Hatching is Happening
It’s happening. After the eager wait of the return of albatross pairs. Then, after the long wait of chicks as they miraculously develop inside their eggs. Finally, chicks are now hatching. Some chicks are done hatched.
All that patience and peace over the last two-and-a-half months has paid off.
The first stage is known as pipping. That’s when a muscle in the back of a chick’s neck starts to twitch. The twitch jerks the chick’s head up, causing the “egg tooth” on the tip of the chick’s bill to pierce the egg casing. Over 24 to 48 hours, this happens again and again and again. Slowly, the chick emerges.
It takes a few hours to a day for the chick to dry out. Whey they do, they transform into a big fluff ball of down.
This is the stage we’re in right now. It could also be called the cute-as-anything-and-everything stage.