Poultry should never be allowed to go to roost hungry. Charcoal dust should be scattered on the poultry house floor. Fresh eggs’ and fat fowls can always be converted into cash. Too little exercise and too much corn makes hens fat and lazy. The working hen is the one that lays the eggs in cold weather. A light, sandy, soil makes the best location for a poultry house. Sick hens will not produce eggs, and filthy quarters make sick hens.
Chickens should never be kept in the Same house as geese and ducks. Fowls will find their own feathermaking food if they are given free range. Hens need work. Don’t thresh oats for fowls. They prefer to do it themselves. Bowel troubles in young chickens can often be prevented by substituting scalded milk for water. Eggs are largely made of water so don’t fail t# keep a fresh supplyon hand at all times for.the hens. Whey is a better poultry food than most people consider it. Experiments show that it aids digestion.
FEATHER AND EGG-EATING.,
Feather and egg-eating develops generally in tlie winter months, and is caused by the lack of animal food or grit. An eggshell filled with red pepper is recommended, and may be successful with dogs and other animals, but it is seldom, if ever, successful in curing fowls. Dark nests will overcome the egg-eatinig habit frequently, but if the demands of nature for the elements supplied by these habits are furnished in the food, the habits will cease. Green cut bone meat or grit will be found efficient remedies. It is natural for hens to seek retirement when laying, and if dark nests are provided they will choose them to lay in rather than elsewhere. They are easily constructed, by usingtwo wide boards, one above the other, at the height required for the nests. These should be placed near the wall of the hen house, allowing only room behind for the hen to enter, and a board extending to the wall on top should cover the opening. Another board hinged in front, and partitions to divide the nests, omplete the arrangement.
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Poultry Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 4, 27 April 1907
Poultry Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 4, 27 April 1907
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