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I had 2 baby finches; they hatched 3-4 weeks ago. The parents cared for them, especially the dad which is common, but a couple of days ago the dad started to lightly peck one of the babies' bald head. He was found on the floor of the cage dead. He was the weaker baby of the 2, so I assumed he either died because he was weak or has been killed for the same reason. But then the dad started the same thing on the remaining, stronger baby (he could fly, but hadn't quite mastered landing!) and he was found dead today. Has the dad killed them both and if so, why?
In some cases, the male parents want the babies out of the nest box so they can breed again. In that instance, you should remove the babies as soon as they are able to eat by themselves. Maybe this is what happened to your wee birds. It is very distressing for you.
In the future, you may need to finish raising the birds yourself. Once they get to 2-3 weeks old, put the babies into a separate cage with a nest box and feed them 4 times a day with a special bird raising formula that you can buy from the pet stores. My advice is to buy a book on how to hand raise - this is a satisfying hobby but not without its challenges. Also, there are many finch breeding societies that you can contact that may help with advice. Good luck
What can cause a 16 day old zebra finch to die?
A common cause is a respirator infection
Your finch could have had an illness like Respitory Infection, usually finches hide their symptoms but the first sign of illness is most commonly puffed up feathers
Our finches have had their second batch of eggs. Fin the first batch of 5 all of them died. I could see them moving, but they died before they were out of the shell. The second batch is hatching and the first bird lived two days.
You didn't do anything wrong. As long as they have other babies they'll forget about that one.
Why would a finch bird who was 2.5 weeks old just die, it left the nest flew around for a bit then it just died? why did this happen?
Our finches had two babies. At about 16 days old both died, over two days. We are devastated. Any ideas why?
By Ralph from Surrey
May be the babies are overfeeded or indigestion may occurs. Do you provide egg food everyday ?
It is not uncommon. They can be too cold, or it could be too breezy in the room.
Raising baby finches is rewarding, but it can also be a time-consuming task as they need regular care until they are grown. This is a page about caring for baby zebra finches.