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Care Of Animals In Winter

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The American Humane Association ofters the following suegestions relative tojfowls, horses and persons having these in charge, In the northeru latitudes, dut Ing the winter montlis. Do not compel domestic fowla to roost in trees. Aside from daiiger of being captured by o wis and otlier eiiRinies, the swayinj{ ot tlio branches upon which tliey are sitting will prevent tliem from getting rest; while In the scvereiy cold weather, tlius exposcil, feet and combs are frozen and the bird ia so benutnbed as to mnke it hnposaible for it to be muoh profit on the farm. Securely sheltered frum wind and storm, and allowed to slt on broad foosts, fet are thns kept warm, ret'reshing rest is obtnined and tho towl is uiuch stiunger, healthiur and more protitable to its owner. Do not clip horses during the winter months. With the same propriety we might cut the hair from a dog or shear n sheep at tliis season of the year. The arjiument in behalf of the practico i tlmt the horse in pergpiration will dry more quickly if the hair is short. If the animal is thorounhly blanketed and kept in a sheltered or warm place, after being driven, no danger resulte from perspiration, whatever the length of hair; whlle the liorse that bas been deprived of its coat in the winter time suffers perpetually while being exposed to the cold. It is a cruelty inflicted upon beautiful cardare horses for the purpose of style. lilessed is the ordinary work-horse, in the winter time, for, however much it muy perspire, It is allowed to carry its full growtli of hair during the cold weather. Do not loave cattle to stand shlvering, while extremities of ten freeze, in thesuow storms and severe whuls of winter, when alittle time would sufflce to costruct of boards, rails or polen, a support upon and arouud whidi may be placed hay, straw or weeds, thus making a shelter that may comfortably protect them. Cattle kept in tairly wurm conditlon throughout the winter will, as milkerg, give a larger and better yield of milk, and as beêves will take on flesh much more rapidly thau if left exposed to inrit-ment weather. Aside from a question of humanity, the more attention and care that is beatowed upon animáis, with a view to their comfort, the more will they he of serrlce and a souree of prorlt to tlieir owners.


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