How often do finches feed their babies?

Finches are magnificent and charming small birds. They have some different nesting habits that separate them from other birds. For example, the male finch will feed the female finch on the nest during incubation or 5-6 days after the birth of the new hatchling. Male finch accomplishes this by regurgitating feed into the female’s beak. The food is then again regurgitated by the female to the nestlings. 

Here the question arises: How often do finches feed their babies?

Finches feed their babies after every 1-2 hours, day and night, for the first 5-7 days. After that, the feeding frequency decreased with each feeding after a few hours. The baby finches leave their nests when they are 12-18 days old and begin to eat on their own after 12-18 days.

What do Finches require in order to feed their babies?

The major diet of finches consists of various types of grains and seeds along with fruits and buds.

It is expected that both parents would continue to feed their chicks by placing these food items into their chicks’ beaks after chewing. Finches can alter their diet based on the season so that they receive the proper nourishment. 

Raising baby finches might be difficult if you don’t have their parents. Intensive time and attention are required for successful baby finch rearing. It is preferable to seek the assistance of a knowledgeable finch expert if you have to raise the baby finches independently.

How to feed pet baby finches if they do not have parents?

Use a needleless syringe, catheter or feeding tube to provide the infant finch formula to the baby finches every two to three hours until they are weaned. Open the mouth of a sparrow carefully and check inside for a little hole. It is not recommended to put food in this hole because it is an air passage. Place the feeding apparatus away from this opening and feed him carefully until his crop is somewhat rounded but not too tight. Allow the crop to drain fully between feedings.

·       First seven days

Immediately following the first day, combine a commercial baby bird food recipe with an electrolyte replenishment solution to generate a thin liquid. Keep feeding the baby birds with this mixture every two hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. The digestive systems of the birds must relax throughout the overnight hours in order to prepare for expansion the following day. Feedings should be interrupted every few seconds to enable the birds to take a breath, and only as much formula as the finch can swallow should be given in each feeding. The third day should see a minor thickening of the formula, but it should remain thin enough to pull through the syringe. On the fifth day, replace the electrolyte replenishment solution with warm, sanitized water and mix in a little amount of lactobacillus powder to suppress the growth of bacteria. Feedings should be reduced to three and a half hour intervals by the seventh day.

·       After seven days

If your baby finches aren’t eating as much as they should after the first week, alter the structure of the formula and make it thicker. Give them as much as they will eat without forcing them. After each feeding, wipe the region around the baby finches’ beaks with a cotton swab soaked in warm water. Never reuse the formula that has been given to the finches. Prepare a new batch of feed for each feeding. Hands should always be cleaned/washed before handling the newborn finches.  When the baby finches’ feathers begin to appear, they should be placed in a tiny birdcage. Soon, they will be able to flutter their wings and fly for the first time. Your finches may now consume multiple grains/seeds and fresh veggies, as well as drink from a bowl of water that you have provided for them.

What is the maximum amount of time that newborn birds can go without food?

Nestlings are capable of surviving for up to 20-24 hours without nourishment. As soon as you realize the bird is orphaned and in need of rescue, take it to a certified avian vet in bird rescue and rehabilitation.

Issues Concerning Baby Finches Hygiene and Safety

When feeding finch babies, it is critical to wash your hands and use clean equipment. Utensils should never be shared amongst chicks; instead, each baby should have his or her own feeding tube or syringe. After you’ve finished feeding all of the babies, throw away any remaining solution. Unfortunately, abandoned young finches have only a poor chance of surviving for more than a few days, even when they are hand-fed by their parents. Before feeding any orphaned or abandoned chicks, consult with your avian vet or a small animal veterinarian familiar with bird medicine and treatment.

Taking Care of Baby Finches

If possible, clean the beaks around the baby finches as soon as they are fed. The formula should be refilled as quickly as each feeding is completed. It is recommended that only owners can handle finch feeding equipment or newborn chicks. Whenever a finch begins to develop feathers, it must be placed in a tiny cage as soon as possible.


How many chicks do finches have?

A finch may lay anywhere between 2 to 9 eggs at a time. The female finch will perch on the eggs in order to keep the eggs warm. It usually takes twelve to sixteen days for the eggs to be ready for hatching. The parents wean their newborns for several months before allowing them to feed on their own for the first time.

Is it possible to overfeed a baby finch?

Yes, it is possible to overfeed baby finches; however, they have a tendency to close their beaks to let you know that they do not want more. Don’t wholly open the baby finches’ beak if you wish to the finch to get extra nutrition. You may rely on their beaks only to notify you if they are starving before you become aware of their hunger.

Is it necessary to feed newborn finches during the night?

No. It is not. Feeding is not essential between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. because the birds are sleeping at that time, and their stomachs need some rest too. Once the finches’ eyes open with age, at that time, they may consume 3-5 meals each day (one every 4-5 hours). Similarly, when their feathers begin to develop, they may need to be fed twice a day for the first several weeks (every 6 hours).

Will baby finches stop hand feeding when they are weaned?

Without weaning, the baby finches will become “spoiled” and refuse to eat on their own, choosing instead to be fed by hand. However, if they are weaned too soon, they will not be able to eat enough, lose weight gradually, become feeble, and eventually die.

Is it true that finches desert their babies?

It is improbable that both of their adult parents have abandoned baby finches. The babies would not survive for more than three days without sustenance.

At what age do baby finches develop their mature plumage?

After six weeks, they will begin to develop the colours and feathers of their adult plumage. So, after six weeks of their birth, separate the tiny finches from their parents and relocate them to an entirely different cage.

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Rick Matthews

Hello, I am Rick Matthews, I have helped raise 100's of pets in my life living with my Father who while we did not live on a farm, raised all sorts of animals to sell them to families. We had so many different pets we all quickly became experts intending to them and helping them stay healthy. Back then we did not have the internet to look up thing on how to take care of their kids. As my kids got older, they wanted pets and of course, I did not want to have as many as we did when I was a child, but wanted to share my experiences. Many of these articles are written to help educate families on what to expect when looking to get a new pet for their children.

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