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Re: picked on baby zebra finch

Posted by Jim on 7/19/08
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    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
    > flight.

    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.