The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on May 15, 1956 · Page 73
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 73

Algona, Iowa
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Tuesday, May 15, 1956
Page 73
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Your Birds NffD STONEMO Granite Grit . . . fo build healthy DIGESTIVE SYSTEMS . . . fo grind feed for FASTER GROWTH Yes, that's right! You will get faster growth when your I birds grind their feed—and I W develop muscular gizzards I % and healthy digestive sys- I terns. Stonemo's extra grinding iur- faeet open the tough, cellulose capsules that surround feed nutrients—grind feed particles finer so that more feed surfaces come in contact with the dl- gestfre juices. Your birds get more of the nutritive values from your feed—waste less. Your investment in Stonemo to keep your growing birds' gizzards grinding efficiently is less than Ic per bird for three months. But that Ic often brings big dividends in the better use of your feed. So be sure you have plenty of grit hoppers and be sure they are filled regularly with Stonemo. Stonemo is available in 10 Ib. Hopper-Paks, 25, 60 and 80 Ib. bags. Get a supply from your feed or poultry supply dealer. STONE MOUNTAIN MIT COMPANY, INC STONEMO the Grit with the -EXTRA GRINDING SURFACES' Remember the brands you see advertised in this newspaper GET RID OF RATS AND MICE FOREVER! iM'l III! U H H "MM — nw «0 m*t tmin*iitm NOW! MM lib UJ-2-1 tMks rim tap M4 Nfcm tt , u4 mitt M«tr n*U*t MroMMACf i all-mash system of feeding chickens is F°kably the easiest way for you to handle a small farm Hock. 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-gram 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 hens 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 it possible for them to do all the work of feeding 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 gram. Some fanners 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 " 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 « feeding clown. Then if you go to the mill ohce aweek you won't need any storage other than he b,g feeder^ This method may not be satisfactory for large flock*, but for the farmer with 300 hens or less its 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 verv 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 he very small flock of less than 100 hens, it wifl 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 ordinari y would with scratch grain. You can prevent this problem by grinding the mixture rather coarse and feeding wet mash. These hanging self-feeders are quite popular with •mall poultrymen. They work very well with the all-moth »y»tem. All you have to do i» keep them full of on 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. 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 formers 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 fitted 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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