(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?
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