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I Contributions and question.* for ansicerimj should be. addressed to "Minorca," Poultry Editor, ' Star' Office, and recti red not later than Tuesday of each week. "Minorca" will only answer ' i-Liriiiiiiriifiuii.-, through this column. ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS. "Mia>."—Tho trouble with your birds is easily cuied by applying white precipitate ointment mixed with equal parts of vm-ciiii". Any chemist will mako it up for you. Gives the bird:: also a pood dust batli. to v, bich some ilowor of sulphur has he:'U added. Remove, the cockerel from tho pen. ' Bantam."—Bantams aro naturally more delicate than hi'; fowls. Warmth is the groat thing for them (T must confess it is hard to supply lately), and tor the first fortnight- ihov cannot be too snug. For the first week they should be kept in a coop inside a good, warm shed, to keep the cold winds from thorn. Fe-ed little and often, bread soaked in milk, alternating with some, good chicken food and a little cut .grass. You can still hatch most breeds of bantams, but birds hatched late usually fail in length of feather where it is needed. Write lo .Messrs Omand and Day as regards game, and Mr T. Brown, secretary of the Bantam Club. You I t-hnald join the bantam club. W.W. —You do not state what relation your birds arc to one another. Are they brothers and sisters from a setting of eggs, or is the cockerel not related to the hen.-? It is necessary that I should i know this before answering your question. | I,et mo' know, and T will answer your ' question next, week. .1.1!. (Kaitangatn).—T do nob know of any breeder of white-crested black Polish fowls about here. If you write Reilly and Gill they might be able to procuro for you. Last Thursday wwk the Bantam Club held a show of Black-Red bantams and Hose-comb bantams in their club room in ! Sftart street Mr J. Day, who was judge, had considerable trouble in selecting the winners. In the Black-red cocks Messrs Omand and Day secured first- and E. Bills second ; hens, 'Omand and Day first and second. In Black Rose-comb* L. A. »Sprosen got fir.-t- and second in cock. Glend'.ning and Brown third ; lump. Omand and Day first and second, L. A. Sprosen third. .After the judging. Mr Day pointed out the strong points of tho winners .and gave ht-s rca-ons fov his judgment. .Numbers of hr._cdc''s criticised his decisions and some warm argument* ccsued, but Mr Day was well aide to justify his judgment. Pitch meetings and discussions aro of great help lo young fanciers, as they let them know -. huh noints are of the value, and ri.ow '.'hem whero their own birds are at It i- only by showing birds and sreii g t.h'-m in company that a. proper estimate of their value can be secured. Some breed-r maintain and have always I said that good egg results can be secured !.v feeding oat-.. My own experience has ! always shown that wheat gives by far the better results. (Juite a number of breeder- this year have given oats a trial, owing to the high price of wheat, but they aro now complaining bitterly of the decrease in tin- egg yield. 1 should like to hear of other breeders' experiences. Mi- T. Blown, of Cavcrsham. has decided to go in for Black Red Game this veil', and "ha- secured -ome good birds to ! start wit!'.. With his expert knowledge Mr Brown should be able to breed something good. Now i- the time to get a good bargain if you wi-h to start poultry-keeping. Breeders are disposing of their surplus stock, and a really good pen can be got at a rca'-onahlo price. The holidays are once more with us. and while we enjoy our.-elves the low!- often suffer through want of attention. The bet plan, if you are going away, i- to mix ; .'-ome dry meal and put it where the birds | i an help t!iem-elve c . All that is necesj -ary is to cru-h such grain- as wheat, oat-. pea-, hem, and a little maize together, i'l-oe thi- in a trough >o made that the birds tan get their heads into it. but cannot scratch if about. All that i- necessary then is to -ee that the drinking vessel- are clean and well tilled. Oreen food should, of course, he supplied if po-sihle. At Seaeliff Asylum there are at present between three ami four thousand bird.-. The fnvorit-' i-. of course, the White Leghorn, but- Ib'ou ii Leghorn.- ami Ulack Orpingtons arc al-o !;<pt. Mr Brown, who is manager, informs me that they have had a particularly good season. Egg- arc rising rapidly in price, and are likely to ri-e even higher, as a large number of breeders are disposing of their birdowing to the high price of food. At present now-laid eggs are bringing Is 8d per dozen. NEW ZEALAND UTTUTT TOn/fRY CLCR'S EGG-LAYfNG COMPETITION. The thirty-sixth week of the New Zealand Utility Poultry Club's tenth egglaving con,petition closed on December 15. Details ate -. Total Total for to week-, date, —Brown Leghorns.— ! Verrnll f!ro.<., S'wannanon. ... 26 909 —White Ltghorns.— W. Mercer. Ilowiek 51 fill Venal! Bros.. Xwamianoa ... 2,"> 017 Dominion I'. Plant. Coromandet ... ?.:■, 712 Ileretaunga 8.C., Silver-.-Iream. No. 2 ... 24 853 Oleiieoe Poultry Ranch. Karon 28 950 W. O. Sail, Cust 2d 695 A. K. Browne, Petane, H.P.. 51 889 Mrs J. Mills. Dunedin 52 984 (;. Clarke, Obrbtchureh. No. 2 52 921 7','angiuru Egg Ranch, Otaki 27 950 ti. Hnnnclt, Sprevdon 14 924 1). Y. C.ibson, Herbert 17 985 Atkinson Bros.. Stanilands ... 51 972 W'aiiioui P. Farm, Auckland 21 955 J. Wriggh'swnrth, Oeraldiim 22 962 11. S. Wooduorth, Wintou ...• 24 859 11. E. Herbert. Linwood ... 52 858 11. Leger, Levin 26 762 T. MTlraith, West .Melton ... 52 861 T. White, West Shore, Napier 25 851 '7'. Yose, Carterton 55 945 li. P. L. Cla.vton. Eketahuna 29 1,027 It. Jones, Marshlands 55 9CB N. Solomon, Westport 24 909 R. A. Lazarus, Hint 25 968 Ileretaunga 8.C., Silverstream, No. 1 25 1.029 Wainoni P. Farm, Auckland 29 942 ,1. W. Creeu, St. Albans ... 50 1.015 Willis and Son, New Brighton 26 997 G. Clarke, Ohristchurch ... 26 -948 J. Corrie, Beekenham 26 846 M. Stewart. Christchurch ... 29 892 A. O. Baker, Hillmorcon ... 24 919 A. W. Adams. Shellield ... 22 1.056 ('aider Bros.. Oamaru 22 1,013 L. T. Wright. Annat 51 901 V. E Gr.'en. St. Albans ... 52 972 W. Tlnvev, Wellington 55 847 R. W. liawke. Papanui ... 52 989 - B.C. Whito Leghorns. -- .1. W. Oteon. St. Albans. ... 50 945 T. Krarup. Palmerston Noith 25 844 Totals 1,152 53,548 —White Wyandotte-!.-- i T. Kennedy, Rangiora. 55 786 —White Roclw. J. P.. Merrett. St. Albans ... 26 784 —Butt Orpingtons.— 1. i';uackeriey ; Wooblon ... 11 704 1

