Hello friends and family
This has been a steady as we go week. The penguins have settled on their eggs and only the young, single males are creating much noise. Next week we may be needed to supply some foster nests, so it was important to candle the eggs. This is earlier in incubation than we usually do it so on Thursday we ran a trial to ensure everything worked.
It all went well. We started with eggs that had been incubating for more than 21 days and the embryos and air sac were easy to see. Yesterday Hiltrun and I did some more. We will be completing the job on Tuesday of next week.
So far, we have detected a high fertility rate with only 4 dud eggs. This is good news as a reflection on the penguins’ current health.
We have one penguin in care. It is a chick from last season, a female with Malaria who is responding well to her treatment. She will be released this week.
Have a great week!