Sunday, January 13, 2019

Mystery RPPC: Feeding chickens


On the quacking heels of Friday's real photo postcard of feeding time for some ducks, here's an old RPPC showing the feeding of the barnyard chickens. There's no information and no date on the postcard, so all we have to go by are the particulars of the AZO stamp box, which indicate it was produced between 1910 and 1930.

There is a wide variety of hens and roosters in this yard. And that seems to be a pretty small basket the woman is holding, so I guess this would have been one of several feedings. I've never raised chickens myself, but a quick glance online shows that average chicken requires about 1/4 of a pound (four ounces) of feed per day. That works out to about 3/4 of a cup. One website notes, "so one very large chicken should be fed 1 whole cup per day."

(Full disclosure: Our five cats, who I sometimes affectionally nickname "Chicken," are fed five small to medium meals per day. Under this agreement, they allow me to live.)



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