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Nikki Roberts

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I have a pair of zebra finches breeding for the first time i have no previous experience of bird breeding.  They hatched four chicks, one was tossed and dead when i found it, then all ok, then another tossed i ut it straight back in all ok. 24 hours later two tossed , big and fat so had been fed but on the floor and dad had pecked off their limbs, 24 hours later final one tossed, fat and fed on floor dad had pecked off limbs.  Both parents had sat on eggs. i offer fruit and veg slices on floor so i dont think dad was being malicious, they just peck whatever is on the floor.  I am devastated and dont know what to do next or why this happened please help

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Hi Nikki,

Welcome to the forum.

This can happen sometimes with inexperienced pairs, the parent tend to catch the young when leaving the nest and they flick the young out on to the floor.

It can also happen if the nest has been built shallow allowing the chicks to be easily fall out or be flicked out.

I'd give them another go, but try to make sure there's a nice pocket for the chicks to be lower down in the nest.

I hope this helps.



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