Animal Stories - Gouldian Finch

Animal-World Information about: Gouldian Finch

  The Gouldian Finches or Lady Gouldians are thought by many to be one of the most beautiful of the finches and are some of the most colorful birds.
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ananya roy - 2012-09-10
I bought a pair of gouldian finches about 3 weeks ago. They are adult birds. I have given them a nest box as soon as they arrived, and after a day or two, they started building the nest with dry grass and coconut fibres I supplied. Today, while cleaning the cage, I noticed an egg in the nest but the birds are not incubating it. They are outside for most of the time. They are busy preparing the nest with more fibre and cotton. I know that the first clutch is for free, but I am very anxious about this. Why aren't they incubating the egg? They are fiercely protective about the nest though. How many more eggs will they lay? Will they incubate after they have finished the egg laying business ? I have never seen gouldian chicks in flesh, so I am very excited. Also, is there any risk of egg binding, even after one safe egg laying done successfully?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-10
    First thing and most important grandparents have to relax.  They will not start incubating the eggs untill the last egg is laid in that clutch.  They have pretty large clutches as a rule with 4 - 8 eggs, so it might be a whole week they won't be incubating.  You said they were adult birds as it sounds like they know what they are doing so you relax and let them worry about it.  Yes, often times the first one or two clutches are for 'free' in the sense the parents don't really know what they are doing, broken eggs, don't know how to feed but yours sound experiencd so possibly not a problem.  Egg binding - it can always happen but not a normal occurance so i wouldn't worry about that either.  Yes, they will be very protective of the nest.  Feed them lots.  When babies arrive, feed them extra and some softer foods they can eat fast such as scrabled eggs (leave shell in) and sweet potatoes cooked and you can evenmash see inwith the eggs and swet potatoes.  You canmash pellets in for extra vitamins with the sweet potatoes.  Good luck and let us know - they are pretty aren't they?
  • ananya roy - 2012-09-13
    3 days have passed and no egg.they just visit the nest once or twice a day and spend the rest of their time outside the nest.their activity level and eating and other behaviors are all normal,but it seems that they have lost all interest in the nest.should i take out the egg?
  • ananya roy - 2012-11-09
    Tthey abandoned their first clutch. They took a gap and then laid eggs on 23rd, 25th, 26th and 27th October. This time the female is incubating them from 26th and is incubating them seriously. Yesterday while checking on them, I found an egg in the water bowl (the water bowl is nowhere near the nest). I took it out and accidentally cracked it, but a little bit of odorless and colorless liquid came out. It was the fourth egg but she is sitting on the other three eggs all day and night. The male goes in and sits when the hen comes out to stretch, poop and eat. Can the female know if a egg is infertile or won't hatch? The eggs are shiny and a bit greyish. Is there any chance that they may hatch? (it has been 15 days, so I am getting a bit excited,that's all!)
Ananya Roy - 2012-07-29
i have a pair of zebra finches in a 24''x18'x18' cage and I wish to keep a pair of gouldian finches in it. I don't want to breed them. I want just 4 little birdies playing and flying in the cage. The zebra finches are about a year old. Will they accept another pair of finches (I will buy adult ones)which are different from them? Will they get along together? I need to know this because gouldian finches are very expensive and I don't want to hurt the existing ones or involve them in a fight. please help.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-29
    I would not put the 4 finches in a cage together unless you do not care if they cross breed.  Also, cage is a little on the small side for 4 finches.  They are active, playful and flit about pretty much all the time.  So get a pair of gouldians (purchase them from a breeder if possible) as less expensive and you would know the age and healthy etc.  A reputable bird store is good also but more expensive.  If the cage were larger than you could put the 4 in together but then you still have possible cross breeding situations.  Not terrible and possibly wouldn't happen but finches breed quite a bit.  You can't stop them from breeding - I have no idea how you can do that.  Birds might mate for life but they do cheat.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-15
    Yes you should put a nest box either in the cage (which some do) but i prefer one that hangs outside the cage and you just make a hole in the cage for the opeing to the nest box.  That way you do not take up the 'room' in the cage.  I also like some sort of screw on perch next to the opening of the nest box so they can 'protect'the nest box but it will slow them down jumping in the nest box and less risk of eggs gettting broken.  I'd put 1 - 2 inches of sand in the bottom of the next box to better insure eggs not breaking.  Then I'd put 2 or so inches of care fresh on top of the sand.  Give them some twigs so they can sorta help building along.  Anything can become egg bound.  However, you can watch them carefully and should that happen - and it probably won't - we can worry about it then.  Read a little on it now though.  Cuttlebone or calcium block in the cage and yes they are prolific litle breeders.  Can you believe all those precise colors as if they were just painted.  beautiful.
  • Ananya Roy - 2012-08-15
    I have arranged for a separate cage for keeping the gouldian finches. I am very exited as I am going to have my gouldian finches next week. I have always loved their beauty and now I am going to actually have a pair of them! I am going to have adult birds. One question though, should I put a nest box in their cage? are finches prone to egg-binding? will they breed readily?
Mary - 2012-05-01
Hello, these birds are so pretty been wanting a pair or two for a very long time. I cant find them anywhere! Please help! If anyone has a pair for sale for $100 or under please contact me! I have had finches for years and would love a pair or two for my avery thanks and god bless you all.

