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January 15, 1953 mmmw 00 ■ ?, a mm m -, Ü Montana's Largest Poultry Farm By E. R. HALBROOK is located in the Bitter of Hamilton. It is an imposing plant as shown by pictures accompanying this article. The capacity is about 10,000 laying birds, consisting of approximately 1,000 White Plymouth Rocks, 2,090 New Hampshires and 7,000 S. C. White Leghorns. Mr. and Mrs. Milo Wilson are proprietors, with Mrs. Wilson supervising most of the plant operations, since Mr. Wilson is also active in lumbering which requires a considerable portion of his time. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson started in the poultry business on their present farm in 1937 with 700 chicks and have gradually built up their plant to the present capacity. The farm operations are complete from the poultry stand point, Chicks are hatched for replacement on the farm in modern electric incubators which have a capacity of 32,000 eggs. Incubation was first added to the farm operations in 1940. Only Wilson farm eggs are set in the incubator and these are from breeders which have been selected, pullorum tested and qualify under the state poultry improvement program as U. S. approved-pullorum passed. Feeds for both chicks and hens are mixed in a one-ton mixer. A grinder, storage bins and platform scales complete the feed mixing set-up. Since there are 200 acres of farm land it is possible to raise some, but not all, of the grain used for poultry. Eggs are cleaned in a mechanical egg cleaner and graded for size on a mechanical grader. (Please turn to page 16) M ONTANA'S largest poultry farm root valley a few miles south v W ms ... , f ?.. 'I > % •/ 7 ■«* . \ Ä A • - flange view of a portion of the approximately 7,000 S. C. White Leg horns run on the Wilson farm. E R S MONTANA AND NORTHERN WYOMING É 1 • i «*• V ■ V l ■ ■ : * $ ■ , » : : % » • *„.* gV> * Part of the buildings on the Wilson Poultry farm. (Halbrook photos) » T 1 ! n? i ■ «I • * I ; II »■4 f mn .y * v ■i ??»«»! 8 ä ® s « Si . •1I ». >JS - V V Main poultry building on the Wilson farm. It is 60 by 80 feet in dimen sions and four stories high and has a capacity of almost 7.000 laying bens. ] •«j rl F * b*# ■< * r. ä* Range view of a portion of the approximately 2,000 laying hen flock of New Hampshires run on the Wilson farm.