Breeding Gouldian Finches
There are many important topics to discuss in terms of breeding Gouldians. I have divided the breeding section up into these topics, and the index can be found in the Information Tab above. These are Diet, Housing, Sprouting, Fostering, and the Identifying Mutations section, which provides information on identifying the various Gouldian mutations in the nest.
Breeding Goals: Why do you want to breed Gouldians?
Contrary to popular opinion, I do not find Gouldians to be that difficult to breed in the grand scheme of things. However - I do feel a variety of factors need to be addressed before you can be successful with them. Breeding Gouldians is not always as easy as breeding Society finches. Most breeders will likely encounter some, or a number of, frustrations along the way. It is important to take a step back in these situations and evaluate the environment you are providing for the birds. Rather than blame the birds for their poor behavior or performance, think about what you can do or change to get a better response out of your birds.
How do you select the birds you breed?
The act of breeding should not be taken lightly, and the babies should always be considered first before one attempts to breed. Keep in mind - Gouldians can lay up to 7 eggs at a time, with 4-6 being average, and they can have up to 3 clutches a year. Most Gouldian young do not finish their first molt until they are between 6-12 months of age, with some birds coloring up faster than others. Will you be able to provide ample space and adequate care for them during that time?
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