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June 2013 Vol. 1

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June 2013
Vol. 1

One Cause Of Death Among Chicks
Avoid Giving Chicks Cold Water; Natural Conditions and Surroundings the Best
-- H. V. Tormohlen

We have heard so much about sanitation among fowls and about pure, clean, fresh water until we have come to believe that every disease among our chicks and fowls is due to filth and carelessness of one form or another. However the chicken is still in the hog's class and naturally a scavenger, and I do not believe any amount of domestication will take the desire out of a chicken to want to scratch in some manure pile or pile of rubbish where worms abound.

People have had the sanitary idea so drilled into their heads, however, that

they firmly believe that their chicks will die if the whole place is not put through the sterilizer about once a week and every bit of food given them fed in a silver spoon and obtained from the purest and cleanest sources.

I, too, believe in pure, clean food, because I figure it is the cheapest in the long run. I am afraid of musty or mouldy grain or food of any kind, but aside from that, I do not have much fear of germs or bacteria in the food injuring the fowls. We forget that all animal organisms are capable of throwing away all kind of deadly bacteria and germs if kind of deadly bacteria and germs if their systems are in perfect healthy conditions. I have long since found therefore, that it is much easier to fight diseases among poultry by feeding them properly, and giving them the proper attention than it is by being so everlasting particular about every grain they get and every particle of water they drink.

Let an old hen steal her nest in the fence corner somewhere away from the house and she will bring off a very lively bunch of chicks, due to the inherited constitution from their dam, who lived under natural surroundings. The first thing she feeds them is some juicy worms, sprouts and bugs and their first drink is the dew off the grass. If weasels, hawks or other enemies do not kill the chicks the old hen will raise about every chick.

The old hen has defied about every artificial law known and now laid down by poultrymen on how to raise chicks successfully. The chicks have lived right among germs and bacteria and grown fat.


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