Althougli the gieat majority of farmers do net codk or steam the feed grain to stock ttiere are often times exceptional cases when this can be made to pay. The feed cooker shown in the illnstration is the device of an Illinois correspondent, who writes abont it aa follows in Prairie Farmer: An eight inch stovepipe set into the bottom of a barrel or deep tank, with a Email stove grate or other flat iron suspended within three inches of the bottom by three wires hooking over the upper end of the pipe, makes a water heater worth having, if such an article isworth anytbing. Any tinman can make the pipe, put two or three rivets in theseam, and seal it with the white of egg and flour. A very narrow flange and two rows of tacks will fasten it in. The one shown in the cut cost sixty cents, and can cook anything, using cobs, coal, ten foot rails, or anj'thing burnable for fuel. Of course it is understood that the fire chamber is below the bottom of the barrel, and that the joint, where it enters the barrel, is watertight. ruiming the Farm Tools. There will be a great many days during the winter when farmers can accomplish but little work out of doors. Much can be done at such times in little jobs with tools, of which every farmer should have a set complete enough to enable him to repair many of his implements and save running to a carpenter's shop with them. In scarcely any way can more be saved than in keeping the farm implements vrell oüed or painted. Exposure to the drying effects of the atmosphere often does more harm to woodwork than actual use when employed in the field. Nothing is a better preventive against shrinkage and the loosening and creaking of joints in wood than a free use of paint. The cost is trifling and a farmer can put itn himself, and it occasions loss not to use it whenever it is needed. If any one wants a recipe for a good paint to use on plows, harrows, wagons, mowing machines or other implemento take white lead from the keg and mix with raw linseed oil to the consistency of cream and add Japan dryer in the proportion of half a pint to a gallon of oü; then add, a little at a time, Prussian bine, ground in oil, until the shade suits, after which add a little carriage varnish. The white lead furnishes a good body and makes the paint durable, and the carriage varnish gives a nice gloss. Of conree if blue is not ' f ancied any other color can be substituted for it. Pedigreed Dama. Breeding horses is and always will be a lottery until the dams can show as good pedigrees as the sires, says The National Stockman. It is not fair to expect a f uil blood sire to produce a colt after his own style and finish every time when the mare has the blood of generations of mongrels running through her veins. Durset Hom Sheep. Dorset hom sheep have lately come into fashion in this country, and are dividing with the Shropshires the attention of our buyers. The picture here shown is the portrait of a very fine ram bred in Dorchester, England. It was 1 year and 5 months c4d when the photograph was taken. It Lnrnishe8 a typical example of the Dorset hom breed. J mi II i-v Motes. Any breed of fowl can be profitably kept on dry sandy or gravelly soil. Broken eggs in the nests start the hens tooat them. On wet low lying land dncks and geeseare the only poultry that can be snccessfully reared. A patch of rye grown close to the potütry yard is a cheap way of furnishing green food. Andalusian is one of the leading varieties of the Spanish group, and is sometimes known by the nanv? of Blue Spanish. There is no flesh more appreciated than that of a large, tender and juicy capon. It has been estimated that a hen wih diep a bushei of manure from the roosts in a year. It is the richest manure on the farm. Success mainly depeuds on warm, dry coops, with proper care and management, and freedoin from overcrowding. If you wish a healthyflock heep few in apen. Limo is cheaper than roup and fumigation cheaper than lice. Ducks f or profit must be pushed rapidy from the start.