Hot Chicks!

Patricia Latas
April 28, 2014 share
Artists for Conservation

12 April 2014

 

Yes, that's right. HOT CHICKS!

 

Unseasonably warm and fine weather on Whenua Hou has brought sun-loving people outdoors, sandflies in numbers, and minor inconvenience to the babies in the rearing unit.

Contrary to everything known about baby birds, and to incubating and hand-rearing baby parrots, Kakapo chicks need to be...COOLED! Kakapos are adapted to cold temperatures, and as the chicks grow and are able to regulate their own temperature, warm weather can bring stress.

This is how they start out, Lisa1 at only a few days old. Credit: KRT

 

And here is Lisa1 before I arrived. Credit:KRT

And that is why their rearing unit (a self-contained porta-potty refitted as a sterile hand-rearing facility) has an air conditioner instead of a heater.

 

Little Rakiura2, brought down from Huhana's nest last night, is doing great. He received fluids, tube feeding and ICU, and this morning is hydrated and gaining weight as he should. Darryl decided he should stay and provide companionship for the famous Lisa1.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Location

Codfish Island, Southland, NZ
New Zealand
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