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by Marc
(Clermont, Florida USA )

I have a wonderful pair of breeding Gouldian finches. So far they have had two offsping, one is finally getting his colors,(obviously a male), and the other is but two months old. My question is, I have read that overbreeding may kill my female Gouldian. I have removed the nest to give her a break in laying eggs, but she lays them wherever she can. Is there such a thing as giving these beautiful birds a break? If so how do you do that?


Hi Marc,

That's a really great question. In the wild, the amount and kind of foods, the amount of daylight hours and the temperatures available for the birds, change with the seasons. Breeding season lasts for about enough time for a pair to raise three clutches, maybe a little longer. I am speaking in general, but think of Australia's spring and into their summer as the breeding period of time. Remembering that we are trying to simulate the weather patterns in Australian times here in the U.S. If my birds were to continue to lay eggs, I would put the nestbox back up for them. Just for their peace of mind,(and mine), and see what they did. If they layed more eggs and the hatched, I think I would hold off making the seasonal changes to fall conditions until their chicks were feathered out, but before they bred again. That is before taking down the nest and decreasing light hours, fresh foods and temperature. In my book there is an appendix that describes the environmental changes as a yearprogresses, one month at a time, for Ausltalia, but I am sure you can find the same information on line somewhere, so you don't have to buy the book.

I hope others will comment on this question and answer because there must be other thoughs and ideas that I am not aware of or familiar with. My ideas come a lot from trial and error.

Thanks again for the question, Jeanie

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Mar 03, 2013
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Clutch Size
by: Gary

Again I would have no more than 3 rounds of youngsters per year, sometimes just the 2 if they were large clutches say 6 and over.

If the Hen starts to loose excessive head feathers, crops of the chicks are rarely full or seem small and weak then producing further rounds may only result in weaker youngsters.

Regards,

Gary.

Sep 03, 2012
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when to stop breeding
by: DAN s wales uk

hi Jean me again, I let my birds have no more than three rounds, then I separate the hens and cocks take away the nest box. this is done when the chicks are feeding themselves. Hens are put in with other hens never on their own, and same with the cocks. Gouldians do not like to be on their own. all the best Dan
Thanks again, Dan. Jeanie



Apr 04, 2012
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Male Lady Gouldian
by: Anonymous

I have 62 finches...zebras, Gouldians (including 11 newbies we hatched) both red headed and sea green parrots, stars, Singers, and Cordon Blues.
I have a large outdoor walkin aviary (heated) and a large indoor aiary. This morning, a perfectly healthy male LG was dead on the ground. He was perfect when I covered them last night.
Cannot figure what the heck happened.

terry wallace

Hi Terry,

You are obviously doing all the right things or you could not have been successful with so many different kinds of birds this far. There are avian veterinarians who will perform necropsies if you are concerned that the death could have been caused by something that could spread to your other birds. I used to use one connected to my state's agricultural extension agent. They had more interest in, I guess because it's a commercially important bird, doing chickens.

I would only be guessing at what the cause could be. I have had the same occurance at times with my birds. Wish I knew more about this sort of thing. I remember thinking that if I could do everything right that no birds would die and nothing would go wrong. I finally realized that was not very realistic. Bad things happen and sometimes we just can't know why.

Sorry to be of no help. Jeanie

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