Fostering with Society Finches
We believe fostering or raising Lady Gouldian finches with society finches contributes to a lack of success breeding Gouldians for several reasons.
1. Please see our new article The Lady Gouldian Finch and protozoan infections; Canker, Guardia, Cochlosomosis & Cryptosporidium. These protozoan organisms are spread by fostering (Hatching & Raising) Gouldian finches with society finches.
2. Gouldian finches that are parent raised by Gouldians make much better
parents and breeders. The reason for
this is quite simple. Society
finches stop feeding their babies as soon as they leave the nest or shortly
there after and from that
point forward they are on their own. This
also happens when baby Gouldians are fostered by society finches.
They quit feeding them in short order.
Gouldians however do much better breeding if
they are taught how to eat, drink and “feed new babies” from their natural
After the young Gouldians leave the nest box the father Gouldian continues to feed and teach the young birds for another 3 to 4 weeks before they are weaned. During this time the hen usually goes back to laying and incubating a new (2nd) batch of eggs and by the time the first brood is almost ready to be weaned the new batch of babies are hatching out (approximately 22 days later). When this happens the first hatch of young birds will follow the fathers lead and actually re-enter their nest box out of curiosity and start feeding the newly hatched babies themselves. This helps teach the young bird’s to be better parents and breeders.
All of our birds are
"parent raised" by Gouldians for this reason.
If everything is done correctly you can safely get up to 3 clutches of
young from a pair of birds per season.
Disclaimer: The author of this website is not a licensed veterinarian. The information and advise contained within is only offered as a basic introduction to the Gouldian Finch and comes from over 10 years personal experience breeding this species. Our success is also attributed to 30 years of accumulated avian knowledge breeding various other bird species, veterinary advise, research and discussions with other professional breeders.
Thank you for visiting our website. We hope you will find it informative and helpful.
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