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TROUBLE WITH POULTRY.
Editor The Ranch: There is a trou-
ill.' among poultry here that 1 have
QOltced during the last three years,
which lor want of a better name I
would call ergotism. It is governed by
the quality of the wheat I purchase.
When 1 get hold of a poor quality of
wheat, shriveled and musty, the chick
ens begin to drop off in their laying,
don't eat enough, combs begin to look
droopy, dull red. turning blacker and
blacker, then some combs fall over,
dry up on the outer edges, then the
chickens get worse, mope around for
several days perhaps, fall off the roost
dead, or 1 would find them dead on
the nm. These symptoms might be
varied to some extent by some get
ting crop-bound, others have scours
or other digestion disorders. A neigh
bor a year ago complained to me of
losing several growing chickens in the
I searched for some time to find
out what the disease could be but in
One day I got hold of an unusually
good sack of clean, bright wheat,
while quite a number were sick and
noticed that the chickens ate it with
more relish than usual and they also
seemed to brighten up and next day
were decidedly better. No more that
were able to eat died after that. This
led me to the discovery that the cause
of trouble was ergot poison upon the
wheat which I had been buying. I ad
vised the neighbor to be sure and pur
chase a clean sack of wheat which he
led with good results, adding to this
the advice of another to give some
sharp gravel grit. I overheard a lady
in a store asking a man who had kept
considerable poultry East his remedy
for similar troubles among her chicks.
His advice was to give soft feed once
a day. I have good reason to think
that sharp gravel, soft feed, or scald
ing the wheat for safety would be
good, but would prefer clean wheat
to anything keeping the ergot out of
the chicken's digestive apparatus. Er
got from what I have seen and learned
is a blood poison—a cumulative poison.
A person might just about as well feed
arsenic. I consider it responsible for
quite a list of poultry trouble, such as
crop bound, dwindling away, won't
lay, difficulty in laying, etc. In fact
the whole animal organism is depress
ed and nothing goes right while feed
ing this poison.
About ten years ago the microscopic
division of the United States Depart
ment of Agriculture sent out a paper
that described ergotism in extensive
detail, showing by illustration the
growing ergot upon different grains
and grasses, showing by colored pic
tures its effect on different animals,
but left out the effects among poultry
I do not think the paper, which was
an unusually good one, ever received
the attention from agriculturists,
stockmen, and veternarians that its
The lons-predicted 9c cattle market
materialized at Chicago, Aug. 13,
when S. R. Selectman, of Missouri,
sold 24 head of Shorthorn steers av
eraging 1.595 pounds, at the top price
of the day, and at the same time
establishing a now record for the
season. This is the highest August
price reached since the war.
The woman who reads this will under
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Soiling Dairy Cows on Alfalfa.
The food of a dairy cow must be of
a milk-producing quality and at the
same time it must not cost too much.
At my dairy the alfalfa grown on the
place is the only feed used. In June
as soon as the alfalfa is far enough
advanced I cut it with a mowing ma
chine and feed the cows both night
and day, giving them all they will eat.
For the feeding place I use two small
fields near the milk corral.
Each morning after milking, the
cows are driven into one of these
small fields and the green alfalfa is
fed them there by putting the feed
onto the ground. To avoid the waste
of feeding on the ground I have just
completed making fifty large feed
mangers for this field feeding, but
have not as yet tried them. The
freshly cut alfalfa is allowed to re
main in the field a few hours before
feeding, otherwise it would bloat the"
cattle. If the alfalfa is in bloom it
may be fed the same hour ttfe proper
allowance is cut, providing of course
it has been dampened by rain.
The first feed the cows get in the
morning is from 9 to 10 a. m. The
first feeding finishes them. An after
noon feed is brought from the field to
the feeding lot before noon, but is
distributed at about 2 o'clock in the
afternoon. This constitutes a light
feed before milking time. The feed
for the night is put into the night feed
ing lot each day before noon —between
10 a. m. and noon. The men who do
the milking also do all the feeding of
the dairy cows, completing everything
by noon time each day, except unload
ing the afternoon feed.
The men take this task by turns,
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