The five Rockhopper penguin chicks hatched in December go on display at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo starting Thursday afternoon.
The chicks are in a playpen in the Antarctic Penguin display. The playpen gives them an opportunity to acclimate to the other penguins and the exhibit. The time also allows their feathers to fully come in as down feathers are not waterproof. The chicks will remain in the playpen for about another month until all of their feathers are in.
Hatched between December 23rd and December 27th, the chicks currently weigh from 4.25 to 4.76 pounds. Full grown Rockhopper penguins weigh between 4.4 and 5.5 pounds.