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Lady Gouldian Finch

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Lady Gouldian Finch
A pair in the nest box. Red headed male with black headed hen.
Posted on July 19, 2011 Slideshow

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Reply Joy
1:02 AM on January 23, 2012 
Hi Jonathan, I prefer to use plastic breeding boxes. I think they are 6" x 6", some are a bit deeper but still basically square. The plastic is more mite resistant and easier to clean for me. Some goulds will abandon their chicks but it's my experience that usually they are either very young parents and still learning or something in the environment is wrong and they don't feel they can raise the chicks. It's very important to feed eggfood and greenfood (fresh greens or soaked seed etc.) while they are raising chicks. I've tried breeding both ways, colony breeding and paired breeding. In my experience the colony breeding has been much more successful. The paired goulds did not successfully raise any chicks for me. But as soon as I put that pair in the flight cage with the other goulds they went to nest and raised several clutches of chicks. Goulds are very social birds, accustomed to traveling long distances with their flock. The green food that is available to them is what stimulates the breeding season as much (if not more so) than the length of daylight. The more space you can give them the happier they will be. Always provide more nest boxes than needed so the hens have a choice. When the chicks fledge the nest box, the other juveniles often help feed them and roost beside them to keep them warm at night. I also provide a heat lamp over one roost all year long. They like hot temperatures and choose to sleep under that heat lamp even in the summer time. Thanks for your comment, I hope you find this information helpful.
Reply jonathan
12:23 PM on January 22, 2012 
I would like to ask regarding: the size of the breeding boxes and the shape (cube or rectangular etc)...also, when it comes to breeding what is best: a couple in the same cage or more than one couple together...and is it normal for the mother to abbondon her young ones? Thanks for your help & keep it up