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Our Poultry Column. I The cost of food and the trouble of getting it has caused many people to ask lately whether there is any money in poultry, and if they will ever be able to make it pay in future. Let me point out first of all that, though food has been dear, there has been an equivalent rise in the price of eggs and birds, whether dead or alive, so that there has been some recompense for the outlay on food. Those who have had plenty of eggs must shew a good proht, and where there has been a shortage the quality of the food was blamed, and yet I wonder if more could not be done in the matter of attention. By all means keep them dry, provide grit and green food; then the eggs should be forthcoming. But for the present, let me say that I think there is a great future tor the poultry industry, and those who have kept going must be in for a share of the plunder. Many new beginners are often troubled as to the best way to start, and they are the folk I want to help now. Anyone can start by purchasing eggs, day-old chicks, or a breeding pen; then hatching the eggs from this pen. First of all, then, you can buy sittings of eggs, or hundreds if you want them, and when gpt from a reliable man they will hatch out successfully, and you have the care of the chicks right from the shell. If sending away a long distar.ee for them, there are sometimes a few breakages, but these can be claimed for from the railway company or the shaking up in transit will cause addled eggs, and these are not counted as infertiles. But, considering the thousands of eggs which are sent away for hatching, the failures from transit are very small, and they appear more in the imagination than in reality. During the past few years, the I selling l of day-old chicks has stopped a lot of eggs being sold, for then the buyers are sure of their hatch without all the trouble. These can be booked beforehand, and then when the youngsters come cil, they are despatched at orxe, and thus travel a long journey without taking harm. Most novices know that a chick should not be ted for the first twenty-four hours, and they are better when left for thirty or forty hours; so that after hatching they can be packed and sent on a long journey, and reach the end safely. The hatcher will usually gauge his time according to the journey, and those farthest away can be sent first and catch the best night trains. I have known chickens to be sent from London to Ireland; only by catch- ing the right train they arrive in the morning, and come out as fit and as perky as just from the machine. These can be had in any quantity, and depend upon whether you in- tend raising under hens or in a foster mother, most of which will take up to a hundred. by doing this you are in the hands or the seller, but if he is a respectable man, you can rest assured he will treat you fairly. The other way of proceeding is to get a pen. and thus hatch from your own eggs. Thi 4 is a plan I favour most, because you I can then see what the parent stock is like, and form an idea of what to expect; and also there is no fear from carelessness in transit. Should you get more eggs than you need, I sornt of the neighbours would take some, or they will come in for eating, and these will mora than pay for the cost of food. This pen need not be large, for a cock and four hens would be -enough, unless you want to raise a lot of chicks; then increase the hens up to six. The first outlay would seem heavy, but I have known the eggs sold, pay for the pen, besides enough being left for home hatching.

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