Zebra finches eggs

How long does it take for zebra finches eggs to hatch, and is there any specific food i need to feed the parents?

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Jul 30, 2010
Zebra finches eggs
by: Linda

It takes around 2 weeks to hatch the eggs (if fertile). This is counted from the day the 3rd egg is laid which is when the parents usually start sitting on them.

A great food for finches is Volkman's Avian Science Super Finch diet, and Tracie carries it on this site. Just click on the Organic Pellets Mixes link on the left, and go to Volkman's, and then click on the Finch link on the left. Tracie was having some problems with the site's cart, so if you cannot get them today, try again tomorrow.

This is a certified organic diet, which means all the ingredients are organically grown without being sujected to dangerous pesticides and man-made fertilizers. This would be an extremely good diet for your Finches all the time and especially at breeding/rearing time when they need all the good nutrition they can get. Make sure you only allow them no more than two nests per year as anymore than that will start to break down the hen's body as forming and laying eggs and then raising babies takes a lot out of them, and they need to rest between those two.

Finches also enjoy very small chopped organic veggies from time to time. These can be in the form of organic raw carrots, bits of apple, romaine lettuce. Always make sure any fruit and veggies are given in very small amounts and only a few times a week if that much.

The other thing you can do with any leftover seed mix once you get the Volkman's is to sprout seeds for them. You can use a clean clear glass jar and first soak the seeds overnight. Then drain off all excess water and rinse thoroughly. Next, find something to prop the bottom of the jar up a little when layed down horizontally. This allows any additional moisture to drain out a little at a time to prevent mold growing on the seeds. Your jar can be put in a window on a shelf or window ledge. Do not allow direct sunlight to hit glass thus making it too hot. The seeds do need some warmth, and there will be plenty from just being next to a window because heat is created inside a clear glass jar anyway.

Once you see seeds start to sprout, take those out and rinse them off and put in birds dishes. The other sprouts need to be rinsed and kept refrigerated. Make sure they are always at room temperature before feeding, and sprout small batches as they do not keep for long even in the refrigerator. If you see any mold-like growth on any of them, throw away the entire batch, wash jar and start over. You may also find some other tips on sprouting seeds by doing a search on the internet. Seed sprouts are very protein rich and no fat, so each one is pure nutrition for your birds.


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