male finch is six years old fell to bottom of cage can no longer fly is this normal is this old age or a problem

by ssandra hansen romeo mich
(usa)

male gouldian finch is six years old and fell to cage bottom cannot fly anymore is this old age or problem. put in smaller cage is eating but does not look very good coming off very heavy molt. what do you think. sandra thank you


Hi Sandra,

If your bird is six years old, you are doing fine caring for him. 9 years, I have read, is their life expectation period. I think your bird's troubles are like life is for people. Things happen. Things change. There are no guarantees that your bird will live or fly for any specific time period. He may be worn down by dealing with his heavy molt. It does not sound like a parasite, or a disease or anything that you can fix. An accident may have happened to him. Whatever is the cause, I would increase the heat near him and try to keep him calm and resting. Of all the finch species, Gouldians need the most heat. In an Australian summer the temperatures go as high as 110 degrees and the birds are fine in that. The additional heat will allow your bird to conserve energy, hopefully to be used for mending. I wish I could predict his future, but I have no crystal ball. Best Wishes to you and your bird, Jeanie

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Fell to floor
by: Anonymous

If the bird has been even fairly healthful my
bet is he mottled too many flight feathers at once due most likely to a hard molt. I have seen this a few times. I use a small ladder to help them get on their perches and to have access to food and water. This takes some time to return to normal, but, if indeed this is the case, he will fly again.
Terry Wallace

Thanks Terry! Makes perfect sense to me. Jeanie

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