Finch Chick Rearing

The hen and cock will both feed the chicks, regurgitating food for them. Feeding doesn’t start until a chick is two days old, at which point the nutrition provided by the yolk sac runs out. Fledglings’ eyes open after six days; and after the youngest of them has reached ten days old, the hen will incubate at night only, as the chicks are by now robust enough to survive in the nest without being sat on during the day. They will be sprouting their first adult pin feathers at this point too. They fledge between 14 and 20 days (depending on the species), but are still reliant on their parents for food at this stage.

Canary fledglings in nest
Canary fledglings - 10 days old and constantly hungry!

Chick Weaning

Depending on the species, weaning - independence from the parent birds - occurs between four and six weeks. The chicks will beg for food as they perch, and eventually their parents will stop responding. The young soon learn where the food is by watching their cage-mates, and their begging behaviour – open beak, fluttering wings – ends. If the chicks are slow in getting the message their parents may resort to chasing them away. An adult cock bird, in particular, will soon come to view his male offspring as potential rivals.

When the full quota of chicks is feeding and drinking without parental assistance, the young birds need to be placed in their own cage, away from mum and dad. In a larger aviary setup, they will all find their own space without you intervening.

Canary chicks
Most finch chicks only spend about two weeks in the nest before fledging

Second Clutch of Eggs

Left alone, pet finches will often try to breed several times in a year. In the interests of their health – egg-laying and chick rearing is a physically taxing process, especially for the hen – no pair should be laying eggs more than three times in any one season. Two clutches is plenty.

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Vanessa, 29 April 2019

My female finch has 2 babys that r 4week old and still getting fed by thier mother and dad but my female has laid 2egg while raising 2 younging what should i do??

Linda, 22 April 2019

our zebra finches had 4 eggs in their nest, but the next day the eggs were gone. Could they possibly be under the hay in the nest buried or did the finches somehow get rid of them? I don't want to disturb the nest at all just in case they are buried under the hay and I just don't see them.

Jan, 11 February 2019

One of my month old fledglings refuses to feed on his/her own. It is little smaller and slower than 2 others born a week later from a different pair. which feed on their own. They have been separated from the parents. He/she hangs out near the bottom of the cage and pecks at droppings.

Dee, 10 February 2019

I have four fledging Zebra Finches. I have had to hand feed them. How do I get them to eat normal feed from a cup on their own?

Ellie, 30 January 2019

My finches just had babies Are you supposed to give them worms or anything other that seed

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