We have established that I have a wonderful mother who taught me lots of things...and helps me in more ways than I can say. However, while growing up, she wasn't the biggest animal fan, and my desire for pets was often denied. This has led to my being quite a push over at the pet store...my children currently have two (geriatric) dogs, a tortoise, a hamster and our most recent editions were two zebra finches. When we picked these petite little birds we read that they were the easiest to take care of. The kind woman at the pet store told us they required only change of food and water...oh, and they must live in pairs. "How sweet", I thought, " they need a mate and love". She told us there was a chance that they would lay eggs, but that they would not be fertilized and we should just remove them from the nest...
About two weeks after we brought them home we discovered one, two, three, and then four eggs in their nest. This discovery led to many conversations and we determined that we would not immediately remove the eggs. As the Kraut said..."They are not your eggs". Right. So we let them go. Mommy bird and Daddy bird were very diligent about keeping them warm and attended to. Mr. Kannoli decided that two weeks was long enough. He was going to remove them before they started to smell funny. Guess what he found? Nope...not stinky eggs! A tiny, fuzzy, hungry...baby bird!!! I can't get a good picture of it, the parents are rather overprotective. But this is what it looks like. It's not pretty.
I decided a trip to the afore mentioned pet store was in order. After speaking to the same "kind" woman and doing a bit of internet research we have learned this; if the parents feed them, they will live...if not, they will die. We were also instructed to put baby food into the cage, to make it easier for the parents.
I have looked in the cage about 100 times this week, it is still there...opening it's tiny beak for food. I talk to the parents to encourage proper baby care. I don't know if they are listening. They say if it lives four days, the chances of survival are very good. We are on day 5 now.
I thought you may enjoy this "life lesson" with the Kannoli family.
In the meantime...one of my favorite part of the Kannoli menagerie is the tortoise...eating. Please enjoy Henry as he enjoys his lunch....
We'll keep you updated on the babies. Has this happened to anyone? Advice is not only welcomed, but needed!!!! Help!