My hen is pecking at her new baby!

by Shawna

Yesterday our baby zebra finches finally left the nest (6 total). Once the were out of the nest...I started to observe them closely and noticed that one of them is alot smaller than the rest. It appears to have a kind of "fluff" to it still as if it could be younger than the rest. Today, the mother and father both have started pecking at it. They try to push it from perches as well and I don't know what to do!! Since they are not old enough to eat on their own yet, I haven't removed it from the cage because I'm not sure how it will be fed and live. I've seen my male and female do this to each other during nest builing but I can't figure out why they would do this to one of the babies. Please help!!


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Nov 30, 2011
My hen is pecking at her new baby!
by: Anonymous

I have to agree with what Tracie has said but in the meantime get the baby chick out put it into a thickly lined tub on the cage floor & put it into another small cage keeping it on the floor, cage covered so it is still dark for the chick. Keep a little teddy in with the chick so it can snuggle up for warmth.
If you do not have a local breeder then ask your Avian vet to show you how to feed the chick it will need baby feeding formula for budgie's from a tiny syringe. There is a right & wrong way so don't feed until you have been shown & don't let the parents mate again until you know all there is to know about breeding.

Nov 29, 2011
Parents attacking baby bird
by: Tracie

The baby may be sick or deformed in some way, I don't know. Of course it would have been best if you studied about breeding birds before allowing them to breed, but since you did not do that, you need to call an experienced breeder right away and get help.

You must remove this baby before they kill it. You will have to learn how to hand feed the bird or give it to a breeder to do this for you.

Please help another breeder and get experience before allowing your bird to have more babies.

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