I've just fed the baby zebra finch which is just learning to fly about a little, but how many times a day do they need feeding? He has zebra finch tail stripes but his beak is black, so I'm wondering if he may be a zebra/society hybrid as opposed to a full-bred zebra finch. Hand-feeding baby finches is challenging and time-consuming and, unfortunately, is not always successful. Clean all utensils every time. Forums Birds 5 1,034; hello all-i am handfeeding two zebie babies found under the grate in the large aviary...have had this situation before, once put them in an active (i thought) nest and they starved, once tried handfeeding and they died after two days. If their parents are absent, however, baby finches require hand-feeding. At the moment i've been using blunt cocktail sticks and feeding it tiny bits of boiled egg. for the Zebra Finch, Taeniopygia guttata Christopher R. Olson, Morgan Wirthlin, Peter V. Lovell, ... Feed chicks hand-feeding formula (e.g., ZuPreem) at 2-h intervals from 06.00 to 23.00 h for the first 5 d, and at 3-h intervals after day 5 until the bird is able to feed itself. Deliver the food by syringe until the crop, which is visible through the skin at the base of the throat, appears full. He has steadily gained weight, his plummage looks good, and … when i realized they had left them i candled the eggs to see if any were fertile and one was. i had watched them closely as ive got a camera hooked up in the aviary. Zebra Finch Hand Feeding. I always mix a fresh batch every time I feed. One canister should be able to last you through 1 or 2 birds. Regardless, I have been hand-feeding him with Harrison's juvenile parrot formula for about two weeks and he seems to be doing well. Make sure they are dead. I feed about every half hour from 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. but not at night. Feed chicks hand-feeding formula (e.g., ZuPreem) at 2-h intervals from 06.00 to 23.00 h for the first 5 d, and at 3-h intervals after day 5 until the bird is able to feed itself. Kaytee Exact Hand Feeding Formula: This can also be found at your local pet shops for about $9.00. Never feed birds water except right on the tip of their beak because they can get pneumonia very easily. Baby finches should receive adequate food from their parents. And what foods should baby zebra finches be fed? When the babies get to be a few weeks old, I start feeding them small mealworms. i couldnt see it move. after all i have read and researched on the internet, i am not optimistic, but will try my best. I don't know when their beaks change to orange. Feeding and Training Stages: Stage 1: At 3 weeks old -- (2 to 3 week duration) What time of day to remove and prepare the baby finch for hand feeding? my adult pair layed a cutch of 4 eggs but then decided to abandon the nest half way through incubating them. just wondering if anyone else out there has ever hand reared zebra finch?? Also, shall i put the nesting bowl onto the floor so it's easier for it to get to? As they get older, thicken it up. Some species, such as the zebra finch and the society finch reproduce easily in captivity.