The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 15, 1956 · Page 22
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 22

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 15, 1956
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Your Birds N££D STONEMO Granite Grit ... fo build healthy DIGESTIVE SYSTEMS ... fo grind feed for FASTER GROWTH Yes, that's right! Yon wfll get faster growth when your birds grind their feed—and r._ develop muscular gizzards I and healthy digestive systems. Stonemo's extra grinding surfaces open the tough, cellulose capsules that surround feed nutrients—grind feed particles finer so that more feed surfaces come in contact -with the di. gestive juices. Your birds get more of the nutritive values from your feed—•waste less. Your investment in Stonemo to keep yom- growing birds' gizzards grinding efficiently is less than Ic per bird for time months. But that Ic often brings ing dividends in the better use of your feed. .So be sore yon have plenty of grit hoppers and be sore they are filled regularly with. Stonemo. Stonemo is available in 10 Ib. Hopper-Paks. 25,50 and 80 Ib. bags. Get a supply from your feed or poultry supply dealer. STOK IMWCTAm GtlT COWAMY, IMC Ulhenio, C««aii eril I HE all-mash system of feeding chickens is probably the easiest way for you to handle a small farm flock. It saves labor over other systems because you have only one feed mixture to bother with. You only need one storage bin and one set of feeders. If you work out some labor-saving method of handling poultry feed, you can be sure it will work with this system. Scratch-grain feeding has to be done regularly and takes extra equipment. Beside saving labor, the all-mash system makes it easy for you to do a good job of managing your flock. If you keep self-feeders full of an all-mash feed you can be sure your bens are getting a well balanced ration. There has been a big swing to all-mash feeding in the eastern part of the country among large commercial poultrymen. The reason is that these poultry farmers make use of a lot of automatic feeding equipment. The automatic feeder, combined with an all-mash ration, makes ft possible for them to do all the work of feedin^ mechanically. With the scratch-and-mash system these farmers can use the mechanical feeder for the mash, but still have to find some other method for scratchy grain. Some farmers have found they can cut costs quite a bit on their small flock by making their own equipment. They use scrap or homegrown lumber and make self-feeders or hoppers and storage bins in their spare time. These usually work out well for the small flock. __ A good idea is to make self-feeders large enough to hold a week's supply of mash. Then the only daily chore is to clean out the lower- trough' and be sure the mash is feeding down. Then if you go to the mill once a week you won't need any storage other than the big feeders. This method may not be satisfactory for large flocks, but for the farmer with 300 hens or less it's a good way to cut costs and save labor. It makes it possible for a farmer who is busy with other livestock to have a little extra income from poultry and to have fresh eggs. There are two ways for the small flock operator to get all-mash feeds. If a farmer has his own grain "he can very easily have an all-mash ration custom mixed. Most commercial feed companies have laying mash to mix half and half with homegrown grain to make an all- mash ration. You can also get a formula for this from your state agricultural college. For the very small flock of less than 100 hens, it will probably be easier to buy the complete ration. The one big disadvantage of all-mash feeding is that hens may not eat as much as they ordinarily would with scratch grain. You can prevent this problem by grinding the mixture rather coarse and feeding wet mash. Remember the brands you see advertised in ihis mewi These hanging self-feeders are quite popular with small poultrymen. They work very well with the all-mash system. All you have to do is keep them full of an all-mash feed and your work is done. They also help keep feed consumption up. There is always fresh mash feeding down and chickens seem to eat more. ffl IM'I lltl 1* 1C II flf111 This farmer has built his own. overhead. storage bin. This makes it easy for him to handle his feed. One such bin is all he would need to handle all the feed he uses with the all-mash system. Some farmers fill such bins with- an elevator while others have them located on a hillside so they -can dump bags in directly from the truck. This rig saves a lot of feeding work. Ifs filled from an overhead bin. As the farmer moves it along the track it leaves . a uniform flow of feed in the trough. Some farmers are able to build their'own feeding equipment, holding down their investment in the poultry enterprise.

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