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POULTRY KEEPING. I CAN poultry-keeping be made profitable ? We know of no question upon which opinions are more conflicting. One day on our journey to town a suburban resident complains of the scarcity of eggs, that such a thing is never seen on his breakfast table during the winter, and that he believes every one he gets throughout the year costs him üd in food. His neighbour tells a very different tale he finds his fowls very remunera- tive—they lay well, and summer or winter he is never withoutthe delicate luxury of anew-laid egg. Further, he has been fortunate enough to hatch ten chickens early in March they all lived and did well. Four of them, however, turned out to be cocks, and had been transferred from the poultry run to the table, the most delicious fowls he had ever tasted. The other six pullets were now in full lay, and had kept him well supplied with eggs since Michaelmas. Upon further inquiry we found our first informant had not I been more fortunate in rearing chickens than he had been with his eggs. The hen he sat in March had most annoyingly deserted her nest; a second was tried in April, hut she was so clumsy she contrived to break five of the eggs; two did not hatch, and one was such a bad mother only one miserable little object was alive out of the five she (lid bring off. The cases we have quoted are not exaggerated similar results and diversities I of opinion we hear daily. We quite believe them, and often from our own knowledge of the people expect them, but who but those who from experience know the necessities of fowls can reconcile them ? Accidents happen and failures sometimes occur with the most careful, but we are convinced the cause of failure which poultry- keepers assign to so many causes, bad luck coming in for a large share, too often is occasioned by neglect and rests with the disappointed ones themselves. Fow Is, it must be remembered, are not playthings and, like children's dolls, to be made the all-engrossing amusement of an hour and then left to the tender mercies of an over- worked genera! servant or cook. No matter if fowls are kept for egg-producing, for the table, or reared for the exhibition pen, certain essentials must be provided for their shelter, and an amount of regular attention given to their natural wants. They cannot be treated like the Irishman's pig that was alternately starved and fed to get the bacon streaky. A week's nursing cannot make up for a day's neglect. It is better to feed once a-day with regularity than three times with oc- casional omissions. The fowls would thrive better; and apart from the question of profit, it is so much more satisfactory to look at a nice pen of healthy fowls with their blood-red combs than the pale sickly-looking wretches we find in some of those neglected aviaries. Fowls to be profit- able must be fed with regularity. The new year generally suggests a new point of departure in the affairs of life, so we would most sincerely advise all who have signally failed in poultry- keeping to take this opportunity for a fresh start, and to remember past failures only for the pur- pose of profiting by the experience, and to believe that, whether they rear fowls for the table or for exhibition, the fault will rest principally with themselves if they are not successful.—Journal of I Hoi-tiruHtirf.

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