CHAP. 80.—WHAT EGGS ARE CALLED HYPENEMIA, AND WHAT
CYNOSURA. HOW EGGS ARE BEST KEPT.
The barren eggs, which we have mentioned as "hypenemia,"
are either conceived by the females when they are influenced
by libidinous fancies, and couple with one another, or else at
the moment when they are rolling themselves in the dust;
they are produced not only by the pigeon, but by the common
hen as well, the partridge, the pea-hen, the goose, and the
chenalopex; these eggs are barren, smaller than the others, of
a less agreeable flavour, and more humid. There are some
who think that they are generated by the wind, for which
reason they give them the name of "zephyria." The eggs
known as "urina," and which by some are called "cy-
are only laid in the spring, and at a time when the
hen has discontinued sitting. Eggs, if soaked in vinegar, are
rendered so soft thereby, that they may be twisted2
the finger like a ring. The best method of preserving them is
to keep them packed in bean-meal, or chaff, during the
winter, and in bran during the summer. It is a general belief, that if kept in salt, they will lose their contents.