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UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TURE,
STATES RELATIONS SERCitCE
A. C. TRUE. Direr
HOW TEACHERS IN RURAL ELEMENT lbtAY/
USE FARMERS' BULLETIN 767, GOOSE RAI
Range for use.-General, but of special iripqrtance to the South
and Middle West.
Relation to he course of study.-This bulletin should be used in
connection with the course in agriculture as it relates- to poultry.
Topics for study.-The material in this bulletin should be grouped
into four lesson topics: (1) Breeds Toulouse, Embden, African,
Chinese, wild or Canada, and Egyptian, pages 3-7; (2) breeding-
extent, purposes, houses, selecting and mating, pages 7-10; (3) in-
cubation, pages 10-12; and (4) feeding and preparing for market,
SStudy questions.-Topic 1. Study the descriptions and compare the
figures of the several breeds of geese to enable the pupils to recognize
each breed. Make a survey of the community to ascertain the breeds
found, the number of geese of each breed, the purposes for which
each breed is grown, the value of the total number of each breed, the
total value of all the geese in the community, how disposed of or
Topic 2. Where the breeding of geese is to be made a business, what
provisions should be made with reference to feed and water? What
should be provided in the way of housing? What points should be
taken into consideration in selecting geese for breeding purposes?
Topic 3. When should goose eggs be saved for incubation ? What
provisions should be made in the way of nests? What methods of in-
cubation are employed ? How are goslings brooded ?
Topic 4. What is the most important factor in the feeding of
geese I What supplementary food is necessary ? What rations should
be fed to goslings ? What rations are used in fattening geese ? Is it
advisable to -confine- geese during the fattening period? What
rations are suggested for adult geese for egg production? What
methods are employed in fattening young geese? Give directions
for dressing geese for market. Are geese raised in the community
for feathers? When and how should feathers be plucked?
Illustrative materiars.-Utilize the figures in the bulletin in con-
nection with the study of breeds. Make collections of typical feathers
from the various breeds of geese found in the community. Mount
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Practical exercises.-(.). Making the community survey provided~ |..
for in connection with topic 1, affords practice. (2) Members of the.i.
class may either bec);ne responsible for the home flocks of geese or .;':
undertake home projects in the growing of goslings for market. ': yi
Correlations.-For written' work compile the facts ascertai ed
from the community survey ,previously referred to.
Drawing: Members o the class should be required to make sketches : H
of the different breeds of geese found in the community; also of ; 'IJ-A
typical feathers. "
The facts ascertained in the survey should be utilized to develop .; .,:
exercises in arithmetic. Keep records of the feed used and cos t of
growing 10 goslings; fattening 15 geese. Take into account the daily :..
ration and the number of days. '
E. A. MnaIL .
Specialist in Agricultural Education. : ;
C. H. LANE,
Chief Specialist in Agricultural Education.
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