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Baby finches pulled from nest

Discussion in 'Bird Breeding' started by loadsofpets72, May 8, 2010.


  1. loadsofpets72

    loadsofpets72 PetForums Junior

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    2 of my 3 newly born finches have been pulled out of the nest and have died, anyone know what's going on. They are in an aviary with 2 ring necked doves and 1 budgies and 1 diamond dove outside...any tips gratefully received. loadsofpets72
     
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  2. Paul Dunham

    Paul Dunham PetForums Senior

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    I not sure which species of finches you have, but this kind of thing is pretty common in captivity and it probably won't be the last time it will happen to you.
    When you breed birds in captivity, every can go right and everything can go wrong. We just have to hope for more of the successes.
    Sometimes it's down to bad parenting or inexperienced parents. It could be due to keepers looking in the nest box every five minutes or in a mixed aviary, interference from other species. It could be noise which puts them off. Any one of many things which I haven't mentioned.

    Usually the most successful breeding results come from aviaries which keepers specialise in just one species. If you have a mixed aviary you have to accept the risks of interference from other species.
     
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    loadsofpets72 PetForums Junior

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    It is the first time for the parents (zebra finches). But the babys had been pulled out of the nest and where about 3 meters away from it. Could heat affect them.
    Thank you
     
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    Paul Dunham PetForums Senior

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    I doubt whether it was the heat considering it hasn't been very hot recently, although it's a good idea to keep the nest boxes out of direct sunlight.
    They originate from Australia so their genetically evolved to deal with heat, even if that tolerance is reduced due to being bred in the UK.
    3 metres away does sound a little far away for newly hatched chicks, but not impossible. Often chicks can fall from a nest and roll about the floor a while.

    I think unless there's a genuine indication why this has happened, you will just drive yourself crazy thinking about it. Just forget about it for now and hope for better results next time. Occasionally the answers reveal themselves later.
     
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    loadsofpets72 PetForums Junior

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    Thanks they where on a wooden bit that runs around the aviary that is impossible to get to without flying and the babies where around one or two days old. there are still to alive.
    Thanks i'll try not two worry
     
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    thegoldfincher PetForums Junior

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    well...if your birds are taken from wild... it's already much if they had an hatch...
    However try to change kind of nest, use an external box, the kind to append on door.
    Another thing, take a look at the nest from close, could be there hidden acarus! Some finchs are clean freak and do these bad actions! :frown2:

    Nick
     
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    loadsofpets72 PetForums Junior

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    thanks could be.
    Well there are still two left or three left.
     
  8. Paul Dunham

    Paul Dunham PetForums Senior

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    There are no Zebra Finches living wild in the UK, they are all captive bred.
     
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    Zebras are usually good parents...but all finches have rogue parents that will toss the chicks...that's birdkeeping for you.Better to pair the birds afresh as the habit is hard to shake off once a pair get into the habit....good luck.
     
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    thegoldfincher PetForums Junior

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    I just had this problem this week end!
    Lucky i was in aviary! then i discovered red ants!!! :eek6:
    I hope my bad experience could help you!

    Nick
     
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    Its possible , the chicks have been removed by one of your other species, Hijacking nests is not an uncommon thing to happen, normally, the young in the nest would be killed and thrown from the nest ina case like that,

    Sometimes you find chicks are pulled from the nest by accident when nesting material gets stolen, it happens, and will probably happen a lot more times. and maybe something you will have to get used to.
     
  12. loadsofpets72

    loadsofpets72 PetForums Junior

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    i'll check but two are still alive:lol:
     
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