Re: picked on baby zebra finch
Posted by Jim on 7/19/08
On 6/23/07, KittyJ wrote:
> On 6/15/07, Jackie wrote:
>> On 11/04/06, mary jane wrote:
>>> I just took out a baby zebra finch out of my aviary due to
>>> the fact that he or she was getting plucked to death. My
>>> question is I took the baby out before the beak has
>>> completely changed color. It is starting to change from
>>> gray to orange will it eat on its own and if not what do I
>>> do to feed it I have it in a what I call a hospital cage
>>> with a female if anyone can help me with this I would
>>> really appreciate it.
>> I took my babies out when their beaks were still comleatly
>> black. They fed on the seeds I gave to the parents just
>> fine. I think that you would be fine feeding it normal food.
> Normal food? Seeds ar enot normal food. They do not just eat
> seed, and shouldnt unless you want to shorten your bids
> lifespan, and have a much higher chance to get health problems
> because of vitamin and nutrient defiency (caused by just
> eating seeds, or one types of feed) they need a VARIETY to
> stay healthy. A normal captive finch can live 10+years ON A
> HEALTHY DIET, on just seeds, its expected around 6-7. Remember
> a good size cage and stimulation helps them live a longer
> HAPPIER life too. Dont keep them in tiny cages. They need
Yeah, well, my old man is a happy 14 1/2 years and all he eats is
a daily scoop of Forti-Diet seed, and he lives in a 13" X 14"
cage. His eldest son died at age 10, and all he ate was seed as
well. So I think it has to do with Zebra finch genetics mostly.