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Re: a baby a day:(

Posted by Michael L on 5/29/05
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    On 5/29/05, sydney wrote:
    > hello
    > for the last 3 days i have found a baby dead on the bottom
    > of the cage there going on 2 weeks old
    > i dont know what to
    > they are getting feed greens,eggs,seed,wheat bread and i
    > chop mealworms for them
    > there cuttlebones are in there too
    > so there getting feed very well:)

    You don't say what kind of finch?
    This is tough to see, but it often times happens with first-
    time, inexperienced parents.
    Since they've made it to the two week mark, there could also
    be some type of bacterial infection that is slowly attacking
    the chicks. This is not to say for certain, but when it
    happens later in the development of the clutch, it's
    something to consider.
    Also you don't mention if this is a basket type nest or a
    nest box? Sometimes the basket nest become too crowded and
    the babies fall or get pushed out through no fault of anyone.
    Your diet sounds very good, providing the parents are eating
    all of these thing and feeding the young.

    Michael L