moulting time

The penguins are just starting to moult. they will be looking very scruffy and uncomfortable for the next few weeks. Penguins cannot go out to sea when they are in moult. Unfortunately this is the time of the year when late chicks die. Their parents cannot moult and feed chicks. If you see thin unhealthy chicks just remind yourself that this is a natural occurrence and that we have had a bumper year of chicks to keep the colony alive and healthy. This is a wild colony and we do not look after these chicks.