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POULTRY 11. 1.. 11l \N< II \IM> Communications for this department are solicited, Personal experiences detailed and questions prove of great benefit. Write to H. i. Blanchard at Hadlock, Wash., or direct to The Ranch, Seattle. Beginners Expect Too Much From observation, I find many cases where poultry raisers expect entirely too much to begin with. Take one breed only and do it justice all through. Watch and study it careful ly, note what you hear and read, then if you be a reliable poultryman you will soon know what advice to accept. For your own sake don't base too much on "morning mash." This is carried to extremes quite often, some even kill their flock Better feed too little of such stuff than too much In cold or wet weath er, when the birds cannot gel out to scratch, he careful about your mash. Feed such stuff at noon, if at. all, while he air is warm. Do not over feed on cold mornings, or If you do your flock will simply go back to roost pole.- and half freeze all day and this is where most diseases arise. Have a scratch ing shed anyway a dry place, at any rate don't feed In wet sloppy places where it will he wasted or cause them 0 eat more filth than feed. My experience in the middle west was mostly with plymouths, langshous and leghorns. Mornings 1 fed a hunch of unthreshed wheat or millet, which my flock enjoyed 1 to 2 hours Noon cracklins or meat scraps were fed sometimes changed to bran or shorts and bread senilis softened but not sloppy bill warm. Very often ground bono ' and plenty of charcoal were fed in soft feed, In winter I fed at four o'clock, corn or oats quite heavily. Fresh water always handy . grit abundantly. Clover or oats cured very preen was my green feed which is splendid. Had 52 hens during Decem ber and January 1896, very often got 10 to 15 eggs per day. Those 2 months averaged 13 eggs a day. After Feb ruary Ist, most any ones hens begin to lay, it being unnatural to lay in win ter We have to persuade them with the luxuries of life. P. P. Johnson, Puyallup, Washington. Dressing Ducks and Geese Ducks should never, on any account be scalded before plucking. The tit bit on a roasted duck is by epicures, considered to be the crisp thin skin. When scalding water is poured over the bird the skin immediately shrivels and thickens like a kid glove, and to those who have a sensitive palate, the beauty is gone. At the same not thai scalded geese are accepted in some markets'; it must be remembered that the keeping qualities are impaired and that the appearance is spoiled. Where birds can be shipped alive they are much less trouble and more likely to arrive in good condition, but when it is a question of ducks and geese, the valuable breast, feathers are worth con sidering. White geese, or ducks, feath ers an- worth about (We a pound and a goose may have between half a pound ii]) to three quarters of a pound of good feathers on it. so that it can easily he seen that 11 may be well worth the while to pluck them. The birds may be put over boiling water and steamed, If the hoi water method finds favor, as it does not cook the flesh quite so easily, but I have never been able to persuade myself thai it is at all an aid to picking to have the feathers wet at all. The birds should lie stunned by a blow on the head and then a sharp pen knife is run through the roof of the mouth into the brain They should be killed just as they are wanted and if many are to be dressed, they should be plac ed in handy coops and each one kill ed as it is' wanted, and plucked Im mediately. They should be hung up by Ihe nek and the feathers pulled downwards towards the tall. This prevents the tender fat from being torn, The hand is dipped into cold water so as to obtain a better grip of die feathers. When sending to mar ket, leave a ruff on each leg and a ruff on the neck, also leave the feath ers on the last joint of the wing. They should be plunged into a barrel of cold water for 12 hours and then hung in a very cold place to dry out. A strong cord should be bound round the wings and across the logs. The legs should be tucked up close to the body. To dross cither the duck or i-oo.se, cut off tic neck hone after turn ing down the skin so as to leave the neck and breast skin intact. The whole apearance at table depends on the breast being nicely stuffed and plumped up. If a nice long skin is loft it can bo tied so securely that he stuffing doe- not exude. Pull tin crop loose. Cut an oblique cut be tween the left hind leg and the apron. draw out the gizzard and the crop with the wind-pipe, remove all the in testines, the lungs, heart and liver, through the same opening. Sot aside half (lie liver and gizzard, with the heart, neck and scalded feet of the goose A duck lias the feet nicely scalded and cleaned and sent to table with them on. Singe the bird and wash it well. Then dry with a clean (doth. A little made mustard should ho used wit a little salt, cayanne and port wine and poured inside the bird i fore adding the seasoning. The seasoning should consist of boiled on ions, stale bread crumbs and salt, pep per, butter and sage leaves, all chop pet] tine ami moistened with