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THE COCKER; days--for by lying too long in one Containing every Information to the position, the yolks will frequently
Breeders and Amateurs of that decay, and destroy the prolific noble Bird, the Game Cock: power. It frequently happens that to which is udded, a variety of some eggs are smaller than others, other useful Information for the and ill-formed they therefore Instruction of those who are at
sbould be rejected; for all mistendants on the Cock Pit.-By shaped eggs will produce defective W. SKETCHLEY, Gent.-Burton birds. From intense observation on-Trent, printed.
I have generally found that tbe
round egg produced the female, (Concluded from page 28.)
and those of the oblong the male
bird. If too many eggs are set IT is doubtless an absurd opi- under the hen so as to be exposed
pion to tbink any breed in to the chilling cold or tuo intense cestuous that springs from the heat, either extreme impairs the brute creation, and of course we vital power, and the embryo will bave bred from father and daugh- prove deficient. Nature prompts ter, mother and son, or from bro. these creatures to turn their eggs ther and sister, wbich is termed full during incubation; equally necesblood. I bave also known the sary is its being done previous to brood excellent wbere the brood their being set. .cock and hens are got by the same " A few years will provide you! cock, but out of a different hen; with a sufficient number of old though I most approve of the for. gane hens to sit, and on no acmer, the hen's strain being gene count be prevailed on to use any rally allowed to be superior and other. Old hens are always more more certain than the cock’s. If steady in sitting than pullets, are your brood places are at a distance more industrious and attached to from your house or place where their brood, and not balf so prone *you mean your old game hens to to quit their brood at too early a sit, great care should be taken tbat period. Their places for sitting your eggs in being conveyed away, should be private, free from anare not cracked or shaked, but noyance, and ought to be as little compact and firm for carriage. ruffled as possible, save more im. As eggs are best marked when mediately to see that they are not gathered, always on these occa Jaid to, as well as to observe that sions provide yourself with pen
she has not deserted them to and red ink, and mark each egg give them every chance of secure with some character known to retirement, they should be little yourself, with the day of the month: liable to intrusion. It has been for, as you may not always have recommended to supply them with broody bens ready, this method food, &c. near them. Whaterer will point out to you to set or is most natural I should tbink most destroy them according to the time conducive to their health, and they may bave heen on band. I therefore have suffered them to have generally kept mine in sweet come off to enjoy good water bran: their own weight imbeds with feed at a certain place, that them and prevents their contact: they may not be too long ahcause them to be turned every two 'sent from their eggs, with any VOL. XLVI.-No. 272.
other enjoyment they are in search to discriminate their sorts as well after.
as to enter them in the manner set “ It is a good and regular me- forth in the book for the purpose, thod to chalk over the place where previous to your leaving the room. they sit the day they should hatch, If you have plenty of range in your and of course draw your attention department, a great many chickens to sec that the eggs are perfectly may be kept imtil such time as ibe riglit as to number, mark, &c.- hens may leave them. A distriand to remove the cbipped enve bution of your cockerils claims lope, as well as the chickens which your serious attention, so much so are hatched, until the whole are at that one half of your early birds band. You will then return them may be preserved until such time to the ben in such place as you as they are to occupy their allotted niay have for the purpose (hoarded walks. The mode i bave pursued floors are best) where they remain to accomplish this desired ene is, as to time according to the cle- to select as many early cockerils, mency of the season, and the as nearly of an age as they present strength of the chickens. Let their theniselves, and turn them down in feed be
secure retreat, under the " Macerated
eggs that have been guidance and authority of a twoboiled hard;
year-old cock, with one hen. Here “ Crumbs of white bread; they may remain without a pro
“ Lettuce leaves, well mixed bability of their becoming rebel, with an asldition of meadow ants; lious or self-contentious until No
“ The maggots from grains, vember, when it may be right to kept for the purpose;
the old cock and bis mate, * Shelled steeped vats;
and suffer them to enjoy an un. “ Small wheat;
controuled retirement until a pro6 Curds, with new milk; per disposal offers. No other mode
“ Bread toasted, steeped in that I coulil possibly devise bas ebamber-lie, as they are fond of offered me so nich security as this, variety.
and what I should strongly re“ Let their food 'be given fre. commend. Others you may disquently, in small quantities, and pose of in such 'farm-yards, where accommodate them with small interest is most predominant, and heaps of dry earth or fine sand in there remain a proper season until the room.
