Visit the farm and make careful observations to secure answers to the following questions: —
Part I — The location
1. Where is the farm located ?
(a) State......-----(6) County..........(c) Town..................
2. What are the climatic conditions?
(a) Temperature : Max.........Min...........Mean..........
(6) Season of frost: Early................Late.......................
(c) Rainfall: Max.........Min...........Mean..........
(d) Sunshine: Max.........Min...........Mean..........
(e) Prevailing winds:
(f) Amount of snow (season of bare ground): (g) As influencing egg production.
As influencing crop production.
As influencing number of labor days.
As influencing cost of buildings.
3. What are the market conditions ?
(a) Name principal market or markets. (6) Population.
(c) Distance from local station.
(d) Express rate on eggs (30 doz.); dressed poultry (100 lb.); live poultry
(e) Freight rate (per ton feed).
(f) Passenger rate; frequency of train service.
(g) Commercial importance as regards kind and type of customers.
4. What is the condition of the roads ?
(a) Dirt, stone, etc.
(c) Distance from farm (a) R.R. Station.
(c) Post office.
(d) Free or toll.
(e) How kept in repair.
5. What is the size of the farm ?
6. What is the shape of the farm ? (Make sketch.)
7. What are the topographical conditions regarding: (a) General direction of slope of the land ?
(6) Air drainage ?
(c) Contour as affecting location of buildings ?
(d) Shelter from prevailing winds ?
8. What is the nature of the soil as regards:
(b) Drainage — natural..................artificial...................
9. What is the condition of the farm as regards weeds, stone, stumps, old fences, etc. ?
10. What is the condition of the farm as regards healthfulness ?
11. What is the nature of the water supply? (a) Quantity.
(c) How secured.
12. What are the existing crops ?
(a) Timber — kind, size, and condition. (6) Orchards — kind, size, and condition. (c) Field crops — kind, size, and condition.
13. What are the educational advantages ? (a) Distance from school ?
(6) Size and kind ?
14. What are the religious and social advantages? (a) Denomination?
(b) Distance from church ?
(c) Character and progressiveness of people ?
(d) Organizations — Granges, farm clubs, poultry associations, cooperative associations, etc.
(e) Kind of neighbors and distance from residence.
15. What are the neigborhood conveniences — Telephone, R.F.D. of mail.
Part II — Arrangement and nature of buildings
16. Make a sketch of the farm showing the approximate location of all buildings, fences, fields, and crops.
17. Give dimensions of main building, and make sketch showing (a) front and
(b) end elevation; (c) floor plan, (d) state kind of materials used in construction, (e) square feet floor space, (f) cubic feet air space.
18. What kind or kinds of laying houses are used ? Take measurements, and make front and end elevation and floor plan sketches.
19. Estimate square feet floor space and cubic feet air space.
20. State kind of material used in construction of sides, roof, floor, and foundation.
21. Give dimensions of incubator cellar and nature of construction, and estimate square feet floor space and cubic feet air space.
22. Give number and dimensions of brooder houses, and make sketches showing end and front elevations and floor plan, and estimate square feet floor space and cubic feet air space.
23. Give number and dimensions of fattening houses, and make sketches showing end and front elevations and floor plan, and estimate square feet floor space and cubic feet air space.
24. Give number and dimensions of barn or other auxiliary buildings, and make sketches showing end and front elevations and floor plan, and estimate square feet floor space and cubic feet air space.
25. Make sketch and brief description of residence, giving principal dimensions, number of rooms, etc.
Part III - Equipments
26. Name all the more important machinery and equipment used on the farm.
27. State kind and capacity of incubators.
28. State kind and capacity of outdoor brooders.
Part IV - Live-stock
29. State kind and quantity of live stock:
Mature fowls Mature males (a) Fowls Pullets
Cockerels Young Chicks
(e) Guineas. (f) Horses. (g) Cows. (h) Swine. (i) Sheep.