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Deb Ruhl from AZ asks: Hi, Dr Rob, I have a Gouldian male finch with a female Society finch, will they breed? and if so what would they turn out like? thank you again
Hello Deb, Your Gouldian and Society finch combo probably will not be able to produce offspring, but will make good companions for each other. Good Luck, Rob


Jane Tibbetts from Anchorage, Alaska asks: In August a friend gave me two Gouldian Finches..male/female. In October they produced 3 very healthy offspring. Again in December they produced 4 very healthy offspring. There are now sounds of more baby chicks in the nest box...sounds like maybe 3. I do not look, nor disturb them in any way while nesting. My question is: is it okay that the hen is laying this many eggs and hatching and caring for young.
Hello Jane, I would not recommend allowing your pair of Gouldians to produce more than 3 clutches of babies in any breeding season. Once this last clutch of babies leaves the nest, remove the nestbox immediately and do not replace it until next Fall when the hen's beak darkens up again. Your birds should go through their annual molt this Spring, along with their offspring. Be sure to keep their nutrition up so that your hen can replenish her calcium levels before her next breeding cycle. All the Best, Rob


Deb Ruhl from AZ asks: Hi,Dr Rob, I have a gouldian male finch with a female society finch, will they breed? and if so what would they turn out like? thank you again
Hello Deb, Your Gouldian and Society finch combo probably will not be able to produce offspring, but will make good companions for each other. Good Luck, Rob


Jane Tibbetts from Anchorage, Alaska asks: In August a friend gave me two Gouldian Finches..male/female. In October they produced 3 very healthy offspring. Again in December they produced 4 very healthy offspring. There are now sounds of more baby chicks in the nest box...sounds like maybe 3. I do not look, nor disturb them in any way while nesting. My question is: is it okay that the hen is laying this many eggs and hatching and caring for young.
Hello Jane, I would not recommend allowing your pair of Gouldians to produce more than 3 clutches of babies in any breeding season. Once this last clutch of babies leaves the nest, remove the nestbox immediately and do not replace it until next Fall when the hen's beak darkens up again. Your birds should go through their annual molt this Spring, along with their offspring. Be sure to keep their nutrition up so that your hen can replenish her calcium levels before her next breeding cycle. All the Best, Rob

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