by brenda

my finches have lost all there neck and back feathers, they are about 8wks old and are in a big cage with other finches including mum an dad there is about 12 adult finches and 4 babies, a few of the adults have feathers missing to but not as bad as the babies, they are in a big cage it is 3ft wide by 3ft tall and about 20in deep. i also noticed that the mum and dad have a new baby in the nest boxs could this be the problem? i have taken the babies out and put them in another cage as i was worried, and they are eating by themself now so i thought it would be ok thanks

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Oct 08, 2010
by: Anonymous

I recently had the same problem. If you observe closely, I bet you will see that they are plucking / pecking eachother. Especially if there are new eggs / babies on the way. I had to remove my one finch, Leo, and put him in a seperate cage with a juvinile male, Baby Boy. They had plucked his neck and back and he also was being injured with pecking. He was starting to develop scabs on his back. Finches although small can be very vicious with eachother. Please keep a close eye and make sure all are safe. What you did is the best solution, as they will peck eachother to death if not seperated. Good call. And they heal fast once out of the situation.

Oct 08, 2010
by: Linda

A 3 foot cage only 20" deep is not nearly large enough for that many birds even if they are small finches. What has happened is the birds have pulled each others' feathers out because of the stress of being overcrowded. Overcrowding creates violence with any bird, animal or human. Also, never leave babies in with the parents once they are weanted and eating adult food because they will inbreed with parents and each other. Basically, babies need to be separated from parents and from each other as soon as they are weaned.

You need to find a pet store in your area willing to take your babies in and stress that siblings are to be sold separately to ensure inbreeding does not happen. Inbreeding produces weak birds who get weaker every time they are bred, and even introducing new blood will not take care of all the damage from inbreeding.

So, in order to have that many finches in one cage, you would need a flight that is over an 8 foot square and then you'd have to be careful to not overload it. Each bird or pair of birds needs their own feeding stations and nests and plenty of room to fly freely around and not get all bunched up.

All babies have to be separated from adults as soon as weaned to prevent inbreeding, and all siblings have to be in separate cages or sold to prevent the same.

My advice is to stop breeding unless you have a market for the babies or someplace willing to take them for either money or in trade for food or supplies. What you are doing is pointless unless you are educated in the ways of genetics and how to properly house and care for birds. Unless you have a market for your birds, so they can be moved out quickly, you are going about this all wrong, and your birds will suffer now and in the long run.


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