Some birds e.g. Owls start sitting on the first egg this results in the young hatching days apart and often the youngest dies. Most of the small birds start to incubate the clutch when all the eggs have been laid.
Thanks for the reply Yas - another egg has appeared and she has barely left it other to pop round the other side of my house for food so here's hoping!
l think the only good thing l can say Justine, is at least she is still sitting on the eggs and not now lift them so must think it's worth it and something good will come of it, maybe someone else out here can advise more. yas
thank you for the reply - she's been on pretty much all day now since 8am so everything is crossed and I'm tiptoeing around!
Sorry no one has replied to you Justine. aS far as I know, birds lay an egg each day until they lay their full clutch. They can be left alone, but 11 hours seems a long time, it is when all eggs are laid that she sits to incubate them. Hope you are lucky.
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