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LETTER OF TRANSMITTAL.
U. S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE,
BUREAU OF ANIMAL INDUSTRY,
Washington, D. C., May 19, 1904.
SIR: I transmit herewith copy for a revised edition of Farmers'
Bulletin No. 177, the title of which is Squab Raising, prepared by
Mr. William E. Rice, of New Jersey, a practical poultry breeder who
has been especially successful with pigeons. His experience and
method of presenting the subject are explained in the following statement
from a letter accompanying the original manuscript:
For the past twenty-five years I have been interested in breeding poultry, but
during the last ten years my attention has been directed to keeping pigeons for squab
There is money in this industry if intelligently managed, but the breeder must
know how to begin, and how to proceed after a beginning has been made. I have
studied the question in all its phases in my own pens, have read every book I could
find, and have fought my way up through all the drawbacks and difficulties of the
At one time for financial reasons I disposed of my flock and buildings. About five
years ago I started again with a single pair of birds, buying a few from time to time
until a small but well-selected flotk was obtained. This flock has paid all expenses
of every kind, the bills for erecting two new houses at a cost of $250 each, and the
wages of a man two days in each week to dress squabs and clean out the houses; and
to-day I have a fine flock of 600 pairs of as good birds as it is possible to secure,
everything paid for, and the birds in good, healthy condition, and yielding a fair
I have treated the question of squab raising from a practical standpoint only, drawing
largely from personal experience. I have found some very rough places along
the road to success, and I have tried to so describe my experience that others who are
facing the same difficulties may be helped, and those who desire to enter the business
have a safe guide.
Considerable new matter has been inserted in this edition in which
the author discusses chilled eggs and dead squabs, the causes and remedies,
and offers some suggestions regarding the purchase of breeding
Respectfully, D. E. SALMON,
- Chief of Bureau.
Hon. JAMES WILSON,
Secretary of Agriculture.
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