EGG COLLECTION—How are contents removed and small eggs prepared for museum purposes, etc.?
Drill a small hole in the middle of the side (not end) of the egg and with a blow pipe, such as used by jewelers in soldering, blow the contents of the egg out. Rinse the egg shell thoroughly several times by taking water in the mouth and forcing it through the blow pipe into the egg shell. After thoroughly rinsing the shell, blow out all the water you can and lay the egg, hole down, on corn meal. The meal will absorb what water remains in the shell, and when dry, the meal may be rubbed off without danger of injuring the egg. If you lay the eggs on paper or other substance they are very liable to stick and break. This is especially true with very small delicate eggs. In blowing eggs, hold the end of the pipe close to the hole and blow carefully, as you can easily blow hard enough to break the eggs. Egg drills can be obtained from dealers in taxidermists’ tools and supplies, but you can make one that will answer by filing the point on a ten penny round nail perfectly round and true, bringing it to a perfect point as sharp almost as that of a pin; the point should be about 1/4 inch long. Break a small, worn out hand saw file and with a sharp corner of the same cut shallow longitudinal trenches or burrs up and down the drill point, starting the trenches about 1/64th inch apart at top and bringing them together at the point of the drill. These burrs may be cut with any hard pointed steel instrument.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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