their removal. Frequent visits are “ You will observe never to in this department necessary to carry them abroad until the dew watch their growth anl well-dping is entirely off the grass, every kind and at a proper time to make of humidity being hurtful; and choice of those whose shape and you will return them before sun. perfection promise to reward your set,
future care. Those that are not “ As more batches than one the objects of your choice, see them may, be in the same place, never properly disposed of, in order to delay marking them when brought prevent an improper use. • into the room with some one of the « Previous to their going to marks usually put upon them (per- master-walks have them up for haps those upon the nostril and twelve or fourteen days, that you. eye are the most injurious) in order may cut their comb and wattles:
and handle them with gentleness town-walks, except here and there and every encouraging demeanour. a few, are not worth baving, and Let them go proudly out of band, there are few in villages wbere and toucb them lightly bebind to towns are near to each other, but bring them to the front of the peni: may be ranked in ibe same class. this will feed their pride, inure The best are those whose situathem to the crow of others, and tions are distant, and where plenty they come to with more alacrity of corn and water abound. "Grass and pleasantuess to be fed, and walks with corn are to be preferred with more facility, than cocks un to clay-bound fields, the latter accustomed thereto; and from this defacing their glossy plumes. necessary attention few or any are Where a great number of walks liable to shy.
are wanted, the practice of running “Let your pens be well aired, stays with cocks is unavoidable, the fastnesses properly secured, the and with some 10 a late period; perches arranged, the straw sweet even if be fights a long main early and not damp, and every morning in the spring he may fall short of shook from their filth. Before you the whole of his stags being got send them out vumber your pens out, and of course many from number one to the number sacrificed. If you have much yard. you liave up, with the person's room, or two yards belonging to the name they are to go to; and bas. same dwelling, let the younger ing your book ready enter tbem as brood be accustomed to occupy directed, being particular as to the one, with a proper roost distheir marks and colours, with any tinct from the other, seldom interother natural mark they may have, fering with the older branch. Gen. and ticket your bags according tlemen who command any number to the pens, when sent. A regu- of walks, hare infinitely the adlarity of this kind will save much vantage of those whose walks are trouble.
few and limited: the advantages “ Your utmost care and atten over the latter are pre-eminently tion must be exerted to procure great, for many are so beautifully goud walks, for half-bred fowls in situated tbat even the crow or the a well farpished walk will beat the sight of a cock seldom comes across best game when starved or pined; tbem ; they are neither frettent nor and hand-strewed walks generally teazed, which ever causes them to bring on an joactive sloth. To lose much of their fesh, and desend fine stags that have enjoyed stroys that martial fire and spirit, every indulgence to bad walks, is wben so habituated, added to the one of the most fagrant errors a annoyance of stagse that when breeder can commit, and it is on. exbibited upon the Pit, bis raging doing all you have done before. pride is so far abated ¡t frequently Cocks, from so smlden a deviation, makes him tardy and slow to acexperience a change in their sys- tion. tem, and it checks their growili • Those who fight for considerfrequently a gradual decline ensues. able sunis cannot be too scruti. Therefore the procuring good nizing in the choice of their stays, walks is absolutely necessary and when they are to be sent out to conducive to the well-doing and clear walks, to see that they are constitution of your cocks. All in all respeots free from ocular
ON THE CRAFT OF FOXES IN walks with any deficit is not only
THE NORTH. an increase of expense, but a great From Olaus Magnus, Archbishop of Upsal. disappointment, as it frequently happens, for want of such nice ob. WHEN the fox is pressed with servation, that they are reckoning hunger, cold, and snow, be upon more fine cocks than they will come near bouses and bark are possessed of.
like a dog, which brings the do• To mention a few of these mestic animals about him, some of imperfections may be necessary, al. whom he makes bis prey. Somethough they are generally well times he will feign bimself dead, known ; such as are
lying on his hack, drawiog in bis “ Flat sided, and then generally breath, and lolling out his tongue. deep keeled,
Sometimes when bungry, be will • Short legged,
roll himself in red earth, and • Thin thighs,
making himself appear as if killed “ Crooked or indented breast, and bloody, birds coming down to « Sbort thin neck,
feed on bis carcass, are snapped up “ Imperfect eye,
unawares. To avoid the prickles “ Duck and short footed, and of the hedge hog, he will throw “ Unbealtbful,
bini on bis back. Sometimes meet. may be easily seen when up for the ing a multitude of wasps, be bides purpose of cutting and handling. bis body all but his tail, and when
• Cocks that are well formed they are entangled in it, he will and lofty have an amazing ad come out and rub them against a vantage over the disproportioned; stone or a tree till they are quite the latter carrying with them much dead. Much in the same manner useless weight.
