A month after hatching the Emperor penguin chicks are encouraged by their parents to walk by themselves. This is necessary because the chicks grow so fast the parents have to forage both at te same time to be able to feed their offspring and themselves. When we visited the chicks were in their adolescent stage, about three months old, and they had formed groups for safety and warmth.
When both parents are off to sea to feed and the weather is good, the chicks are in constant search for their next meal. They follow each other wandering between the many groups of the the Snow Hill Island colony.