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Burrus Feed Mills Advertisement

Submitted by Betty Pickens Phillips

February 22, 1943
Burrus Feed Mills
During 1933 when things were the gloomiest, Van Zandt County Home Demonstration Agent, Mrs. Mary Ethel Brandon, said to us, "Your family demands for cash is increasing, the value of field crops decreasing; why don't you increase the number of poultry along with the dairy cows you now keep---They are a good combination." She taught us the principals of culling, better feeding, and how to make underground brooders. We had Barred Plymouth Rocks.

During the ensuing years Miss Helen Blackwell and Miss Maggie Peach, the succeeding home demonstration agents, featured programs on chickens and eggs as a source of cash for the home maker, teaching us to feed mash along with our home grown grains and spare skim milk, proper brooding, feeding, housing of old and young birds.

1937 came to the realization that we needed a larger weekly cash income and changed to English White Leghorns. That year Parkerson's Hatchery began blood testing their flocks. As flockowners, we have blood tested from the beginning and removed all rectors. Our baby chicks mortality has decreased until the rate now is very low.

In 1939 the Van Zandt County Committee selected our family as one of a group to buy a farm through the Farm Security Administration. We had 125 White Leghorn hens and they were given a cash allotment on our Farm and Home with a 14 x 30 house to house them and to pay for.

During August of 1940 BURRUS FEED MILLS in cooperation with Parkerson's Hatchery carried a number of flockowners and vocational agriculture students to Smiley, Texas, to study broiler raising and chickens in general, as a means of extra cash income. The homes built there by incomes from chickens and eggs impressed us so much, that we built another 14 x 30 house.

If those people could buy all their feed and make enough profit from broilers and eggs to pay for those houses, why couldn't we do likewise, and help pay for our farm and educate our children. So we began a rigid flock improvement program. Making hatching eggs our specialty. Raising broilers with our brooding equipment when not in use with flock replacement broods.

We feed TEXO Chick Starter, TEXO Chick Scratch, TEXO broiler Mash, TEXO Growing Mash, TEXO Egg Mash, and get the results that improved methods and practices have taught us to expect.

The following figures are for 1942: We started with 354 birds--35 being male. They brought in $1,200 and we had 200 old birds on hand January, 1943. This was a family enterprise, carried on in addition to milking cows, truck crops, and general farming.

To other small scale farmers like us, whose farms are operated by the labor of the family we could say: "FEEDING AND CARING FOR CHICKENS PAY IF YOU FEED BALANCED RATIONS, KEEP OUT PLENTY OF WATER AND MARKET A DEPENDABLE PRODUCT."

Sincerely yours,
The Aude McWilliams Family
Breeders of the McWilliams
White Leghorn, Fed the TEXO WAY.

Transcribed by Betty Pickens Phillips

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