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Cost Of Hen Food

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It is very often asked, says the Poultry Worhl, what tho oost of keeping a lien is, and thon goos on to say : ïhore ure, oí' course, difforences aocording to the breed; narnely, the size, activity, &c., and particularly generativo activity. Au cgn; representa a large amount oí' nutriment, of the most coudensed soit, and a hen that lays 200 eggs per yoar will need, say, some üixteen or seventeen póunda moro of pure nutrimt-nt, for this purpose alone, than one Jaying half that nuinber. And, of course, every additional ounce of fat laif] on your fowl's ribs raust go in at the bill (as ivtH as tt'llijig in your bilis), so that fatteniíi breeds consume moro than non-fattening ones under equal oircumstances. Again, other things being equal, a very active fowl uses up entirely, without accounting for it in ogg or fat, nutrimont enough, in oxcess of a quiot one, to pay for her livelinoss. Every flap of your turkey's wing costa a grain of corn. But froni a series of painetaking servations we can say that the average fowl at largo consumes not far from a bushei of corn per year. If at large, bIjg supplies hersolf with green food, picka up insects, larvto, Sc. If kept coniinod, aniraal food must bo artificially supplied, euch as crushing ehandler's eerape, chopped sbeep's ligbts and livers, and hónle scraps. In summcr you must add to this short, tender grass, and in winter raw abbage or boiled potatoes, or othur green vegetables. ïhis, for a year, brings the estiinate for the cost of the food of the onfined fowl up to the equivalent of a Dushel and a half of corn. It will generilly be found that whan corn varíes in irice, the cost of vegetables and animal 'ood varies with it, so thai this estímate generally correct.


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Michigan Argus