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Mercedes - 2011-07-28
I have 2 finch birds that just recently layed eggs. The male just died and I wanted to know if it was okay to buy another male bird or would that affect the reaction of the female bird towards her eggs? or anything in that form?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-28
    I wouldn't try and introduce her to a new male until the chicks are at least to the stage where you can hand feed them if you have to. As long as the mom is hand feeding them, I wouldn't bring in another male. A new male is likely to play soccer with the eggs - or possibly the babies. This may be just cuz he is new and has no idea what is happening or he wants her undivided attention. My advice is the female finch has her hands full right now and a male finch could just be more work and could damage the eggs -
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Carol Asper - 2011-07-23
I've seen a male in my yard in Chino Hills several times the last week. July, 2011

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-23
    Awesome
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Shannon - 2011-03-16
I also noticed my 2 zebra finches have odd behavior compared to the other finches at the petsmart I got them from. The female likes to fly out of the cage and into walls, or any flat surface, the male just flies around the cage and sometimes outside. Though they lay eggs they do not always sit on them. Finally after the last laying of eggs they finally hatched 2 eggs.Unfortunately the day they hatched the babies also died, one had a neck wound in the front that looked liked it got pecked at, and the other was squished in the nest. They actually squished the pecked one on top of the other squished one. I'm not sure why my zebra finches did that and when I asked the pet care people at the store they said they had no idea and they never heard of finches doing that before to their young.

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  • Marilyn Bishop - 2011-03-21
    The third time I started to breed Zebra Finches I had a Zebra and a Snow finch the first time they bred I got a beautiful fawn finch. Being new (breeding) I found out the hard way not to mix the two. Once the two hatched two more finches the fawn female attacked the mother pulling all the feathers from her head. She also sat with the babies and would not let her in. I did research and found out you cannot mix the two as the offspring can become confused in the proper social protocol as did Fawn. It's possible the pair of finches you have could have been the offspring of a mix. I also learn to remove the prior offspring to a new cage until they were grown to avoid this problem.
  • Marge - 2011-07-23
    I had a breeding pair of zebra's. They hatched several times. The male would peck the new born right away. Solve problem is to remove the male about 1 or 2 days before they hatch. Count 10 days from the eggs laid and then remove him. She will take care of the new young ones. Hope this works for you. It worked for me. Had a lot of new ones after that. Male does that because he wants to mate right away again, so he gets rid of the new young.
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Leslie - 2011-07-09
This is more like a bunch of questions,than a comment or reply.1st question is:what are all the different types of plants that can harm zebra finches? What exactly do they do to harm these zebra finches? Could you please give me a list of both? How do you know when a female zebra finch is pregnant? How do you know when they are ready to lay there egg. I have to zebra finches,a male and female. When is a good time to get them a bigger cage? I got what I call a normal size cage. So,should I get them a bigger cage now or wait? Could you please send me the information on all of this to my email address? I Thank You Very Much for your time and patience. Thank You Very Much.
Thank you,
Leslie L. Gross

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-09
    This link will take you to a list of toxic plants for birds.
    http://www.birdchannel.com/bird-diet-and-health/bird-medical-conditions/birds-and-plants.aspx

