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Hypnotising a Hen.

MrE. T. Chaplin, who writes from Palace Gardens terrace, sends the following remarkable narrative to the " Spectator ":^—Within the last month I have made an interesting experiment with a fowl. Some choice eggs being sent me for hatching purposes (having no hen at that time broody and no incubator), I determined to set one of my hens on these eggs, and keep her there by the force of mesmeric power. The eggs were not fresh when I received them, and to keep ihem with the uncertain hope of a hen becoming broody might have been fatal to their hatching. I therefore went against nature and set my hen upon these eggs; she was in full lay at the time, and remained so throughoutthe three weeks that she was sitting, laying according to her wont, two out of three days. Those who understand poultry will appreciate that no hen will do this without having become naturally broody, although for the first day or two after being set on eggs I have had hens lay once, or even twice. Marking the eggs I sat her upon, I was able to know and withdraw the eggs she kept laying. The firstday I placed her on the eggs it took me half an hour to bring her into a hypnotic condition ; but each successive day, after having roused her to eat and drink, I was able to soothe her to drowsy placidity in much less time; also there were days, for which I can give no reason, when I had to go to her more than once in, she being in a restless, excited state, trying to get off the nest. The result has been, much to my own astonishment, that four out of seven of these eggs-have hatched, are healthy, happy little chickens. At night I can still influence their mother to her maternal duties, but in the daytime she takes no notice of them.

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Hypnotising a Hen., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2477, 29 July 1890

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Hypnotising a Hen. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2477, 29 July 1890