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Janet Foster - 2013-03-01
My pair of Zebra Finches have just laid there first clutch of 4 eggs. The female won't let the male near the nest, and keeps darting out and chasing him round the cage. What should I do? Leave them to get on with it, or put the nest and eggs in one of the other cages? They were happy together before I put the nest in

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  • Dimiter Penev - 2013-03-03
    Hi, my dear lady, with F.-10 years-Zebra,5 generations. My e. Dimitrep @ hotmail.com. Exchanging info about Zebras(F) will be my pleasure. Nice writing to (as they say in U.S.) Ya. So long.
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courtneyduval@bellsouth.net - 2013-02-23
We just adopted a white zebra finch as a mate to our gray zebra finch. They were supposed to both be female but a few weeks after the white finch arrived they started laying eggs....one is sitting on the eggs and the white one is busy building and improving their nest. is it possible that one is a male?

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Jayashree Manoharan - 2013-02-08
Yesterday My 2 months old Alexandria lost his 2 feathers. Today morni ng suddenly he sounded unusually. So I took him after few mins he lost 1 feather but in the tip of the feather and a drop of blood bleeded on me. After that he is quite normal. I want to know is anything wrong with him? Or this is normal behavior. Pls help me. Expecting Ur reply soon.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-11
    As long as the bleeding didn't continue he should be fine. If he is acting normal I wouldn't worry at all. Occasionally birds will lose their feathers and as long as  they aren't plucking all their feathers there is no concern.
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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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