Chestnuts slow to nest

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BrettB
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26 Oct 2018, 16:18

I have had two pair of Chestnut Breasteds (DNA sexed) in my 3mx4m, partially roofed aviary for 6 months.
3 weeks ago, on advice, I changed the brush for some new, much denser brush (bottlebrush cuttings).
This seemed to stimulate them and a rudimentary nest was built. It was more like a roosting nest, with no lining, and they seem to have stopped building and left it at that.
They are fed standard finch mix, half ripe seeds and sprouted seed, they look healthy and in good shape.
The only other birds in the aviary are Double bars and painteds, and I have removed most of the later.
Perth has been miserable and cold this winter, but it is warming up now.
Is there anything else I can do to get them serious ?

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Brett
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Craig52
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26 Oct 2018, 18:37

Brett, i have found chestnuts along with redbrows the hardest of Australian finches to breed. They seem to do well in a colony of 4 to 5 prs though. With both these species, the sound of running water seems to spur them on to breed but more so redbrows.
Feeding copious amounts of seeding grasses at this time of the year as well as livefood brings them into breeding condition more so than anything else fed out.
Nesting material should include Emu feathers, white feathers and course grasses not the fine swamp grass but they will line the inside of the nest with fine grasses. Craig
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27 Oct 2018, 21:23

Thanks Craig, perversely that makes me feel a little better. Most people I have spoken to consider them almost as prolific as Zebras !!
I will try some extra feathers and wider choice of grass
Have considered running water, but that would take a little longer to organise.
They are not a particularly popular finch here in the West, which is a shame.
Many of our native finches seem to be taken for granted

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27 Oct 2018, 22:04

They are not a particularly popular finch here in the West, which is a shame.
Many of our native finches seem to be taken for granted
Agree with you there Brett. They are a lovely finch, always been a fan of the monochromatics.
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12 Mar 2019, 14:38

Got some here also Brett and think from the same guy. I have two pairs which were sexed visually.

I’ve never seen them crow or carry grass in the time I’ve had them

Just over a week ago they fledged four young.

Didn’t do anything different so might just be a patience thing
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12 Mar 2019, 22:13

Hello Gary,

Yes the birds are from the same guy.
One pair went to nest, laid three eggs but they were clear.
I have removed the eggs and they are in the process of building a new nest.
So they have finally got down to business, not sure if it was time, maturity, weather.
The other pair have done nothing.
Interesting you have not seen them crow as my "active" cock crows all the time. Like you I have never seen them carry any grass.

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Brett
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