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Re: Not so good parents

Posted by KC on 8/12/05
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    Thanks Michael,

    Oddly enough the good parents are the ones in the flight. the
    trouble pairs are all in their own cages. Maybe it is just
    becuase they are inexperienced. I do have egg food at all
    times for them. I use basket nests. And I do hate to see
    dead babies. I feel horrible for allowing them to breed
    again. I'll give them one more try and if not, they will just
    be some nice birds and not breeders.


    On 8/12/05, Michael L wrote:
    > On 8/12/05, KC wrote:
    >> I have several pairs of zebra finches, all of them
    >> breeding. I have two pairs that hatched their eggs and
    >> know how to feed their babies. I have two pairs that can
    >> hatch their eggs but don't feed the babies. They all
    >> died. This is the second time around and they did the
    >> same thing. Then I have another pair that hatched their
    >> first clutch of 3 babies. They feed the babies but keep
    >> throwing one of them out. I have to keep putting the baby
    >> back. I think that they just want two babies and not
    >> three. Should I just forget about breeding the ones that
    >> don't know how to feed? What about the one that keeps
    >> tossing a baby? I could try fostering but I am worried
    >> that it would be too much for the good parents. Also I
    >> don't want to interupt them and make them not take care of
    >> their babies also. Just wondering if anyone has some
    >> advice. Thanks
    >
    > Tee first thing I would suggest is to have each pair in
    their
    > own cage and not in any kind of communal flight.
    > Some pairs do not take well to raising a family with other
    > pairs that are near or have acess to their nests.
    > I don't know if this is your case, but I'm starting with
    that
    > to get the biggest factor out of the way.
    >
    > Zebras, especially young pairs, often times will toss from
    > inexperience. This usually corrects itself in time.
    >
    > They also need egg food to feed their young. Lack of food
    > can be another reason for tossing if they feel that they
    > cannot adequately raise young to maturity.
    >
    > Experiment with nests. Pesonally, I never cared for the
    > basket-type nest and favored the wooden or plastic nest
    box.
    > They are roomier and the parents have more space and are
    less
    > apt to toss chicks or have a chick fall out accidently.
    >
    > Also, Zebras become accustomed to what they know. If you do
    > nest box inspections every day, then do it every day so that
    > the parents are used to you looking and checking. You can't
    > abstain from this and then start to look towards the end of
    > incubation or after hatch and have the parents not become
    > alarmed.
    >
    > It's hard to see dead chicks. But rare is the pair that
    does
    > not go on to become good parents. Give them time and their
    > personal space.
    >
    > Michael L