Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo was in for a surprise. The staff was excited for the arrival of two adorable Helmeted Curassow chicks.
The parents Boyaca and Ande are parents for the first time. The cream and black colored chicks are just what the zoo needs.
Helmeted Curassow chicks are endangered. Reports suggest that their number is down to 1,000-25,00 in the wild. Thus, the new parents were carefully selected. Subsequently, the zoo felt positive about the birth.
However, things took a U-turn when the staff saw that Ande was not able to nest properly.
The Keeper at the Zoo, Sam says, “We would prefer to have Ande raise the chicks, but it was clear early on that Ande wasn’t nesting properly. We would often find her off her nest and noticed the eggs weren’t being rotated enough. After a lot of discussion, we had Keeper Tiffany and Veterinary staff step in to assist in egg incubation.”
Initially, the routine was tough for the staff. As during the incubation period, it is vital to keep the environment in check. The right humidity will help in successful hatching of the eggs.
Moving forward, the staff and the veterinarian team made sure to weigh and check on the eggs daily. Once they got closer to the hatching period, they had to keep the air cell in check.
The hard work started to show results as small cracks started to appear in the shell. As days passed, the cracks got larger and the hatch finally took place. Nonetheless after all this hard work, the staff still has a long way to go.
The veterinary team was responsible to ensure that the chicks eat, perch, preen and vocalize. While doing all this, they were also making sure to not have the chicks imprint on them. Which meant that they were to be super quiet.
A few months have gone by and the chick family is happier than ever. The two chicks are both females and go by Araza and Badea. Both of them now have their adult plumage and signature helmets.
The Zoo’s hard work has surely paid off. The chicks have grown up fully and are healthy.