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The Challenge with Young Gouldian Patents

 

Raising Gouldian finches using foster parents is not as easy as it may sound. In this brief, I will explain why I used foster parents and some of my key findings and tips for you to avoid the pitfalls I faced.

 

Some Gouldians finches, do not brood well in captivity, others toss their one day old chicks out of the nest and cage if possible. Note, I said “some Gouldian finches” not all. I was fortunate enough to have both of the challenging types!!

 

I totally don’t understand why some Gouldian males would toss their one day old chicks out of the nest and cage if possible! The picture below is for a one day old Gouldian chick. I found it buried under the nest material! When I placed it on the nest material, it was thrown out of the nest within minutes by its parent!

 

A Gouldian chick that was buried under nest material by parent. A Gouldian chick that was buried under nest material by parent.

 

I read about this phenomena (chick tossing) and I now understand that it is the Gouldian male who tosses the chicks, but why? I read a lot about the reasons behind chick tossing but none convinced me personally! Still trying to understand why do Gouldian males toss their chicks out of the nest and leave them to die! Is it caused by the lack of parent’s experience? the environment? does it matter whether the Gouldian parents were originally raised by Gouldian parents or foster parents? These along with many more questions are yet to be answered.

 

Irrespective of the specific reason, foster parents — namely Society finches — are a good first choice when challenges such as the one mentioned above are faced with parent Gouldians.

 

Ahmed Al Alawi