—Black Wvandottes.— Mra J. W. Green. .St. Albans 21 804 W. Scull, fcit. Albans 23 793 --Black Orpingtons.— R. Monger. Hutt 19 926 Alius Bita. Nixon, Burwond ... ,d 1.046 Miss 11. E. haing. Papanui ... 8 697 A. ■!•;. Browne. Petane. K.B. 25 88-4 K. Willis. Nhirlev 32 890 J. B. .Merrett. St. Albans ... 27 801 ---Silver Wyandottes.— J. B. Merrett, St. Albans ... 21 714 A. W. Adams, rdioitiokl ... 17 497 Jas. Ashtou. Haunter Springs 25 815 T. Keltnedv, Rangiora ... 15 681 Thos. Wdsrm. .Marshlands ... 24 797 W. I'!. Civen. St. Albans ... 3.S 914 !•:. Boxhurgh, Belfast 19 73.1 Totals '.. ... 410 14.314 - Ducks : Indian Runners.— T. Dowthwaite. Avondale ... 28 894 Herelaunga 8.C.. Silverstream 23 1.C09 Wainoni P. Farm, Greenithe, A 55 794 GUfineoe Ranch. Karon 28 976 Kvans and .Johnstone 18 910 A. 11. Hall, Levin 20 835 Totals 152 5.418

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POULTRY NOTES, Issue 15685, 26 December 1914

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