Laysan albatross begin breeding in mid-November and chicks hatch during late January to mid-February. Black-footed albatross begin breeding in early November and chicks begin to hatch in mid-January.
Both species lay one egg and incubation lasts about 65 days. Incubation starts with the female who usually stays for a short 2-day span. The male then takes over for as long as three weeks. If the egg is infertile or breaks during incubation, re-laying will not occur that year.