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To Manage Hen Manure

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Now that cold weather is approaehing aud farmers shut up their hens more thai: in warm weather, a few hints on the bes way to manufacture hen guano, or com post, inay be appropriate. The first thing is to provide proper reservoirs for the ma nure. Old barrels are just the thing, bu strong goods-boxes will do. They wil soon decay and be useless, unless proteo ted with oil or gas tar. Coating them in side and out with light erude petroleuu will fill the pores with the oil, and make them as good as cedar for durability; bu if the eontentsare likely to be moist, ga t;ir inside will be botter. The number o these barrels must correspond with the number of hens; there should be one for every ten hens. Then, if the weather is dry enough before freezing up, to secure a quantity of road dust, fill all but one with the road dust, whieh is the verj best absorbent you can get and if dry the barrels may stand anywhere, under shelter, without the freezing of the contents. If dry earth or dust caunot be obtained, the next best thing is finelypulverized soil, which will, of course, eontain a good deal of moisture, and niusi be kept in barrels or boxes, in the cellar so as not to freeze. If you can procure a quantity of charcoal dust, it ïnay be mixed with dry coal ashes, and the mixture will make a good absorbent. Dry sawdust will do, but .is not so good. - When road dust or soil is used, the more clay it contains the better it will be as an absorbent, and the less in quantity will be needed. Now, having your barrels all ready, the rest of the operation will be Bimple and easy. All you have to do is to place a stratum, say an inch or two, in the bottom of the one empty barrel, and then throw in the cleanings of the hen-house ; then another stratum, and another layer of cleanings. The thinner each layer of the two is, the more perfectly they will become diffused together in standing. - The precise quantity of each is not very essential - only you must have enough absorbent to hold all the volatile parts of the hen manure, of which you may usually judge frgm the odor, which inay be corrected by adding more of the absorbent. Proceed in this way with each successive barrel. Next spring your barrels will be füled with a very powerful and most valuable manure. You may add to its value by pounding and cracking up fine all the refuse bones you eau find; bymeans of a stone-mason's hammer or an old axe - placing thebonea to be broken on a solid, flat stone, and encircling them with a wide hoop to keep them from flying off whenstruck. Sprinkle the fragments of bone ainong the layers of manure, which will cut and work them down. A part of the broken, bones may be left for the hens to eat with their food, and these will be manui'actnred in a more perfect manner into bone guano. By a little care and timely attentiou you will secure a supply of manure, the value and quantity of which will surprise those who tirst make the trial. AH you will have to do in spring will be to pulverize and work over the mass, so as to


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