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May 2019 by V. R. Duin


An airborne engine screamed and roared
As over the fence that speedboat soared.
Dolly squawked and dove under her stool
As that errant boat landed in the pool.

Birds do not build a nest egg. They do not accumulate assets for long-term purposes. Artificial or natural eggs may encourage hens to stay in place. Their production is expected to gain independence.

Birds are not the only animals to hatch from eggs. Monotreme mammalian species and most reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, fish and insects lay eggs. The young are not born live.

Beaked monotremes likely evolved from birds. Hind webbed limbs of male duck-billed platypuses have venomous spurs. Echidnas, or spiny anteaters, sport quills, hair and hind venomous organs with weak toxin.

Eggs are associated with new beginnings and spring. Domestic and wild fowl lay fertile and infertile eggs. Infertile eggs will not hatch. Parrots typically lay from two to eight fertile eggs during each nesting season.

Oviparous animals lay eggs. Embryonic development happens within the egg, which hatches outside the parent. Not all eggs are incubated. Many eggs hatch without any adult involvement.

Bird eggs are fertilized internally. Male and female birds have cloaca for sperm, eggs, urine and feces. Males release sperm into the female cloaca for egg fertilization. Unfertilized eggs are laid as an avian form of menstruation.

External fertilization takes place in water. Fertilization occurs when male sperm connects with female eggs outside adult bodies. Most fish and all crustaceans, squid, mollusks, frogs and toads “spawn” to reproduce.

Ovoviviparous species progress as embryos within a parent. Stingrays, mantas, snakes and insects develop from eggs inside females. Seahorse males incubate eggs in pouches, from which they hatch for live delivery.

There can be a bad egg. Bad eggs can result from illness, genetics, pollution and internal or external forces. This also defines unwelcome intruders in nests, homes, offices, restaurants, stores or vehicles.

Birds are hormonal and territorial. They lash out to protect nests. These may be the world's most expensive culinary ingredient. . Parrot nests are not harvested for the bird's nest soup market.

Parrots mate for life. Breeding seasons vary. Care for young is consistent. Nestlings are too young to develop flight wings to leave. Fledglings receive continuing care while practicing flight at about 4 months of age.

To lay an egg is to make a bad performance. This act may not be brought to immediate attention. Like the bad omen of a bird flying into a house, bad actions may continue to haunt an individual.

Outside reactions or self-awareness may guide change. Why sit on eggs that cannot hatch? Why try to incubate unfertilized eggs of other hens? Why lay eggs in nests of other species? Birds do all of the above.

Poultry breeders test for fertilized eggs. They confirm eggs are fresh to eat. Someone considered a bad egg may perpetually relive the experience or performance resulting in their good-for-nothing status.

Birds become anxious in the face of danger. Anxiety over their nests in trees, tunnels or rock crevices may lead to the acquisition of skills or the avoidance of repeated errors. Learning also comes with eating expired eggs.

Avian species cannot employ locks or security devices. They can band together to protect their flock and nesting areas. Parrot parents take turns sitting on eggs. They hatch in about 20 to 30 days.

Laying eggs is taxing. Reading about eggs laid by others can be fun. This is especially true for amusing outcomes. The world welcomes people, animals and things that are pleasant, agreeable and trustworthy.

Parrots practice restraint before launching attacks. The cost to life may not be worth the effort. Parrots are responsible for their offspring for at least one year. Some chicks take four years to reach maturity.

Chicks require extra care during the first two weeks. They spend this time in blindness. Adult avian species can identify predators. They know when to be quiet for danger avoidance and when to squawk in warning.

Flocks are vulnerable to predators. To build a nest egg takes precaution, effort, time management and diligence, all of which are attributed to nesting birds. Human intervention may restore an injured flock.

Birds live and work in the present. Flocks may resettle in unspoiled territories. It is difficult to move forward with repeated setbacks. This may be why humans put effort into holding onto property of value.