A Good Egg
May 2018 by V. R. Duin

LAY AN EGG
BUILD A NEST EGG

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 are not the only creatures that “lay an egg”, be this a “good egg” or a “bad egg” when it hatches or fails to hatch. Production is expected to fly away.

Birds are not the only animals that lay eggs. Many creatures lay an egg or multiple eggs to reproduce, including five mammals and most reptiles, amphibians, crustaceans, fish and insects.


Bird eggs usually are fertilized inside the mother. Some eggs are fertilized by the male outside of the female's body. Bad eggs can result with illness, genetics, pollution and internal or external forces.


Egg-laying animals are referred to as “oviparous”. Embryonic development takes place outside the mother in the egg. Not all eggs are incubated. Some eggs hatch without parental involvement.


Eggs are associated with new life and spring. Some species lay infertile eggs that cannot be fertilized later. They will not hatch. Parrots typically lay from two to eight fertile eggs during each nesting season.


There also is a “bad egg”. This describes unwelcome intruders in nests, homes, offices, restaurants, stores or vehicles. Nests are the world's most expensive culinary ingredient for bird's nest soup.


Birds feel anger. They lash out to prevent intrusions or damage to their nests. Parrots typically mate for life. They do not “build a nest egg”. Their production is expected to leave.


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 come back to haunt a person.


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 that eggs are fresh to eat. Should someone become aware of a “bad egg” in a performance, that person may anxiously relive the experience.


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


Birds cannot employ locks or other 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 when the outcome is amusing. The world welcomes people, animals and things that are pleasant, agreeable and trustworthy.


Parrots practice restraint in 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 birds can identify predators. They know when to be quiet for avoidance and when to squawk in warning.


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


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