baby finch trough out from the nest
My Gouldian finches, just pulled out their 1st baby from the nest, I found it on the bottom of the cage. I'm trying to save its life, but I have a lot of doubts about giving it food.
I've read that for a day or two it should not eat because it has to absorb the yolk.
However, I gave it a little bit of formula with water hoping it will survive the night and in the morning I will try to sneak it back to the nest - there are still 6 more eggs in the nest.
Can u please give me some advices?
It is true that for the first 24 hours or so, newly hatched chicks do not need to be fed. I have had the best luck saving day old chicks by fostering them.
If that is not possible, hand feeding is your only option. Returning tossed chicks to the nest has never worked for me. The parents just toss them out again.
If you find one chick tossed out, look very carefully around the floor and outside of the cage for more chicks.
Place the chick or chicks in a nest shaped container in an aquarium or other similar container.
Warm the chick gradually by using a heating pad, set on low, beneath the aquarium. Light bulbs placed close to their container can also produce heat.
Hand rearing formulas for raising chicks are available from bird stores, also feed and grain stores carry game bird starter.
Dampen this to a mushy consistency and warm it to between 98 - 100 degrees F before feeding.
Tiny chicks need to be fed every hour for the first three to four days and nights, from then on, you will be able to see the chicks' crops and you can feed when it is empty.
Sometimes it will be necessary to use a tooth pick to open the beak.
Best of Luck!