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tedthestick - 2006-09-25
I keep mine outside. Temp. ranges from 28 to 100+ degrees F. They have dirt and water baths and eat dry and sprouted food. They breed like cockroaches in a compartmented aviary of 550 cubic feet, with full sun and wind available. They die of old age or ants (being eaten by). I don't band or breed them, they take care of that for themselves, the breeding that is. Good luck.

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  • grayson - 2010-07-17
    WHERE DO YOU LIVE FOR THAT TEMPERATURE SWING, I would like to raise some outside in florida, but aviary temp outside reaches low 30s to average in summer of 90s. thanks
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Bob A. - 2010-07-11
I have 2 fiches , male and female. They are blue in color. My question is, Why does the male peck at the female? Is this a common thing? Is he hurting the female?

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Cathie - 2010-06-26
I had a male and female zebra finch who mated and had 3 female finches. All 3 lived and matured. About a year later one died, no idea why. Another 2 yrs. later the mom finch died. The male finch and his 2 female offspring remain. He and one of the females have paired up, usually sleeping together at night. All seem harmonious during the day. My question is, if I put a nest in the cage, will the father bird mate with his female offspring that he's been cozy with or will he recognize the female as his hatchling and not mate with her? I would like a couple more finches so that the 3rd finch is not the odd finch and breeding is the easiest way, but I want to make sure that the father & daughter breeding is ok.

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  • Dominique - 2010-06-27
    They will mate and it is not a good idea. It adversely affects the species to have them inbreed. They need to be separated from their siblings and opposite sex parents after 2 months old. Good luck.
  • Ludovic Prevost - 2010-07-09
    Yes it is ok for now but since your original birds might have been also a father-daughter pair my advice is to introduce soon at least one new bird from a different provenance or pet store to keep your small flock healthy. If you think their space will become limited, just band the new bird(s) to differentiate later them from their offspring that should be removed first.
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mike - 2010-05-30
I have 2 zebra birds they lay eggs but they don't hatch, every time I don't find the eggs.

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  • ecie - 2010-07-06
    They might eat the eggs once my canary laid an egg and her friend zebra finch helped to eat it!
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leslie - 2010-05-05
We just got 2 female zebra finches, mother and daughter. We were told they were quiet, just chirping first thing in the a.m. Well they are at it all day. Short periods of quiet but then they'll start up again. It is annoying because it is constant and loud. Is this normal?

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  • The Bird Lady - 2010-05-09
    Yes, it is normal. Birds chirp when they are happy. It is good.

    If the noise is such a problem, a bird isn't the best pet for you.
  • kimrichards - 2010-06-30
    Hello!
    Have you ever been outside?
    Birds chirp...
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Gayle Johnson - 2010-05-22
I recently bought two Society Finches. Bought a nesting box with the cage and they started nesting and mating within two days. They have 2 eggs laid 3 days apart. Once we do have a batch of eggs hatch out how do I eliminate the problem of interbreeding? Or having physically or mentally handicapped birds? How can I possibly keep Moms and Dads, sisters and brothers separate?

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  • jerry - 2010-06-25
    I use split leg bands and keep records of when they were born and band parents with the same color leg bands as the offspring.
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Karen - 2010-06-02
I have a female Zebra that has been puffed and obviously sick for a while. I put her in a hospital cage with heat, gave her Ornacycline (Tetracycline) and she seemed to recover. I then put her back into her cage with her sister (who has diarrhea but seems well otherwise) and she became puffed and lethargic again. She has been back in the hospital cage now for 4 days with the antibiotics and just seems to be holding on. She eats but stays on the bottom of the cage very puffed. Any suggestions? I am afraid to try to catch her and take her to the Vet will be too much for her and she will die (she seems that sick). Also I am currently not working and really can't afford the Vet bill but I want to do what I can for her. Can anyone help me?

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  • Lamya - 2010-06-15
    Hi Karen,
    We have two, one of them was sick and tried the bio-Vitamin from the pet store, it worked very well the next day Sophie was playing back to normal.
    All the best.
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Mia - 2010-06-06
Hi, I've got two finches both female. I took their nest out yesterday as it was old and I put in a new one.. Today I let my birds fly in my room for the first time in a while and ever since I put them back in cage one of them has been sitting on the floor for the rest of the evening unable to fly! I'm so worried about her as one of my finches died of a chest infection.. Please can anyone help ?! If so ask me for further details on today ..

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  • tameka - 2010-06-11
    We brought my nephew a zebra finch and he fell in love with it. He took cc every where (that is what he named him) but anyways he was always letting him fly around the house, giving him baths, and taking him out. cc died about a month ago so my advice to u is don't let the finch fly around the house. Keep them in a set tempurature place and keep them in pairs. We think cc died because we let him out to much and he was in different tempatures so don't let them out anymore.if you see that your bird is fluffing up they are about to die so take to them to a vet. Ok. My nephew was heart broken when cc died he came home from school and found him dead and he couldn't stop crying for 2 days so please don't let them out. Hope this helps...
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charmaine korff - 2010-06-10
My zebra finch is blocked from behind. Seems that her droppings is blocking her.Is this normal?

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mohammad - 2010-05-31
I have 2 societies, I think they didn't mate because they didn't prepare a nest, the female doesn't look that fat, it a little fatter then the male, how do I make them mate without buying more?

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