Florida Sandhill Cranes mate for life and work together to raise their young. Mom lays 1 – 3 eggs in a nest and dad helps incubate the eggs. The chicks hatch thirty days later and within 24 hours leave the nest with the parents. The young stay with mom and dad for 9 – 10 months when they become independent. Although the youngsters will form pair bonds in 2 – 3 years, they generally do not reproduce until they are 5 or more years old. Cranes can live upwards of 20 years.
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