This afternoon as Hope and Terzo’s last egg began to hatch, Hope picked the new chick out of its shell, ate part of it, and fed the rest to her only remaining chick, C1.
All four of Hope’s eggs hatched but there is only one chick to show for it. On April 29 she killed and ate the second chick (C2) feeding part of it to C1. C3 hatched on April 30 but he never thrived. (Some of you speculated that she didn’t fed him adequately even though there is plenty of food.)
Hours after C3 died Hope fed him to C1. And now she has killed and eaten C4, again feeding him to C1.
We don’t know why Hope is doing this. Perhaps her situation will prompt biologists to study her case. In the meantime we can only wonder.
Needless to say her actions are distressing, so turn off the nestcam if it upsets you.
This is very abnormal behavior!!
p.s. I have no predictions on what she’ll do next. I have no idea how the season will end.