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Historical Garden Books: The Farm and Garden (Newsletter) Volume IV (1884) – 26 in a Series

Another amazing collection garden newsletters collected in one volume for the entire year 1884. Lots of articles from around the US, questions from readers and answers from the staff of the newsletter. — Douglas

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F. L. B., San Francisco, Cal.: 1. Does it in any way injure eggs, i. e., as far as hatching them is concerned, to be transported by rail to any distance whatever? 2. Which is the best food for young chicks ; soft food like corn meal and soaked bread, etc., or hard food, as fine cracked corn and cracked wheat? Answer. 1. If eggs are jarred or shaken with any violence so as to break or loosen the yolk, they will not hatch. Otherwise, rail transportation (Does not injure the hatchling of the eggs. 2. We have found opinion widely differing on the subject. Our belief is that if the leavings of soft food are cleared up, and not allowed to ferment, it is the best. It is liable to produce disease when spoiled by being left in the rain and on the ground.

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Publisher Philadelphia : Child Bros. & Co.
Contributor New York Botanical Garden, LuEsther T. Mertz Library
Language English
Volume 4

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