Attractions / Blackpool News It's All Flamingo-Go-Go in the Bird Nursery! 26 June 2018 by Visit Blackpool After weeks of watching and waiting Blackpool Zoo has been airing the hatching of a flamingo chick live on its Facebook account from 14:00. The egg, which is currently safely ensconced in the incubator in the zoo's bird nursery, has been showing signs of its imminent arrival by rolling, tapping and pipping. It is expected that the chick will hatch anytime in the next 48 hours and live updates will be posted every few hours. Blackpool Zoo's bird department has a fantastic track record of incubating and hatching birds to be hand-reared, but as with every animal, a successful outcome isn't always guaranteed. Luke Forster, Section Head of Birds at Blackpool Zoo, explains: "The vast majority of our incubated eggs hatch, with the chicks being successfully hand-reared before being introduced to various flocks around the grounds. "However, there are lots of complications that can occur at any stage during the process in the wild and in incubation, so it may be that some don't make it. "Last year we trialled a live Facebook hatching with one of our penguin eggs, and were heartbroken when the chick passed away during the final stage. "We have been closely monitoring this egg and the signs are very positive so far so we are looking forward to welcoming the fluffy new arrival." Tune in to https://www.facebook.com/blackpoolzoo/ for the latest updates. Blackpool Zoo is home to a huge flock of 35 Caribbean Flamingos, many of whom have been hatched in the bird nursery. The incubation period for this species is between 27 and 31 days.