The Feather's Practical Squab Book; Questions And Answers by William Edward RiceThe Feather's Practical Squab Book; Questions And Answers by William Edward Rice

The Feather's Practical Squab Book; Questions And Answers

byWilliam Edward Rice

Paperback | February 4, 2012

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904. Excerpt: ... THE DRAGOON. The Dragoon (Fig. 8) is much esteemed by some, but I have yet to find an intelligent breeder who accords the first place to any variety except the Homer. When the latter are not procurable in sufficient numbers or the price seems to be too high, a cross between a Homer and a Dragoon usually gives excellent results. The Dragoon is a large bird, a good worker and feeder, as quiet in disposition as the Homer, and, when crossed as directed, the squabs are of good size. The crossing of these varieties can be accomplished with equal success either by mating a Homer cock and a Dragoon hen, or a Dragoon cock and a Homer hen. Straight Dragoon squabs are usually five weeks in growing to sufficient size for market, while straight Homer squabs are ready in four weeks and sometimes a trifle less. THE DUCHESSE. By some this variety is preferred. The writer is not enthusiastic in regard to these birds because a full blood of this variety is not nearly so good a feeder as the Homer. A cross of Homer and Duchesse blood will yield a good squab, but not equal to the straight Homer, and the presence of feathers on the legs, a characteristic of the Duchesse, is a disadvantage when dressing them. THE RUNT. The Runt is the giant among pigeons. It is very highly spoken of by some breeders because the squabs are so large, but the number of squabs is small. It takes an extra good pair of Runts to yield four pairs of squabs a year. While crossing with Homer blood will increase the number of squabs, the tendency of the squabs of such mixed blood to be dark in flesh is so serious a disadvantage that I can not recommend them, for the novice will soon learn that dark-fleshed squabs are cut in price when he takes them to market. I find that even onequarter of Runt blood is ...
Title:The Feather's Practical Squab Book; Questions And AnswersFormat:PaperbackDimensions:26 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217931022

ISBN - 13:9780217931021