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Heavily infested by insects.
The young of animals.
To incubate eggs or cover the young for warmth.
An animal kept for breeding.



the young members of a family of birds or mammals (hatchlings, litters). Sometimes the term also refers to the offspring and both parents or one (in polygamous species). The number of young animals in the brood or litter varies greatly from species to species, depending upon their fertility; for example, birds can have from one to 24 hatchlings, and mammals can have from one to 20 young. Even within one species the number of young can vary; in particular, it depends upon the climatic conditions of the year and other such factors.

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Below is an example of partial house brooding for chicks.
Mean of all the observed values taken after 1st, 7th and 14th brooding day were calculated for both the anti-coagulated and serum blood samples for the two flocks.
The number of larvae that eventually emerged from the brood tubes varied with the degree of salinity stress experienced during the brooding period (Fig.
lurida behave in this unique environment (but see Wasson 2010), and none of these studies, to our knowledge, have evaluated brooding activity in tidal lagoons.
Nevertheless, only three cases of double brooding were detected among the 20 first clutches (15%) that were estimated to have been started by 7 June in 2009-11.
They found that the specific dinosaur species would have laid its eggs vertically and only the egg bottoms would have been buried in mud, suggesting that they hatched in a similar manner to brooding birds.
So the researchers counted and measured the pores in the shells of Troodon eggs to assess how water vapour would have been conducted through the shell compared with eggs from contemporary crocodiles, mound-nesting birds and brooding birds.
In an interview, Mr Brown is asked whether he understands why - thick-set, black hair, brooding - some women say he reminds them of Heathcliff ?
Only two bantam hens had survived brooding and the predators.
And the next cutting critique might be coming from the front office, not from the brooding center.