New State Poultryman. (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 9, Ed. 1 Monday, April 1, 1907 Page: 1 of 18
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New State Poultryman.
OKLAHOMA CITY. OKLA. APRIL. 1907.
“Tall Oaks” may sound like a
strange subject to head a poultry ar-
ticle, (but await the completion of
the saying and Its explanation and
perhaps you may not deem it so much
out of place after all.
"Tall oaks from little acorns grow."
In this case the tall oaks are not in-
tended for the chickens to roost/ in
or to scratch under, however, delight-
ful that might be to the Biddies,
neither are the acorns to be eaten.
I want to digress enough to say
that plenty of shade means increased
see it is within the limit of possi-
bilities and its demonstration may be
a help to some one who would like to
start to raise pure breeds, but hesitaftes
because he (or she, as the case is
likely to be) cannot afford to buy a
whole flock to start with.
To such I would say that a pair or
trio of well-mated fowls is all that
is needed for a start and is well Worth
As I stated, we had six birds in
this pen and reared 100 chickens,' be-
sides selling eggs for hatching and
using some eggs on the table.
be a “hoo-doo” (that isn’t Slang, is it?)
on -them, for several well grown
chicks met death in most unusual and
unlooked for accidents.
However, as accidents will occur in
the best regulated families, we took
courage, being glad that nothing short
of extraordinary accidents could de-
lete our flocks, and that neither the
chicks themselves nor the parent stock
was to blame, for cue reason we were
able to hatch so many young ones
was because of the hardiness and vi-
tality of the birds in the pen. An-
other favorable point was the fact
A.part of Wilhite’s poultry yard where the Blue Rlbboou Exhibition
Strains of Black Langshans are raised, greenfield. 111.
comfort to a flock and also it is an
improvement in the color of the plum-
age, for constant sun’s heat during the
long summer days fades the prettiest
To revert ’ to our subject, the
"acorns'' to 'which we refer were a
pen consisting of five pullets and a
cockerel and the tall oaks were the
returns on the money invested in
What I am about to relate is not
merely .“spun from fact;” it is an
acfual experience and if you doubt
the possibility try it for yourself.
It may seem unusual unless one has
made a trial of it, though you can
Stilt, we only had ordinarily “good
luck." You, who have raised chick-
ens, know that either “good luck" or
"bad luck” always get all the credit
or blame for results. So I am at war
with the two expressions taken liter-
ally. Good luck represents a tremen-
dous amount of energy and hard work
and bad luck is usually inattention to
details or a little carelessness, wheth-
er the terns are applied to poultry
raising or any other undertaking.
Our eggs hatched well throughout
the season, and the chicks were strong
We should have gone beyond the
hundred mark, but there seemed to
that the majority of the young devel-
oped into as good, and a few into
better specimens than the parent
stock, which fact was partly due to
proper feeding and care.
For some one has well said: “There
is as much in the feed as there is in
the breed,” to vvhich was added “and
there is as much in the man (and
■they might have added or woman)
who caries the feed as there is in
either feed or breed.”
It takes a person with “chicken
blocd" in his veins to succeed in the
Contributed by MRS. W. C. OPFEK.
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Griffin, C. W. New State Poultryman. (Oklahoma City, Okla.), Vol. 1, No. 9, Ed. 1 Monday, April 1, 1907, newspaper, April 1, 1907; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. (gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc937095/m1/1/: accessed November 20, 2017), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.