Finch egg? Tips and Help on how to switch please?
My friend owns two finch birds, a male and a female.
Ha, it's a cute story you may want to hear first, but after I do need facilitate.
So Friday, they found a very fat female bird contained by the cage. They suspected it was pregnant, but have little familiarity on birds. They got them about a month ago. Yesterday, they wanted to show to me their overweight bird and instead found their average little birds inside the cage. Remembering their first egg's place, they carefully took out their house type dealio and indeed, found a little egg inside the stuffing. Cute, huh?!
Well the issue is, they are chihuahua breeders, and tentative to bird breeding. The last egg they had was kill when handled. I knew you weren't supposed to handle the egg, but I be not present. The fragile egg cracked. :( I'm asking, how should they handle the egg right now? How should they fiddle with the newborn once it is born? Also, any other helpful tips I may want to share with them?
Traditionally, birds don't get pregnant, they lay eggs. And birds don't grasp 'fat' when they are about to lay eggs, their vent/bottom gets larger. Birds have a poor sense of smell, so the parent finches wouldn't be capable of tell if a human handled them or not.
I wouldn't toy with them when they are newly hatched. They are very fragile and small, and a human handling such a small and fragile entity would surely kill it! I would advise, though, handling the little bird when it is ten days old, or two weeks outmoded. At this age they have some feathers grown in, and they can be handled minus dying since they aren't that fragile (they still are) and small.
Let the parents do their work! And the owners of the finches should do their research on the birds first. I'm not trying to sound mean or any of the sort, but they may have better luck and in good health babies if they researched.
The finches will lay more eggs, and most will hatch. She will need to get a bigger cage when the babies fledge.
Why would they stipulation to handle the egg??
The birds lay them in a nest for a reason. They want to leave them alone.
There is absolutely NO reason to toy with either a newly hatched egg or a not long hatched baby.
The only aim I handle eggs is when candling - which isn't even done until the 5th day of incubation and some candlers you don't even have to TOUCH the egg (I'm not paying $50 for a candler though, I use a miniature flashlight).
Don't touch the eggs.
Don't touch the new borns.
There's no reason to, and it's an unnecessary risk.
Outside of potentially cracking the shell or injuring the chick, they can also unknowingly pass on germs from their fingers to both.
Gems - I beg to differ.
ANY bird is capable of being appendage fed.
And I am handfeeding SEVEN baby gouldians right now that be randomly abandoned at 5 days of age.
So - don't say they are not hand-feed-able.
They for sure are.
Here is a video of me supplementing a 10 day old gouldian with a handfeeding (three day-old babies have hatched and I wanted to make certain they got fed before the elder one did).
I voice leave the egg alone. They might crack or smash the egg or the parents wouldn't like the smell of humans on it. Once the egg has hatch, start feeding the adults some sort of liquid food (If you are not squimish you could blend up some worms). The adults should regurgitate (nice way to enunciate blow chunks) food for the baby on their own, but if not, you could hand-feed it.
they call for to provide a draft free place for the cage, extra calcium for the momma and variety sure theres ALWAYS lots of healthy food and fresh clean hose down every day, adding an eggfood would also be a good impression!
then just let mommy and daddy do their entry.
dont move their next box/check on the eggs too much as it will stress momma and she may very well purely abandon the nest.
after this clutch remove the box for a couple of months to give momma a rest, finch are prolific breeders and will often freshly lay clutch after clutch is a nestbox is left with them.
the nest box should have a hinged/removable TOP and should ideally be hung OUTSIDE the round up so they can check the nestbox wihtout disturbing momma or the eggs by fumbling in the cage.
finches will also lay in "finch nests" woven bastekts that hook onto the sides inside the shut within, but a nest box is better.
finches are NOT handfeedbale birds, the babies shoudlnt realy be handled by novice folks.