Is May alright to let them breed?

by Maralee Lachovsky
(Port Richey, Florida)

My Gouldian Finches are in breeding condition. I thought they bred in November- March. Is this unusual for Gouldians to breed now?

My hen and mate layed 5 eggs and 2 hatched,so far. They were together with the society finches and they just got done having their babies, and I noticed my hen Gouldian Finch going in and out and she started laying her eggs. So I put my Gouldian hen and her mate in their own cage. I looked in there once and 2 of the eggs hatched. I'm feeding hard boiled eggs mashed up with a lot of other stuff in it. Trying to give them fresh vegetables, they seem to pick at it. I have not had good luck at sprouting seed. What do you think of sprouting seed for Gouldian Finchs for breeding?

When do you think they will molt, if they are breeding now? I have tried breeding Gouldians many times before without success. They either throw their babies from the nest or they die because it's to cold or something. Tell me what you think.

Hi Maralee,

Some Gouldians still follow the Australian seasons for their life cycles. In that case their breeding takes place during our fall and winter months because at that time it is spring and summer in Australia. In my aviary, I tried to duplicate the Australian conditions to follow their calendar. I found that as long as my birds were 12 months old and I provided everything,(diet, temperature, lighting, etc.), to duplicate an Australian spring and summer in their environment, that they would breed. In captivity, as long as they have what they need to provide for their chicks and they are old enough, they will likely breed. Mostly they breed based on environment and diet, so not to worry if they start at any season.

As to sprouting seeds for Gouldians. I know the birds love them, but there can be a terrible problem with them. Only feed seed that is specifically marketed for sprouting and follow the directions for preparations exactly. An antibacterial agent should be added while soaking to kill any undesirable bacteria in with the seed. Sprouted and soaked seed can easily spoil and when that happens a lot of birds will get sick and die very quickly. The sprouted seed and the moist egg food must be fresh and removed the cage before spoiling. I mostly fed Romaine Lettuce and chickweed to my birds until I understood about the antibacterial.

Be certain to keep the cage temperature in the high seventies or low eighties. If you are worried, get a ceramic heat lamp, they are marketed for reptiles, put it in a shop light and hang it near the cage and nest to give them additional heat.

I found that molting takes place right after the breeding phase.

Hope this is some help to you. Thank you for visiting my website and sharing your thoughts, Jeanie

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