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Baby finches, like any baby bird, need much care and nurturing. This is a page about caring for baby finches.
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May 11, 2017

My father in law has two society, two zebra, and two Asian spice finches that laid eggs (not sure exactly which). 3 eggs hatched, but one of the chicks seems underdeveloped and has solely white feathers that don't cover his (or her) whole body. Could he or she have hatched later than the others, or could there be something wrong? The adults are feeding him or her, and he seems to be flying from one side of the cage to the other in short bursts, but I am concerned about him and whether there is something we should be doing for him. He has had finches before, but never had anything like this happen. I can upload a picture tomorrow when he is out of the nest again.

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May 11, 20170 found this helpful
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He will probably grow feathers. His parents are taking care of him and didn't reject him, so that is a good sign.

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January 4, 2015

My baby finches are between 2 - 3 weeks old. The mom and dad are constantly sitting on them and I'm afraid they are smothering them or stiffling their growth. Is this normal? It is a small enclosed nest.

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By Karen

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January 4, 20150 found this helpful
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The babies don't smother. The parents are supposed to do this. As soon as one hops off another hops on.
My mom raised Zebra finches when I was a kid and it sounds like yours are being good parents.

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December 6, 2014

I have four finches and two of the finches laid eggs. I have 4 babies; one of the finches died. How do I know which one is a male and which one is the female. I think the female may be the one that died. I don't know how to tell the difference. Can someone help me out please I'd like to keep the babies? I just wanted to know if they will make it. Oh also, should I get a new female if that's the one that died?

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By Debbie E

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December 8, 20140 found this helpful
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You didn't mention what breed of finches you have. Are they zebra finches? The males and females look the same in some breeds, different in others. Don't get another finch yet. It won't look after the babies. The surviving parent probably will, though.

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February 4, 2019

I have finches that just had 2 babies and one of them died. I don't know how or why, but it is still in the nest with the other baby that is still alive. I don't know if I should leave it until the other one isn't dependent on the parents or if I should take them both out in case it was the dad cause I've heard of the dad killing them.

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Any help is very much appreciated.

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February 4, 20190 found this helpful

Definitely remove the dead bird.

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February 10, 20190 found this helpful

I hope this all worked out and and that you were able to carefully remove the deceased bird. Mother nature can be cruel. There are lots of great YouTube videos to help you give your feathered family a good start! Prayers for all.

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February 24, 20190 found this helpful

Removing the dead bird will be the healthy choice to make for the health of the other baby.

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March 15, 2019

My white finches hatched 3 eggs, but the mother died a few days later. The chicks are now 3 weeks old can they continue to live with their father permanently or should I remove the females?

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March 15, 20190 found this helpful

At 6 weeks old I would remove all the babies from their father and put them in a separate cage.

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February 16, 2015

I've read that you should separate the babies from the parents after 6 weeks. Can the parents and offspring ever live together?

By Rick

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June 18, 20180 found this helpful

No. After they are weaned, they should be moved to separate quarters.

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April 1, 2012

My finch eggs have hatched. Yey! I am very happy with this as we have had eggs before, but all were infertile as we had two females and weren't very clued up about birds!

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Since then my white female sadly died from egg binding. I now have done some very intensive research on finches. Since my girl past my other female was depressed so I made the choice to get her a male and now we have eggs that have finally hatched. The babies are about 1 week old now and are making lots of noise even though I have yet to see them. And I am wondering if there is anything I can do to help mum and dad to give them a better chance of survival? I have yet to find any information about how I can help?

By Elle

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