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Martine - 2008-07-17
And here I thought I was special! A male Pintail Whydah chose my backyard as his playground in the Spring of 2007. I live in East Orange in Southern California -- just a few miles from Tustin. I felt so blessed! Every morning I looked forward to seeing him and his antics and hearing his high-pitched sounds. I got quite attached to the little fellow. He never seemed to be very successful with the ladies though. Not that he didn't try... Then mid October, one day of cool weather and drizzle, and he vanished. I hoped he had simply decided to move on to warmer climates. Bad timing though, as a few days later the devastating San Diego wildfires started and raged on for days. I thought of Whydee and hoped he had made it through. Then this Spring (May 12), to my amazement, there he stood in the middle of my lawn, letting me know with his familiar racket that he was back. He had lost his tail and his breeding plumage, but I just knew it was him. He has been hanging around ever since, looking prettier and his tail growing every day. Throughout the day, he comes and taps on the windows. He is very assertive and unafraid, but still has no success with the female population of assorted species who frequent my bird feeder. I am now thinking that I should call the local pet shops and find him a mate. I feel I owe him that... Is that crazy?

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  • Marilyn Martin - 2011-08-28
    How fun for you that little whydah kept coming to see you, FYI, I just purchased one a couple of months ago and just love him his song is very
    pretty, I bought him at the Chino Swap Meet, you should get one for inside.
    He was only $30. I noticed this was 3 years ago is he still coming around?
    my email is angelhairr1@verizon.net. BTW they have girls and boys there. Have fun!
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Need Help - 2012-02-11
Hi,

Need to know if there are ANY stores at ALL in Canada that can tell female and male society finches apart... Places like Petshop and PetSmart don't have a clue as to what they're doing. HELP.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-11
    Guaranteed, if it lays an egg, it is a female. There is no 1000% way to determine the sex of a Society Finch except through DNA sexing. You can purchase a DNA sex kit, I believe for $25.00, from one of the labs advertised in the back of Bird Talk Magazine. That said, usually the males sing to the females - it ispart of courting. So watch the behavior and see who is singing. The female doesn't usually call out or sing back unless she is separated from her mate. The males head is usually a little wider, a little flatter than the females. Females head is more curved and narrow. No one - no pet store, can tell you more than and great guess when it comes to these little guys but a breeder is your best bet and can do it with pretty good accuracy.
  • bill m - 2012-02-12
    Me and my dad raise finches and it's hard to determine the sex by looking at them but what you can do is seperate them cause only the male bird will sing and the female species does not sing. That's one sure way to tell other than going to a vet which cost money. Hope this helps you out
  • bill m - 2012-02-12
    Seperate the birds cause only the male bird will sing. The female species won't sing then you will know which one is male or female. It's cheaper than going to a vet to have them sexed
  • bruce - 2012-02-21
    The only sure way is to get the male to sing. You will need small individual cages (2-3) to house individuals. If no one sings they are girls. In a group of 4 or so it's is quite likely one will bounce and begin courting. This is obviously the male. This bird can then be used to sex the rest. The other way is to pay for dna testing.
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reem - 2012-02-07
Can you tame them by hand feeding a baby finch.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-07
    Yep. Finches tame very easily - not sure about all kinds but most. I have these actually wild golden finches that are out in bunches in early spring through the summer. They come in the house and I have picked them right up. I have picked them up, pet them and then just let them sit on my hand. They are tame. I mean - they are wild but they seem to like human pet.
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Clifford Bestall - 2012-02-07
I simply cannot understand why people would want to cage and deny birds their freedom. I think this is deeply regrettable. Leave animals in nature please.

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Vanna - 2012-02-05
Hello all finch and bird owners,
I found one of my female gouldian finches with an injured leg: I have placed the finch into a seperate cage from the aviary, soothed and bathed her leg and she is able to feed and drink water herself and is showing lots of signs of been an active finch.
Is there a natural treatment that I could apply to her leg to help with the healing process? I would like to hear your comments on my request?
Vanna

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-06
    You have done pretty much anything you can do. It is probably splayed leg and she probably fell or twisted it. Can you tell if she moves it at all - cuz if moving - then not broken. It might take a couple of weeks but should heal back to normal. If broken - still not much you can do - unless you want to try avian vet - but I doubt a vet can really do anything. If broken it will mend on its own but maybe with a little crook in it. Probably just aplayed though. Keep her warm - maybe put a light on so it shines on half the cage or a heating pad on the bottom (on the outside) under half the cage.
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Star Cruz - 2012-02-01
how can you tame (train)or gain its trust a zebra finch so they don't fly away from you?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-02
    I don't know that you can but you can help him want to stay by you longer. Have him on you - or very close to you when you are eating your meals and give him tidbits or let him eat off your plate. He can have a little piece of sandwich or a little piece of chicken etc. When you aren't eating meals then have a few cheerios in your pocket. They are curious little birds and like to look around. They do like pet - on the top of the head and sides of the face and seemed to like curling up in my sweater sleeve or laying on my chest. I'd start with mealtimes.
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Star Cruz - 2012-01-27
my female finch is laying on the nest all afternoon me and my sister do not know if she die if still alive

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  • Star Cruz - 2012-01-27
    ok and my sister keep poked her back!
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    Watch to see if she is breathing or gentky touch her chest to see if breathing. Sometimes they barely move while incubating.
  • Star Cruz - 2012-01-27
    hi it is her sister the male goes in the nest with the female is that a bad thing.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-27
    Male finches also help with incubating the eggs and feeding so it is normal for the male to go in the nest. They do not care if the third finch is the sister they believe they are protecting the nest. You can put a few cheerios or pellets or little millet in the nest if you are still concerned if the female is alive. If she has died she would feel col to your touch by now. I hope she is justsitting tight and fine but if she has died you will have to remove her and hopefully the male will take over all parenting responsibilities
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Theunis - 2012-01-24
Hi i am looking for a pair of strawberry finches. Young breeding pair please

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-24
    You don't need to look for a young breeding pair - just a male and a female. They breed so young and will adapt a lot easier to a new enviornment then an established breeding pair. Leave yourself open to both and remember with a new pair whether young or proven - the first clutch or two might just be for practice. Many people sell 'proven pairs' because they have found them not to be good parents. They don't sit the eggs or feed the babies. So they sell a young proven pair for additional monies and just pass on the problem. Why would someone sell a 'good proven pair?'
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Star Cruz - 2012-01-20
now i have another one: How do u grow more feathers, is it a food thing or something? And how many day does the egg hatch?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-20
    It's a fairly common problem, these finches will sometimes pluck each other. The best solution is to separate them until the feathers grow back, which they generally will. On hatching eggs, there is information about gestation and hatch times in the article above.
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Star Cruz - 2012-01-18
Me and my sister have two finches, one male and one female, but when I got to see them again the females back almost had no feathers! I don't know if the male is doing it or she's going to die? Please tell me.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-18
    I would guess the male is doing it. Many times the male will get a little over amourous in his intentions and pluck or pull the feathers on the females neck and back wanting to breed. She just isn't ready yet. If her behavior is good and she is eating and pooping normally, I'd say you have an overly amorous male right now.
  • Star Cruz - 2012-01-19
    Thank you so much and today when i got home their was an egg in their nest!
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