    The list is long. Unless you are going to have an aviary loaded with plants where the birds fly free, I would just remove your plants. If you are going to set up a planted aviary (and they are gorgeous) with trees, bushes etc. than you need to look at the list. A friend of mine had a huge planted aviary - maybe 25 X 50 feet with all sort of plants and about 50 birds . He had a waterfall and everything. I had a few plants in the house and I just moved them. Consequences are a sick bird to one that can die. Best time to get a bigger cage is now. Always get the largest cage you can afford for you little guys. Make sure the bar spacing is small enough for finches though. They like freedom and flying and playing. You don't have to worry about when she is ready to lay eggs. They will take that naturally. They have to know -- you get the surprise. When you really really look, you can usually tell a female is about to lay eggs - at least with the smaller birds. The abdomen right above the cloaca looks a little swollen. It is real hard to see - cuz of feathers. Get the larger cage and put two next boxes up. OK?
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B.E.S. - 2011-07-07
i was wondering how much does one of these birds cost?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-07
    Now if you live in Australia - they are expensive but the good news here is they are usually sold in pairs and the pairs runs approximatly $150.00. Have fun they are cute. I have a little American Goldfinch that keeps coming in the house. Actually there is a flock that flies around and comes down to eat the flowers and some sunflower kernels I put out. This one little guy flew in the house. You could pick him up and pet him. A little strange.
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kfed - 2011-05-09
I have 6 finches I acquired from an older couple who really only fed them seed. I am not sure if they are related or not but they do all get along they are in a cage 28x15x20. They seem to be doing well. I have 2 males and 4 females. Now, I have eggs galore. Does it matter if they were related and are they ok together since they seem well acclimated. They get a variety of fresh foods and seed and all you have advised including the cod liver oil and yeast. I have another cage ready to accommodated any off spring or unruly parents hoping to get them homes then remove the nests although they love their nests. Is this advised or should I leave the nest in the cage and is the cage an ok size since there is no problem but an occasional squabble.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-09
    You don't know whether the finches are related or not so why worry? Chances are even if they are related, it should be all right. Some aviculturists have been known to inter breed to obtain certain color mutations. If you remove the nests, it will not prevent the birds from breeding. They will just lay their eggs off the perch (in which case they will break) or in the food dishes. So their is no reason to remove the nests. Ideally, there should be 4 males and 4 females and 4 nest boxes. You definitely need 4 nest boxes for the 4 females so possibly two cages or one larger cage with 4 nest boxes. I wouldn't just add 2 male finches to this group. I would remove two of the females (the ones that are not sitting eggs if you can distinguish that easily) and introduce them to two other males. For right now being the eggs are laid and hopefully the females will sit the eggs, I would be reluctant to change anything, except make sure there are 4 nest boxes.
  • kfed - 2011-05-24
    Well I seperated the 2 females now I'm hoping the 2 pair left in the cage don't fight. So far so good. They both choose a nest as pairs. The 2 females I separated aren't crazy about each other but oh well. 1 sqwaks when the other goes near her but they really dont fight. I'll keep you posted thanks again =]]
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-05-24
    That was good. Now you have two pair and two extra females. You can always keep two of the male babies to pair with your two extra females. Birds can be complicated but they are interesting and entertaining. Babies are so adorable.
  • Anonymous - 2011-06-06
    Thanks again keep you posted.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-18
    Well, I am sure glad all turned out fine for you. There will be a next time. One being tossed out of the nest is not an unusual occurance. The parents can sense if the little fella won't make it, or it dies and they throw it out. Sometimes it is actually done by the brothers and sisters. Caiques (which I had would lay five eggs) but when the 4th and 5th hatched the brothers and sisters would throw them out. I learned to incubate. Strange that nature.
    Glad you are through all the commotion and excitement. Fun isn't it. Miracles.
  • kfed - 2011-06-18
    Well the babies have arrived they are about 11 days old now. 3 I believe. 1 they ejected from the nest. I actually think it had already passed when they did this, it looked unhealthy or unfed. The others are thriving so far. I took the nest down a minute to look at them when the parents both came out which they do alot now. they look fine!!! =] thanks again
  • kfed - 2011-06-21
    fun it is!!! and boy can they eat =O thanks again =]
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KRYSTAL - 2011-06-12
How long after zebra finches mate will you actually see an egg?? I have four finches, one of which was not looking too well. I ended up placing her in a seperate cage for 10 days so she could regain her strength, (and she did). Well after the ten day period I put one of the other finches in with her. Well I thought they were fighting a bit and didn't want to chance her getting hurt again, so removed the one bird and put it back with the other two and left the one by herself, but yet next to the other three finches so that she wouldn't feel lonely. Now the one that is by herself started laying eggs, that is why I asked. (1)How long after they mate will a female lay eggs so I could know whether they are fertile or not.....(2)And if they are fertile can the female hatch them by herself or does she need her mate? Because I cant tell the other three apart when they are together even more so I am unsure of what the other finches sexes are except of course the one that layed an egg....... Suggestions, please and thank you!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-13
    From the time they do the deed to the drop of the fist egg is about a week, possibly sooner. You can usually tell the males from the females as the males are more colorful and the beak is darker. If you put the two cages close together with a perch at approximately the same height, they pair will probably try and sit next to each other even though the cage bars are separating them. Then you can see the pair and so move themale in with the female as they both do sit the eggs. Put the two cages right next to each other with two perches (one inside each cage) but next to each other and the male female pair should try and sit close together. There is your male, grab him and put him in with the female. Telling the three apart - look at the sides of the face and the color of the beaks.
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esther layman - 2011-06-02
Our couple of zebras have eggs in the nest. He has been sleeping in the nest with her every night and taking turns sitting on the eggs, but now he has moved out at night... why?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-02
    I don't know how they do it or how birds in general figure this stuff out but they keep those eggs at a specific temperature and humidity and know exactly when to turn them. The heat comes from the little birds bodies (obviously) and they will frequently bathe in the water bowl to increase the humidity and turn the eggs. Long story here but what I am thinking is two finches in the nest box made the temperature to warm so one had to leave. Are they getting ready to hatch? That could be another reason.
  • esther layman - 2011-06-02
    Thanks so much for your help, wonderful we have a place to go with questions.
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litza lopez - 2009-02-15
PEDRO NUNEZ Comunicate con Litza Lopez 407-748-6615 estoy interesada en una pareja de stawberry finch.

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  • Ricardo Santaella - 2011-02-27
    Hola favor dejame saber si los consigues y donde.

    Ricardo
  • angel carrion - 2011-05-20
    Por favor si encuentras strawberry finches e mail .

    Please, if you find any strawberry finches email.
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jessica - 2011-02-12
We started off with 2, a male and female they laid 3 eggs that hatched we took out the male but now we have 7 more eggs. So does the male have to be in the cage for the eggs to hatch? And can they lay eggs with out him?

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  • vanyel5 - 2011-05-19
    That all depends, if the babies are males as well, they have too be removed because they will may mate with the mother. How old are the babies? If they are old enough you must remove the males. Then if eggs are still laid they are not fertile.
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