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rod - 2011-04-20
I have 2 zebra finches. The one is a male, the other is almost all white, and I presume it's a female. I noticed today that the male finch is always picking at the others neck and has most of its neck feathers gone. Why is this behavior going on ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-20
    Feather plucking is one of those subjects that all avian vets could write a book on and we still wouldn't know all the answers, unfortunately. Finches need to be sprayed daily in order to prevent their feathers (and skin) from drying out. When it is dry - it itches. Zebra finches are also prolific breeders and like soft materials to make a nest. If soft materials are not availble they will frequently pull out their feathers to line their nest. You may have two males and the one in its amorous intentions is over preening the other. Not enough things to interact with is another possibility although rare in Finches. There are bird sprays with aloe which may help.
  • rob - 2011-04-21
    Thank you Cheryl for answering my questions about these finches. Without you I wouldnt have a clue on what to do. Thank you.
rob - 2011-04-19
OK, the birds droppings I understand needs to be a certain color? The color of these zebra finches is gray/white is that bad?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-19
    A dark grayish (black) and white droppings are normal. If you feed them a whole lot of grapes, their droppings will get very wet and splatter - that is not normal. Think diahrhea with that and that is what you would normally be on alert for - unless of course you fed them a whole lot of grapes. So the greyish (black) and white is normal.
coree - 2011-04-18
I use to have zebra finches. I had 4. They were never quiet even with a blanket on a cage. I only had them for a few weeks. I traded all for of them for a Budgie Parakeet. His name is Polly. He's a lot better than those finches.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-19
    I am glad you found the right match for you. Humans are complicated and so are birds. It is great when you find the right match for both. Good for you.
IBDABADOE - 2011-04-18
Do zebra finches need grit ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-18
    Yes, they do. The Zebra Finch article (link) attached will give you the basics on feeding (including grit and charcoal) for you finches. Cute little guys and fun to be around.
rob - 2011-04-16
i have 2 zebra finches. I noticed yesterday and today that they spend the whole day in thier food tray constantly eating. is this normal habit for this bird ?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-16
    It isn't abnormal. If it goes on for more than 3 - 4 days, I would watch them more carefully. Check there droppings to see if normal. Do they breed? Did you change the food?
Francesca - 2010-03-09
i have 2 zebra finch, well i am almost certain thats what they are, no names yet although i like tweety and ones of them really suits it with thier personality and they are brilliant although i have a kitten and he keeps trying to get them(my plan is to keep re-introducing them hopefully that will work any ideas please) but usually when my boyfriend goes out i get scared of being in the flat on my own but he went out and i still felt safe so all good. They are a great present!!!!!

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  • Anonymous - 2010-10-18
    My cats sleep on the cage and there is no problem, Good luck.
  • roniyah - 2010-11-06
    These finch birds don't look like zebras to me!?!?!?!?!?!?
  • arsalan - 2011-04-15
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rod - 2011-04-14
i have 2 zebra finches. the people we obtained them from mentioned that the pair had eggs while in their possesion, but the eggs never hatched. Is there any reason that the eggs would not hatch? We have had the finches now about 2 weeks. Will they lay eggs again? how long does it take for them to lay more eggs?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-14
    Click on the Zebra Finch link on this page and you will have quite a bit of information. If the Finches laid eggs before, chances are great they will again. Zebra Finches mate year round so just be patient. As to why the eggs did not hatch, there are many reasons. Maybe they were not fertile. They always say the first clutch is for practice. It is like surprise, what did I do? Maybe she didn't sit the eggs. So first things first. Get them an appropriate nest box and feed them extra good stuff for spring time. If/when she lays again watch to see she sits the eggs. If she doesn't sit the eggs put a high powered flashlight under the egg to show if fertile. You will be able to see veins through the shell. If she doesn't sit them at all, break them open. If they look like an egg you buy in the grocery store - the egg isn't fertile. If this happens several times - check to make sure you don't have two finches of the same sex. If they just had eggs the one time, they are probably a young pair and need to catch on. Enjoy them.
mel - 2011-04-09
I have a female and male zebra finch. (Fred and Wilma) I've had them now for almost 5 months and Wilma has had 4 clutches. All four times her clutches have never hatched and I'm starting to wonder what I'm doing wrong. The first clutch they ate their eggs but all the other times all eggs she laid were in their nest but never hatched? She does sit on them the whole time? But can't figure out what I'm doing wrong? Its like she knows when it's time for them to hatch because exactly 2 weeks from the day she laid the last egg she comes out of the nest and stays out for longer periods of times... and then they start to mate again....really don't know what is going on?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-09
    WOW frustrating. There is some information on Zebra Finches on Animal-World which may give you some additional information. I have not bred finches but I've had a few birds that mde me crazy also. Questions though - are you sure you have a male and female. Sometimes two birds of the same sex will appear to be breeding.
    Is the female and male just 5 months and are they MATURE? Either the male or the female might not be mature and the eggs could be infertile. Did you candle the eggs to see if they were fertile? High powered flashlight (small one) works good and after about a week - 10 dayspretty easy to tell there are veins in the egg. They say first clutch is free (for practice). I think many birds just assume they have a new toy and play volley ball or a new food and eat them. I am joing here but it seems to happen quite a bit. It isn't something you are doing WRONG - maybe they just haven't caught on yet. Candle the eggs though. If she has actually stopped sitting, then open the egg. If they are infertile and you know male and female, then maybe maturity problem. Let us know what happens.
ABDUL GAFOOR - 2010-11-26
I have 3 zebra finches today one of zebra finch laid one egg and all zebra finches ate the egg can you help me?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-08
    Many say the first clutch is for free. In other words, the birds aren't quite sure what do do with the eggg so they throw it out, play with it or eat it. I have been told they will eat the egg if they know it isn't fertile but I don't know if that is true as they will frequently sit infertile eggs. I have also been told that they will eat the egg if they if they need additioanl calcium in their diets. Before breeding season, I would up the calcium lso, are you sure the birds ate it? Are the finches inside?
  • aaron - 2011-04-07
    I think they only eat it if its not fertile
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-09
    Didn't think (forgot) but the article in Animal-World says that you need an even numer of males/females. In that case, 3 won't work. You would need an even number of males and females and a nest box for each pair. Just think, you can go get one more little one.
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Ronald - 2010-07-08
We are in south africa, and are a couple of finch lovers that want to import the finches that's no longer available to us. Can anyone help us or give us contact details of finch exporters to south africa?

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  • kosie - 2010-08-24
    Hi, we export.
  • Eben Holtzhausen - 2011-02-12
    Did you come right. I am also looking to bring birds in, let me know if you came right.
  • Eben Holtzhausen - 2011-03-30
    Kosie, give us more details please.

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