Zebra finch chick gaping; note the "directing" spots inside the mouth and the bright white sides of the mouth. Isn't the fuzz adorable?!? 01-18-2009 Picture by Delphia Janiszeski
Zebra finch chicks #1, 2 and 3 (l to r) on 01-18-2009 Picture by Delphia Janiszeski
Zebra finch chick #1, 01-21-2009 picture by Delphia Janiszeski
Here's a shot of #3, seeds in his crop.
And here are the parents in the nest. You can see one of the chicks peeking up between them.
All three chicks have opened their eyes!
A picture of all three chicks. Look how big they are already!
Zebra finch chicks #1, 2, 3 (top to bottom) 01-27-2009 picture by Delphia Janiszeski
Chick #1 has left the nest! The parents, This and That were not happy and were extremely chatty and kept close to the chick. Before putting it back in the nest, I took a few pics. Chick #1 was hatched is 17 days old in these photos.
That, This and #1 (l-r) on the occasion of #1's first foray out of the nest on 02-01-2009. picture by Delphia Janiszeski
#1 Perching on a low branch during his first time out of the nest on 02-01-2009. picture by Delphia Janiszeski
Zebra Finch chick #1 looking befuddled after leaving the nest for the first time on 02-01-2009. picture by Delphia Janiszeski
Chick #1 and #2 (l-r) in the nest. Chick #3 is behind and under them and not visible. Taken 02-01-2009. picture by Delphia Janiszeski
ALL THREE CHICKS HAVE LEFT THE NEST!! Chick #3 still has a few tufts of baby fuzz, and he is visibly smaller than the other two, but he is doing well! He is much more timid than the other two, and I did not want to stress him out by taking pictures, so you'll just have to use your imagination!
The chicks' beaks are starting to change color! You can see in this picture, there is a tiny bit of orange showing up on the tip and at the nostrils.
Zebra finch chick #1, taken 02-17-2009 picture by Delphia Janiszeski
Yesterday, I put the Zebra finches outside for a few hours to start getting used to being there and to see the other finches with whom they will be living. As soon as I took them out, all the finches in the outdoor cage started beeping and chirping, and that got the Zebras going. It was so cute!
If it stays over 60 degrees (F) for five nights in a row, I will put them outside with the other finches. I'm so excited to be able to see the conclusion of this journey!
The Zebra finches outside for the first time on 12 March 2009. Picture by Delphia Janiszeski.
Here is the whole family. Left to right are 2, 3, 1, This and That.
Chicks 2, 3, 1 and parents This and That enjoying their first time outside. Taken 3-12-2009. Picture by Delphia Janiszeski.