THE CHILDREN HAVE GROWN - NOW WHAT???


What Do You Do With the Chicks?
Joining A Bird Club
Selling Your Birds

A WORD ABOUT HAND FEEDING

Hand Feeding
Cage or Brooder Set Up
Actually Hand Feeding the Chicks

CHOOSING BREEDING PAIRS


Minimum Age
Selecting a Pair
Natural Selection vs Hand Pairing
Select Based on Previous Results

Most exotic finches, Lady Gouldians included, are physically able to reproduce at a very early age - as early as four to five months old. Some, like Zebra finches, will attempt to breed sooner.  However, to ensure success, you should wait until they are at least a year old.  Most Lady Gouldian finches will become fairly consistent and attentive parents by the time they are two years of age. The following links contain articles that will help you through breeding  Gouldians and many other finch species. Click the blue links to read more...

GENETICS

Color Mutations
Choosing to Preserve the Natural Gouldian Colors
Pairing for Results
Importance of Keeping Good Breeding Records

YOU HAVE EGGS


When to Check the Nest
Average Clutch Size & Egg Size
Candling & Removing Infertile Eggs
When They Hatch
Assisting the Chick Out of the Egg
Abandoned Eggs or Chicks & Fostering

BREEDING ISSUES IN GOULDIANS & EXOTIC FINCHES


There are several issues that can come up when breeding your birds. Most of these can be solved or avoided with proper nutrition and good condition.

FINALIZING SELECTION OF BREEDING PAIRS

Before you start breeding your birds, you'll need time to prepare them. It is imperative, for your birds’ health and breeding success, that you do not breed them if they are not properly prepared. Gouldians have several distinct cycles they must pass through to be successful breeders and remain happy, healthy and prolific. 

SETTING UP A BREEDING CAGE


Cage Type
Accessories

WHY CREATE A PROSTHETIC NAIL

In some instances, missing toenails can affect breeding results. Cock birds use their nails to hold on to their mate during copulation. If he is missing even a single nail, fertilization may not occur, potentially causing clear or infertile eggs. This isn’t always the case, but if your bird is missing a nail and your results are inconsistent or negative, this little trick may help.

DETERMINING FERTILITY IN YOUR BREEDERS' EGGS


The one thing that is crucial to seeing chicks in the nest is that your breeders are producing fertile eggs. Use this article to help determine whether the eggs in your nests are fertile, if they are infertile, or if there is a problem with once viable eggs.

TIME TO SEPARATE THE SEXES


To gain the most productive captive finch breeding seasons, we find that separating the sexes upon completion of breeding increases our success. Before one can fully understand the importance of separating the sexes, we much first understand WHY we separate them.

WHEN THE CHICKS HATCH


When the Chicks Hatch
Tossed or Abandoned Chicks
Fostering
Banding

HAND-FEDS ON THE FLY


While it rarely happens, occasionally we find the need to hand-feed chicks in our aviary. Because breeding season for our aviary is also typically show season, there are times we need to take hand-feds with us on the road.

Additional Useful Information

GOULDIAN MILESTONES - EGG TO ADULTHOOD


I’ve compiled these averages over nearly two decades as part of my ongoing research, and update them annually. I continue to track the information for all species kept here. These are my averages for Gouldians only. Other species have very different averages. Please keep in mind, these averages are only for my aviary and PARENT RAISED chicks only. Society raised or hand-fed chicks will have different rates of growth due to the difference in feeding. Typical results may be different in your own aviary!

BREEDING GOULDIANS


Before you start breeding your birds, you'll need time to prepare them. It is imperative, for your birds’ health and breeding success, that you do not breed them if they are not properly prepared. Gouldians have several distinct cycles they must pass through to be successful breeders and remain happy, healthy and prolific. 

WHY I WEIGH & MEASURE EGGS


I use every bit of data I collect to decide which birds to breed, which should be retired, how to pair breeders, whether the nutrition needs to be reevaluated, etc. I also use age and a multitude of other factors.

BRINGING YOUR BIRDS INTO BREEDING CONDITION


Before you Begin
Light, Heat, and Humidity Requirements
Nutrition For Success
Choosing A Breeding Season

BREEDING - MAIN

KRISTEN REEVES, MEADOWLARK FARMS AVIAN SUPPLY, INC.