The story of this years Norwich Cathedral Peregrine season continues with the successful hatching of all four eggs into healthy chicks. After between 35 to 36 days of incubation, which was taken in turns by the male and female, the chicks showed their first signs of hatching on Thursday 28 April. Within 48 hours all four had hatched meaning that they were all of a similar strength to compete for food when it came to the feeding times. The cold weather in April seemed to have had an impact on the incubation time with the hatching occurring two days after it was expected, however it meant that they all hatched in a shorter time scale. Following 2015’s sad demise of the last hatched chick within the first five days, we are hoping that history will not repeat itself and it is showing no signs of doing so after the first successful week. All four chicks are developing quickly and growing in size nearly everyday with up to 6 or more feeds by their amazing parents, who have now reared their fifth successful clutch at Norwich Cathedral since 2012. To follow the story in photos taken from our webcam please see below, along with a sample YouTube video taken from our webcam.
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We hope you enjoy this video of the first feeding of the 3 chicks that hatched on the 29 April with mum and dad in attendance. Please visit our YouTube page to follow their development throughout the season.