A day or two before one or more Pin-tailed Parrot Finch chicks fledge, put several layers of paper in tray.
Remove the perch furthest from the nest.
The trays should fit within the cage rather than extending out the front but, in such a way
that the chick's legs can't get trapped or broken.
Now, raise the tray to about level with the bottom of the nest. This keeps the chicks in close
proximty to the fosters.
And, they can easily get back into the nest.
This is important if the Bengalese pay more attention to those chicks still in the nest.
Alternatively, some place the nest box on the floor after fledging, but this seems more
A false floor of hardboard will do just as well for the few days. A good alternative if your trays are external. But, watch for leg-breaking gaps.
With all-wire foster cages, dowelling is easily used as a temporary support for the tray.
For box cages drill small holes at the right height in the cage
back, prior to fostering.
Each take a small headless nail in the end of the dowelling intended to support the tray.
Lower the floor - the tray or false floor is lowered back in two stages.
It is usually left at its highest point for two days.
If feeding is going well then the second perch is replaced
after a day or two.
If all is well, all fledglings flying from perch to perch
and being fed, the tray/floor is lowered to a mid-point,
then lowered right down the next day.
The speed of this process depends upon judgement as to
how well the chicks are doing, flying and being fed.
Keep it clean - during this process, the top sheet of newspaper is removed daily.
Ensures old soft food or droppings are not pecked at by the fledglings as they begin to explore.