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Andy Ruisinger - 2012-08-25
Hello, I have 12 zebra finches that I house in an outdoor aviary. The aviary is 9' tall, 3' wide & 6' long. I am concerned about food waste. It seems that no matter what type of Finch / Canary food that I purchase from pet stores, the majority of certain seeds end up on the floor of the aviary uneaten. Is there a website our distributer in houston , TX that sells a more natural selection of seed that zebra finches will actually prefer to eat?

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  • Andy Ruisinger - 2012-08-25
    Thanks for the advice! I will start planning a feeder box today!
  • Andy Ruisinger - 2012-08-25
    Oh and 1 black finch with a white chest... the others seem to not involve him in any (reindeer) finch games.. activities
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-25
    I think no matter what - the birds are going to toss a lot of their food.  this is going to be hard to expalin - but with that many, I would have a feeder station.  Picture a large metal (or fiberglass) rectangular box about 4 feet long.  The box would be about 1 foot high, 1 foot deep and 4 feet long.  It would attach to the outside of the cage on one wall.  Seed cups/bowls would go in cutouts along the retangular box.  This rectangualr box would open from the back and you would just sweep the tossed seed back into the bowls.  In other words there would be bowls inside a box.  the birds would toss the seed but much of it would remain in the box and you could just sweep it back into the bowls.  Doesn't work perfectly but does work pretty good. 
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burton - 2010-11-08
Dear sir, How can we identify spice finches male and female?

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Dan Hubbard - 2012-08-17
We have a male pintailed finch in our front yard where I have been feeding birds for years. He has the very long tail now. I may have seen a female this morning; quite small, same coloration and orange beak, but without the long tail. His song is very nice. I recognize it now. He has been around for about three or four weeks. Really special! We are in northwest Fullerton.

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Ananya Roy - 2012-07-29
I have a pair of zebra finch. I am from West Bengal in India and now it is monsoon and we are having heavy downpours. Recently I noticed that the finches' poop is very watery though there is solid greyish white part in it,but it has a lot of watery liquid too. I kept the windows closed and covered their cage at night but still no solid feces. They are eating well and there is no change in their activity level, nor they are sitting on the floor of the cage. Is my birds seriously ill? What should I do? Is the moist weather responsible for this illness? please help me.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-29
    Think about what you are feeding them.  Possibly the food/seed is old or bad.  That's the easy part.  I'd change the food/seed or pellet mix.  What goes in is what comes out.  If you are feeding them more than 1 grape each a day - the poop will be runny and grey, as an example.  If you feed them raspberries, the poop is going to look red.  So start with the food.  If that isn't it - then I would get them on an antibiotic.  Sounds like too much fruit or a bad seed mis though.
  • Ananya Roy - 2012-08-15
    I have changed the bedding, and cleaned their cage thorougly with disinfectant liquid. Also I have changed the seed mix, and it worked! My finches are healthy and normal again (considering their poop). Also,after noticing an egg in their cage, I have set up nest boxes for them, and now both of the pairs are busy furnishing and preparing their nests.they decorate their nests all day and get inside the nests and stay there for the night. I hope soon there will be eggs,and who knows then little cute finch-chicks will arrive!! I am very excited.thanks for your advice.
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Ananya Roy - 2012-07-29
i have a pair of zebra finches in a 24''x18'x18' cage and I wish to keep a pair of gouldian finches in it. I don't want to breed them. I want just 4 little birdies playing and flying in the cage. The zebra finches are about a year old. Will they accept another pair of finches (I will buy adult ones)which are different from them? Will they get along together? I need to know this because gouldian finches are very expensive and I don't want to hurt the existing ones or involve them in a fight. please help.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-29
    I would not put the 4 finches in a cage together unless you do not care if they cross breed.  Also, cage is a little on the small side for 4 finches.  They are active, playful and flit about pretty much all the time.  So get a pair of gouldians (purchase them from a breeder if possible) as less expensive and you would know the age and healthy etc.  A reputable bird store is good also but more expensive.  If the cage were larger than you could put the 4 in together but then you still have possible cross breeding situations.  Not terrible and possibly wouldn't happen but finches breed quite a bit.  You can't stop them from breeding - I have no idea how you can do that.  Birds might mate for life but they do cheat.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-15
    Yes you should put a nest box either in the cage (which some do) but i prefer one that hangs outside the cage and you just make a hole in the cage for the opeing to the nest box.  That way you do not take up the 'room' in the cage.  I also like some sort of screw on perch next to the opening of the nest box so they can 'protect'the nest box but it will slow them down jumping in the nest box and less risk of eggs gettting broken.  I'd put 1 - 2 inches of sand in the bottom of the next box to better insure eggs not breaking.  Then I'd put 2 or so inches of care fresh on top of the sand.  Give them some twigs so they can sorta help building along.  Anything can become egg bound.  However, you can watch them carefully and should that happen - and it probably won't - we can worry about it then.  Read a little on it now though.  Cuttlebone or calcium block in the cage and yes they are prolific litle breeders.  Can you believe all those precise colors as if they were just painted.  beautiful.
  • Ananya Roy - 2012-08-15
    I have arranged for a separate cage for keeping the gouldian finches. I am very exited as I am going to have my gouldian finches next week. I have always loved their beauty and now I am going to actually have a pair of them! I am going to have adult birds. One question though, should I put a nest box in their cage? are finches prone to egg-binding? will they breed readily?
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P. Erickson - 2012-08-12
Just got a great deal on double decker cage and have a couple of questions. If anyone could answer, I'd appreciate it and so would the zebra finches! They're now housed in a Prevue 30'w X 18'd X 18' h cage. I have parakeets as well in another cage the same size. I'm moving to a small apartment and want to house both species in a larger, double decker cage, 30'w X 24'd X 35'h interior space, 74'h overall. The bar spacing is 5/8'. Do I need to line the inside of the finch portion with hardware cloth or something to prevent escape or injury? Can the two species be kept in such close proximity? Would it be better to put the finches in the top portion or the bottom? Thank you very much!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-08-12
    Thre should be a tray or complete divider between the upper and lower portaion of the cage.  If not the birds on the top will be pooping on the birds on the lower level.  Sounds like you are missing some parts.  I prefer separate cages for pairs.
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Nightingale - 2012-08-12
I was blown away to see a male Pin-tailed Whyda in my Brea, CA back yard early this morning! He had been singing for several minutes when I went to look to see the newcomer. Unmistakeable between the bright reddish-orange conical bill and the remarkable tail feathers! Will look for his return and his lady friends. Thank you to those from northern Orange County, CA who posted about observing Pin-tailed Whydas - I wouldn't have rested until I had identified the bird.

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kenneth - 2012-07-24
I have two society finches purchased at pet store. They lay 12 eggs every cluch. Does this mean I have two females? The first bach of eggs were infertile.?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-24
    Yep, you have two females. 
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bsti - 2012-07-23
I have about five zebra finches that come to my bird feeder outside of Houston, Texas. They seem to be doing fine.

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EC - 2012-07-22
I have two baby finches that will be 4 weeks on the 27th and they are not only flying & eating on their own, but have already started getting thier colors

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-22
    Congratulations.  Isn't it totally amazing - 4 weeks. 
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