disappointment and again hope
by ananya roy
my new hen
i woke up one morning and to my utter dismay i found my hen dead on the floor of the cage.
the cock was searching for his mate continuously and had stopped eating. so to soothe him i bought another hen immediately. it was very hard to find a single hen but i tried and found one. when i introduced her to the male,the male was very delighted and welcomed her warmly. he tried and sang his heart out to get the hen's attention. he rebuilt the nest and called the hen. the hen loves to bask in the sunlight and enjoys the warmth very much. it is very cold here and i have to cover the cage with warm clothes at night. the hen has taken an interest in the nest and comes in and out of it. occasionally both of them stay inside it for a long time, particularly at night.the hen is very protective about the nest and snarls and screams when i even try to clean the cage, but otherwise she is very docile. her entire beak is black, but she sneezes quite often. and makes a soft cooing noise when she sleeps. her droppings are normal and she is eating well. i give them vitamins to keep them warm.
is it possible that she might lay eggs anytime soon? it will be spring here after a couple of months. she gets the light and warmth she needs, i think she likes my cock. so can i hope?
Hi Again Ananya,
It does sound as though you will be finding some eggs in the nest. Are you offering sterilized egg shells or mineralized oyster shells, eggfood and fresh greens each morning?
Gouldians breed inside their boxes so don't expect to catch them in the act. For successful breeding, they need 14 hours of full spectrum lighting too. If it gets cold at night I'd suggest getting a ceramic heat bulb. They are marketed to reptile owners and all I ever did was screw one into a ceramic base aluminum shop light and hang it on the side of cage. Covering the cage at night is good too. Of all the finches, Gouldians require the most heat for breeding success. They need a steady temperature in the high 70's or low 80's.
Best Wishes to all of you!!! Jeanie