Feeding Chickens—an Exposition of the unreasonable and exorbitant Price of Poultry at St. Helena, in 1811.
"IT is stated by Mr. Jackson, in the sixth volume of the Commercial, Agricultural, and Manufacturer's Magazine, that he has found that three pounds of meal, flour, or grain, of such a sort as does not cost more than one penny a pound, or to the farmer and cottager not even so much, with water, and what other fare the little creature can find for itself, will feed and fatten a chicken sufficiently from the time of its bursting the shell, until that of its being of a growth, and in a condition, suitable for its being carried to market. And that the allowance of another penny is sufficient for the attention and labour which its rearing requires. The prime cost of the egg may be one halfpenny. Thus he concludes that even in the vicinity of any great town, a chicken that shall bring ninepence, or rather one shilling, in the market, and is, in comparison with other things, worth as much for the use of your own table, whether you be a rich or poor man, may be produced and reared at the expense of fourpence halfpenny."
The above is an Extract from Mr. Dickson's Complete Body of Agriculture, page 1209, and may be deserving the attention of those who are in the habits of rearing poultry in this island.—It will also serve to shew that 15 to 20 shillings for a middle sized fowl, and 2.5 shillings for a duck, where grain is about twopence per pound, must be a pretty profitable trade.
27th June, 1811.