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Diana - 2013-02-07
Hello everyone. I have two beautiful and healthy society finches for two years now. Unfortunatelly I am developing some kind of allergy and my doctor suspects it is from the birds. I live in Bergen County, NJ. Can you advice me how to find them a new home. I want them to be happy.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-08
    You could take them to a local pet store and see if they would buy them or take them for free. You could also put an ad in the paper or on Craigslist.
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mandy - 2011-10-12
Our bengalese lay one tiny egg a few weeks ago and today we can't see the egg. Can anyone please explain what has happened?

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  • Kari Kenidi - 2012-07-20
    Hi Mandy, Maybe she ate it....? I can't think of anything else but would love to know if u find out. Good luck, Kari
  • chris carey - 2012-10-20
    Some times they will break itor throw it out. Or even pick it it to pieces, I have 20 finches in avery.I see a lot of weird things.I had one female.dye and it mate died in about 2hours. The other pasted, I guess some get really attached. Or maybe it was bad they broke it up.
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lisa - 2012-07-29
I bought two finches today but I can't tell if they're male or female. They both chirp a lot but I can't tell if they're singing too. What does their singing sound like?

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  • lisa - 2012-07-30
    Does the male move and jump around more than the female too?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-29
    There is two ways to 100% determine whether you have a male or a female.  It is a female if it lays an egg.  That is easy.  You can DNA sex the little ones and that should determine whether male or female.  Outside of those two ways everything else is pretty much a best guess.  Males sing/chirp more than the females when they wish to court/mate.  They try and fluff up and show their feathers to the female to be attractive.  The chirping and fluffing up is a behavior - which is sometimes accurate and sometimes not. 
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-30
    I would say that the fellas jump around more than the gals but it just isn't an accuarate criteria to accurately determine sex.  I had a Blue/Gold macaw and I named HIM Sinbad as I was postivie based on behavior he was a boy.  He was michevious.  He took his entire cage apart.  Then he went for other cages.  He would be outside walking around the pool.  He would dump over his bowls all the time.  He would get in bed under the covers.  His tail looked like horrible cuz he constantly played on the banister.  When he reached sexual maturity he would chase all the gals.  He was definitely Sinbad the sailor.  I had him DNA sexed 3 times and all 3 times, it came back that he was a female.  My mind just did not comprehend this wild acting skirt chasing Blue Gold to be a gal.  Sinbad wasn't a gal - he managed to get my Scalet prenant.  Then there were Catalinas.  Behavior - I think behavior tells a person a lot but there are human girl tomboys.  There are human male ballerinas.  For every generalization, there is an exception. But sure seems like boys are more active than gals - in most things. 
  • lisa - 2012-07-30
    Thank you so much! This was extremely helpful information!
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cj - 2013-01-10
I have 4 finches and 4 canaries all in the same cage, which is approximately 5 feet high by 5 feet wide by 2 feet deep, and has two levels which are connected with ladders so that 'hop-a-long' (a canary born with only one wing) can access both levels. There are 8 nests, 4 on each opposite end, and several full length perches. They have 3 bathing dishes, 3 seed dishes and 2 fresh greens dishes. They are all young, but just now starting to lay. Will they be ok all together in the same cage as they start to sit and hatch, or should they be separated?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-10
    Normally fine.  Finches can aggravate canaries with constant movement.
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ananya roy - 2012-12-21
i have a pair of strawberry finches housed together with a pair of chestnut munias. the munias were very friendly towards the strawberry finches. the munias use a nestbox in which both of them stay for most of the time, in fact, they rarely come out unless they are hungry or thirsty. the red munias (we call strawberry finches 'red munia' in india) never showed any interest in nest box so i did not give them any. recently, the male red munia is changing its plumage into darker red color and is singing beautifully to his mate. the female also responds to his call and dances. i have noticed that the female's beak is turning blackish.(it was pale orange before). now they are shredding paper and cotton and are trying to carry them into the nest box which the munias reside in and they are being chased away. are these signs indicating that the strawberry finches might want to breed? should i give them a nest box or separate them from the chestnut munias? please help! thanks

