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Poultry Notes.


From a statement made by one of the leading authorities- —Mr Swan at a congress of foreign, producers held in Austria last April it would appear that the consumption-of foreign eggs in the United Kingdom has risen per head of population from four in 1856 to forty in 1896, and fifty-one in 1906. The import value has increased from £278,422* in 1856 to £4,184,656. in 1896, and to £L--098,137 in 1906- The wholesale value of imported eggs has been increased from 6J-d per dozen in 1856 to 7ld in 1896, and 9d in 1906. The import value of foreign eggs consumed per head of population in the United Kingdom—has increased from 21d in 1856 to 25}d in 1896, and to39d in 1906. During the past year the imports of foreign eggs exceeded 6,000,000 every day during the year (19,446 daily), and of the eggs consumed in the large towns of England it is estimated that 95 per cent, are of foreign origin.” EVERY EGG A CHICK, The above is a familiar guarantee', but most people are satished or ought to be —to get one or two chicks short of the possible. Mr L K. Felch, the veteran American expert, tells of an experience in selling a lady a setting - . She hatched 12 chicks from 13 eggs sent. She was disappointed, and told Mr Felch that no man of honour would sell an unfertile' egg at the same price as fertile ones, Mr Felch's reply was to the point. He said that he was sorry that the mistake occured, for Ire certainly wanted all the eggs to hatch. In order to atone for it, he at once chrefully wrapped up an egg, packed it in a good-sized box and sent it by express. It cost the lady several dollars to get that egg, but the incident was closed. fIiXTS TO BREEDERS. Provide green grass runs for your fowls. Feed early in the mornings. Chickens should be fed frequently ; a little and often should be the motto. Grade the eggs when marketing. Breed for size in eggs. Fresh soil means vigour in poultry. Don’t overstock. Old hens are the drones in the flock. Lucerne is an excellent feed for fowls. Pick good laying strains for the f arm. Test your hens with the egg basket. Don't waste the scraps from table, good for poultry. Rabbits are now being prepared specially into a rabbit meal for poultry in Victoria. Pure blood meal promotes laying. Plenty of ventilation required for summer poultry houses. Avoid fat in the laying hen.

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Poultry Notes., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 20, 31 August 1907

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Poultry Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 20, 31 August 1907

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