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December 2013 Vol. 1

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December 2013
Vol. 1

HAPPY WITH SILVER WYANDOTTES
George Gilman

Some years ago, I read a Silver Laced Wyandotte article and later bought a pen of this most useful and beautiful variety, breeding them with intense pleasure for five years when, on account of business changes, I had to give them up very much to my regret. Last season the opportunity again presented itself for me to live in the suburbs where I can keep chickens and have a home garden and one of my very first acts was to again buy a pen of Silver Wyandottes and I have been successful in raising a handsome flock of nearly a hundred young, and have kept 41 pullets and seven cockerels for myself. Sure enough, I am happy again.

I admire the Silver Wyandottes for their habits and beauty, they are their keeper's friend and fear nothing, they are the most consistent layers of the best eggs produced and in their color and markings there is nothing left to desire. This season I had eleven pullets that laid at from five to five and a half months old and since they passed their first half year of life have easily had an average of a dozen eggs per day.

Although I have never shown a bird, I intend to exhibit at a show or two this Winter. I will show and compare my birds with those of the other breeders and try for a record as I am hoping to go into the business in a small way and would like my birds to pay their keep and show a net profit. I know it is in them to do this.

Several of my neighbors have caught the "hen fever" and are now negotiating for stock from several breeders, some of them will procure stock from me, while others seem to fancy some other varieties and breeds more; in this I have aided them all I could and the prospects are excellent for more Standard-bred breeders in this section.


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Keeping Chickens Newsletter - Published December 2013 by www.Self-Sufficient-Life.com