Small clutches normally die, Why?
"If only one or two eggs are fertile, foster them out to Society finches. Lady Gouldian finches will rarely take the time to raise so few chicks"
This is a note I found in one of your articles.
Have you had any experiences with this? I have no luck with Gouldians raising one or two chicks, and until now have been looking at all kinds of answers. My problem is that I don't have society finches anymore, because I thought that they could have been the cause of these deaths. Any comment?
In my research I found a notation from a very reliable source that expressed the opinion that this happened because it takes so much work for the parents to raise a clutch that they just won't put forth the effort for so few chicks. They prefer to breed again and have hopes of having 5 or 6 chicks to raise rather than just 1 or 2. I have no study to refer you to and no way to prove this. So much information regarding Gouldians is, as I say in my book, my interpretation of my observations. I like keeping 3 societies set up with a nest box ready to foster either abandoned chicks, small clutches or tossed out newly hatched. Whatever the reason actually may be, the important thing to me is to be ready to save a life if need be. Of course, this means that I have to dispose of the eggs that the societies lay so that they will remain ready to accept Gouldians eggs or chicks at the moment of need. Regards, Jeanie