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Re: a baby a day:(

Posted by sydney on 5/30/05
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    On 5/30/05, Kitty.J wrote:
    > 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?

    Thanks for all of your help kitty
    wow 40 mealworms a day i just give a few.
    I need to up the (little pigs)
    The weaver and his 2 hens are in there own flight cage for now i am
    going to start building a outside flight for all of my finch soon:)
    what do you mean about acting funny about watching other birds mate?
    he has not started building yet:(
    i cant wait to see him build. i watched a male weaver in petsmart the
    other day building it was too cute:)

    oh and i have not lost anymore baby zebra finch since the first post:)