A few years ago I rescued a pair of young shaft-tailed finches that needed a home, that first year I had them there were eggs in the cage but none ended up to be fertile. Sadly after about two years together one of the finches passed away. The eggs stopped coming so I assumed the male was left. He enjoyed answering the beeps on the stove and other things around the house. He was in the same room as Casey so they could hear each other but I thought he was lonely, I used to like to see them cuddled together in the baskets at night. So this spring we drove to a breeder to get another male to keep him company...... Then two days ago these guys hatched. I guess I must have had two girls before....
Look at those gapes! They're all mouth and, ahem, something else. Speaking of which, I'm curious about something. In the wild, parent birds will wait for a baby to produce a fecal sac and will carry it away from the nest before dropping it. (At first, many will actually consume the sacs, and later start carrying them off.) How does a bird in captivity handle this bit of housekeeping?
Quaker Peppy (RIP my sweet pea), CAG Allie, dogs Wanda and Bonnie, feral kitties Cleo and Antoinette, mice Charlotte and Emily, née Jake and Elwood
I am having fun peaking at them. This picture is from this morning, and they seem to have grown a fair bit in the night. The nest looks fairly clean, I need to sit by the cage more to see what the parents are doing for house keeping. Last night the dad stood up in the nest to feed them with his wings spread open like he was hugging them. It would be nice to get a video but I don't want to freak them out... so far I have only taken pics on my phone and not got the big camera out. I feed them fresh mealworms and greens four times per day as well as seeds and egg food always full.
It looks like maybe they are trying to go the edges of the nest?
Lol nope, it is really dirty now, but their pins are getting really long, and the long feathers are sticking out... I will take another pic.... Though tomorrow is jam packed... I might have to do it Monday. I have been texting daily pics to a few friends, and they are amazed at the fast growth. Going through hundreds of worms!
Lol, I snuck my hand up to feel their soft feathers this morning...that as close as I've got do far. Biteybird I am hoping their beak stays black until after I need to seperste them from their parents that way I can tell them apart. The parents beaks are bright red.