May 8, 2001
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
The chicks are weighed a couple of times each day during the first week. Their weights let the handlers know if
the chicks are eating. The newly hatched chicks are in a drawer-like incubator. This keeps them warm during the
drying-out process and first few hours after hatching.
Journey North is pleased to feature this educational adventure made possible by the Whooping Crane Eastern Partnership.
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