. CHAPTER IV BABY CHICKS—SOME DO'S AND DON'T'S How Mother Nature Planned Them (J! llliR XA rU 1\1'- lias made very wonderful provi- siun for tlie nurture of newly hatched baby chicks. 1 bey re(|uire ni> food for tlie first two days except tbe water with the chill taken off, when they are put into tbe brooder. Mdtlier Nature lias taken care of their wants by permitting the absorption of the yolk of the egg in their bodies. This is just wh\' it is not only possible but easy to send day-old chicks by rail, or road, or steam, for long distances. I have shipped day-old chicks safely, more than two thousand miles but, usually a forty- eight hour journey is ample for the young explorers. In order to break these long distance shipments of baby chicks and give the greatest satis- faction, I have established a branch farm in the far South, and at this writing am negotiating for one in the extreme West. Don't Over-feed I was amused to have a young man write to me that he had a good hatch but had lost a little chick. On examination he had found that it had swallowed the yolk of an egg, which had killed it. If the chicks are fed too soon, the yolk of an egg does not become absorbed in time, and the natural result is just what it would lie if a small child stuffed and gormandized with more food than he could take care of in his digestive tract—they droop and die.