THE POULTRY INDUSTRY.
The poultry business is the only one which has not suffered this year, and considering the unsatisfactory results of all other farm industries, we may reasonably expect to see more chickens raised in Lafayette parish this year than in any preceding one. In this business, unlike cane, chickens and eggs will always find a ready market. Our people can find buyers at home, or if they prefer, they may make shipments to New Orleans, where the market prices are always good. There is no branch of the livestock interest which has received a larger share of success in proportion to the capital invested and the time given to the work. The truth of the matter is, the man who goes at the poultry business in a common sense way and puts business into it the same as he would into any line of business that requires forethought, good common sense, planning, energy and economy in conducting, will make a success of it. There are dismal failures in the business, it is true, and so there are in all kinds of business; the inevitable results of poor management or no management. The farmer who has been keeping 25 to 50 hens and keeps on the even tenor of his way year after year, will make money on fowls, and then keeping large flocks applying similar principles in their care, will reap benefit in proportion.
Lafayette Gazette 1/19/1895.
Eggs have been very scarce for a couple of weeks past, but are now more plentiful. This shows that the hens are beginning to pick up, or rather, lay down. Laf. Adv. 1/24/1891.
The Egg Market. - The hens are all attending strictly to business these days, and as a result, eggs are now selling at 12 cents a dozen. Broussard Bros. have plenty of them. Laf. Adv. 4/5/1905.