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Zebra Finches Stopped Sitting on Eggs?

I have had a pair of zebra finches for 2 months. They were in a much smaller cage. I shift them to a bigger cage and provided a breeding pot and nesting material. After a while she laid 2 eggs. Both the male and the female take turns sitting on them. 1 of the babies died while hatching and one of them survived. When the baby bird came out of the nest the female had already laid more eggs.

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Both the male and female were incubating them. I provided an additional breeding pot and material for them. They build half of the nest then stopped. 2 days ago I noticed there were really small insects coming out of the nesting pot. There were so many of them. I took out the nest and washed the pot and put some new nesting material in the pot and all 4 of the eggs. I never touched the eggs I handled them with a tissue paper. And I put the nesting pot again in the cage. This took hardly 30 minutes.

The male quickly jumped in the nest and the female was going in nest looking at the eggs, but not sitting in them. The next morning I saw that they were building another nest in the new pot, but also checking up in the old pot looking at the eggs. Then they broke 2 of the eggs. They are still making a nest in the new pot, but not throwing the other 2 eggs out and are not sitting on the eggs, but are checking up on the eggs. And they sleep in the old pot. It's confusing! Help.

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September 2, 20200 found this helpful

These birds are doing what nature has taught them. This is normal for Finches to hatch and lay in the same nest. The new nest can mean that there may be more eggs coming. The great part is the male and female are taking turns minding the nest. Here is more info on feather friends - animals.mom.me/much-should-pet-finches-sitting-eggs...

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September 2, 20200 found this helpful

The birds like this normally lay an egg each day until they are done laying the eggs. This can take several days for them to finish laying all the eggs before they sit on the nest. Considering you saw bugs coming out of the nesting box, you removed the nesting box and cleaned it the birds more than likely will not sit on these eggs again. It appears they are not interested in the eggs in this nest anymore because it has been removed, cleaned, and handled by you. Even though you thought it was necessary to clean the nest because of the bug it should have been left alone.

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Just keep on eye on them and see if they do go back in this nest or not. If you do not see them in the nest or sitting on the eggs in the next few days then it normally means they have abandoned the nest and will no longer sit on these eggs. You can remove them from the cage and the next time please let the birds take care of the nest. Even if you see bugs in the nest they can handle this and clean them out so they can sit on the nest.

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