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A Guide to Incubating Eggs - With Tips on Bird's Natural Incubation and Artificial Incubation

A Guide to Incubating Eggs - With Tips on Bird's Natural Incubation and Artificial Incubation

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A Guide to Incubating Eggs - With Tips on Bird's Natural Incubation and Artificial Incubation

Par ANON

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50 pages
35 minutes
Sortie:
Aug 26, 2016
ISBN:
9781473356191
Format:
Livre

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This text contains a detailed handbook on the incubation of bird's eggs, including information on both natural and artificial incubation. A great book sure to appeal to and those with an interest in breeding birds, this text will be invaluable for successful incubation and constitutes a worthy addition to any collection of avicultural literature. The chapters of this book include: 'Incubation', 'Absorbing Nature of the Task', 'Adventures of a Brood', 'Maternal Love', 'The Raven-Tree', 'Behavior of a Fly-Catcher', 'Attentions of the Male', 'Guardian of the Nest', 'Both Birds Incubating', 'Anecdote of an Emu', 'A ''Common'' Nest', 'Changing the Eggs', 'Duration of Incubation', 'Mounds Raised by Birds', et cetera. This book has been elected for modern republication due to its educational value, and we are proud to republish it now complete with a new introduction on the subject of aviculture.
Sortie:
Aug 26, 2016
ISBN:
9781473356191
Format:
Livre

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A Guide to Incubating Eggs - With Tips on Bird's Natural Incubation and Artificial Incubation - ANON

INCUBATION.

INCUBATION.

THOUGH we have yet to wait for the appearance of life in the shell, the action of incubation on the part of the parent bird is one which is of the greatest interest, and forms an important chapter in the life of a bird. The character of the bird at that time generally undergoes a very marked change. As if desirous of concentrating all its attention upon the task to which it is called, and as if feeling that new responsibilities are about to be entered upon, it quits its sportings over the meadows, and becomes a voluntary prisoner to the quiet and shady recesses in which its nest is placed. Few things in natural history are more striking than this alteration in the habits and demeanour of the bird. When we remember the joy with which it delighted to wing its way through the air, the long period for which it would absent itself from its nest, for many hours in the day, and the distance to which, in its gambolings, or in its search after food, it would wander from its abode, and contrast its conduct in these respects with its demeanour now, we cannot fail to be struck with admiration and surprise. The poets have long selected the bird unrestrained in its airy wanderings as a symbol of freedom; yet we have now to watch this same winged being negligent of her liberty, and intent only upon the fulfilment of her duty of incubation. The desire is so strong that it might be called an instinct.

From the facts before stated with respect to the number of eggs laid by birds, the supposition seems to be in some degree warranted, that a bird will not incubate, or in other words sit upon its eggs, if interfered with, and the number kept from being increased by daily removal. The egg collectors on the coast state, that the guillemot would sit upon her single egg, if permitted to do so, and produce no more for that season; but upon its being constantly taken away, the bird is always laying, and does not apply herself to the task of incubation for a time at least. The common hen, however, will sit upon only one egg, when the instinct of incubation comes strongly upon her. The Poland breed of hens have little or no desire to incubate, and their eggs are consequently put under other hens, in which this desire is uppermost for the time being. Hens will sometimes sit for weeks upon an empty nest. The turkey is also a good incubating bird, and will sit, says Mr. Jesse, for months together upon a very scanty supply of food. These are circumstances which the poultry-keeper pays much attention

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