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Re: egg laying rates

>Sorry, not true. Birds (e.g. ostriches) control incubation by not 
>brooding until all the eggs are layed (>23 days). That is to insure 
>that eggs hatch within a relatively short time (hours) of each other. 
>E.g., see Bertram, B., 1992. The ostrich communal nesting system. 
>Princeton U. Press 

Actually this is true for a number of precocial bird species; it is a quite
necessary adaptation for birds whose young leave the nest on hatching.
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