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About The evening news. (Roseburg, Douglas County, Or.) 1909-1920 | View Entire Issue (Dec. 14, 1909)
WHY PULLETS ARE NOT LAYING
Best of Care Must be Given to Get
With egea tinning the scales at 53
cents and up per dozen, wholesale, the
iowi me lays them appears closely re
lated to tW fabled bird of the golden
eg. A flock of such fowls would
make the owner's heart light and his
purse heavy in the October and No
"That's all very fine," grumbles
the farmer, "but when you get down
to facts there's nothing doing among
the flocks during the October and
Very true. It requires judicious
outlay, study and work, seasoned
with infinite pains, which is the ear
mark of genius, to produce eggs in
quantity during the off seaBon of egg
production: and these things the ma
jority of poultry keepers are not go
ing to beBtow on so insignificant a
creature as a chicken. So tnere will
alawys be "nothing doing" in the ma
jority of. flock s at this reason, and in
cidently there will always be a gold
en harvest to be reaped by the small
minority of farmers and other poul
try keepers who realize that money
and effort are not thrown away in
the breeding and care of fowls.
"nut," sayc another farmer, "I
put a good bit of money In chicks
last spring and they have had a
whole lot of clire, and have got away
with a lot of high priced feed; some
of tli em are more than six months
old, and nary an egg nor a prospect
of one in sight."
We happen to be familiar with this
case, and It is typical of many others.
Some two hundred odd chicks of un
certain Leghorn stock and of different
ages, were bought; part were placed
with hens, fifty or so with a hen, and
part were brooded In boxes. All were
kept In an inclusure where there are
a number of the old fowls. An ep
idemic of vermin broks out two or
three times and was subdued by a
whitewash and insect powder but was
not eradicated by persistent treat
ment. Though the feeding, together
with the general care, was not reg
ular or of the best, it was so much
better than had ever before been giv
en on that farm to chickens that nat
urally much was expected of the
chickens in return.
At present there are quite a bunch
of pullets -and some eockerals run
ning and roosting all together, and
though of different sizes and ages,
and a few among them are very fair
birds; but none among them have
had the steady and vigorous growth
necessary to the production of the
October and November layers. At the
best it will be along In January and
February before there will be a reg
ular laying for even the most for
ward of the lot.
The gilt-edged egg is not secured
without effort plus a knowledge of
the right methods. Had our farmer
in the above case put his money and
labor in a fewer and better chicks
and fed them well and regularly and
kept them free from Insects, and
yarded them according to age and
vigor; In short, kept them growing
every minute of their chlckhood, they
would now be returning him a nice
profit on his Investment and work In
stead of being a dead expense till
the price of eggs begin to drop toward
No weakly or stunted pullets,' nor
even an organically strong one which
has not bad regular or systematic
feeding and care from the egg up,
is going to lay In October and Novem
ber. If eggs were easy of production
during this time it would not be the
season of maximum prices. As with
everything else in price, to got the
best results from poultry we must
give It our best efforts.
The pullets for fall and winter lay
ing should not be allowed with the
general flock or with fowls of differ
ent ages. Those to begin laying the
last of September should be separated
in August and yarded in comfortable
quarters. Any change must be ma1
considerable time before the pullets
begjn to lay; for though they are not
greatly affected by such things In
1 hn nnfnrnl Invlnv loninn avun a
rhnnen of rnnstln? nnnrlrn fn Hip
fall and winter will often check lay
ing for weeks. The writer once moved
a flock of pullets Just starting to lay
to a ranch seven miles distance on
the 19th of October. They wore mov
ed at night and with the greatest care
but, whereas, there were forty eggs
laid the day of moving, there were
only a few scattering eggs laid there
after until along In the month of
January. Many people look upon tho
animal as a sort of automaton with
out any special nerves or feeling. In
reality, the animal economy Is much
the Bame whether it belongs to the
human, beast, or bird, and a laying
hen often has more cause to complain
of her 'nerves' than the fine lady.
Anything that frighten .her or makes
her uncomfortable or dissatisfied,
checks egg production. Harsh or
rough treatment bythe careUiker,
children and dogs dashing through
the yards or chasing the fowls, or the
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"shooing" and throwing at thorn al
lowed to most Bmtill chldren, all re
duce the profit from the flock of pul
letfl or hens and tend to scare awuy
that ahy production the ufcklo egg.
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