The chicks have arrived
Our Yellow-eyed penguin parents have been busy over the last 6 weeks incubating their eggs and it is now time to meet the new chicks. We have 14 so far in each colony, so a total of 28 with quite a few more to go. There is a higher proportion of eggs that won't hatch this year because we have a lot of young females breeding for the first time. They usually have a lower average fertility probably due to lack of experience. So far so good, none of the older chicks have so far shown signs of the dreaded Diphtheria.