I understand that it died either because it was squashed by the mother, sitting on an egg next to it, or of coldness. Also, there are many finch breeding societies that you can contact that may help with advice. This is a house finch who had just hatched out of his shell. What can cause a 16 day old zebra finch to die? I could see them moving, but they died before they were out of the shell. I have five finches, 2 are in one cage 3 are in another cage. Any ideas why? Your finch could have had an illness like Respitory Infection, usually finches hide their symptoms but the first sign of illness is most commonly puffed up feathers. He was the weaker baby of the 2, so I assumed he either died because he was weak or has been killed for the same reason. I do NOT suggest EVER doing this unless you KNOW the mother bird is dead. My advice is to buy a book on how to hand raise - this is a satisfying hobby but not without its challenges. I found out later that he was very cold and had little body heat. Nonetheless, I put the eggs in a rubbermaid container with cotton balls, and put the rubbermaid on a warming pad. In that instance, you should remove the babies as soon as they are able to eat by themselves. One pair have had 6 eggs for the last month, but the eggs are not hatching. I’m a responsible cat owner (I have a cattery attached to my house, and my three are all desexed, etc …) and I agree with you. She had conjunctivitis and was very sick. It sounds like there are too many birds in the cage and nobody was taking care of the babies or one of the other birds has killed them. This mother had conjunctivitis so badly that she was essentially blind; I was near positive she wasn't coming back. why did this happen? My zebra finches had hatched a baby on the floor of the aviary. I thought for sure they were not feasible. This is a page about caring for baby zebra finches. The second batch is hatching and the first bird lived two days. I had 2 baby finches; they hatched 3-4 weeks ago. The eggs were not incubated for over 24 hours. I have five finches, 2 are in one cage 3 are in another cage. They can be too cold, or it could be too breezy in the room. This is a house finch who had just hatched out of his shell. The mom who had been tending this nest immediately outside our window disappeared. Also please tell me why the other pair's 6 eggs are not hatching. All 7 died the same way. On the other hand where there are 3 birds, they have 11 eggs and 7 hatched, but every time when I saw a little one inside, in the next few hours it was dead and lying down in the nest. Also, I have done a lot of rescue and volunteered at the Wildlife Rehab Center. It is not uncommon. You should only keep a pair of birds in one cage if you want them to reproduce and take care of there young. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question. Please help, 4 eggs are left. Fin the first batch of 5 all of them died. Why would a finch bird who was 2.5 weeks old just die, it left the nest flew around for a bit then it just died? She had … You didn't do anything wrong. On the other hand where there are 3 birds, they have 11 eggs and 7 hatched, but every time when I saw a little one inside, in the next few hours it was dead and lying down in the nest. The mom who had been tending this nest immediately outside our window disappeared. It appears the other 4 eggs may not hatch considering the 7 eggs already hatched and now all the babies are dead. It is very distressing for you. He was put in an incubator. Once they get to 2-3 weeks old, put the babies into a separate cage with a nest box and feed them 4 times a day with a special bird raising formula that you can buy from the pet stores. In the future, you may need to finish raising the birds yourself. There’s no reason a cat can’t be completely happy in a cat run, while giving the native fauna a fighting chance. One pair have had 6 eggs for the last month, but the eggs are not hatching. St. Paul, MN, 2006. Finding a Veterinarian That Accepts Payments. He immediately went to a Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. We are devastated. Our finches have had their second batch of eggs. If you’re going to have pets, the very LEAST you can do is make sure they are properly looked after. Good luck. As long as they have other babies they'll forget about that one. Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Maybe this is what happened to your wee birds. Like all animals in nature, they will consume the dead baby so that predators do not attack the nest or area where the rest of the babies live. The parents cared for them, especially the dad which is common, but a couple of days ago the dad started to lightly peck one of the babies' bald head. Our finches had two babies. In some cases, the male parents want the babies out of the nest box so they can breed again. May be the babies are overfeeded or indigestion may occurs. The next morning, this guy had hatched...I could not believe it!! Raising baby finches is rewarding, but it can also be a time-consuming task as they need regular care until they are grown. That was my second baby zebra finch to die, but with both, a few hours after they died, there was no sign of them. He was found on the floor of the cage dead. At about 16 days old both died, over two days. Do you provide egg food everyday ? I feel guilty for even having him in my hand like this...do not repeat my mistake. Sometimes baby finches are eaten by parents.