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Question:

November 3, 2021

Finch


We bought two pairs two males and two female but before putting it in the cage one of the males died now we have one male two females the first time they laid an egg they laid it out of the nest and it died now couple months later now they have three eggs out of the nest.I guess my main question is why is it that they’re laying their eggs out of the nest when they have four nest in their cage???


Answer:

Hi Blanca,

The problem is you have an odd number of birds, and you are trying to breed with more than one pair of birds in a cage. For breeding, you should only have one pair per cage, and each pair should only have a single nest. It needs to be the right type of nest, hung as high as possible in the cage – preferably a corner – leaving just enough room for the birds to sit on top of the nest. The male likes to sit there to guard his nest. Breeding birds are territorial. It’s possible the hen is using the nest, and the other hen is throwing the eggs out of the nest. You need to remove the single bird and all of the extra nests, and the pair should do better. They need a private area with little human contact. It’s also possible you have the wrong kind of nest. Most finches prefer the type that look like a hut with one entry hole. It should be woven from natural material – they generally do not like the plastic nests. They definitely don’t use the open type nests – those are for canaries. You should provide nesting material that is sold for finches, and not grasses or anything else you collect outside.

Thank you for asking Lafeber,

Brenda

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