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Care Of Fowls

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Frobably no one has written pon tho subject of poultry raising, who has not said that eleaiiliness is of vital impórtanos. Clcanliness is godlincss," to mankind, and tho next thing to it in tho care of chickons. If under your perches you will spread a little steaw or hay, yon will find it no troubleto olean out your benhouse, which should be dono once a week in wiutcr, bilt loss iïequontly in Slimmer, whcre the house is perfectly dry and the chickons lmlf the time in it, will answef very well. It is important to sec that you invariably feed Ehem in olean places. Fowls uro as cairicious as people about a change of diet. They grow weary of corn even, if fed conthiually. A bitter way is to keep a supply of corn and also f wheat sorei oings, etc, and alternato tho fool. And if poultry is your chief delight, whatevei else you do, don't keep a dog to supplnnt your fowls in your affections, and to get all the bones and bits of meat which your chick. ns so niiich need. And don't bc stingy aliuut your scvaps; cut off all the scraggy parts trom your roasts, or legs of veal or muttoñ and chop it, ruw, for your poultry ; and observe what a concert you will créate in the ohioken yard when you feed it. Don't forget tho box of fresh, dry ashes where they may have the fowl luxury of dusting themselves as of ten as they fce ; and also the fresh lime soinewhore convenient for them to supply shellsfor your eggs, as woll asto prümote oleanlinesaaaS sweetaeisof their premi:-.:; You will not, of coui'se, ask yourchickens to drink water which bas stood twentyt'rmi' hours, any noie than you would drink such yoxuself. But you will sce that cvery morning finds your watering places thorongbly cleaned, and fdled with good fresh water. I have been using a preparation to imprégnate the water with iron and sulphur - both oonducsive to the health of poultry - which has boen reoommended by persona of large experience. It is tliis: l'dur two qüartt of boiling water on to a half pound of fulphate of iroa and i lmlf ouncti sulphuric ftoid. When tho iron has dissolved, bottlo tbc preparation and use aliout a gilí of it in each pail of drinking water. When your hens aie ready to come off with a brood of chicks, béfore cooping them, take soms kerosene oil and with a sv;,l thoroughly oil the foathers and flesh of the fowl about tho breast, legs and wings. The oil is thus commuiiicated to the young chiekens, and all are rid of licc most effectually. By tho same procos yuu oan cause evory fowl on your roost to " riso up and cali you blesseo," if they are trjubled with this little poultry pest. ïhis spring I took a newly hiitchid chicken. which had como out a few days in advance of the rest, and ï'olled it up in flannel ; 1 discovered a louse on it, I ynt gome kerosene on the downy chick and when next I unrolled it, I found over fifty lice on the flannel. Fact ! I do not know that I have given vcry valuable hints in all that I have written apon the subject, but I do know that while othors havo had fowls dying off promiscuousl3', I have not had even one on the sick Hst ; and out of 168 young chicks, onc-third of wliieh are now largo enough to broil, I have only lost four. -


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