mother has died after a week and a half after laying the eggs...

by Jennifer
(qld, australia)

I have 3 finches, 2 male and 1 female. About a week and a half ago our female laid 5 eggs, and they have been doing everything right, as far as I can tell, but I woke up this morning and the mother was dead on the bottom of the cage.

Will my two males be able to look after the eggs or will I have to do it myself? If so what do I do?

Hello Jennifer,

Often a male Gouldian will take over caring for chicks as a single parent, but I do not know if they will care for eggs.

I am very hopeful that with two birds they will. It is very good that there are still two birds to do the work, so you have that going for you. There is not much you can do to encourage them.

It depends on the individual birds what they will decide to do. If you have access to two or three society finches, you could try to foster by just putting the societies into the cage with the males and eggs, but that's no guarantee either.

I would increase the temperature of the cage to at least 80 - 85 degrees with a ceramic heat bulb or a heating pad set on low. Gouldians use a lot of their energy just keeping their body temperature as high as they normally need it to be.

If they don't have to work so hard doing that, hopefully they will have more energy to spend taking care of the eggs. I think there is a good chance, but right now all you can do is wait and see.

I'd very much like to know the outcome if you have the time to let me know. Hoping all goes well.
Wish I had a better answer, Jeanie


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