The only chicks that are still in their box are Amy's four chicks in Box1.
system switched on at about 6.30am - are all four of Amy's chicks still
Yes they are - and they don't look as though they will leave soon either!
|An hour later and the chicks are looking more lively - but all four are still in the box.|
|Suddenly, one of them jumps up on to the hole and looks out.|
|Is it about to go? The fact that its feet are visible gripping the outside of the hole is a pretty good sign that it is serious.|
on its way!
Now there are only three left inside the box.
|The other chicks show no sign of leaving the nest until this one pokes its head out nearly three hours later. Note that its feet are not visible - I don't think it's about to go yet.|
|I think it's just asking to be fed!|
|Here comes Amy.|
|What's this? It looks like the neighbour's cat!|
|It actually manages to get a paw inside the box in the hope of catching something I suppose. Fortunately the chicks have the sense to cower down in the nest cup.|
|It's a nice cat, but I wish it wouldn't try to catch our chicks!|
|They still look frightened some two and a half hours later.|
|Eventually, though, life returns to normal.|
at the end of the day the three chicks are still in the box.
I am fairly confident that if it had not been for the cat, these three chicks would have fledged today.