The Chairman-Do you handle ducks
also?
Mr. Jenkins-Yes, and goslings.
The Chairman-Are they profitable?
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