November is such a difficult month for us with the yellow-eyed penguin chicks getting sick. We had a total of 67 chicks hatched (one to go...) and lost 8 so far. We had to treat 72% (48 chicks) for Diphtheria so far and it ain't over yet. Hopefully it will be in a week's time. Realising that our sponsors want to know what's happening with their box families, parents and chicks, here is a run-down to all the current sponsorships:
Bequette (photo) and 2 chicks Jax and Chris: fine, not treated.
Janet: 2 chicks (treated - and so far alive but very young still)
Thor: 1 chick - treated and survived
Odd Simen in Brent Sinclair's box: 2 chicks, fine, not treated
Jordana Whyte's box: 2 chicks - treated - so far alive
Penny Box 1: 2 chicks, fine
Mandy: 2 chicks, fine
Clayden and Alicia How: 1 egg - did not hatch, the pair is having the summer off
Morgan in the Remembrance box: 2 chicks, treated and survived
Penny Box 3: 1 chick - treated - so far alive
Stitches: both chicks dead - she will be taking the summer off.
Jacob Thompson box: 2 chicks - treated and survived
Dylan: 2 chicks - treated and survived
Vivek: 1 egg was pipping yesterday, the other one hopefully will hatch as well. The eggs were laid late and hatching is even later - they are the last ones.
Poppy: 2 chicks - treated and survived
Stewie Junior and Ciara in Uncle Chang's box: treated and survived
Mrs 31: 2 chicks - fine
Chicky: 1 chick - treated and survived
Jackson in Anja & Alfred's box: 1 chick - treated and survived
We will be posting photos presently. So far the chicks have been very small and hard to capture on camera as they usually have their head under the parent's bum and all you see are a couple of fluffy bottoms. Soon there will be cuteness overload!