Hatchlings – Condition at Hatching

  • Eyes are open
  • Down-covered
  • Weak in movements, but can beg.

Chicks are brooded almost continually (1–14 days old) and fed small bits of fish by female parent.

Brooding is intermittent thereafter, up to about 4 wk of age, as necessary (e.g., rain, wind).

Pounding rain

In hot sun, young 3–4 wk old are often shaded (not brooded) by female parent.

May 2019
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Why did egg # 2 not hatch?

An inescapable question.

  • The Doctor has some ideas but he really has no answer.
  • We know the egg was fertile.
  • We know Harriett cared for the egg well. She is an experienced mother.
  • The weather has been excessively wet this spring. Excessive humidity is a possible cause. Perhaps there was something wrong with the embryo and it died after development started.
  • I don’t even think Harriett knows.
  • No further harping on this subject.

It’s time to raise baby!

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Single chick family

But, Hey! “————————-“.

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Speckled trout

What is going on Harriett?

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Anxiously waiting

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Baby hugs little brother

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Feeding baby

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