Little Indian Incubator

How you then proceed with the care of your broody during the incubation and subsequent rearing of her babies you'll just have to wait until next month's article to find out.

When we visited India last November we took a few bantam eggs out with us, as a gift for our hotel owner's wife. A broody hen had been pre-arranged and she arrived, in a carrier bag at our bedroom door. Despite this inauspicious start, when settled on the eggs, in a basket they use especially for this purpose, she sat like a good one. Later we showed our hosts how to candle the eggs to check their fertility and progress. So, now running around in the heat of Goa are Friesian Fowl and Plymouth Buff Rock bantams - I wish I were there f with them too.

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