16. Right of property in eggs of game birds.

16.     Right of property in eggs of game birds.

The right of property in the eggs of game birds follows the principle of the right over game in general, instead of that of the right over young or captive game1, that is to say, the property in them is qualified, not absolute.

In order that the property may become absolute, the eggs must first have been collected from the nests or otherwise reduced into possession2. The taking of eggs from the nests of wild birds does not amount to theft3, but, as in