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Cathy - 2010-09-17
I recent;y bought 3 females and 1 male finch. I've notices the past 2 days that 1 of the females has feathers missing behind her neck and on one of her sides. Tonight another female has feathers missing on back left side too now. Is it from fighting with each other?, disease? I've only had them 1 week

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  • Kathy - 2010-09-30
    Hi Cathy I had that problem too and I had to watch because the male was plucking the feathers to build a nest to get ready to have one of the females to lay eggs.
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Steve R. - 2010-09-28
We live in Fullerton, CA and have had a male Pintail Whydah visit our yard every Summer since 2007. When he has the long tail feathers in late Summer, he stands up to all the other birds. After the tail feathers are shed, he seems to hang out more with the local finches.

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Margie S. - 2010-06-30
Our pin-tailed Whydah first appeared in August of 2009. It returned June 27, 2010 at our bird feeder, on the ground. There were two of them last year. There were two on Sunday, June 27, 2010, but only one has been here the last couple of days. He hangs out with two Fox sparrows. He is also aggressive to other birds. We last saw him this morning, June 30, 2010.

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  • Mary O. - 2010-07-08
    We saw our first ever Whydah at our feeder June 27, 2010 at 1pm when we got home from church. We live in Jacksonville, FL and was wondering where you saw him on the same day. He stayed at our feeder nearly all day,every day until July 1, and since then has come in the afternoon only, and once a day.
  • Margie S. - 2010-07-27
    Mary O., I live in Fullerton, Ca. Since that date one has returned at least a dozen times. I think there are 2-3 female Whydahs that have been ground feeding under the bird feeder. They are not there the same time as the male whydah, as not as frequently.
  • Jeri - 2010-09-23
    We saw our first today! The site of this bird with the beautiful long tail feathers had me running to the computer to find out what he was. I see Mary O. has seen one here in Jacksonville, FL as well. When is their breeding season? I am hoping to see a female so we have little ones around. Thanks for the info on feeding as I will now make his favorites more available to him.
  • susan ebbinghouse - 2010-09-26
    I just figured out what I saw here in Jacksonville on September 12th. How cool. It flew on to the top of the bird feeder pole and then flew to the birdbath and took a bath for a few minutes. I just had a neighbor ask me if I saw the unusual bird. I read that the lose their tails once a year. Now I realize I saw one this past spring without the long tail. Yeah, I finally know what I saw. Exciting. Susan from Jacksonville, FL.
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Jerry - 2010-09-16
The male finch I had died this morning, the female is doing fine. I have 4 of their babies they had a year ago, 3 girls and a boy. Being the father is passed, should I put the mother with her kids in the same cage? Currently their cages are side by side.

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annette - 2010-09-06
I have 2 finchs and they do lay eggs, but they have been in there for like 2 months now. What do I do?

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trent youngstrom - 2010-08-26
my gouldian finches laid 4 eggs one of them hatched 2 weeks ago everything seemed to be goin fine then i poked my head up there today to notice the lone baby's neck is swollen to the point where its almost transparent and looks to be swollen with a bunch of seeds. will this digest and go away. i took the food out of the cage so the parents cant feed it any more. any suggestions would be greatly appreciated

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-08-27
    Seeds and food will fill the crop as the bird is eating. The crop (at the middle of the neck) will look swollen at this point. It should digest within a few hours and the crop will go down unless the bird is constantly being fed in which case it may look full all the time. If the bird stops eating and the crop remains full, there may be a problem that should be looked at by a vet.
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B .Guinn - 2010-08-02
I have 6 and I'm getting eggs that hatch but for some reason after a week or two I'll find the babys thrown from the nest. Some have a few fuzzy baby feathers and all are at least 3/4 of an inch in size. Should I be hand feeding or buy special feed so they can feed them or are seeds ok? Thanks.

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  • Deb C - 2010-08-19
    This sounds like it may be stress behaviour from overcrowding. Are all 6 birds in the same cage? If so, you might try putting them in a larger cage or putting the breeding pairs in separate cages. It's also possible there is some mate competition occurring, although it is difficult to tell without a little more information.
  • Nancy - 2010-08-25
    I'm a little new to this, just getting my first 6 zebras in June. Soon after their first 4 babies hatched and were fine. The 2nd one it seems was a little different as the first babies may have been jealous? Anyway - 2 were thrown by one of the first babies from the nest! The sound was awful. I carefully scooped them up and put them back in the nest. Last week all three flew from the nest and seem to be fine! That being said - I would try to put them back in the nest and let mom/dad take care of them. Hope this helps!
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sabbir chy - 2010-04-04
I have gouldian finches but they are not able to take care properly their chicks. After 4 to 5 days they put their chicks out of the hatching box.

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  • S M Sahid - 2010-05-27
    I have found some where, you can use a pair of Society (Bengalese) Finch as foster for the chicks of Goldiuans on a separated / isolated cage.

  • alex - 2010-08-24
    Use society finches to incubate, raise chicks.
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jack brucks - 2010-08-10
Just saw a male pin tailed whydah in Anaheim Hills. August 3, 2010.
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  • Deborah S - 2010-08-24
    We have had a male pin tailed whydah in our backyard for two years. He is quite entertaining. The poor fellow just needs a mate. He's all by himself.
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Nancy - 2010-08-24
We have a pintail also. He hangs out on my kitchen windowsill and cheeps at us. He's a constant source of amusement for us and our 3 cats who get up on the chest & watch him. I don't know where he came from or why. I have put up a feeder with small seeds and he eats from that. Also water in the windowsill. I also wonder where a lady is? This is the second time he has visited, and he has been here 10 days now. Anyone know how/why they find us?

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