We had a 4 days of no yellow-eyed penguin chick deaths and when we were just about to breathe a sigh of relief we have more dead. We are now down to 52 chicks all together (started with 85!) - three fewer than last year and a 39% mortality all up. It's been a terrible few weeks and we are disappointed that despite our best efforts we have been unable to keep more alive. We are at a loss as to what else we could do. Even chicks with Diphtheria that had been on antibiotics for 3 or 4 days have now died. They were young but should not have succumbed.
The photo is of two chicks that have made it without meds so far! These are the strong ones!