Hello friends and family
We have turned the corner with the chicks. They are now out of that neonatal danger zone and getting cuter by the day. The next step in their lives is to venture outside the nest and we are looking forward to this as the nest boxes smell very bad.
We are now getting into the routine of weighing the chicks once a week. We do one reserve on Tuesday and the other on Thursday. On Tuesday it was Robbie and I, but on Thursday we were joined by the biodiversity staff from Oamaru. It is great talking to them about ways we can work together to make the Waitaki a better place to live for humans and other species.
My other task this week has been to prick out the tiny cabbage trees. I am transferring them from a tray where they sprouted to individual tiny pots to grow on for a few months. I have hundreds of them so am doing about 30 a day to get through the task.
On Friday we were advised that the big chick that died last week was from Malaria. Having a known cause is better than not. We will make a plan.
Have a great week!