200 Eggs a Year Per Hen: How to Get Them

200 Eggs a Year per Hen

Written by Edgar L Warren in 1899 this book was reprinted a number of times and this image and extracts are from the 1912 edition.

Of course, much of what’s in the book is outdated now although some information is as valid today as then. I do get a little cross to see people selling pdf copies of the book on ebay etc to unsuspecting new poultry keepers who may follow the advice it contains blindly.

In these days when some strains of hybrid commercial layer will provide 350 eggs per hen per year it’s chastening to remember that 100 years ago 200 eggs was a stiff target!

THE HEREDITY OF THE TWO HUNDRED EGG HEN

When I was a boy a mile in 2 :40 was regarded as a great performance for a trotting horse. There were horses that had trotted under 2 :40, much under, but they were few. I remember it was the custom for us urchins to cry out whenever a man drove by at a slashing gait, “Got it, two-forty !”

I am not an old man yet by any means my wife tells me that I am young but I have lived to see the trotting record come down and down until it has dropped below the two minute mark. A horse that cannot trot in less than 2 :40 is regarded as a good horse for a woman to drive, but out of place on the track.

What has brought the record down and down until men are looking for the two minute horse? Heredity and handling!

A trotting horse now has a pedigree as long as a European monarch. The blood of generations of trotters flows in his veins. It may be the ancestral lines converge in the great Messenger himself.

Heredity and handling! These two things are as necessary for the 200 egg hen as for the two minute horse. Men do not gather grapes from thorns nor figs from thistles. The 200 egg hen must be bred to lay. She must come from an egg-producing strain.

No matter how scientifically a man may feed or how hygienically he may house, he cannot take a flock of hens of any old breed or no breed and get 200 eggs a year apiece from them. It is impossible.

By carefully following the instructions of this book he can largely increase the egg yield of such a flock, but he must not expect to get 200 eggs a year apiece from them. I cannot impress it too strongly upon the reader’s mind that if he expects to get 200 eggs a year apiece from his hens he must start in with a great laying strain.

Preserving Eggs

Preserving Eggs

Preserving Eggs Please note the disclaimer at the end of this article on preserving eggs which is an extract from 200 Eggs a Year Per Hen. There is always a time in spring when eggs are very cheap. The poultryman can add to his profits and a...
What Breed are the Best Egg Layers

What Breed are the Best Egg Layers

There is an old Latin proverb, De gustibus non est disputandum, which I will take the liberty to translate for the benefit of those who have been out of school for some time. Its meaning is this: In matters of taste there is no argument. This...
Keeping Hens for Maximum Egg Production

Keeping Hens for Maximum Egg Production

Keeping Hens for Maximum Egg Production HOW MANY RECORDS ARE WRECKED? Some time ago I received a letter from a young lady who is an enthusiastic poultrywoman, in which she said that she was getting a goodly number of eggs, but that her record was...
Breeding Chickens to Increase Egg Production & Utility General Rules

Breeding Chickens to Increase Egg Production & Utility General Rules

This article, Breeding Chickens to Increase Egg Production & Utility General Rules , is based on Edgar Wallace's article in his 200 Eggs a Year Per Hen: How to Get Them from 1899. It is just as relevant today and hopefully of use to readers who...
Eggs in Fall & Winter

Eggs in Fall & Winter

In this article from 1899, Edgar Wallace discusses eggs in fall & winter. When written, electric lighting was rare, the tungsten filament incandescent bulb was not invented until 1905. Gas and oil lighting were not very practical for poultry ...
More Eggs In Winter Tips

More Eggs In Winter Tips

We know now that the prime factor in getting hens to lay in winter is day length but these tips from Edgar Wallace in 1899 should enable the home chicken keeper to get more eggs in winter, with or  without artificial light extending the day. ...
The Trap Nest and Its Uses

The Trap Nest and Its Uses

Within the past few years the outfit of the poultryman has been enlarged by the addition of the trap nest. As to the practical value of these nests there is a wide difference of opinion; on the one hand they are enthusiastically advocated; on...
How to Build a Trap Nest Box for Hens - Free Plan

How to Build a Trap Nest Box for Hens - Free Plan

This article - How to Build a Trap Nest Box for Hens - Free Plan - is adapted from the trap nest box plan created by Mr G M Gowell, agriculturist of the Maine Experiment Station, and published in 200 Eggs a Year Per Hen by Edgar Wallace published i...
Breeding Chickens - Selecting Stock

Breeding Chickens - Selecting Stock

This article, Breeding Chickens - Selecting Stock , is based on Edgar Wallace’s article in his 200 Eggs a Year Per Hen: How to Get Them from 1899. It is just as relevant today and hopefully of use to readers who wish to try breeding chickens for t...
Cross Breeding Chickens - Importance of Crosses

Cross Breeding Chickens - Importance of Crosses

Nowadays we are well aware of the benefits to be had from cross breeding chickens and hybrid vigour. Almost without exception our commercial table birds and layers are hybrids and cross-breeds. The science of genetics was only established by Gregor Mendel,...
Fertile Eggs & How To Get Them

Fertile Eggs & How To Get Them

This article, Fertile Eggs & How To Get Them, is taken from 200 Eggs a Year Per Hen by Edgar Wallace and for the most part is as valid today as it was when written in 1899. I have some doubt regarding the aphrodisiac effect of chopped onion ...
Poultry Manure A Valuable By-Product

Poultry Manure A Valuable By-Product

As someone who is primarily a gardener, I was really pleased to come across this article on poultry manure as a valuable by-product. However, I did pick up that there were some differences between the NPK levels quoted for various animal manures ...

Backgarden Chickens & Other Poultry

Backgarden Chickens Poultry Book

Our bestselling book!
More Information
SPECIAL OFFER

Free Monthly Newsletter

Advert