Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on March 14, 1944 · Page 25
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Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 25

Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, March 14, 1944
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...i. F A u ·* ** · ' ' F A R M , M a r c h , 1 9 4 4 13 FAMM . North Iowa and Southern Minnesota Farms . Don't Crowd Hens She Lost 200 Learning It Mrs. Harvey Hemmes is only getting about 100 eggs a day now, she reported, tracheitis having hit her flock Dec. 20 and cut it from 450 to 250 hens. She attributed Mrs. Harvey Hemmes learned the hard way this winter one of the rules of raising chickens which is being stressed particularly d u r i n g t h e campaign to increase food production in 1914. It is a very simp'e rule: Don't crowd y o u r chickens. Here's her report: "Our Leghorns laid very well u n t i l Dec. 20 when limy took sick with tracheitis, I t h i n k , probably due to a crowded house. We lost more t h a n 200 and it surely checked their laying too. Later we had them culled and blood tested and now have around 250." Mr. Hemmes also added a large wing to the chicken house since then. Mrs. Hemmes calls it "the scralch pen." It has lots of windows and makes her chicken house just about ideal for the number of hens she now has. Perhaps she coidd have a few more for the space available. The FARM editor didn't measure. She might f i g u r e it out for herself. A safe rule is to allow 3'/- square feet of floor space for each Leghorn hen. The heavier breeds should have about 4 square feet. Mrs. Hemmes had nearly 1,000 chicks last spring. A hundred of them were W h i t e and B u f f Rocks which wore all sold last fall. "They brought us a neat sum," she reported. "The p u l l e t s brought as much as $1.50 apiece." She also sold more than 400 Leghorn roosters. In the svimmertimc she hikes care of the chickens herself. \nd she also had n garden to tyke tare of.--"all excel)', the potatoes," she snicl: "Mr. Hemmes look care of them/' Ami she did ;i lot of canning in that beautiful, modern kitchen shown in the picture. A big sink is almost hidden behind Mrs. Hcir.mes. The range is a combination, both the coal and bottled gas sections having separate ovens. And notice the electric refrigerator through the doorway in the vestibule. "I did can more vegetables from the garden t h a n usual," she said. She counted 2(52 q u a r t s of vegetables and f r u i t s in a i l -there are only the 2 in the family, f i u t of course Ihcre are visitors to be fed. ' - I ' l l bet you didn't siet uway from my aunt's house w i t h o u t being fed." declared a farmer a couple of miles away whom we stopped ill to see on the way home. lie was right. So she has good use for her canned f r u i t s and vegetables. There were, she reported, :!C quarts of beans. ](» q u a r t s of carrots, 9 of peas, 4 of carrots and peas combined. Id of sweet corn, £) of p u m p k i n . If. of tomato juice, 2iJ of pickles. Then there were (he f r u i t s : 120 quarts of apples, apricots, pears, "Gaelics, groundchcrrics, elderberries, B i n g cherries and strawberries. And there were D quarts of corn and 4 q u a r t s of peas for the locker frecxcr. She also canned 14 quarts of beef "because I believe in having a l i t t l e on hand when I'm to get a meal hi a hurry or don't have time to run into the locker 9 miles away. Incidentally, they have their own bacon and hams smoked, so rationing really doesn't bother them much as far as food is concerned even if Mrs, llommcs in very hospitable. She called her husband and 3 visitors in for coffee in the middle of the afternoon. But that word, "coffee/' covered the following food in addition to the average: There were big sandwiches with a quarter inch filling ot chopped meat of some kind (Don't ask a man what it was; all the editor knows is that it lasted mighty good). Then there were homemade raisin cookies and commercial cookies dipped in white frosting. There were homemade sweet pickles to go with the sandwiches. And then there was a cream pic--words fail me! And Mrs. Hemmes kept her big electric percolator circulating throughout the meat---yes t that's what it was. She keeps busy all right, even it she doesn't have any children the disease, at least partly, to the crowded conditions in her chicken house. A new "scratch pen" addition has been completed to the house since. ( T u r n 1« Nest P»f»)

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