Hummingbird Eggs are Laid on Different Days

A female hummingbird will usually lay two very small eggs which are about the size of a jelly bean or a pea. It is interesting to note that each of these eggs will be laid on different days. In spite of this surprising fact, the eggs will still hatch on the same day.

You may be wondering, how is this possible? Well, the reason for this is because the female will not start incubating the eggs until both of the eggs have been laid, thus allowing the eggs to hatch on the same day.

The incubation of the eggs usually last between 16-18 days, but it can take up to three weeks if the weather is cooler then usual when the eggs are laid.

Dear Mom Hummingbirds

The Tiny Size of Hummingbird Eggs

As one of the smallest bird species it is not surprising to discover that the hummingbird lays the smallest eggs of all birds. Have you ever wondered about the size of hummingbird eggs? If so, this post will provide you with the answer you seek.

Just how tiny are the eggs of a hummingbird? The answer may surprise many of you. The eggs measure less than 1/2 an inch long. Even at this tiny size the eggs may represent as much as 10 percent of the mother’s weight at the time the eggs are laid. I do not know about you but I find it astounding that something so tiny could represent that much of the mother’s weight at the time the eggs are laid.

This kind of information makes me think of my mom and our shared love of hummingbirds. This is the kind of information that she would have found to be interesting and that I would have enjoyed getting to share with her. It is my hope that you too will enjoy discovering this information as well.