White Leghorn Hens on Egg Farm, Bound Brook, N.J.

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If you were to add the values of all the gold, all the silver, all the iron, all the coats that mined each year in the United States, the total would just about equal the value of the poultry and eggs we produce in this country in the same time. In other words, our poultry and eggs amount yearly to about $750,000,000. There is another way of stating this same fact. The value of our poultry product each year is exceeded only by the following items: corn, dairy products, beef, cattle, cotton, swine, and wheat. Every year the production of eggs amounts to 20,000,000,000 in number. About two-thirds of the income from poultry on the farm is from eggs. The meat and the feathers make up the other third. By far the greatest item in the poultry industry is chickens. Ninety-five per cent of the poultry of the United States is chickens. Geese rank second, with one and one-half per cent. The corn-growing states lead in poultry products. Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, and Iowa lead in the order named. Most of our chickens are raised in small numbers by farmers' wives. But the industry has become specialized as well. Many chicken farms have sprung up in all parts of the country. The view shows a modern laying house in which you see great numbers of White Leghorn hens. These hens are carefully fed a certain ration. They have runways in the open and buildings in which to roost. On such farms the eggs are crated and shipped directly to markets. Some are kept from which to raise chicks in incubators and brooders. The time of the hen is on longer used to sit on the eggs or to take care of the little chicks. Machines do this work for her. Keystone ID: 16717 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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