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I 1 CARMARTHENSHIRE BEE-KEEPERS'…

I Ammanford Linen Guild.

I-Our Poultry Column.

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I- Our Poultry Column. I PLYMOUTH ROCKS. Oen of the largest and most striking birds in the whole poultry kingdom is the Rock. No matter which colour, the size and shape appeals to everyone, and the veriest novice knows whee he sees a barred Plymouth Rock. This fowl is the most general of the lot, and the grey co louring looks very fine when out of a fresh grass run. No one should keep the Rock for intensive work, because it will not stand confinement like some of the others, but its place is on the farm with an extensive range, or in spacious runs, which is almost like freedom. It has been, and can, be kept on small spaces; but that does not alter the fact that it does best with plenty of room. Among the whole range there is nothing more handsome, and when bred true to colour they look smart and useful when on a fresh field. The Barred or Grey is the more general, and can be seen on most farms, either few or many, and it is a breed which will answer well on almost any soil. Heavy loam for light clay will do better than sand, and the leg .colour is brighter and more lasting from the heavy soil. There should be a fair amount of grass, so that the early dew will wash the legs, and this will keep away all ocaly leg and leave the legs bright and fresh. Wheet being kept just for utility, there is no reason why the colour should not be kept rood: but select for breeding .«wlr nsat head, clear face, and not too high on leg. The ideal show bird stands rather tall, which with a good length of back shews it off to perfection. Some birds have a 'en- dency to stand with their legs close together, but this is wrong, and they should be set well apart, firm and without any sign of weakness. Those who are on heavy soil can keep the Rock with advantage, for it is very hardy, and will stand almost any conditions. The bird wants a long back and deep breast, and these can be had with a short leg; so do not select the tallest for breeding. As the body assumes big weight, it is necessary to see that the legs and bone are firm, otherwise yoj may produce chickens which will be weak on leg; and it should be remembered that all long legged birds of any breed have a tendency to weakness. In the treatment they can be managed like any other fowl, but being a big frame, they naturally consume a good deal of food; but this will be repaid if you are wanting to fatten some. The Rock is not the ideal fowl if you want to kill early; but when left till six or seven months old and liberally fed, they look like a young turkey and make a fine joint for home use. All Rocks have a yellow leg and skin, and this is a drawback for ordinary market, but when a private trade has been cultivated, and customers know the quality of the Rock, they will not think anything about the colour of the leg or skin. -f:t..)tigh not a great summer layer, they produce a goodly supply of eggs all winter, and the colour is about the richest of any. It is usually a Rock's eggs which win the brown classes, because they are the largest; and though occasionally a pullet will lay a sriall. egg at the start, she will improve with time, and produce her best eggs in the second season. There are various colours, but as already stated, the Grey or Barred is the most general. But in addition there are the Buffs, Whites, Blacks, Blues, and Golden. The Buff has often done well in the laying competitions, and has kept pace with some of the more popular breeds. In colour. it should be a rick buff, sound and even all through, with a buff tail and wings. They come more often thai not with a lighter golden neck and saddle, and sometimes shew white in the wing. The White is easily understood, though not so easy to get pure, because of the yellow skin; hence the natural pigment in the feather is to come cream. Blacks should bi a rich lbeetle green in colour, which, with the yellow leg, looks well; but the Blues have drooped down a bit lately. The Golden is a bird barred like the Grey, but of a rich buP: or golden colouring. At present the males come best, the female being too pale and washy in colour.

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