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Helping finches to breed

Just some useful tips on helping finches to breed more successfully:


Offer them a range of nesting materials - find out what you birds prefer to use. I've tried animal bedding, nest liners and feathers and all birds have different likes and dislikes. Your finches will most likely select the material they find the most useful and begin to line their nest

Clean the nest every time they're finished with their last clutch. Maintaining good standards is always best for your little wonders. There will be droppings etc that are not good for the birds to be around!

Have plenty of fresh water around. Finches like knowing it is there and so it puts them at ease.

Make sure they're in a fairly quiet place, too much disturbance from noise can irritate them and they may give up on eggs or chicks due to it.

You should make sure that if there is an aggressive bird in the aviary that it is removed. Chicks may end up being killed or abandoned or one or both of the parents may get injured or killed. This can be easily avoided by seperating the birds who you know may do damage. Having an aggressive bird around can also stop them from breeding all together as it is a real pain for them.

Feed egg food every day!!!

Make sure that the finches like the place where you have put the nest box. A high up corner of an aviary away from bad weather and where they can get shade is usually best.

Feeding protein is great. Feed a whole load of it! We use mini-mealworms and crushed hard boiled egg. We microwave the egg shells (crushed) for around 2-4 mins mix it into their seed diet. They go mad for it. The protein keeps the birds in good condition and so helps them actually breed.

Make sure there is a good source of calcium. If the bird does not have enough she may get serious health problems, most commonly egg-bound and often death.

Probably the best trick for getting your birds to breed is to seperate them. We put a male zebra finch on one side of a room in a breeder cage and have the female the opposite side of the room facing the male. The male sings and sings. Leave them for around a week and then release them together either into an aviary or breeder cage etc and you'll find they may get ready to breed instantly. It's great!

I hope you find this useful!



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On the last thing about separating them I use that method for my budgies.

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it works so well!

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Thank you Daisy! This would've been extra useful for me if I would've bought those finches.




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No problem! And yeah I know, I wish I'd have wrote it when you had them. Would have made your breeding life a little easier XD but now you've got your lovely sun!

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I was working on some articles I hoped to post soon but I never finished them. I see you've posted some, great job, and thanks!




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Post them soon please! I love a good read! And no problem

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Okay! I'm first putting together some lists that I mostly got out of a book, just because they've helped me so much and I want others to see them, too.




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That's cool. It doesn't matter what you post as long as it's useful

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This has been officially been stickied! Very useful. Thank you, Daisy!




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Thank you Abby! Made me a feel a little bit more important

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Great post Daisy!


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