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The Dollar Hen   By: (1884-1957)

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[Transcriber's Note: This printing had more than its share of typographical errors. Obvious typos, like "tim" for "time", have been corrected.]

THE DOLLAR HEN

BY

MILO M. HASTINGS

FORMERLY POULTRYMAN AT KANSAS EXPERIMENT STATION; LATER IN CHARGE OF THE COMMERCIAL POULTRY INVESTIGATION OF THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

SYRACUSE

NATIONAL POULTRY MAGAZINE

1911

COPYRIGHT, 1911,

BY

NATIONAL POULTRY PUBLISHING COMPANY

WHY THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN

Twenty five years ago there were in print hundreds of complete treatises on human diseases and the practice of medicine. Notwithstanding the size of the book shelves or the high standing of the authorities, one might have read the entire medical library of that day and still have remained in ignorance of the fact that out door life is a better cure for consumption than the contents of a drug store. The medical professor of 1885 may have gone prematurely to his grave because of ignorance of facts which are to day the property of every intelligent man.

There are to day on the book shelves of agricultural colleges and public libraries, scores of complete works on "Poultry" and hundreds of minor writings on various phases of the industry. Let the would be poultryman master this entire collection of literature and he is still in ignorance of facts and principles, a knowledge of which in better developed industries would be considered prime necessities for carrying on the business.

As a concrete illustration of the above statement, I want to point to a young man, intelligent, enterprising, industrious, and a graduate of the best known agricultural college poultry course in the country. This lad invested some $18,000 of his own and his friends' money in a poultry plant. The plant was built and the business conducted in accordance with the plans and principles of the recognized poultry authorities. To day the young man is bravely facing the proposition of working on a salary in another business, to pay back the debts of honor resulting from his attempt to apply in practice the teaching of our agricultural colleges and our poultry bookshelves.

The experience just related did not prove disastrous from some single item of ignorance or oversight; the difficulty was that the cost of growing and marketing the product amounted to more than the receipts from its sale. This poultry farm, like the surgeon's operation, "was successful, but the patient died."

The writer's belief in the reality of the situation as above portrayed warrants him in publishing the present volume. Whether his criticism of poultry literature is founded on fact or fancy may, five years after the copyright date of this book, be told by any unbiased observer.

I have written this book for the purpose of assisting in placing the poultry business on a sound scientific and economic basis. The book does not pretend to be a complete encyclopedia of information concerning poultry, but treats only of those phases of poultry production and marketing upon which the financial success of the business depends.

The reader who is looking for information concerning fancy breeds, poultry shows, patent processes, patent foods, or patent methods, will be disappointed, for the object of this book is to help the poultryman to make money, not to spend it.

HOW TO READ THIS BOOK

Unless the reader has picked up this volume out of idle curiosity, he will be one of the following individuals:

1. A farmer or would be farmer, who is interested in poultry production as a portion of the work of general farming.

2. A poultryman or would be poultryman, who wishes to make a business of producing poultry or eggs for sale as a food product or as breeding stock.

3. A person interested in poultry as a diversion and who enjoys losing a dollar on his chickens almost as well as earning one.

4. A man interested in poultry in the capacity of an editor, teacher or some one engaged as a manufacturer or dealer in merchandise the sale of which is dependent upon the welfare of the poultry industry... Continue reading book >>




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