Salisbury Cathedral’s first two peregrine falcon chicks of 2024 have hatched.

The first hatched on Sunday, April 28, with the second following early on Monday, April 29. 

Take a look at the video below to see the first baby chicks of the year. 

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The little chicks will have been hard at work for around 72 hours, before breaking out of their shells.

They do this using a hard pointed area on their beaks, called the ‘egg tooth’.

When a chick is ready to hatch a special neck muscle contracts, causing its head to snap upwards and bringing the egg tooth into contact with the shell, causing it to crack. Bit by bit, the chick chips at the shell, making sounds to let the parent know it is on its way.

The rest of the chicks should hatch over the next few days.