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POULTRY (&> APIARY
The Trap Nest System. Farm Journal has repeatedly re ferred to the value of a reliable trap nest system, so that the cream of lay ers might be detected and bred from and the drones or "unprofitable boarders" gotten rid of. Trap nests are patented devices; they close after the hens enter, and imprison the fowls until the attend ant releases them. ' Each hen wears a numbered leg band, by which number she is known. As the nest is opened the hen's num ber is taken and marked on egg. For instance, "6-25." This shows that her number is "2 5," and that she belongs to pen No. 6. After the eggs are gathered at night, the proper credit is given on a record sheet gotten up for that purpose. This record at the end of the year not only shows how many eggs the hen has laid, but also when she be gan laying, and the number of eggs produced during the cold months of the year, when prices are higher. On the farm of the writer, next year's breeding pens are made up of hens that as pullets gave us the larg est number of eggs from October 1st to June 1st. By thus selecting our best winter layers each year, we are increasing the winter egg capacity of This method has been followed by the writer for the past ten years, and has resulted in creating a strain of hens that lay more eggs during cold our flocks. weather than they do in summer. Hens do their laying, as a rule, be tween the hours of ten o'clock in the morning and three o'clock in the If the houses and nests afternoon. conveniently arranged, not more are than five or ten minutes will be con sumed each trip in attending to twen are opened up, and when the fowls fed and watered the attendant takes a glance at the traps, and if he finds any closed the hens are releas Occasionally there will be an | Then regularly every ty-five nests. In the morning, when the houses are ed. early layer, hour during the time mentioned, an inspection is made. These trials gave us the following facts: One fine-looking hen laid but thir Out of teen eggs the entire -year. 172 yearling hens eighteen began laying in October; twenty-six were NOTUS—The New Bam Fred Specht* Driving Horses Driving Teams For Hire Livery Stable Feed Stable Sales S table ■■■■■■■n First Class Rigs and Horses Notus Idaho. First Class Accommodations FOR SALE—A fine team of 3 and 4 year olds, 1500 lbs. WHITE LEGHORN EGGS 5c each 5c in 100 lots; 50 for 3.50 IÆ, 1200 laying- hens. Send for catalog.giving full laying and show record. 1422 N. Chestnut St., Colorado Springs, Colo. 75 per cent fertility guaranteed. Orders filldd promplv. COOPER. ®. CLAY We rear over 3000 yearly. - laying in November; fifty-nine in De cember: sixty-five in January; 115 in February, and 165 in March. We further found that of the 172 hens mated seven did not have a sin gle egg recorded to their credit the entire year.—Farm Journal. Practical Advice on Care of Bees. (Written expressly for the Gem State Rural by E. F. Atwater.) The average farmer gives his bees less care than anything else on his place. It is true that bees do not need much care, but a little judicious attention at the right time will be well repaid. At this season, if one has not already done so, he should make certain that mice cannot gain access to the hives. If the entrance to any hive is over three-eighths of an inch deep, there is danger that mice may enter, or be tempted to gnaw into the hives. Nail a strip of tin or wood over the upper edge of the entrance, clear across the front of the hive, so as to leave the en trance just five-sixteenths of an inch If the deep and no mice can enter, hjveg are not in a sheltered location bgtter stand some ^gm on the north and west side, or, sti u better, cover the entire hive ex tailed paper, folded down and fas tened with short pieces of lath and sma n nails. This keeps the hive (jry, protects it from cold wdnds, and every sunshiny day the black boards around cept the entrance, with a piece of tarred surface absorbs heat to a sur p r i s i n g degree. This protection should be applied as soon as possible and should remain on the hives until some time in May. Try this on half your bees and see if it does not pay well for the time and little material Now, while work is not so rushing, is just the time to pre pare your hives and supers for an required. other season. few' nails can be repaired and made Old hives needing a ready, then when your bees do swarm you need not put them in an old soap box, nor see them fly away be cause you haven't time to go to towm If the bees are notiJ worth caring for, then better get some kind of stock that is, and give the bees to someone who will not neglect them, nor leave them to be come a prey to mice or disease, nor "taken up" with sulphur. and buy a hive. Barred and White Plymouth Rocks, Buff Orpingtons and Brown Leghorns. & Ranch 2 mites east and <25$ miles north of Nampa. Eggs ft.St) for 16. r p D No .2 Wm. STONER. Box 3 NAMPA, IDAHO S. C. White; Leghorns, from extra laying strain. Prize Winners. Big stock of Cockerels $2.00 each. Blue Prize Winners, fine birds $2.00 each, heavy laying strain. Andalusians, Extra A I The largest Belgian Hares in existence. Prize Winners. Pair, not related, from $2.50 to $5.00 ( Practical Bee Keeper Box 21 Notus, Idaho Ind. phone Otto Geise BEE HIVES We are fully equipped for the manufacture of bee hives in large quantities. We want to keep our machines going on this class of work; and, as it is somewhat earlier than orders for this line are usually placed, we are prepared to quote Specially Low Prices as an inducement to you to give us your orders NOW and enable us to keep our machines going on orders. You may specify delivery at any time to suit yourself. What we want is to GET THE BUSINESS NOW and it will pay you to Place Your order now We will cheerfully furnish prices or estimates on request. If you are in doubt as to what you will need, it will pay you to secure our prices anyhow. Independent* Lumber and Manufacturing Co., Ltd. CALDWELL, BEE HIVES BEE SUPPLIES IDAHO. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++•! t + + Gasoline Engine Bargain | + + + + + + + + I AM OFFERING A Î 4* Three Horse Power F airbanks Morse * , + j f IJ 1 * + + + + + Gasoline Engine * + Practically New, Equipped with Torch Ignition and Apple Generator, and Absolutely Guaranteed. * * ♦ + ♦ Price only $ 150 00 •f V ♦ •f All Cash, or Part Cash and Part on Time. * * * # * + ♦ + This engine cost, new $225.00, and is, probably, a better engine now than when it left the manufacturer's hands. Will be found adequate for most farm or ranch purposes, and at this price, is + ♦ * * T + + * + + AN EXCEPTIONAL BARGAIN + + + + + •f + + Call on or address + + + + J. H. GIPSON, Manager CAXTON PRINTERS + + + + it Caldwell, Idaho j + NO JOKE Holidays Must; Sell Per Cent*. Discount; Lioods arrived too late for 25 Un Furniture Ordeied for Holiday Trade T. F. Bridges Caldwell Successor to E. C. Layering.