Does Egg Laying Cause Molting in Finches?

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When finches prepare to lay eggs they will pull feathers from their chest to line the nest. This may cause your bird to appear as though she is molting. This is a page about, "Does egg laying cause molting in finches?".
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May 18, 2010

My 1 year old finch from the pet store laid one egg and her chest is featherless. Will they grow back soon? One vet said to take egg out, asap. She's a single bird.

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Removing the egg will probably result in more eggs being laid. Her chest is bare because she "feathered her nest". They should grow back. If you get her a mate, they will raise babies. There is nothing more cheery than a flock of finches.
Make sure she has a calcium source. Cuttle bones are great.
She will enjoy sprays of millet. You can grow your own bird food by planting some of your bird food. A leaky aquarium makes a great green house. Cover it with a piece of glass or a sheet of Saran wrap or other plastic to keep the moisture in and put it in a place that gets sun.

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Transplant the plants outside when weather permits. Check with your local County Agricultural Agent or your state Department of Agriculture for more help.
Find a good finch husbandry website. Check out the library. Check out local bird clubs and breeders. There is a lot of good information out there and a lot of misinformation. Look up the AAV - Association of Avian Veterinarians. AAV vets are usually pricey, but they know a lot more about birds than the average bear.

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