Saturday, November 10, 2007

Finch Friday

Lately it seems that photos of my gouldian finches are few & far between on this blog. So I've decided to start "Finch Friday" where I will post photos of my gouldian finches each Friday. If this sounds suspiciously similar to Somewhere in NJ's Mid-week Bunny Fix (which come to think of it, I haven't seen lately), it's because I shamelessly "borrowed" the idea from her. And try not to let the fact that my first "Finch Friday" was posted on a Saturday distract you. I will try to be more timely in future weeks. In my defense, I did upload some of the photos last night.

These are babies that I hand-raised mid-August through the end of September. The parents dutifully sat on six eggs for 14 days, then abandoned them. Gouldian finch eggs usually hatch 16-18 days after the start of incubation. Since they were so close to the hatch date, I moved the eggs to an incubator, not giving much thought to the hours I would need to spend feeding the babies if they hatched. Four of them hatched on a Friday. Here's their first baby photo -

The next day another one hatched. And then there were 5 -

I continued to feed and they continued to grow-

The little sweetie on top of the penny didn't make it to day 10.

We took a road trip over Labor Day weekend and I started to get lazy with my daily photos, so this was the last baby photo that I have.

They're almost 3 months old now & I still don't have any more photos of them. 3 boys and a girl - sweet, tame & starting to get their colors. They live in a cage in my computer room, but spend lots of time out of the cage sitting on my shoulder and yanking my hair.

1 comment:

dguzman said...

OH.MY.GOD. Kat would be completely freaked by these photos, but I love them! Those poor sweet little lives!

And hey, don't sweat it about the Friday Finches--Laura's been totally slacking on the Midweek Bunny Fix, and my Friday Night Nibble lasted all of one week! I gotta get back on that; he's protesting his lack of coverage!