an egg. The breast should be beaten flat with a rolling pin and many people break tin joints of the wings and legs to facilitate carving The breast should be dredged with flour and the birds should bo frequently basted while cooking Apple sauce and brown gravy are always served with ducks and geese. OCTAVIUS ALLEN. Care Of Pullets If a pullet is to make a good winter layer she must not got stunted but be kept growing right, along. You will find that it is just as hard to feed a chick as to feed a steer. If you feed too much corn the pullets will gel summer cholera and will stop growing or die. With me the following mixture of grain fed dry has given host re suits: Wheat, barley, cracked corn, and oats in equal parts, well mixed. If millet see,! is cheap I add one part millet. Sunflower seed is also good. .My chicks have free range, and I never feed more than twice a day af ter chicks are two months old, and am careful not to feed too much, Lei chicks go a little hungry to roost, but let them out by sunrise. Have a few sticks in he hen house for the small chicks to roost on but you will be sur prised to see how soon the little chick will learn to use; it. When cockerels begin to bother the pullets separate and fatten the cock erels for market. When you wish to change pullets to winter quarters choose a dark night, move summer coop into winter house, and leave for awhile, then re-1 move it, and have low roosts for pul- j lets to roost on. Try to have your chicks as tame as possible. Chicks raised in brooders are very tame bin musi have more time, and time is money on he farm. There are a good many preparations on the market for feeding and fattening chicks and to make quick growth, but it never pays lo buy feed If you can raise it on ihe farm, and chicks having free range don'l miss it. Never doctor a chicken; chop its head off and bum carcass, as chicken diseases are apt to spread i rough the whole flock. Last, but not least. be sure your poultry houses are clean. Pullets can not lay unless they have clean houses, I warm winter quarters, and are free from lice. If you want winter eggs from pullets you must provide sum-, mer conditions and feed as early as THE RANCH possible. If pullets commence to molt In the fall feed beef scraps and a mash made of bran and oil meal for a few weeks. This will hasten the molting. The editor is right in saying that there is not a large profit in early chicks. The Turkey Outlook The good demand and unprecedent ed prices for turkeys for the last few months ought to open your eyes to the need of more enterprise in this line of business. Tin prices alone leave no doubt as to the small number of turkeys left to begin with this season. A large number of turkey raisers sold out en tirely, leaving a few in possession of the field. Now is the time to begin with a few and build up a reputation for the future. It is in order to begin turkey cul ture in a business-like way. and not to rust to luck for results after a little attention at first. I know people who say the least attention given to a flock of turkeys after the first few days, the better luck may be expect ed, but from long experience I know ibis to be erroneous. It is quiet true what few arrive at maturity are splen did specimens, but that is a proof of (( if V 1 I "of the soft ml)) .^ bands too well to \v df need to guess, and If jiff mmst\ for the moment \j^r she enters into tbe /ftP Jr playful spirit of ' ■» ' the child and for gets her toil and weariness. Then a sudden movement sends a thrill of pain through her and she realizes that though love may lighten labor it cannot lighten pain. Thousands of women who have suf fered from backache, headache, and other consequences of womanly disease, have been made well women by the use of Dr. Pierces Favorite Prescrip tion. It establishes regularity, dries unhealthy drains, heals inflammation and ulceration and cures female weakness. "I cannot say enough In praise of Dr. Pierces Favorite Prescription as It ha* done me so much good." writes Mrs. Henry Harrell, of Tarboro, N. C. Box 109. "I was swollen so I could hardly walk when I began taking the ' Favorite Pre scription.' 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ALL IMPORTED BIRDS-BEST IN THE WORLD Nelson Macpherson 317 Olympic Place, Seattle Blanchard's Poultry A high average «gg record has been the chief aim in building up this poul try plant. Some of the pens are netti ■-. us as high as $3.00 per hen per annum, at market rates for eggs. An exceptionally fine lot of Cocke ' and trios of the following breeds f r sale at reasonable prices : B. P. Rocks, White Rocks, 3. C. Brown Leghorns and Black Minorcas. — Satisfy - tion guaranteed.— Eggs in season. »■-• Blanchard Poultry Book free with ea " order. n Eggs for Incubator batching, $&• v per hundred. Sittings of 13, $1.50. H. L. Blanchard, Hadlook, Wat *• Eggs 50 Cents a Do; That Is the price in Seattle in the >» ! t«r time. Get your eggs from a good wit *J laying strain, so you can have winter • * Eggs and fine breeding stock for sale. ; Rocks, White Rocks, Light and Dark Pr»" mas, Langshans, White and Brown ■ ■-* horns. 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