Bath chicks doing well – family ‘coma’ in the sun…

The Bath eyasses are developing very well.  Here we see them ranging from 14 to 17 days old, sporting their second layer of down, with ridiculously full crops and experiencing food coma in the morning sunshine.

9 Responses to Bath chicks doing well – family ‘coma’ in the sun…

    • There was 48 hours difference in the laying times of the Bath and Norwich eggs which tallies with the hatching dates.

    • Hi Ken. We have several cameras on the Norwich nest but technology means we can only ever transmit from one at any given time. We took the decision to use the side camera as it gives a better all round view – of the chick under the adult (except when tucked right up in the corner) but also more importantly the side camera gives a good panoramic view of comings and goings of the parents etc, which you wouldn’t be able to see at all from the overhead one.

    • Hi Elaine. We have taken the decision this year that the Norwich chick will not be ringed. With an inexperienced mother, and the history so far of this nest, we felt leaving well alone the best course of action for this chick. The Bath chicks will be ringed soon, probably in the next couple of days, by a licensed bird ringer. We will pass on images and information regarding the ringing as soon as it happens.

  1. Having watched thie Bath chicks with great interest since they were hatched, I’ve noticed in the last week or so they seem to be left on their own for very long spells. Unlike the Norwich one who has the adult their most of the time. Is this normal?

    • Yes, this is normal. The Bath chicks are somewhat older than the Norwich one, with the eggs having been laid earlier. We would expect to see chicks being left for increasingly long periods as they grow.

    • Su is spot on here Ken. Once the eyasses develop their second layer of down they are as good as wearing thermals and will overheat if the falcon broods them too closely. That said, if there is driving wind and rain she’ll be in there like a shot to act as a windbreak.

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