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    Rights: Public domain Published 16 April 2019, Updated 27 June 2019 Size: 1.2 MB Referencing Hub media

    A diagram showing the life cycle of emperor penguins, including the breeding cycle from May to December.

    The chicks go through a guard stage in December and January, this is the time from hatching up to 4–6 weeks old. The post-guard stage is when the parents leave the nest unguarded. This stage is from 4–6 weeks in January and February.