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  • coldcounter by coldcounter

    I really don't get it with these ones ..... every pic no matter what time of the year there are always big brown chicks ... never little

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  • coldcounter by coldcounter

    chicks??? never eggs?? (though I know they hatch them on their feet but even so....) i think these are adult birds moutling in the front

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  • coldcounter by coldcounter

    not chicks into adults but marked as adults as they have the right markings ... but never little chicks here ....

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    Hi @coldcounter As for King penguins, their breeding cycle is quite complicated in the comparison to other penguin species. They keep their

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    eggs (and then the little chick) on their feet hidden under a skin fold at their brood patch, so you won't see them until they're big enough

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    to leave it and stay on their own outside in crèche, which takes about 30-40 days. Until that, it's unable to regulate its body temperature.

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    They incubate only one egg at once! The cycle takes 14-16 month and most couples raise a chick just 2x in a period of 3 years.So you can see

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    chicks of different age side by side in a single image. Hope it is clearer now πŸ˜ƒ

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  • coldcounter by coldcounter

    I have often noticed those with bulging pockets and thought we would get a glimpse... But never have πŸ˜ƒ and never seen anything younger

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  • coldcounter by coldcounter

    Than the brown fluffy ones we see... Maybe one day we will get a glimpse... One day πŸ˜„

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    Here are photos and video of a King chick from hatching to knee high: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2942696/From-runt-supersized-King-Penguin-chick-gone-just-inches-tall-0-5lb-two-half-feet-1-5-stone-just-months.html

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    There are a couple of views of King eggs showing briefly during incubation at this site, about 1/3 down the page: http://www.photovolcanica.com/PenguinSpecies/King/KingPenguinPhotos.html

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    @gardenmaeve Oh, thanks! What great idea to show some pictures for @coldcounter !!πŸ˜ƒ And that video of hatching! Yay, what a cute noise it makes!

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    @gardenmaeve feel free to start a thread on the Science board with this awesome material! It will get lost here, flooded by other posts πŸ˜•

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  • coldcounter by coldcounter

    Thanks @yshish and @gardenmaeve ... that video is sweet (ET eat your heart out!) it gives me hope to study this site even more closely πŸ˜ƒ

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    gosh that chick - how it grew! fantastic to see πŸ˜„

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    @yshish- Will do, when I've a bit of time.
    I've never understood how young'uns of any species can be described as 'ugly'. They always look perfect to me.

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