High bearing he catches crabs and small fish. fowls will always have the odds in How he gets rid of bis fleas is well their favour over low setting cocks. kuown. Sometimes he will play Cocks when they are justly forined, with a bare ; but this animal often rise in their fight with more agi- escapes him by its goickness. lity and force, are better heelers Sometimes the fox has been known than those that carry their make to escape as a dog, by barking; equal to the extreme: and your but he most certainly escapes bis dry heeled cocks are generally of enemies when be hangs bimself by the latter description, the weight a bough, and makes the dogs lose being too far from the centre of scent. He is also wont to deceive action, and once overpowered obey the bunter wben be runs amongst are always under a cock, that is a berd of goats, or sometimes by not alike defective ;--their legs are leaping upon a goat, which runs thrown out of the line of the body, with bim on its back up inaccesand of course are never close hitters. sible beights. If fastened after
“ Cocks that do not bear coue- being taken, he will sometimes bite Jike shapes, are for the most part off his own foot and get away. wide and straddling in their walk, But if no other way remains, he and as they walk they fly- whereas will, when taken out of the spare, in the cone-like shape, the legs are feign bimself dead. I once saw more inverted and narrow, and are on the rocks of Norway a fox with more terrible in their spur." a huge tail, who brought many
erabs out of the water and tben Godolphio Arahian. I am, your ate them. And that is no rare
humble servant, sight, as no fish will stick to a Ben. Beacon, a breeder. bristly thing let down into the water like crabs. Persons troubled with the gout are cared in these COMBAT WITH LIONS; RIVER northern countries by the warm
HORSES, CROCODILES, &c. skin of the fox bound upon the
From the Second Volume of Mungo Park's part affected, or by anointing them
Travels in Africa. selves with its fat.
AT half-past five o'clock, there
being a fine breeze from the COMPARATIVE GOODNESS OF south west, we had not proceeded ANCIENT HORSES.
above a mile before we heard on
our left, a noise very much like To the Editor of the Sporting Ma tbe barking of a large mastiff, but gazine,
ending in a hiss like the fuf* of a SIR,
cat. I thought it niust be some IN the Sporting Magazine for large monkey, and was observing March, 1815, page 281, appears
to Mr. Anderson “ what a bounca letter signed JOHN LAWRENCE, ing fellow tbat must be," when we containing the following observa heard another bark nearer to us, tion :
and presently a third still nearer, “ Let the reader be reminded accompanied with a growl. I now in the two following illustrious suspected that some wild animal examples, which our universe, nei. meant to attack us, but could not ther ancient nor modern, can pa- conjecture of wbat species it was rallel."
likely to be. We had not proceedIt is rather extraordinary, that ed a hundred yards farther, when in the researches after the origin coming to an opening in the bushes, of our present illustrious race of I was not a little surprised to see horses, the Stradling or Lister three lions coming towards us. Turk should be omitted, as he was They were not so red as the lion sire of Snake and Coneyskins, and I formerly saw in Bambarra, hut the Hobby Mare, dam of the fa- of a dusky colour, like the colour of mons Brocklesby Betty.
an ass. They were very large, and Snake.sas sire of the Warlock came bounding over the long grass, Galloway, the dam of Squirt, and not one after another, but abreast. grandam of Regulus.
I was afraid if I let them come too Eclipse had four crosses of the near us, and my piece should miss Lister Turk. His sire Marsk, hy fire, that we should all he devoured Squirt,* great grandam by Coney- by them. I therefore let go the skins, * a son of the Lister Turk. bridle and walked forward to meet Eclipse's dam Spilletta, hy Regu- them. As soon as they were within lus,* her dam by Smith's son of a long shot of me, I fired at tbe Suake;* wbich pedigree must rank centre one. I do not think I bit the Lister Turk equal in point of him, but they all stopped, looked value to Darley's Arabian or the at each other, and then bounded * Thus in Mr. Park's MS.