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TURN 20,000 EGGS INTO CHICKS EVERY SPRING
By E. C. Rodgers.
Downy little chicks peck their
ways through egg-shell walls and
begin to take
n d L vd i a
gers of one of
chick farms in
the mid-west, gather up another
6,000 eggs to go into the mother
That is the.once-in-three weeks
program at the Old Glory Hatch
ery, three miles from Hinsdale,
from early February until the
summer gives warning that the
poultry story should take a vaca
tion. Chicks hatched along to
wards mid-summer will develop
sufficiently to brave autumn chills
and damps. So the Misses Roehrs
have such a 'busy time of it. '
Of course they don't keep all
those thousands and thousands of
chicks over 20,000 in a season
until they grow up to be cackling
hens and crowing roosters. That
isn't their side of the poultry
As soon as the fluffy bits of
chicks get their coats of down
nicely dried they are placed into
small corrugated paper boxes,
with tiny holes for windows, and
take long journeys; some go as
far east as New York, others
across the Mississippi river west
ward. That is the "one-day-old chick"
business the hatching and sell
ing of chicks when they arrive at
the mature age of .24 hours. Not
only is the back-yard chicken
yard in the cities kept stocked
that way, but many large poultry
raisers for eggs and meat buy
chicks at that age so as to avoid
the uncertainties of hatching
"Many people find it much
easier and cheaper to buy the
chicks than to bother with incu
bators or setting hens," explained
Miss Alma, age 20, who knows
more about hatching eggs and
baby chicks than any young per
son I have ever met.
She was born to the business,
so to speak, for her father, the
Rev. A. Roehrs, pastor of the
German Lutheran church near
here, was dividing his labor be-'
tween his congregation and his'
chickens a score of years ago.
That was how, probably, he
could raise eight children on a
country-church salary. The rais
ing of chickens helps "raise" chil
dren, who in turn help raise l
chickens a sort of am endless
chain system. When the latest
baby came three years ago the
preacher turned the chick farm.'
over to his two daughters.'
"I thought Alma and Lydia
knew more about it than I did
anyway," he -said.
And the girls have managed
the incubator, a mammoth one,
that fills nearly the whole of the
basement, and has a capacity of
6,000 eggs at a time, and have