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Baby Zebra Finches Died

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?

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November 12, 20150 found this helpful
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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

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