Animal Stories - Society Finch


Animal-World Information about: Society Finch

   The word "society" suits these little birds to a tee, as they are very social and like to get into everybody's business! Society Finches make great pets for the beginner. They are one of the easiest birds to care for, very hardy, inexpensive, and are prolific breeders.
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Kathleen - 2012-12-22
I have these beautiful little society finches and I need some advice please. I've had 8 together and they have all lived very long healthy lives between 10 and 12 years. The last two of this group are quite elderly and one is failing. I'm keeping them warm and they are eating very well. My question and big concern is. What can I do in the event I loose one of the 2 to help the lone bird? I love them dearly and I'm very concerned about the event of having one elderly bird on it's own. I am hoping not to introduce another bird because this will continue to play occur. Is there something I can do to provide comfort and a happy environment for a lone older bird in this situation? I want to prepare for this in case this does play out this way. Thank you for any help and suggestions. Kathleen

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2012-12-22
    On average a finch will need only 5-7 days to come to terms with the loss of a companion. This time is mostly allowed so the finch understands that the dead finch really isn't coming back.

    If you don't supply your finch with a new companion at the end of that week he/she may indeed appear to still be depressed. This is normal. Not so much that he/she is still mourning the loss, rather the finch is simply lonely. In time and if you are around more often the finch may perk up and appear happier. This happens when the finch starts to view you as part of the flock. A mirror in the cage can also help the finch cope with being alone but note that some aggressive species may feel threatened by their own reflection.


  • Roger - 2013-01-16
    Helpful post and great sharing. Some thngis in here I haven't thought about before, I would like to use this moment to say that I really love this blog. It's been a good resource of information for me. Thank you so much!
  • Anonymous - 2013-10-29
    Last week i buy 4 social finch and a month later i hade 5 eggs they where so little i ne imagine to be that littlethen two weeks later there was baby chicks it was amasing
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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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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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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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dung tran - 2012-10-03
Hi, I need to get 2 pair of society finches ( 2male , 2 female), in Edmonton, Ab, Canada. Anybody can tell me how to get them by a breeder local, please. thank you

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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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