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Re: a baby a day:(

Posted by Kitty.J on 5/30/05
(10) Comments

    On 5/30/05, Kitty.J wrote:
    > On 5/29/05, sydney wrote:
    >> On 5/29/05, sydney wrote:
    >>> On 5/29/05, Michael L wrote:
    >>>> 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
    >>> Hi Michael L
    >>> They are zebra finch and this is there parents first clutch.
    >>> the nest had seven babies in it.....lots o babies
    >>> and it is a basket type i will be changeing nest types after
    >>> this clutch
    >>> the parents seem to love the food i put in for them the babies
    >>> have all had nice full crops
    >>> thanks for your help:)
    >> oh and can you tell me how long it will take for my orange
    >> weaver male to come into full color?
    >> he is just now starting to get alittle black and orange on his
    >> chest
    > Oh you have a male orangew eaver? Wow such sneaky little fellows
    > they are! Be careful for if you have the male orange weavers with
    > breeding finches, they may disturb them and oh boy it gets
    > complicated. Well it takes ( for my weaver 9 months) LOL! Yeah i
    > know, well i got my pair last october, and well now my male orange
    > weaver is fully colored, it may have been because i didn't feed
    > enough mealworms untill the starts of February. Now i feed about
    > 40+ a day, i use to know feed about 20 or so a day. Now i have to
    > buy 200 mealworms every week + 200 giants for my starling and
    > house sparrow. I only had one other type of finch to take to
    > mealworms, and that would be my society finch pair that is now on
    > eggs again :)!!! Well if you feed enough live mealworms your male
    > orange weaver should be quicker into the plumage, and be warned he
    > may act funny when he sees other birds mating right infront of
    > him... mine is a sneaky lil orange rainbow. Oh and about the baby
    > zeebs, yeah if they have large clutches in the Wicker baskets,
    > they will at a certian age after eyes open, the olders will sit on
    > the youngest, they youngest sometimes will be pushed out of the
    > nests or the parents when they take off out of the nest will on
    > accident bring a baby or two with them. I have found this out when
    > my first zebra finch pair over stacked their nest with nesting
    > supplies and with that they had 6 eggs i thought not all the eggs
    > would hatch ( like in the wild you see 1-2 eggs still in the nest)
    > and well all of them hatched and well the babies competed for food
    > in the small nest and i lost 2 babies, it was sad, and i started
    > to only supply them certain types of nesting material and nests...

    Oh yes, i forgot to mention that i cannot wait to see if my male
    weaver will starts to build nests, he may still be young but i am
    hoping to see a nest display, has your little orange fluff ball
    build a nest for you yet? How does yours act?