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-21
    Wow! how exciting... sounds like the need a nest box to me.
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ananya roy - 2012-12-21
do societies sing and hop up and down like gouldian finches? i have recently received a pair of society finch with a cage with nest box attached.  It is quite cold here but they get a daily bathe and have started collecting coconut fibers and cotton to decorate their nest and both stay inside for long time. i think that the larger one is male because it is the one who does most of the singing and dancing. the female wags her tail and goes into the nest, followed by the male. they are indeed busy bodies, always dancing and singing and are very enjoyable to watch.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-12-21
    Well, they aren't the same species as the gouldian finches, so have their own mating ritual. But it sounds like your male is singing and hopping, and they are getting ready to nest. How cool!
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Pervez Ali - 2012-11-30
What should do when bird are sick?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-01
    Take them to a vet....   not trying to be funny but unless you know what is wrong and have the ability and knowledge and medications to treat them - that is really all you can do.
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ananya roy - 2012-11-12
how can i know if an egg is fertile and ready to hatch?(i mean without candling.i feel nervous to hold their eggs and also the birds get scared if i approach at their nest.)is there any change in the physical appearance of the eggs like shine,color etc from which i can make out if it will hatch ,when i inspect it from outside the cage after 10 days of incubation? please let me know in details.thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-12
    You can't.  There just isn't any way to determine if an egg is fetile without candling.  Right before the egg hatches you can hear a clicking on the inside of the egg as the baby is pipping (hitting the beak against the inside of th egg to open it) and sometimes you can actually hear them chirp.  Thats' 24 - 48 hours before it hatches.  You only haave about 2 - 5 days before they start to hatch so might as well relax.
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ananya roy - 2012-11-09
1 pair of my zebra finches are behaving quite strangely. They take in the cuttle bone pieces I feed them, and instead of eating them, they take them inside their nest and incubate them. They lovingly care for those pieces, and make a terrible fuss if I try to take them out. They behave like a couple but haven't laid any eggs yet. They even try to feed the pieces! Are they infertile? I have no problem with that. I just like to have some suggestions!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-09
    If you have a male and female, then it is called practicing.  Seriously, mine would incubate walnuts and I'd feel so bad as I knew those walnuts would never hatch.  If you have an actual male female pair - there is a learning curve and they will practice.  It is also possible that you have two males - in which case one will frequently assume the role of a female and there will be no eggs.  They know something is supposed to be happening but really don't have a clue.  Do you know how old your finches are?  If they are two years or more, my guess is you have two males. I have heard often that a pair in the wild is two birds - So they might just be sexually immature and you just have to wait or they might be two males and you would still  have to wait awhile.  Good luck. 
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ananya roy - 2012-09-10
I bought a pair of gouldian finches about 3 weeks ago. They are adult birds. I have given them a nest box as soon as they arrived, and after a day or two, they started building the nest with dry grass and coconut fibres I supplied. Today, while cleaning the cage, I noticed an egg in the nest but the birds are not incubating it. They are outside for most of the time. They are busy preparing the nest with more fibre and cotton. I know that the first clutch is for free, but I am very anxious about this. Why aren't they incubating the egg? They are fiercely protective about the nest though. How many more eggs will they lay? Will they incubate after they have finished the egg laying business ? I have never seen gouldian chicks in flesh, so I am very excited. Also, is there any risk of egg binding, even after one safe egg laying done successfully?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-09-10
    First thing and most important grandparents have to relax.  They will not start incubating the eggs untill the last egg is laid in that clutch.  They have pretty large clutches as a rule with 4 - 8 eggs, so it might be a whole week they won't be incubating.  You said they were adult birds as it sounds like they know what they are doing so you relax and let them worry about it.  Yes, often times the first one or two clutches are for 'free' in the sense the parents don't really know what they are doing, broken eggs, don't know how to feed but yours sound experiencd so possibly not a problem.  Egg binding - it can always happen but not a normal occurance so i wouldn't worry about that either.  Yes, they will be very protective of the nest.  Feed them lots.  When babies arrive, feed them extra and some softer foods they can eat fast such as scrabled eggs (leave shell in) and sweet potatoes cooked and you can evenmash see inwith the eggs and swet potatoes.  You canmash pellets in for extra vitamins with the sweet potatoes.  Good luck and let us know - they are pretty aren't they?
  • ananya roy - 2012-09-13
    3 days have passed and no egg.they just visit the nest once or twice a day and spend the rest of their time outside the nest.their activity level and eating and other behaviors are all normal,but it seems that they have lost all interest in the nest.should i take out the egg?
  • ananya roy - 2012-11-09
    Tthey abandoned their first clutch. They took a gap and then laid eggs on 23rd, 25th, 26th and 27th October. This time the female is incubating them from 26th and is incubating them seriously. Yesterday while checking on them, I found an egg in the water bowl (the water bowl is nowhere near the nest). I took it out and accidentally cracked it, but a little bit of odorless and colorless liquid came out. It was the fourth egg but she is sitting on the other three eggs all day and night. The male goes in and sits when the hen comes out to stretch, poop and eat. Can the female know if a egg is infertile or won't hatch? The eggs are shiny and a bit greyish. Is there any chance that they may hatch? (it has been 15 days, so I am getting a bit excited,that's all!)
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