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I knew I had an egg in the nest but was away and when I came back, I saw a baby zebra finch already hatched. This is the first time an egg as hatched in my aviary. It is starting to get its baby feathers and I'm not sure how old it is. Do you know how old it is? And how do I know when it hatched? Do I have to do anything or buy any different food for the parents to feed it? Is it looking healthy or not? I don't know much about baby finches so please, any tips, tell me!
I'd say about 15 days old.
Be very careful messing with it. It seems healthy, but they are VERY delicate. You wouldn't want to hurt it by messing with it too much. The parents know what to do.
You don't need different food. Just make sure your birds have grit and a calcium supplement like a cuttlebone. And of course fresh water.
Thank you so much, this is the only time i have touched it and the only one. I won't handle it too much anymore. Because it is the only baby hatched and in the nest, is it warm enough? How do i know its healthy, anything you can tell me to keep an eye on it?!?
Seriously, don't keep too close of an eye on it. The parents may abandon it if they feel you are interfering too much.
I appreciate that you want to take care of the baby. That's good. But nature has provided bird parents for that. If they do their job properly, the baby will be fine. If they don't, it won't. There won't be anything you can do either way.
I suggest at least 2 weeks old. It appears to be healthy at this stage. As it gets fully feathered & starts to wean, the parents may start to pick on it as they may want to breed again. This usually happens from about 6 wks on. You may need to separate the young one at this stage but I suggest you Google a Finch breeder for full details.