zebra finch hen plucking fledgling

I have a fledgling that is starting to leave the nest (a bit early) and my hen seems to be plucking him. I'm concerned that she might injure him, I've already separated her mate to the flight for being over-aggressive and killing my favorite fledgling. I'm about to go out of town for the holiday and leave them in the care of a sitter, I'm worried that I'm going to come home to an injured bird and a traumatized teenager.

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Sep 30, 2017
zebra finch hen plucking fledgling
by: Anonymous

Where I live (nursing home) we have lovely aviary of zebra and society and gouldian finches - began w/4, then 6, then 10, now they are weaning 4 I guess "teens" - there is a zebra baby and 3 society ones (I think) - regardless - the Mom (I think) sits beside a teen or just a bit younger and pecks at it's umm poop/pee/egg hole (don't know what it is called) and like (this is gross but eats it?) - what is going on? I am only a resident here but have watched all of these for 9 mos now. Soon all but the original 6 will be relocated as this is crowded - thank you

Nov 22, 2011
zebra finch hen plucking fledgling
by: Linda

Unfortunately you may be coming home to a dead baby and a traumatized teen. Never use these birds again for breeding as they are not fit. Anytime a parent kills their own babies means they are not to be used again for breeding as they will continue this behavior with every nest.

See if you can find an Avian Vet in your area to take them in for the few days you'll be gone. If the baby needs to be handfed, then they could do that, and you'll have to of course pay boarding plus any extras they need to do. The baby needs to be taken out and finished off with formula until he can eat on his own. The Mother is going to kill him, and that's all there is to it.

Thanks for writing and hopefully you can find an Avian Vet to take them in at this late date.

Linda

Nov 22, 2011
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by: Celeste

Also, if they are leaving the nest early, the pecking could be a way of the female trying to get her baby back in the nest.

Just remeber, even though they are birds, not all are great parents.

Nov 22, 2011
Zebra Finch
by: Celeste

I have been breeding zebra finches for 3 years, and some do have very strange behaviors. None of mine have done this, but the males used to sometimes attack the fledglings, and we just separated them. With the female though, that seems quite strange. I'm sure she isn't meaning any harm, but i can't really see the situation through my own eyes, if it looks as if shes harming it, just separate them

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