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Brief Introduction on The Finches Bird Nest

The Finches Bird Nest

Several aspects must be viewed on a discussion about finches’ bird nest. First of all is the nest location. The finches bird nest is recommended to be built under a roof or portion of the aviary that is being sheltered. However, in the wild, normally the birds nest will be in the open air where the nests are always exposed to variety of temperatures, climate like rain and wind and so on.

Because of that, normally small young nestlings will not survive due to heavy rain and cold wind. Even tough the loss of some young birds in the wild nest may not impact the overall bird population, it is still a serious issue that need to be settled. This is where the finches’ bird nest comes in handy. The aviary birds will normally breed more securely in an environment where they are being protected by extreme climate changes.

The location of finches bird nest

Normally the finches bird nest will be built in a small trees or thick shrubs. Normally, the hen and the cock birds will build the finches bird nest. Normally, the cock birds and hen will build the bird nest which is made in a dome shape with some lengths of grasses, feathers, soft material, soft grasses and a side tunnel entrance. For some species, they might also build finches bird nest which can be used outside the breeding season. It is advisable not to wait until the bird has start laying its eggs on the floor. A person must start planning for breeding season in one or two months earlier depending on the purchasing of the necessary materials. Poor finches bird nest will cause the eggs to be lost and parent birds to avoid their young at the partly constructed nest.

Materials that are needed for finches bird nest

When talking about the materials that are needed to construct finches bird nest, it is always advisable to use good materials. For examples, teased natural fiber hessian that comes in short lengths can be considered. Other than that, pampas grass heads which are shorts and coconut fiber can also be counted in. Normally, birds like November grass and swamp grass which can be purchased from bird dealers normally.

One must bear in mind that the grass blades length should have varying lengths in order for the birds to choose which lengths the prefer the most. Therefore, it is better to offer different species of grasses. Normally, a strong finches bird nest can be made from dry green fresh grasses. Whereas some wild finches nest bird uses plants materials from shrubs, flowers, mosses, ferns, trees, household litter and so on. It is very important in not purchasing the materials from wild bird nest as it may has parasites, disease pathogens and mites.

 Maintaining the finches bird nest

When maintaining finches bird nest, it is not recommended to replace back the young that left the nest during premature with the other new young. This is because it will interrupt the new young birds where they might also be facing the situation where they need to leave the finches bird nest in a premature stage. However, for young that left the finches bird nest at the premature stage, it is advisable to the finches bird nest owner to closely monitor whether the bird parents feed their young during the day. The immature young birds which can’t survive in climate like cold night, can be taken from the aviary, and kept in a good comfortable place before being replaced at the next morning. This in one way can help to increase the young chances of survival.

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Information on how to breed zebra finches

Choosing the right zebra finches for breeding

If you want to begin breeding zebra finches, it is better if you call a vet so that he can help you to assess if they are in the right health for breeding. They should be free from any physical defect and over one year of age. The breeding zebra finches have to have enough room for flying around and to exercise. If you can get a bigger cage, then the better it will be for the zebra finches. You can add in the cage a woven nest or traditional a small box. If the finches cannot go to look for the nesting materials at their own, then remember to add the nesting materials in the cage such as shredded papers. Breeding zebra finches will also need a staple food like a pellet mix and finch seed. You can also supplement it with the vegetable and slices of fruits. Fresh sprouts are also nutritious and are good for the breeding pair. To prevent egg binding, you have to add the calcium supplement to the food you give your breeding zebra finches.

 Prepare where you will keep the babies

Normally you can expect to get at least 8 eggs at maximum for one clutch while the minimum can be 3. The female lays an egg every day until she finishes and she will begin incubating immediately after the last egg has been laid.

Normally you should begin to look for the babies in 12 to 15 days after the day the last egg has been hatched. If the egg is not hatched within 20 days, then you should begin to consider it infertile. You should let the breeding zebra finches to handle their babies at their own without any disturbance. Before you begin breeding zebra finches, you have to keep the following in mind. You have to select only suitable couple who are in the best condition to breed and to place them in the same cage.

Taking good care of the breeding zebra finches

When visiting breeding finches, let them be aware that you are coming so that you do not frighten them. Do not force them to leave the nest if they do not want to. Get ready with the nestling food so that you can begin to feed it to the breeding zebra finches as soon as the eggs start being hatched. You can buy the nestling food from the pet shop or you can make one yourself. In case you want to identify the birds later, you can fit them with a coded ring when they are at least 10 days. After two weeks, you have to get rid of the nest so that the breeding zebra finches  will not begin another clutch. After a month and a half, you have to get the babies out especially if you need another clutch from the parents. Sometime the parents also can begin to chase the babies out of the clutch by plucking the feathers. When the feathers begin to change colors, you will be able to differentiate the females and the males and to keep them apart if you want to. You should avoid inbreeding at all cost if you want to keep healthy zebra finches for long.

 

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