Hello, my name is Mary. My gouldian finches don't take any nesting material into their nest. If I put some in myself, they take them out leaving the nest with no material. First clutch of them weren't successful. They never slept on them during the night only slept during the day. Now they're laying their second clutch, today I saw the second egg in their nest. I don't know what to do to get chicks from them. Is it ok about not having nest material? Is it ok that they don't want nesting material? What was the reason of not having hatched eggs? Was it because they had no experience or for some reason they're stressed out? When I bought them the seller said the male was 6 months and female a year old. I have had them about 9 months, so I think they're ok to breed. Thank you for your advice!!
It sounds as though not having an actual rounded cushioning nest to cradle the eggs was a real stressor for your birds. In the wild, Gouldians both breed and lay eggs inside of hollows in tree limbs where it is naturally kind of soft and nest shaped. They don't really build nests the way other birds do, so we have to do most of the building for them. My favorite nesting material is coconut fibers. They come as long smooth bunches of strands. I will take a bunch of the fibers and wrap them round my hand and then stuff them inside the nest box. The nest looks sort of like a hammock after I have spread the fibers out to cover the floor. I leave a few strands on the cage floor for the male to carry into the nest.
I hope this makes things better for you and your pair. Jeanie