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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT

 GOULDIAN FINCHES FOR NEWBIES

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FAQ Gouldian Finches-GENERAL How many head colours the gouldian finches have? Total 3, which also occur in nature (red - black - orange/yellow). This is unique in the birdlive Australia and also in the whole world. Why gouldian finches can have a grey or white head? A grey/white head is genetically also a black head. When the body colour change for yellow, blue or silver/white), the head colour also change. These are mutations in gouldian finches. How many breast (chest) colours the gouldian finches have? The natural breast colour is “purple”. As mutations are known and recognized the white breast and the lilac breast.
FAQ Gouldian Finches-BREEDING Why does a Gouldian finch pair throw hatchlings out of nest ending dying? They do that so that they mate again. Usually happens when young and mating for the first time. Most times if hatchlings are still alive when found outside they will be accepted back in the nest. After how many days the chicks hatch? 13-14 days. However, the first day of the breeding is difficult to determine. Some pairs begin incubatin after 3 eggs. Is it possible, that a pure wild type Gouldian finch can carry another mutated gene? Yes, it is. If you look the historical overview of the gouldian finch, then you will find that mutations also occurred from a 100 % pure green mating. Most known mutations are recessive (autosomal or sex-linked) inheritable. What we can calculate, that's what based on our current knowledge and experience. So ... some surprises might be possible, alike lovebirds. When is the best time to buy birds for breeding? 5-6 months prior to your breeding season, in order to get used them to your enviroment and to bring them in the right breeding condition. When is the sexual maturity? Gouldians may become sezual maturity before they get their adult plumage. However 9 month are recommended before breed them the first time. Can a hen lay eggs when her beak is not turned black? Yes, they sure can. A black beak is not a must for a breeding condition.
FAQ Gouldian Finches-MISCELLANOUS Can have males also black beacks? Yes, it is possible, but very rare. The black beack is normally seen in females with breeding condition. What is the length of life of Gouldian FInches? On average 5-6 years in nature. In captivity up to 9 years were reported. Appropiate FAQ follow!
FAQ Gouldian Finches-CARE & TREATMENT Is millet spray an important nutrition for Gouldian finches? No! If you offer your gouldian finches daily millet spray, you do more harm than good. Millet spray is high in carbohydrates with insufficient amino acids, 0 Vitamin A, 0 Vitamin B12, 0 Vitamin C, 0 Vitamin D, 0 Calcium, etc. ... and millet is alkaline and therefore digests really fast. Which makes your birds eat more - but at the end of the day they are not receiving sufficient nutrition. Some breeder report, that they noticed a better sleeping behavior after smaller amounts of millet spray. After they had given a lot of millet spray on daily basis, they also noticed often “night flights”. To give your gouldian finches once a week millet spray is no problem for the health.
FAQ Gouldian Finches-HISTORY Where does the name “Gouldian Finch” come from? In 1838 Mr. John Gould from England made the first description on an ornithological Australia expedition. In 1841 John Gould's wife Elizabeth died after an expedition to Australia. In honor of his wife, he calls the gouldians at first “Lady Gouldian Finch”.
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                                                                                 COLOUR DESCRIPTIONS                                                                                  OF THE GOULDIAN FINCH:  GREEN COLOUR (NORMAL), PURPLE CHEST  GREEN COLOUR (NORMAL), WHITE CHEST  GREEN COLOUR (NORMAL), LILAC CHEST  SINGLE FACTOR PASTEL GREEN, PURPLE    CHEST  SINGLE FACTOR PASTEL GREEN, WHITE CHEST  SINGLE FACTOR PASTEL GREEN, LILAC CHEST  DOUBLE FACTOR PASTEL GREEN, PURPLE    CHEST  DOUBLE FACTOR PASTEL GREEN, WHITE CHEST  DOUBLE FACTOR PASTEL GREEN, LILAC CHEST  BLUE, PURPLE CHEST  BLUE, WHITE CHEST  BLUE, LILAC CHEST  SINGLE FACTOR PASTEL BLUE, PURPLE CHEST  SINGLE FACTOR PASTEL BLUE, WHITE CHEST  SINGLE FACTOR PASTEL BLUE, LILAC CHEST  DOUBLE FACTOR PASTEL BLUE, PURPLE CHEST  DOUBLE FACTOR PASTEL BLUE, WHITE CHEST  DOUBLE FACTOR PASTEL BLUE, LILAC CHEST
What is a Courtship Dance? When stimulated to breeding and in order to attract a mate, a male gouldian shows a special behavior to impress the female. The male begins his dance by shaking his head rapidly for a few seconds; next, he stands up proud, puffs out his chest, and hops up and down on the perch while singing, all while keeping his tail pointed towards the hen of his affections. How many eggs are normally laid in a clutch? Usually 3-8 eggs. 4-6 eggs are most common. How many clutches are recommended? Don’t let them breed more than twice a season. Three times is still acceptable but more...?  You will puting a lot of stress on your hen.
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