How long baby finches can servive without being fed?

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by rehannasim, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. rehannasim

    rehannasim New Egg

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    i have a finch colony full of nest . Each nest is either full of eggs or babies. Last night i took out water container from the aviary. Now my idea was that being an early lark i will wake up early in the morning and place the water container in the morning mixed with medicine.They are not sick but when you raise colony birds you have to treat them with antibiotics once a month so that there is no outbreak. Sadly i woke up around 12:10 pm and the sun rise here is around 6:00 am. so my finch were without water for 6 hrs. but food was there. it normally gets hot after 1:00 pm. before that it is fine. my question is that what are the chances my chicks will be alive after the cage is without water for 6 hrs. Don't suggest to enter the aviary and look in to the nest.i am obsessed with birds care and hardly disturb them but feed them well.My helper boy suggested me not to take out water at night because it is weekend you may wake up late next morning. But i didn't listened.
     
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  2. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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    I think they should be ok, your parents will just be dehydrated. I've had to hand rear a few finches this season and less than a week they are fed hourly, or less if necessary, and over a week old they can go for 2 hours between feeds, slowly stretching out to 3 hours as they get older. If any chicks do die the parents should remove the bodies themselves.
     
  3. rehannasim

    rehannasim New Egg

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    i have asked the helper boy to enter the aviary. Posting the results so that people learn from this.

    Newly born 0 died
    2-3 days old 1 died
    5days to 2 weeks 0 died

    Condition 6 hrs without water.

    this was strange why new born didnt die. people told me they have yolk in their stomach.
     
  4. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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    At least you only lost one and it may have been from something else, not the fact they didn't have water in the morning. I have a pair of society finches who have managed to squash two babies. I do despair of them because they have also abandon their 2 week olds to help with some newly fledged babies from another pair! We found their three remaining chicks the next morning. One was dead and the other two were very very cold. I did not think they would make it, but they did and now they are the cutest, friendliest little things.

    Yes, newly hatched babies don't need feeding straight away. I remember reading in hand rearing articles that they should only have electrolytes in the first 24 hours before you start giving them formula. So they are fine living on their yolk for that period.

    So glad the vast majority of your littlies came through just fine.
     
  5. rehannasim

    rehannasim New Egg

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    yes out of 45 one died. thanks for the help
    i need to know how i introduce a new mutation. if i have breed a new mutation. how i am going to introduce it to the world.
    i have worked hard on it , and finally i have new chicks with black head and a white body.
    it is something like that
    https://www.rspb.org.uk/Images/1046242_tcm9-329749.jpg?width=1184
    of-course the beak is different.
    should i start a new thread
     
  6. JaeG

    JaeG Overrun With Chickens

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    Wow - what kind of finches do you keep? Yes, start a new thread with photos of your birds as I'm sure everyone would love to admire them. I'm in New Zealand and we have a very limited number of finch breeds here compared to the rest of the world, and importing birds of any kind is not allowed due to the fact that we have so many very endangered native birds here. But I still love to see new and interesting birds. I'd definitely love to see yours.
     
  7. rehannasim

    rehannasim New Egg

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    they are still chicks. need to wait 1 week.let them fledge.
     

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