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In years with many chicks, each cohort (age group) has its own large pen for the first weeks. Later, the two or three cohorts live together in one pen. They need time to work out their pecking order—on land and in the air—before migration.

The chicks like the wet parts of their pen. Their long legs are good adaptations for wading in water and walking in tall grass. Their long beaks help them dig for food. What do they eat?

The chicks must learn to roost in water at night. That way, they can hear a predator’s splashes and fly to safety.