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May 3, 2002
By four days of age, a chick has made progress! It can now stand up tall and walk
well. The chick still stumbles sometimes, but its legs get stronger and steadier
with every passing hour. Whooper chicks have very fluffy, dense downy coats. Later,
their reddish cinnamon color gives way to a rust-and-white mottled look as the white
feathers grow in.
The fragile chicks are weighed a couple of times each day during the first week.
Their weights let the handlers know if the chicks are eating and getting enough fluids.
Crane #3 is 16 days old and not as gangly. He is coaxed onto the scale with yummy
mealworms. Click to enlarge and see how much the chick weighs.
Try This! Journaling Questions
- Why do you suppose Crane #4 is being weighed in a box? (Look for a clue word
in the text above.)
- What other items weigh the same as a 16-day-old chick? (Click photo to enlarge
and read the scale.)
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible
by the Whooping
Crane Eastern Partnership (WCEP).
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