Cornell Ration for Laying Hens

Cornell Ration for Laying Hens

Amount: Feed according to the appetite of the birds; no definite rule can be given. Feed scantily of grain in the morning and give all the grain they ...

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Amount: Feed according to the appetite of the birds; no definite rule can be given. Feed scantily of grain in the morning and give all the grain they will eat in the afternoon in time to find it before dark. There should be no grain in the litter at noon; when found, it indicates feeding too much in the morning. In general, feed by weight 2-3 parts of grain to 2 parts of mash. When the birds are laying heavily they should consume a larger amount of mash. Litter: Induce exercise by feeding all grain in dry, clean straw litter, 6 to 8 inches deep. The common straws, in their order of desirability, are wheat, oats, barley, rye and buckwheat; shredded or cut corn stalks; shavings or

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from the Department of Agriculture of leaves may be used where straw is not the Province of Nova Scotia. The entry available. All feed and litter should be fee is $5.00 per pen of five birds each"} strictly clean and free from mustiness, The entries are limited to 30 birds. The mold or decay. Serious losses frequentContest is to be run for a period of 48 ly occur from these sources due to the weeks. An area of land 394 feet by 110 spores which may deevlop into fungus feet, is devoted to the purposes of the molds in the lungs or intestines. Contest. The contest houses are 12 bj Green Feed: A green range of alfal12 feet square, each, provided with a fa, clover or grass furnishes the ideal yard 12 x 50 feet. This being the first condition. When these are not availvear of the Contest, no records of per- able it is necessary to give the birffs formance are available. some kind of succulent food. Mangel How About the Registry Council? ; beets, cabbage, sprouted oats or green are usually considered the best At our last annual meeting a resplur clover feeds. If thees are not obtaintion was passed authorizing the estab- 'green able, apples and potatoes make a valulishment of a Registry Council. able addition to the ration. Feed at nobn in such amounts as the birds will New York State College of Agrieul- .', cle.an up before night. This will require ture at Cornell University, Ithaca, N. about 35 to 40 pounds per week for 100 Y., Dept. of Poultry Husbandry. Stencil hens. Decayed or frozen feeds should No. 1418. , not be used as they are a common source of digestive disorders. CORNELL RATION FOR LAYING Grit and Oyster Shell: Hard, sharp HENS. grit is necessary for grinding feed; oyster shell to supply lime for egg shells. Scratch Grain Neither.,-will replace the other. (Formula 200) • Water: I dozen eggs contains about 500 pounds cracked corn 1 pint of water. Clean, fresh, pure 200 pounds barley water should be kept constantly before 200 pounds wheat .the" hensiand should be renewed a t least 100 pounds heavy oats once daily. Fed by hand morning and afternoon Moist Mash: Recommended only to in deep straw litter. ' hasten the development of late hatched Mash Mixture pullets or to help in keeping up egg (Formula 201) production of hens in late summer, espe100 pounds wheat bran cially those hens which are not to be 100 pounds wheat middlings used for breeders the following spring. 100 pounds corn meal Breeds: This ration is recommended 100 pounds ground oats or ground for all' .breeds but it is to be varied as barley to the method of feeding. In the case 100 pounds meat scrap 'of^.heavier varieties, feed more scantily 3 pounds salt of", grain in the morning and so enFed dry in hoppers. tourage exercise. FEEDING METHODS AND PRACTICE.