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Post  FinchG on Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:11 am

I have a question.
When you have finches that eat live food and they need live food in order to breed for example owls,and plenty of live food to feed the hatchlings but they still toss their eggs or if they don't toss they incubate but don't feed even though live food has been provided. Then the hatchlings are taken and hand fed.

My question is if the owls needed live food to raise their chicks then when these chicks are hand fed how do they survive on handfeeding formula if live food is what they need? I know some hatchlings do survive handfeeding but for the ones that don't is it because we don't have the resources to feed live food to hatchlings?

Or is it that the "parents" won't feed the chicks unless there is live food? If this is true than its the parents who need it and not the babies. :?:
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Post  FinchG on Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:58 am

Some species that I have read about like Cordon Bleu's are being fed chopped boiled egg before they ever start to breed to get them to substitute this for live food, then their chicks would be fed eggs and if live food is not introduced those new chicks, when older, could breed with the egg food.

I always give the egg food to all of mine and have never offered live food, the Weavers and all the others eat it but the Spice ignore it, but I keep offering it and at some point I think they will try it.


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Post  FinchG on Sun Mar 10, 2013 9:51 am

I think I answered my own question. The parents who require live food will not raise babies without it because they will think there is not enough food or the right food to ensure their babies can survive. It's not neccessarily the babies won't survive without it but the parents won't feed them without it.


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