Squab -

A young pigeon. There is a large and constantly inreasing demand for squabs, particularly in the large cities. The birds are at their best when about four weeks old, i. e., after they have grown plump and before they have left the nest to fly - for, unlike chicks, they are quite helpless when young. At that time their flesh is milky and very delicate - after they have left the nest, it rapidly loses the special squab characteristics. Good specimens will, at the age mentioned, average eight pounds or more to the dozen.

The best known varieties are the young of the Homer, Dragoon, Carneaux and Runt pigeons. The last named is the largest of all, but is not so frequently bred as it is not as prolific as the others.

Size, plumpness and light-colored flesh are the points to be observed in buying squabs. They should be very carefully handled, both in the store and wagon, as their flesh damages easily. They were formerly obtainable only in summer and they are still most plentiful then, but artificial mating now supplies them to the market all the year.

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