Monday, 28 September 2015
On a very cold night we decided that it would be good for the finches to have a nesting box to keep warm in. They didn't use the box to keep warm but shortly after that they did use it for nesting.
There were three babies who seemed to depart the nest too early. It is possible that the parents of this batch were siblings but we can't be sure.
One baby seems to have found her place in the flock, one was found in the drinking water one morning, she had adopted a floating position but I assume hypothermia got her. I have never seen a bird get stuck in a water bowl before, I'm guessing there was an underlying problem. The third baby, having left the nest, has spent her whole life on the floor of the aviary. She has tended to turn in circles and I thought she always appeared to be happy, although a limited life span would be understandable. Today her head tilt and circle turning has escalated to something resembling mania and it is quite obvious that she is probably suffering. I mentioned it to my son who was the original owner of the birds and he was sarcastic about how the little thing was never "okay" and had I just noticed?
I am not really sure how I came to have responsibility for life & death around here but it seems as though nobody else does.......
(the photo came from google. Our little one is developing adult plumage but looks very similar)