Finch Threw Baby Out of Nest?

March 6, 2015

A zebra finch sitting in its nest.My finches had five babies and I just noticed that they threw out one of them and it was dead on the bottom of the cage. I am so nervous they won't care for the others now. What can I do? Anything?


By Aliesha


March 6, 20150 found this helpful
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Five babies is quite a large clutch for finches. I would guess the baby fell out rather than was 'thrown' out. The main thing the parents need is high fat content food to feed the babies. Meal worms work & can be purchased at most pet stores. Otherwise a couple of smashed hard boiled eggs will be good for them w/ the protein & fat {w/ the shells for calcium}. Curious what variety of finches you have. I used to work for an Aviary company & had many breeds in my care! Hope this is helpful & sometimes just gotta let nature run it's course. Best wishes.

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November 8, 2019

My zebra finch had 3 eggs and they hatched yesterday and were thrown out of the nest. The male bird picked one by one out of the nest and left the babies down on the bottom and they are not feeding them.

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November 8, 20190 found this helpful

There could be an issue with the babies and they might be sick. Other than this maybe the birds got nervous and were afraid that someone would hut the babies so it was easier to get rid of them.


I had this happen one time when my rabbit gave birth to her babies. My dogs were around the cage that night and she was afraid for the rest of her babies so she threw one out of the cage. One of my dogs picked it up and keep it warm all night long. He took care of the baby rabbit by putting it in his mouth to warm it up when it was cold and stopped moving. In the morning we found the rabbit and put it back in the cage with the mother. The rabbit lived and grew up fine. The mother started to take care of it again.

You can try to put the babies back in the nest and see what happens. Other than this you may have to go online and find out how to take care of them yourself and feed them. This is a lot of work and takes a lot of care to grow them up.

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November 8, 20190 found this helpful

There may be some defect in the babies that you cant see. Let nature take its course.

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November 11, 20190 found this helpful

I would try putting them back in the nest a couple of times. If that doesnt work you will need to hand raise them.

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