A Practical Treatise on Breeding, Rearing, and Fattening All Kinds of Domestic Poultry, Pheasants, Pigeons, and Rabbits: Including an Interesting Account of the Egyptian Method of Hatching Eggs by Artificial Heat with Some Modern Experiments Thereon

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Sherwood, Neely, and Jones, 1822 - 312 pages
 

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Page 273 - Obedience : for so work the honey bees, Creatures that by a rule in nature teach The art of order to a peopled kingdom : They have a king, and officers of sorts ; Where some, like magistrates, correct at home, Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad ; Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings, Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds ; Which pillage they with merry march bring home...
Page 273 - Where some, like magistrates, correct at home, Others, like merchants, venture trade abroad, Others, like soldiers, armed in their stings, Make boot upon the summer's velvet buds, Which pillage they with merry march bring home To the...
Page 36 - A GOOSE on a farm in Scotland, about seven years since, of the clearly ascertained age of eighty-one years, healthy and vigorous, was killed by a sow, whilst sitting over her eggs ; it was supposed she might have lived still many years, and her fecundity appeared to be permanent.
Page 106 - Solon if he had ever beheld any thing so fine ! The Greek philosopher, no way moved by the objects before him, or taking a pride in his native simplicity, replied, that after having seen the beautiful plumage of the pheasant, he could be astonished at no...
Page 198 - Like chickens, the best breeding rabbits are those kindled in March. Some days before parturition, or kindling, hay is to be given to the doe, to assist in making her bed, with the flue, which nature has instructed her to tear from her body for that purpose. She will be at this period seen sitting upon her haunches, and tearing off the flue, and the hay being presented to her, she will, with her teeth, reduce and shorten it to her purpose. Biting down of the litter or bed, is the first sign of...
Page 246 - ... and pied stock of the Yorkshire shorthorns make a picturesque figure in the grounds. The Alderney cows yield rich milk upon less food than larger stock, but are seldom large milkers, and are particularly scanty of produce in the winter season. They are, besides, worth little or nothing as barreners, not only on account of their small size, but their inaptitude to take on fat, and the ordinary quality of their beef.
Page 148 - INCUBATION, the duck requires a secret and safe place, rather than any attendance, and will, atnature's call, cover her eggs and seek her food, and the refreshment of the waters. On HATCHING, there is not often a necessity for taking away any of the brood, barring accidents ; and having hatched, let the duck retain her young upon the nest her own time. On her moving with her brood, prepare a coop, upon the short grass, if the weather be fine, or under shelter if otherwise...
Page 179 - To MATCH or PAIR a cock and hen, it is necessary to shut them together, or near and within reach of each other ; and the connexion is generally formed in a day or two. Various rules have been laid down, by which to distinguish the cock from the hen pigeon ; but the masculine forwardness and action of the cock, is for the most part distinguishable.
Page 113 - ... lie out, that is, they are not willing to come to be shut up in the basket : those that are intended to be turned out wild, should be taught to perch, (a situation they have never been used to ;) this is done by tying a string to the hen's leg, and obliging her to sit in a tree all night ; be sure you put her in the tree before sun-set ; and if she falls down, you must persevere in putting her up again till she is contented with her situation ; then the young birds will follow the hen and perch...
Page iv - JENNINGS, contains a large mass of information, on subjects connected with the domestic economy of life. In matters of science and art, the author has made his selections from sources of the best authority.

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