Alex - 2011-12-17
Hi I just wanted to give some information on what finches love to eat , Their fav/ is Romain green lettuce but only give them the one with no hearts .

winston - 2011-09-29
I have a couple gouldian finches and it happend twice that the female finch lay eggs and she was sitting there and the male once in a while wants to get in, through them out or just break them or expulse the female or fight in the nest and crack the eggs. The eggs were not fertilized, right now I took the nest away. What should I do ? Change the male and get another one?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-29
    Many times - much of the time - when a young pair or inexperienced pair get together, they have no idea what it is they are supposed to do. Many times the male will play hockey with the eggs or break them - even sometimes the female. The first couple of clutches are usually for free - called free learning for the parrots and a challenge for their human. Both the male and female gouldian will share in sitting the eggs so maybe he has a little of the right idea. Eggs being infertile is probably just in experience. I'd let them be together and see if they can figure it out. Getting another male may not necessarily solve the problem - so you might as well see if the two you have can figure it out. They usually do.
Lisa - 2011-09-12
I have a pair of Gouldian finches trying to breed them. The male is ready and doing his thing, has nest ready and all. Female seems to have accepted him, sleeps in nest with him at night but otherwise nothing. She goes in and out of nest alot during the day but no eggs. A few days before I got them she had laid 4 eggs at breeders in a nest. They were discarded. That was about a month ago now. Is she done laying now or does it take awhile to for her to be able to lay more.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-12
    They will usually have about 3 clutches per year and breeding season starts when the warmer weather occurs. So late spring through early fall. You can extent the breeding season (or startit earlier) by using UV lights to be sunlight and warming the temperature. Feeding them protein - hard boiled eggs is required. They need egg food for reproduction and calcium so you can just scramble and egg - shell and all. They need to rest between clutches and you won't want to over breed. They have a tendency to become egg bound so don't want to over doo. They are fun though - aren't they?
Tania - 2011-09-03
I bought 2 Lady Gouldians back in May 2011 from a bird show. Both birds seemed to adjust fine to their new surroundings-but I noticed the other day my female Gould is pooping seeds (looks like spray millet). I started treating with a double dose of Ronex 6% and it's a little better but not gone :( her other symptoms are puffed up,and she seems to eat all the time,has anyone ever experienced this? is their anything else I need to be doing? thanks for any help

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  • Anonymous - 2011-09-03
    I can't know but I would take the birds to a vet. There is a disease called PDD (Proventricular Dilatation Disease. It was frequently referred to as macaw wasting syndrome but it can and does affect all birds. The typical symptoms include constant or intermittent regurgitation, chronic bacterial or fungal crop infections, pendulous crops, weight loss, passage of whole intact seeds in droppings, incoordination, depression or sudden death. They pass whole seeds, they can not digest food and the food just passses through. The crop remains hard as the bird constantly eats. There is no digestion and the food just passes and the bird receives no nutrition. They eat constantly as food does not digest. There isn't a cure. Right now there is no specific test for it (that I know of) that is conclusive. She would look as you are saying puffed up as the crop would be hard. It is highly contagious and any birds that has been around it or in contact with it will most likely have it as well. I am sorry. A vet can possibly run blood tests and possibly it is something else - hopefully. It isn't something you did - It isn't something you can prevent. Branson Richie - a well known avian vet has been working with this disease to find a test for it and a cure for a number of years. You can possibly email him. I feel badly for you - buy birds directly from a recomended breeder and at the breeders home. This is the link which will tell you more info and possibly you can email or call Branson Ritchie. I hope not for you and for them -

Leila - 2011-08-10
Gouldians are simply extremely beautiful! I've always thought of keeping them. I've heard that they are very temperature-sensitive, requiring heated conditions. I have seen a guy keep them in a very warm wooden wendy house where these finches thrived and is regarded as ideal conditions! Perhaps I could keep them in the home?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-11
    I kept them in the house - I am not aware of any unusual heat requirements for gouldians. No major drafts and obviously not freezing etc. So no major high or low temperature and out of the way of drafts.
Nell king - 2011-07-25
(accidentally posted this under zebra finches - sorry)
We recently acquired 2 pr of Lady Gouldians. 3 took to the aviary quickly and are able to fly, maneuver and land without problem. The problem is the 4th guy - he can't fly more than 4-6 inches off the ground and usually flies a bit sideways and lands awkwardly. They are all the same age although young. Any ideas of his problem?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-25
    I can't know for sure but it sounds like his wing was broken at one time. He might have fallen and because he was a baby, they didn't realize his wing was broken. Try and place the bird in your lap and feel both wings at the same time. Have him face away from you and use your right hand on the right wing and left hand on the left wing. See if there is a bump in the bend of the wing. See if one wing feels like the other in the smoothness of the bone. Also check the shoulder area. You can also try and just toss him onto a bed from 4 - 6 inches and see if his wing actually extends. I have a bird and he only has one wing - he doesn't seem to mind. He gets around, climbs and plays without a problem. If you purchased two pair in order to breed, there might be a problem with balance for the little guy though. I can't be sure though.
  • Leila - 2011-08-10
    Does he have his tail feathers? I agree with checking the wing first. I hope this helps.
Ivan & Lester Lievens - 2006-04-26
Greetings from the low lands, Flanders, Belgium. I'm a natural system cold breeder of gouldians for almost 30years, and yearly breeding with about 25 up to 35 couples. Average INDOOR temperatures are of 9 to 14

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  • Caitlin - 2011-01-23
    I agree with everything except for "it is man who makes the gouldian weak". The Gouldians are Australian birds so have naturally grown up in hot conditions and this is why they thrive so well in warmer climates. In your case it was humans (you) who evolved the gouldian to be strong for other climates :)