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Some folks do silly things.

COUNTRYSIDE: Over a year ago an "expert" stated Barred Rocks don't lay eggs after October, and Bantams don't roost. This may not be as far off as it sounds. If the Barred Rocks started laying in March and had no artificial light, they would no doubt quit laying when the days were shorter. If the Bantams were Cochins or a similar breed, they would have to be taught how to roost.

In the past 60 years of raising hens for eggs, I have heard some of what I would call "no-brainers:"

* My friend told me why a person should buy brown eggs. When eggs are laid they are always brown. Those left over at the end of the day in the supermarkets are taken in the back and bleached white. Therefore white eggs are a day old.

* A grandfather brought his two grandsons over to buy seven hens and a rooster, to show them how to farm. He said hens wouldn't lay eggs without a rooster, and he couldn't get more than seven hens because he had only seven nests for them to lay in. He asked how many eggs they would lay a day and I told him four or five. He asked, "Is that apiece?" I said, "If they do lay that many bring them back and I'll give you $100.00 for them."

* One fellow bought 35 yearling hens. He came back three weeks later and wanted to know when they would start laying again. I told him they should be laying good right now. He said at first he got 30-32 eggs a day, but now they were only laying two or three. I asked what he was feeding and he said he has a book that said for every four pounds of feed he should get a dozen eggs. I told him to go home and throw his book in the stove and dump a bag of feed in the feeder. He was starving them to death.

* A woman just moved to the country and bought 12 hens for her daughter's birthday. She wanted to know how to take care of them. I told her to keep them shut in the coop for a week until they got used to things, then let them out in the yard and make sure they were shut in every night. Give them plenty of feed, nests to lay in and a roost to perch on. As she was getting into her car she asked, "They don't need water, do they?" I said even a cactus or a camel needs water. -- Dan Haggerty, 9990 Boyne City Rd., Charlevoix, MI 49720
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Author:Haggerty, Dan
Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
Date:Jul 1, 2000
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