Once again, apologies for the intermittent and brief posts this week. For Nige and Nicky it has been full-on, 24 hours a day, looking after the rapidly growing chicks and checking the as-yet-unhatched eggs.
So…what has been happening? Well, after the eggs arrived at Slimbridge last Wednesday the first clutch started hatching almost straight away. They continued hatching through the night and in the morning there were three healthy chicks.
Since then, three further clutches have hatched and are doing well. The final clutch is pipping (at the time of writing) and it’s looking like we’ll have the final birds sometime tomorrow.
Early on the extremely wet weather has been a worry. The humidity could have possibly affected the moisture content of the eggs, so Nige has had driers working to get the conditions just right.
Since hatching Nige and Nicky have been feeding the young chicks fruit flies (as you can see in the video below) and live crickets with tweezers, which is intensive work. The live birds have been weighed regularly and the eggs must be continually monitored.
Once the pressure has eased off, we’ll ask one of the team to give you an update from their own perspective. In the meantime, enjoy the photos and video.