Animal Stories - Types of Finches


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June Bronger - 2005-06-21
What a very intersting article on Parrot Finches. We have about 25 in our garden aviary and they are breeding well. We hope to sell some pairs this coming season. They are delightful little birds and are first up in the morning and the last to go to roost at night.
Our aviary is quite large and houses about 80 birds. So the Parrot Finches spend their days with conures, turquiosines, elegants, bourkes, and doves etc.

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  • shanice - 2012-03-27
    cool
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Nelly - 2013-05-04
I have a male Pintail Whydah who is not hand tamed at all. His nails started getting too long and making it difficult for him to get around. I tried to very carefully trim them but the clenched his feet and I was too scared I'll hurt him if I tried to separate his toes. After this I decided to let a vet or breeder do it. While I started looking for someone who could do this, I noticed his nails getting shorter and caught him in the act of biting them off. Make sure your Whydah cannot catch itself on anything in its cage if its nails are long. If it is not hand tamed and you are not experienced in trimming nails then find someone who is experienced to do it for you. If the preceding is not an option then don't panic. Apparently Whydahs will give themselves a pedicure when they get annoyed enough with the situation. While it is not recommended that you put sandpaper covers on their perch (it hurts their feet), I have cut a sandpaper perch cover in half and taped it to the bottom half of his favourite perch. That way his nails get filed when they are long enough to reach the paper, but he is never standing on the sand paper. Hope this information is helpful to someone.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-04
    That's some great information about their nails. I am glad to know Pintail Whydah will give themselves a pedicure! I had an untamed male kept in an aviary and never had an issue with its nails, must have taken care of it himself. For other finches I've kept in cages, I usually provide just one sandpaper perch, and the others not, so they aren't forced to be on this type of perch non-stop. It has worked well.
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shelby - 2011-09-21
This is not a comment it is more of a question??? I have a male and a female zebra finch they have mated twice first time she laid 4 eggs, the male began fighting with the female darting out of the nest at her and chasing her all over the cage is this normal? Should I separate them? Once the eggs were laid the behavior began so I took the 4 eggs and put them in the other birds nest in the other cage the other birds successfully laid on them and we have babies now. In the meanwhile after the eggs were removed the male stopped the behavior well now again she has laid 3 more eggs and the fighting is on again. What do I do any suggestions I can't remove the eggs and put them in the other nest with the other birds cause they are busy with the other babies... Please help if you can thanks in advance....

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-22
    Species of birds are diferent and each bird within the species is different. Both the male and the female finch sit the eggs. Whether they are fighting over whose turn it is or whether the male is saying - get out there and eat - we can't know. Young birds have to learn and it might take a clutch or two before they have it down. I'd just let them be. Let them learn. They will figure it out - most likely.
  • shelby - 2011-09-23
    Hey thanks for the input and advice I did seperate them yesturday in the fear that he may ditch the eggs over excitment or just because he doesn't have a clue. The fighting continued so I seperated them but will put him back in, I just don't want either the male or female getting hurt or anything happening to the eggs... Thanks again
  • Muhammed Aamir - 2013-04-23
    I have experienced same situation also, I spend one hour and see what is being done. I noted female plucked a feather of male during fighting and immediately took it in the nest, after this I provided them soft feathers of chicken, both of them took these into a nest and stop fighting.
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susan weaver - 2013-04-10
My favorite bird are the finches. I only have the ones I feed outdoors and I do fuss over them. I have 4 finch feeders for them. susan Backyardfeatheredfriends.com

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-10
    It's really awesome to have birds in the backyard, and finches are great. I feed finches, but also have a larger feeder that is flat and open, so smaller doves (ringneck dove and mourning doves) visit regularly too. Nice site too Susan, good luck with your store!
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Anonymous - 2013-04-08
Why is it that their is a colored band on my finch s foot.thank-you

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-04-08
    Small birds like finches are often banded by breeders, usually when they are just a few days old while the feet are flexible. They use the bands to keep track of various things such as parentage or the year of a clutch.
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gill - 2013-04-01
my male zebra finch wont let my female finch inside the nest. when she gets close all he does is scare her away and chase her for a bit. what should I do. this all started after she laid her 3rd egg, she now has 4.

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arno - 2013-03-29
Hi I had two zebra finches male and female I bought me a new pair yesterday but this morning I noticed there was one egg in the old nest both females and one male slept in the old nest how must I know who's egg is it cuz my old pair is building a new nest in the new nest I bought with the pair yesterday the egg is in the old nest what must I do please please please help me my email is arnoleroux15@gmail.com please will really appreciate your help kindly regards.

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essy - 2013-03-15
My zebra finches became quite and sitting on perch most of the time but still chirping and singing (male mostly anyway) time to time. They also scratching themselves more, I have them last 4 weeks, they were so active, and female had 2 eggs then when i was carrying to the nest I have broken them then she laid another 3 but she is not sitting on them last 2 weeks. I am not familiar with them, i have them first time ever and I am worrying about them, they have very good diet, like eggs and egg shell, field salad, peas, spinach, nuts, dry fruit and millet and their usual bird food. I change bath water and drinking water regularly, I spray them with anti mite once a week. I have opened their cage let them fly in the room, then eventually they have gone in. They also were fluffy yesterday but today they look much better, but still spend their time more sitting than being active like last 3 weeks. Should I take them to vet if they keep sitting?

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muziwakhe - 2013-01-18
How do I know that my zebra finch is feeding its babies? Please help they are having four chicks.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-01-19
    Do they spend time in the nest with the babies? Observe the mother and see if she goes in the nest at all - if she does, she is most likely feeding them. Make sure you are providing her with plenty of food for herself and keep her environment stress-free and low-noise.
  • amanda - 2013-03-13
    if u look at the chicks you might see little pockets of seeds around the chicks neck they are usually yellow looking and are called the crop. if these look like they have seeds in them then the parents are taking good care of them
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Christine - 2013-02-27
I have 4 littlie zebra finches and every time they have one to three eggs they break the eggs and eat them, why?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-27
    First, how old are the mating finches? They should be over a year to be sexually mature. Also make sure they are provided with a very well-balanced diet - especially if you are trying to breed them. There should also be a separate nesting area for every pair of zebra finches that are breeding. The different pairs may be getting territorial and eating the eggs may be one way they are being aggressive towards each other. Also, are you sure there are 2 mated pairs? If there is an odd bird out, or too many males or females, this could be a problem as well.
  • amanda - 2013-03-13
    they are missing something in their diet. you can hard boil chicken eggs and grind the shell and hard boiled egg and give it to them
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