Puffins lay one egg that is incubated in turn by each adult for approximately 39-43 days (about six weeks!). After the egg hatches, the chick—called a puffling—stays in the burrow and awaits food from its parents. The puffling grows to full size in about six weeks and then flies away from the island to spend its next three to four years floating on the high seas.
Listen to a puffin chick begging for food
This adult Atlantic Puffin is returning to its burrow with fish for its chick. Both the male and female puffin take turns bringing fish. The adults feed the chick fish for approximately 45 days, although that period may be considerably longer depending on the quality of the fishing resources nearby, after which time the puffling is large enough to fledge (leave) the nest.
The Atlantic Puffin is a small seabird that lives on the ocean throughout most of the year.
How you can help, right now
Adopt now and receive: A Certificate of Adoption, A biography of "your" puffin, and The book How We Brought Puffins Back To Egg Rock by Stephen Kress.
There are many ways that you can get involved with Project Puffin to help us make a difference for seabirds worldwide!