- Unfortunately one of the three new Painted Finches mentioned in the previous post has died – causes unknown. The remaining two are doing well and the parents are apparently breeding again.
- After a number of failed attempts to keep a pair of Star Finches I have admitted defeat and sent my remaining male Star Finch to a finch keeper who has success in keeping the species. I think my aviaries may be too draughty?
- Following a successful breeding season I have moved the Gouldian Finch parents into the holding aviary for some rest and relaxation (or as much rest and relaxation as you can have with a group of young Gouldians and a flock of Zebra Finches).
A fair bit has happened in the last few months (I have been particularly slack in updating this blog):
- The fawn Zebra Finches have bred, five young hatched and three have survived (goes to show that even a Zebra Finch with a busted wing can still father a healthy brood);
- The Gouldian Finches bred again, raising a single offspring (this is the fourth brood for the season);
- The Painted Finches have bred, 3 have hatched, have left the nest and are doing very well.
I am particularly happy with the Painted Finches – I did not think I had a chance getting them to breed in a mixed and somewhat hectic aviary.