The Hecks Grassfinch originates from Australia
and measures 5-6 inches in size.
They are a hardy bird and would suit beginners to
the bird-keeping hobby.
They are peaceful but very inquisitive birds.
they have distinctive red
beaks and black bibs
average lifespan 5-7 years.
Feed them a foreign finch seed mix and
occasionally spray millet.
They relish broccoli, cress, apple and small
amounts of lettuce.
Always supply cuttlefish bone, mineralised grit
or oystershell grit, especially in breeding season.
Hecks ‘ head bob ‘ to greet mates and flock
members, which is quite comical to watch.
During courtship display the cock bird bobs his head while one or both feet leave the perch then starts
to sing while standing in an erect position facing the hen.
Sometimes sexing can be difficult visually.
Generally the cock birds’ bib is larger and the
black bar across the flanks is broader.
To be 100% sure it is best to go by the cocks’
2 Cock Hecks (Red Beaks) + 2
The different Mutations:
A Nest of young Fawn Hecks
Albino Feeding in
preparation for Breeding
I feed breeding pair Egg Food
prior to breeding.
- as this
ups the Protein Levels needed prior to bringing the birds
into Breeding condition.
I often mix my eggfood with cous cous.
feed eggfood and soaked seed for young.
When breeding Hecks provide a finch nest box or
domed nest basket
Have also experienced a pair using a canary nest
basket lined with a nest felt .
The cock bird used coconut fibre and weaved an
elaborate domed top leaving a small entrance hole.
I tend to breed Hecks from April to September ( other people may
They can breed from 10 months
They do not start to incubate the eggs until the
clutch is complete.
Normally 4 – 6 eggs in a clutch.
Incubation 12 - 14 days.
At 9 – 10 days of age the parents no longer brood
the chicks during the day.
AGE the CHICKS
age to Close Ring - 10days
Split rings best put on just before the chicks leave the nest when they are fully feathered
closed and split aluminium Size
plastic split size