Although the babies are blind and naked, they can still move themselves around within the nest and prefer to be at the bottom of the pile. At this stage they are uncoordinated but determined, and this results in a very active nest when the babies are awake, as they all strive to burrow to the bottom.

The beginnings of claws are showing, but haven’t yet emerged from the skin.

The ears of some of the babies are unfolding, and will open to lie flat back against their heads for the next week or so.

The head spots that go with the Essex variety are just starting to become visible on some of the babies.

3 days old