f GOOD LAYERS AND TABLE FOWLS. There is one general rule which can always he relied upon to ■differentiate a good from an indifferent layer. It invariably acts as a sure guide in the case of full-grown hens, and although not so easy to apply in the case of pullets, may yet be depended on to a very considerable degree. A hen or pullet will not, as a rule, be equally suitable for laying and for table. If she is to be a good table bird she must have a good breast ; if a good layer the development of the egg organs must bo her most prominent characteristic. To choose between two birds, therefore, as to which will Ire the bettor for either purposes, look at them closely, drawing an imaginary line from the eye to the thigh of each. That which has the larger half of its body in front of this line will make the best table bird, and that which has the larger half at the tail end will bo the best layer. There are other means of choosing. For example, a bird with a comb that looks like growing long —indicating a non-sitter —is likely choice for laying. Some farmers always keep their black prillets, and this is sensible, because all black breeds are known to be good layers. Others choose pullets which are “topknotted’' for a similar reason.
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Southern Cross, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 21, 7 September 1907
Poultry Notes. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 21, 7 September 1907
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