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)
114 WISCONSIN FAR 8M ' INSTITUTE. chickens break the shell before they them weighing twenty-eight and thirty are ready to come out? pounds, and they are clean and nice to Mr Lehmann-Too much moisture. dress and they sell well. I do not know what Is the trouble, but Mr. Arnold-Is not the size objec- in some way there is too much mois- tionable? ture. M. Lehmann-Not at all; I never Question-Where is the Monarch in- found any objection at all. I never cubator made? sell mine for market so large-only Mrs. Lehmann-Southeastern Massa- those left over in the spring. I had a chusetts. few left over in the spring and I sold Mr. Arnold-Is there any machine them last year at fifteen cents a pound invented for testing eggs? and there was no complaint made of Mrs. Lehmann-You can tell an egg their size. every time after it has been in three Mr. Arnold-The market demands days, whether it is all right, if you about twelve pounds. hold it to the light. Question-Can you raise ducks suc- Mr. Arnold-I mean when we go to cesesfully without ponds? the store to buy them. Mrs. Lehmann-Yes, very success. Mrs. Lehmann-I don't know unless fully; my hen house is on a side hill you do as a party in Minnesota did, and my well is on top of the hill, and break them. I have pipes carrying water to barrels. The Chairman-I know Mrs. Leh- You must have something that the mann is quite successful with ducks, ducks can get into and not drown. I and I would like to know how she turn the faucet enough to let it drip handles them, and what she thinks of and let the ducks get water that way. them as far as profit is concerned. For the old ducks I have a kerosene Mrs. Lehmann-I have the Pekin barrel, cut off about a foot and set ducks and they are one of the best into the ground. I think this year I layers, but they seldom set success- shall try to have a hols dug and ce- fttlly, Eo you have to set them under mented for them because we have hens, or in an incubator. In feeding plenty of water, and keep the water ducks do not feed raw corn meal; that running into it; have it not over two is where so many people make a fail- feet deep and slant it out, so that the ure with ducks; it is sure death to edges are easy to get out of onto the them, every single time; about the land. Ducks will drown as quickly as third day they will turn over and die, a chicken. I let the water drip and and some will say It is one thing and keep it full all the time; let the ducks same another, but it is nothing in the gn in whenever they want to. Do not world but the raw corn meal. They let little ducks have too much water will grow on skim milk like little as ttey are apt to g6 in and play too pigs; mix middlings in the skim milk, long and get chilled. When they be- that does not get sticky, and they will gin to feather out they can have all the eat it up all right I feed a great deal water they want, but before a duck or of cheese curd; we have lots of skim goose is feathered out, it must not get milk and I feed a great deal of it with wet. I keep the water dripping into cheese curds to both chickens and this trough and it stands there for the eucks, and I feed a great deal of It old hens: We sometimes have to sweet, because we run it through the sweep it out with an old broom, but it separator and we have it sweet and it is kept running fresh all the time warm, right from the separator. it Is not apt to get so dirty. You Question-What particular turkeys must not forget that you must have do you have? grass for your chickens; for ducks It Mrs. Lehinann-Mammoth Bronze; doesn't make any difference. they grow to be very large, some of
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