American Poultry Book

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Harper, 1843 - 179 páginas
 

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Página 155 - ... without ever misplacing a single bird. The geese are plucked five times in the year ; the first plucking is at Lady-day for feathers and quills, and the same is renewed four times more, between that and Michaelmas for feathers only. The old geese submit quietly to the operation, but the young ones are very noisy and unruly. I once saw this performed, and observed that...
Página 102 - ... particular season of the year. During the first days of incubation, whether natural or artificial, the small portion of water contained within the substance of the egg evaporates through the pores in its shell : this is replaced by a small quantity of air, which is necessary to support the respiration of the chick; but as the atmospheric air which surrounds the eggs in the...
Página 155 - A person called a gozzard, ie, a goose-herd, attends the flock, and twice a day drives the whole to water; then brings them back to their habitations, helping those that live in the upper stories to their nests, without ever misplacing a single bird.
Página 154 - During the breeding season these birds are lodged in the same houses with the inhabitants, and even in their very bed-chambers ; in every apartment are three rows of coarse wicker pens, placed one above another; each bird has its separate lodge divided from the other, which it keeps possession of during the time of sitting. A person called a Gozzard...
Página 155 - I once saw this performed, and observed that goslins of six weeks old were not spared ; for their tails were plucked, as I was told, to habituate them early to what they are to come to. If the season prove cold, numbers of the geese die by this barbarous custom. When the flocks are numerous, about ten pluckers are employed, each with a coarse apron up to his chin. Vast numbers of geese are driven annually to London to supply the markets, among them all the superannuated geese and ganders (called...
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Página 93 - ... umbilicalis) begins to form about the navel, and increases in the following days with such rapidity, that it covers nearly the whole inner surface of the shell within the membrana albuminis, during the latter half of incubation. This seems to supply the place of the lungs, and to carry on the respiratory process instead of those organs. The...
Página 177 - It is not supposed, that there could be much profit attached to them ; but, they are of this use ; they are very pretty creatures; very interesting in their manners ; they are an object to delight children and to give them the early habit of fondness for animals and of setting a value on them, which, as I have often had to observe, is a very great thing.
Página 91 - ... an incurvated form, resembling a gelatinous filament with large extremities, very closely surrounded by the amnion, which at first can scarcely be distinguished from it. About this time the halones enlarge their circles, but they soon after disappear entirely, as well as the cicatricula. The first appearance of red blood is discerned on the surface of the yolk-bag towards the end of the second day. A series of points is observed which form grooves ; and these, closing, constitute vessels, the...

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