HOW TO KEEP MY BABY GOULDIANS ALIVE?

by stephen
(Canada)

I'M NEW TO THIS WONDERFUL HOBBY THAT I LOVE. IF YOU COULD PROVIDE ME WITH SOME HONEST ADVICE, MY GOULDIANS ARE DOING WHAT THEY DO BEST, THROWING THE BABIES OUT OF THE NEST WHEN JUST HATCHED. I UNDERSTAND THAT I CAN USE SOCIETY FINCHES IN THIS CASE, UNFORTUNATELY I HAVE FOUR SOCIETY FINCHES AND THEY ARE NOT BEING USEFUL FOR THIS! I DO NOT KNOW WHAT SEX THEY ARE. I HAVE SEPARATED THEM IN TO PAIRS, DON'T KNOW IF THEY'RE A LITTLE TOO YOUNG. DOES NOT LOOK LIKE IT. I DON'T KNOW WHAT IS THE PROBLEM. I BELIEVE THEY'RE CALLED CHOCOLATE SELF SOCIETY FINCHES. I KNOW THAT THERE ARE A FEW DIFFERENT KINDS SOCIETY FINCHES BUT IS THERE ONE KIND THAT WORK BEST?? ON THE OTHER HAND WHAT I WAS THINKING IS WHAT IF I REMOVE THE MALE GOULDIAN WHEN THE CHICKS ARE HATCHED? DO YOU THINK THE HEN WILL RAISE THE CHICKS SUCCESSFULLY, BECAUSE I THINK THE MALE IS THROWING THE CHICKS OUT BECAUSE HE WANTS TO BREED AGAIN. I APPRECIATE ANY ADVICE YOU COULD HELP ME WITH??? THANK YOU...


Hi Stephen,

I can only tell you what has worked with the finches that I have raised. I would not take the male Gouldian out of the cage following hatching because Gouldian parents share all the feeding and other care giving that the chicks require. I would be concerned that the female would abandon the young ones. I would not give up on the societies quite yet. As soon as I set up my Gouldians with nests, I set the society finches up also with nest boxes just like the Gouldians. I put fake finch eggs, plastic ones, into the societies' nest box to get them thinking about and starting to brood. If the societies start laying their own eggs, I take them away. I don't want the societies to be raising their own chicks when I need them to foster gouldians. It doesn't matter about the sexes or the varieties of the societies. All of the societies that I have ever had, I am sure, would dream of becoming nannies. Both males and females will care for eggs and chicks so there is no worry about sexing them. If you want to identify the males just watch them because eventually they will puff up and sing to the females. Sometimes it takes a long time to observe that. Just keep watching until you can spot that behaviour.

I found I had the best luck when I fostered eggs rather than chicks and when I had birds that tossed their eggs, I found that they would most likely keep tossing chicks out. I candle the Gouldians eggs with a penlight flashlight when they are at least ten days old and if I see lots of red blood vessels inside the shells, I know they are fertile. Then I wait until late afternoon and I switch out the fake eggs with the real ones. I do it late in the day because that is when the societies go into their boxes for the night.

I hope this is helpful, Jeanie

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