SEGMENT: WOMEN'S WORK, CHICKENS, & TOWNS
Winfred Mills>UIS Collection K-M>UIS Collection K-M, Segment 16
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- Son Don was always a big help on the farm.
- WOMEN'S WORK
- Discussion of Mrs. Mills egg-business. She had good egg customers & enjoyed. Mentions number of laying hens, broilers, & number of eggs collected per day. Tells of method wife used to sort & box eggs. Weighed each egg. Gives weight of hen-egg & weight of pullet-egg. Most eggs delivered to town by Mrs. Mills on Saturdays. "Dutchman's Theory, the Dutchman never sold anything he could eat. If he couldn't sell it, he'd eat it." Eggs stored in cellar. Sold to clerks at Westenbergers.
- Winfred would get lunch at Coney Island & go to Stratton Theatre while wife was peddling eggs.
- WOMEN'S WORK
- Tells how laying hens replaced, incubation of chicks, brooder-house, & raising chickens. Lists breeds of chickens including White-Leghorn, White-Rocks. Tells of wife going out of business & lack of chickens on farms today, because, Winfred thinks, due to the amount of work required.
- Mentions 2 large chicken farms (16,000 - 17,000 hens each) that went out of business, maybe Winfred thinks, due to lack of profit in eggs & competition from big farms in south that raised broilers. Mentions chicken-feed & discovery they could be fed 50% wheat, & this impact on the corn market. Big chicken farms bought feed at Weidlocher Feed County in Springfield & lost a lot when these large chicken farms closed.