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Thread subject: Another chick and egg question
Name Date Message
Shelley 04/16/04 01:00 pm My understanding is that the eggs will hatch in the order that they were laid (at least, that is how it is with eagles; I'm assuming it is the same with ospreys). Also, from what I've read on this site, the first born are the ones who get fed first, obviously, and are the ones who will likely be the strongest and most apt to survive, especially if the nest is crowded and the competition for food is fierce.

So here's my question: is it significant (or even unusual) that this fourth egg seems to be larger than the first 3? Does this mean the chick will be bigger, and possibly stronger?

And more than one of us has noted that it is also different in colour, although I am guessing that may be because it is simply not yet covered with *stuff* from the nest and the birds, themselves. My first thought was that perhaps it was an egg dropped in there by another bird but even if the laying had not been caught on video, that's a pretty far-fetched theory since Betty and Dennis almost never leave that nest unattended long enough for that to happen (I know this sort of thing does occur with other bird species, btw)

If only they could talk, and tell us!! ;-)

Mickey 04/16/04 03:33 pm My theory for the 4th all white egg is simple. The Easter Bunny brought it. :)
Matt 04/16/04 11:35 pm Does that mean an Easter Bunny will hatch from there Mickey?
Mickey 04/17/04 09:39 am Its a magic bunny Matt *wink* It will of course be a fully grown Osprey hehehe

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