I’m always curious to peep into a box of mystery items, I came across this on my travels this week.
A book, published in 1900. The Problem Solved, a practical treatise on artificial incubation and chicken rearing. What a title.
A quick scoot around the Internet shows me that that the title reprinted many times, and translated into French. According to the box, this particular copy was found in a empty farm house that was about to be demolished to make way for a quarry.
Hearson’s Patent Champion Incubator or not, Rocky our cockerel, will be pleased to note that he can’t be cut out of the process of rearing chick. He has been growing new feather of late, just to let the girls know he is in peak form.
I know I’ve blogged about new feathers before, but it’s a process that never fails to interest me. The way the quill grows first, the tip breaks off and the new feather emerges like a fine paint brush
Here he’s giving them a bit of a ruffle. Clever isn’t it?