Items tagged "historical USDA publication": 37

Hints to Poultry Raisers

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Every poultry keeper should have a copy of the American Standard of Perfection.

Have everything ready beforehand and start your hatching operations early in the year.

A well-ventilated cellar is the best place to operate the incubator.

The machine should be operated according to the manufacturer's…

Poultry House Construction

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POULTRY HOUSES AND FIXTURES.

This article explains the essential principles of poultry-house construction, showing pictures of houses and fixtures which have given satisfaction in various sections of the country, with their plans and specifications; and contains hints on construction which will assist the poultryman in planning and erecting his…

A Simple Trap Nest for Poultry

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A trap nest is a laying nest so arranged that after a hen enters it she is confined until released by the attendant. The trap nest shown in the accompanying illustrations is used with good results on the Government poultry farm and is quite similar to the nest used at the Connecticut State experiment station. It is very simple and may be built at a…

A Simple Trap Nest for Poultry

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WHAT THE TRAP NEST IS

A TRAP NEST is a laying nest so arranged that after a hen enters it she is confined until released by the attendant. The trap nest shown in the accompanying illustrations is used with good results on the Government poultry farm, and is quite similar to the nest used at the Connecticut State Experiment Station. It is very…

Methods of Poultry Management at the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station

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Many years' practical experience in raising and keeping poultry and investigations in poultry breeding at the Maine Experiment Station have resulted in the accumulation of a considerable fund of information on poultry management. It is the purpose of the following pages to outline this experience for the benefit of poultry keepers and thereby to…

The Organization of Boys' and Girls' Poultry Clubs

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Statistics show that the loss due to the improper handling of eggs throughout the country is enormous, extending into many millions of dollars annually. It is an equally established fact that strictly fresh eggs command a higher price than those commonly designated as store eggs, and if the farmer, who is the largest producer of this well-known…

Fowls: Care and Feeding

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The wide distribution of domestic fowls throughout the United States and the general use made of their products make poultry of interest to a large number of people. Breeders are continually striving to improve the fowls for some particular purpose, and to excel all predecessors in producing just what the market demands for beauty or utility; but…

Selection and Care of Poultry Breeding Stock

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One of the essentials for success in poultry-club work is good stock. This means standardbred stock; 1 for this stock has been bred and developed for specific purposes and therefore best meets the needs of the boy or girl. A flock of standardbred fowls possesses a uniformity of appearance which the mongrel flock never has, and will arouse the club…

Brood Coops and Appliances

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Every boy and girl club member should provide a good coop for the mother hen and little chickens. If you do not have one already, it should be built before it is time for the little chicks to hatch. Many boys and girls build their coops in the wintertime so as to have them ready for use in the spring, and when this is done a nest box can be placed…

Care of Mature Fowls

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Poultry-Club members should get good returns from their hens, as a small flock of fowls will give excellent results if they receive the proper feed and care, and the waste from the kitchen, table, and garden will help materially in keeping down the feed bill. The henhouse should be thoroughly cleaned, disinfected, and made tight for the winter. See…

Management of Growing Chicks

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The care of growing chicks, especially during very warm weather, is most important, and every boy or girl who is a member of a poultry club or is raising chickens should give them the best of care at this time if he or she wishes to succeed. The baby chicks may be smart little fellows from strong, vigorous parent stock, and they may have been…

Culling for Eggs and Market

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Every boy or girl who keeps poultry naturally desires to make as much profit as possible. To do so it is important that every hen kept should be a good layer and that all cockerels except those for breeding purposes (as well as pullets that lack vigor and vitality) should either be eaten or canned for home use or be sold as soon as they are large…

Selection and Preparation of Fowls for Exhibition

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This Bulletin has been written briefly and in simple terms for beginners, and especially for members of Boys' and Girls' Poultry Clubs.

Poultry exhibitions are not only of educational value but encourage the desire to excel in producing a high quality of stock.

Contribution from the Bureau of Animal Industry
JOHN R. MOHLER, Chief…

Poultry House Construction

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Hens need a comfortable house which is dry and roomy and abundantly supplied with fresh air and sunlight. It never pays to overcrowd the fowls.

Small or colony houses and long laying houses make good quarters for hens, the best type depending on conditions.

It is easier to keep the birds healthy and to reproduce the stock under the colony…

Poultry Houses

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In recent years rural homeowners have developed an interest in backyard poultry operations. These two poultry house plans give basic tips in meeting needs of individual operations.
Plan 6195 features a partially raised floor system with feed and water placed on the raised section. Wire mesh in this location allows the manure to be separated from…

Poultry-Breeding Stock Selection for Desired Characters

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The objective of the poultry breeder should be the development of a strain that will be acceptable to the purchaser. He must have chickens that are efficient producers of eggs and poultry meat and representative of the breed and variety. Such a project requires pedigreeing, trapnesting, and selecting for a large number of characters. If the strain…

Poultry Investigations at the Maine Agricultural Experiment Station

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For many years poultry work has been carried on at the University of Maine. It was not, however, until 1897 that the Maine Experiment Station decided to begin a series of poultry investigations on a somewhat extended scale. Since 1904 this work has been carried on in cooperation with the Bureau of Animal Industry of the United States Department of…