[ noun ] (biology) the production of eggs (especially in birds)
Used in print(Clifford H. Pope, The Giant Snakes....)
The range is from 14 to 25 inches ; the former figure is based on a somewhat unusual birth of four by a Central_American female ( see chapter on Laying , Brooding , Hatching , and Birth ) , the latter on a `` normal '' newly born individual .(E. Lucas Myers, "The Vindication of Dr. Nestor,"...)
date of laying , length of incubation_period , number of chicks reaching the first week , second week , fifth week , weight of hen , size of rooster 's wattles and_so_on , all scrawled out in a hand that looked more Chinese than English , the most jagged and sprawling Alex had ever seen .