Step # 3 - March - 12 Steps to Success Breeding Gouldian Finches
3. March –
Vetafarms Multivet to the Regiment
During the first week of March through the end of May we introduce a special blend of
Vetafarm “Multivet”, which helps jump start the birds molting
process. This product can be mixed
directly with our Frisky Finches feather glow liquid vitamins with iodine and liquid calcium gluconate. It has a variety of additional
vitamins, amino acids, trace
elements such as Copper, Cobalt, Magnesium, Zinc and some other important
minerals and trace elements which will force the birds to start the molting
The mixture ratio is 1 tablespoon of Multivet per gallon of water
mixed in with the feather glow & calcium gluconate.
Continue using this product until the end of May.
The reason for introducing the Vetafarm Multivet
is to help get the birds molting finalized or finished prior to putting your
birds together for breeding. If your
birds are not finished with the molt when you put them together, it will stall
the breeding process until they have finished molting.
Most Gouldians will not breed while they are molting, especially the
hens. Molting and breeding at the
same time can contribute to egg binding in the hens, especially if they are not
prepared with the proper nutrients in advance.
This is why most hens will try to avoid breeding until they are ready;
they seem to know this…
It usually takes 4 to 6 weeks for most Gouldians to molt so you want to
introduce Vetafarms Multivet early to finalize your birds molting and improve your
breeding results, plus this helps prevent them from molting in the middle of the
If you pair your birds together before they have ample nutrients and one
of the males gets a little to eager and breeds with an unwilling hen that is not
ready, this could cause her egg binding problems when the eggs start to develop
If this happens the hens will usually die from a miscarriage in a day or
two. About all you can do is remove
her from the cage and put a few drops of warm mineral oil inside the vent area
with an eye dropper to help lubricate the egg passage.
If she survives, removing her is a good idea until she has time to
replenish herself with the proper nutrients for producing eggs or it will
probably happen to her again. More
than likely the problem is a calcium deficiency.
We continue use of the Vetafarm Multivet through
the birds molting process until the end of April along with the other liquid
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.
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