First successful handrearing of an abandoned Bermuda petrel chick


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Artificially incubate and hand-rear seabirds in captivity

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  1. Artificially incubate and hand-rear seabirds in captivity

    A small study on Bermuda in 1971 (Wingate 1972) reported on the successful hand-rearing of a Bermuda petrel chick Pterodroma cahow. The chick was abandoned by one parent, causing its development to slow and it was not ready to fledge when it reached the normal age for departure (84 days). It was therefore hand-fed on blended squid and shrimp using a squeezable pipette. The chick reached a lower weight than most petrels, probably due to stunted growth before being hand-reared. It was released successfully but at a greater age than parent-reared birds fledged.


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