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I have seen this year
two broods of chickens
hatched at the same time,
one was kept in the stable
yard, the chickens found
for themselves insects &
greens were at the end of a month
nearly twice the size of
the other brood kept in
the poultry ground. The
latter were fully fed
with corn & bread & milk
had a sufficient range
but no greens; they
were besides greatly
tormented with fleas

A lady who reared
curious birds in large
numbers could never
keep her poultry
ground at peace when
she had less than seven
hen pheasants to each

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Chickens of the same age
never fight each other in less than a
month, seldom afterwards
when plentifully supplied
with food; those of a week
old frequently peck the heads
of younger ones most unmercifully.
Untill full grown
they are in continual danger
from those of a larger
size, so that it would be
necessary on this account
to keep every weeks hatching
seperate. Ducks are not
prone to war at any time.
Guinea fowls & turkies not
untill near full grown,
geese scarcely ever.

Rats are exceedingly destructive
to young poultry; we
found perfecty security when
the buildings were isolated,
erected upon posts, at the
top of each an iron plate
was nailed to the bottom
of the building so as to extend
8 inches on each side beyond
the post

I think I have heard
that lime is prejudicial
it occasions, a roughness
of the legs, the scales
are said to fall off &
leave sores — this is little
more than conjecture however.

Fowls of all kinds must
have water to wash; it
need only be given them
an hour before the foul
floor is removed, by
which moisture would
be prevented.

Does a chicken destroy
insects when it burrows
& shakes itself in dry

The multitudes of vermin
that infest poultry often
occasion disease. Cleanliness
is the best preventative

One complete dip in
lime water frees a dog
from his enemies however
numerous & various the

Rabbits cannot endure
severe cold. They require to
be kept perfectly dry in their
hutches, & to have a mixture
of dry food proportioned
to the succulence of the vegetables
given them. Coarse
hay, chaff, with cabbage
leaves & grass are their usual
foods. Pollard is given to
the rabbits that have young
broods, & so fatten them.

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The eider down in an eider
ducks nest weighs 4/3 of an

The best method of curing
feathers is said to be spreding
them in an heated room
untill dry, then putting
them into bags & beating
them untill the dust is

Feathers of the auk tribe
might be collected in immense
quantity on the
coast of Scotland, they are
fine & elastic, but smell
so strong of oil as to render
them excessively unpleasant.
The scots cannot
be prevailed upon to attempt
curing them.

Swan down is valuable.

Fur of hares & rabbits
has lately been much
used to make beds, & pillows —
women tear it from
the skin with cards.

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Ducks & geese not sold at
the proper time for killing
might be salted & smoaked.

Moor fowl potted in butter
keep several months.

The blood of geese is superior
in flavour for black
puddings to pigs blood.

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The alpine hare is easily

Larks are taken near Dunstable;
about 4000 dozen
in a winter.

Wheatears arrive in spring,
many continue through the
winter. About 1840 dozen
are taken annually in the
neighbourhood of Eastbourn,
where they are sold at 6d
a dozen.

The bernacle is said to
be a delicious bird. Great
numbers winter on the
N.W. coast of Scotland, they
retire to breed in colder
countries; some even to

Identifier: | JB/107/096/003
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