Saturday, September 24, 2005

Hand feeding a baby finch





This little one has taken up much of my time over the past 2 weeks. I found Sammy cold and barely alive on the aviary floor - a victim of the dreaded "gouldian finch baby tossing syndrome". Even after warming him in my hand for hours, I couldn't get him to open his mouth for a feeding. Along came hubby with the magic touch, who "tickled Sammy's chin", which caused him to start begging for food. And he hasn't stopped since.





Day 2 - here he is with a little food in his crop.






Day 5 - he's growing, but not as quickly as he would if his biological parents had kept him.





Day 13 - Sammy was too busy travelling (and eating like a pig) last week to pose for photos. As you can see, he's really progressing.






Day 14 - He has a full crop, but that's not stopping him from begging for more food.

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Cute finches. I breed them also. ;-)

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lori said...

I am so glad that I found your info on the baby "tossing". Our new finches have hatched 3 live babies, and we have found all 3 dead onthe cage floor. I did not know if they were dying and the parents discarded them from the nest, or what. Thanks for the great information!!

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