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Thread subject: More than 3 eggs?
Name Date Message
Matt 04/11/04 06:59 pm Shelley, in your post on the observations, you asked if there would be more. Usually 4 eggs is the limit that I have heard that Ospreys lay. 1 to 2 are very common while 3 or 4 are less common. However, the survival rate for the third chick is not very good. As the first ones hatch, they get the most food. They also compete for food which means pecking the others away from it. Last year, the 4th chick hatched but didn't make it, not sure why. The 3rd chick hatched but chick #1 pecked at it so much, it died. Chick #1 tried to take on chick #2 but #2 was hatched not too long after #1. So #2 gave it back to him.
It is sad but we must remember that this is nature and this is how things are.

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