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Poultry Notes.

BAD EGGS. In lowa the person who sells bad eggs is violating the law, and is subject to punishment. And why not ? Is it more justifiable to sell bad eggs than it is to sell bad meat, or spoiled goods of any kind ? Is it honest to mix eggs of doubtful quality with those sent to the market, and does- it pay ? A few- bad eggs add but little to the number, but detract largely from the quality and price. Eggs found in a new nest, or that arc of uncertain age, should be candled or used at home. Fertile eggs will keep but a short time, but infertile eggs will keep indefinitely, under proper conditions. THE BEST BREED.

The best breed for eggs is being continuously sought for by the farmer and the amateur, but the expert poultrymau seeks out the greatest egg producers from the breed he has selected, and endeavours to build up a strain of this breed that will reach the limit in egg-laying capacity. Hens of any breed will differ in egg production, and if eggs from those that lay the smallest number arc used lor hatching, it is a natural consequence that the progeny will not increase the quantity. Adcock of good blood will not be up to the standard, but some of it will be better than the standard. It is the better stock that must be selected to improve the strain, and while the farmer looks careiully to this point with the larger animals, but little if any attention is given to the poultry, especially as to which hens furnish the eggs for hatching. The use ol ti ap nests is the only .way in which the laying qualities of the hens may be discovered and desirable eggs for breeding singled out from those of the general flock. It takes time to do this, but the increase in C S’S‘ production will return a good pi ofit for the time expended. In most farm flocks the majority of the eggs are produced by comparatively few hens, but besause it is not'known which are the prolific layers', many of the flock continue to live without even paying their board. This, of course, absorbs a large portion of the profits that should bo realised. Even though the flock is of mongrel brood, if carefully culled and properly fed, a laying strain may be produced that will bo a surprise in the way of increased vgg production. 9

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Poultry Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 16 March 1907

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Poultry Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 14, Issue 51, 16 March 1907

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