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Loss of a finch

Posted by fetchingfinchesaviary@gmail.com on January 21, 2015 at 2:20 AM


Finches are extremely social beings and require interaction to maintain mental health. When one of your birds passes away- first you must determine the cause. It is beneficial to bring the specimen into the vet. Secondly; you need to consider the impact on his or her mate.

The mental anguish over losing a companion can often cause death in the remaining finch unless they are in an aviary with multiple other birds for companionship.

There was a massive storm that hit Dubai, complete with hail and lightening. I took drastic action moving everyone indoors, but unfortunately my female Alpha passed away today while incubating her clutch- the stress created by the severity of the storm and moving the enclosure deemed too much after laying a large clutch of 6. She has now left behind 6 eggs for her companion Omega to manage.

Im my experience, when the birds are kept in true pairs…. If one finch passes away, the remaining finch usually passes away within a weeks time from stress and depression.


First I increase the heat (I use a space heater) to around 80 degrees

I add vitamins to the water, and larger quantiy of favorite foods are added to the enclosure (like millet) and items with gluclose like fresh fruit or Nestling Food (see mid down the page) and add small amount of honey.


Being so social, the silence creates loneliness. Just hearing other finches uplifts the spirit of the finch. If you don’t have other finches- then find a video or sound bite of finches singing and play it for him/her.

Alternately and ideal. Purchase a replacement finch immediately. And place second finch in an adjacent enclosure for 2-3 days. After that time, please reposition items in the main cage, and then add in your new finch with dim lighting. Finches don’t have very good night vision, and when it becomes dark they immediately become calm. You could even place a towel over the cage if you are unable to dim the lights. I set up a web cam which can see in the dark so I am able to view them 24/7


Once the new finch is in the enclosure- be sure to monitor them. If there are subtle signs of aggression this should subside in a weeks time:

Mounting: dominance behavior

Beaking: pecking at face (can be a problem if it continues)

Chasing: to chase one or another

Aggression should stop within the first week. If the aggression should escalate to plucking or any other type of physical damage you will need to separate the pair. You can try to reintroduce them again in a weeks time (leaving their cages next to each other).

Cohabitation: Positive is if the pair sits next to one another on a perch.


It is now the job of the remaining finch to raise the young- there are three main issues with this:

*I immediately increase the heat and humity, provide with an electrolyte solution (I use Darrows), and provide specialty foods.


If you are reading this- then you have more than likely experienced a loss. Unfortunately, I can only advise on the avian aspects. The consequence to the human brain can be devistating. My heart goes out to you.

Categories: Disease and Loss