Nita's Nest - Tale of the Parrot Finches
THE TALE OF THE  PARROT FINCHES
These 2 pictures show the gouldian finch (dark baby) with the 2 chicks found in the flight , believed to be parrot finches.  The gould was 6 days old at this time, and I *thought* the 2 babies were a couple days old.  I had hoped the gould parents would feed these chicks, but no such luck!
With no alternative, I began handfeeding the chicks, every hour and a half to start, with the last feeding of the day at 11 PM, and the first of the day at 5 AM.
Same kids, 6 days later.  Hard to see the growth when you're feeding them, but the pictures show they're doing pretty well.
GOULD (ON RIGHT) AT 20 DAYS OLD.
PARROT FINCHES (LEFT AND MIDDLE)

THE KIDS FLEDGED THE DAY BEFORE THESE PIX WERE TAKEN.  THE GOULD HAD FLEDGED A DAY EARLIER. 
ONCE THEY WERE OUT IN THE CAGE, THE GOULD PARENTS WERE NOT TOO THRILLED TO HAVE THE LITTLE INTERLOPERS IN THE CAGE.
RATHER THAN HAVE THEM PICKED AT, AND STILL NOT FED, I REMOVED THEM TO A CAGE OF THEIR OWN.   I ADDED A MALE SOCIETY SO THEY COULD  SEE HIM EATING, AND HOPEFULLY GET THE IDEA A BIT QUICKER.
THE FIRST DAY WAS HELL, AS THEY WEREN'T TOO KEEN ON THE HANDFEEDING,  AND STILL WOULDN'T PICK AT FOOD ON THEIR OWN EITHER.   I WAS AFRAID I'D LOSE THEM AFTER COMING SO FAR.
THE NEXT DAY, THOUGH, THEY BEGAN TO ATTACK THE EYEDROPPER WITH RENEWED GUSTO, AND ARE DOING WELL.
IN FACT, A MINUTE AGO, I CAUGHT ONE PECKING AT THE MILLET SPRAY!

CUTIES, OR WHAT?!
FOLLOW UP:

Picture at left is one of these parrot finches all grown up.
As they feathered out it became clear that they were the result of a hybrid breeding between the blue-faced parrot male and the red-headed parrot hen.  Interestingly, the kids have traits from both.
You can see the blue head coloration in this pic,
and faintly the red marks on either side of the neck area.  They appear to be hens and are now the lone parrot finches in the flight, so there is no danger of them breeding.
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Anita M. Golden
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