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IPROFITABLE POULTRY CULTURE. BT TVAI.PH R AU.ES. Lecturer to the Herts County Council Editor of Mouthly Hints on Poultry, &c, (All rights reserved.) I A SUCCESSFUL BREEDING SEASON. (CONTINUED.) [Readers are particularly requested to note that this series of articles commenced with the first issue in January. In order to obtain their full value, the earlier articles should be read in conjunction with the current one. ] I WHAT KIND OF HOUSE SHALL I USE? Taste and pocket will determine the exact appearance of the house, but adequate ventilation is the real essential, whilst the house must also be rain and draught proof. I have made arrangements with three of the leading manufacturers to send their illustrated catalogue of houses and appliances to any of my readers all you have to do is to send each of them a post card, mentioning this paper, and the books will be sent you gratuitously. Their names are:—W Tamlin, 41, St Margaret's, Twickenham Randolph Meech, Poole, Dorset; and the Morland Appliance Co., Crawley, Sussex. A perusal of these works is really most instructive. Ten cubic feet air space per bird has been quoted as a minimum in house accommoda- tion. This entirely depends upon the ventila- tion. I have known badly-built houses where even this allowance would have been inadequate, and well-constructed houses where half the amount would have sufficed. I always prefer houses without floors, because they change their air so much quicker than those with floors. Experiments conducted at the Agricultural College last year fully demonstrated this fact. I OTHEft APPLIANCES NECESSARY. To complete the equipment for a pen of birds a drinking fountain, to hold at least a gallon of water, a feed-trough for the soft food ,vand a grit-box are required. The two former must be looked upon as absolutely necessary the last item by some will be termed superflous and unnecessary, but inasmuch as it is a self-supplying hopper it only requires to be filled with grit and shell, say once a month. It prevents much waste of material and certainly adds to the tidiness of the pen, and those economies, both in labour and goods, suggest to my mind that the luxury becomes a virtual necessity. Undoubtedly the old-fashioned method of placing a china or dummy egg in each nest in order to encourage the hens to lay ther, was a good one. Modern research, however has produced an insecticide nest egg which whilst serving this useful purpose, also effectively rids the laying-hen and nest-box of all vermin. They are too powerful to place under a sitting-hen, but I strongly recommend the use of one in every nest- box. However, in this department much latitude can be observed, providing essentials are catered for. Consequently these columns are not suitable for laying down inflexible rules where a difference of opinion may legitimately exist; but should doubt exist in the mind of any readers, I shall be pleased for them to write me personally, when any information I can give is theirs to com- mand. (To be continued.) PROGRESS IN POULTRY JOURNALISM. That competition is the life of trad e none will gainsay; probably it is to this reason that the poultry fraternity are indebted for the recent developments in poultry journalism. Analysing this progress, an outstanding feature is the marvellous stride made by our esteemed contemporary—" Poultry." The introduction of scientific articles in plain phraseology, practical dissertations on poultry culture and correspondence on popular subjects pertaining to our industry, were marked features at the comparative recent change of proprietorship. Their maintenance and further improve- ment, together with a corresponding increase of advertisements, jointly necessitate an enlargement of its pages, and with charac- teristic enterprise this was undertaken, and the middle of January revealed our old friend in its new, enlarged and improved form. The old accusation that show reports and prepaid ad vertisements mainly compose a poultry weekly can no longer be levelled at Poultry." Whilst these important features are not in any way neglected, some sixteen pages out of its forty large ones are devoted to articles suitable to all conditions of poultry-keepers, the tout ensemble making a live magazine which must appeal to all interested in feathered life. Many may not have seen Poultry in its new form they are invited to make applica- tion for a gratuitous copy to the Manager, "Poultry," 10, Essex Street, Strand, London, W.C. It would be courteous, when writing, for them to mention this paper. [Any enquiries concerning poultry- keeping addressed to our expert, Ralph R Allen, Sawbridgeworth, Herts., will be answered through these columns free, but those requiring a postal answer direct or sending birds for post-mortem examination must remit a half-crown postal order.]

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