Animal Stories - Society Finch

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   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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Eve Roesler - 2012-05-07
I brought home two society finches today. One of them is constantly staring up at the ceiling of the cage. He seems to be moving around more than when I first brought him home today, but this constant staring at the ceiling baffles me. Is he sick? Any ideas would be most helpful.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-07
    It takes new friends a few days to become aclimated to their new enviornment. I don't really know of anything that has a symptom for staring but obviously something intriques the little guy. Try and look at it from his perspective. Is there a ceiling fan or a light? Is the sun on the ceiling, are their shadows anything that he would be curious about?
Val - 2010-11-05
I adopted two Society finches two weeks ago. The female is missing her feathers on her chest and seems to be bullied by the male - she is very timid and quiet. To break up the drama I got one male and female zebra finch and put them in the cage, along with a new toy. I would have gotten a society pair but I wanted to be sure I was getting a male and female. Now the male society is bullying the female zebra! The male zebra tries to protect her but he is smaller than the male society. Tonight the female society is hiding in her nest and has started putting some nesting material in it. Is the male society just protecting her or being a bully? What should I do to make sure they all get along? The have a large, clean cage and I freshen their food and water each morning. They have spinach daily and two nests to use, as well as a cuttle bone and nesting hair from the pet store. The pet store offered to swap out the male society. Please let me know what you suggest!

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  • Cody - 2010-12-22
    I think you should just put the male society finch in solitary confinement. That's what I did when one of my Zebra finches was screeching and squawking at the other one. And it worked.
    I felt like a terrible owner when my female society finch died. Her name was Ivy and she had over 14 eggs all in different clutches. I suspect the cause was egg binding and if anybody has some advice I'd greatly appreciate it.

  • Lucy - 2012-03-09
    I have recently bought a male and female zebra finch and I am interested in buying another breed that will get along with them. Other than the society what other could I get that would be a grassland type and get along?
  • kane - 2012-04-21
    You are keeping your Bengalese good leave them how they are, but don't give them broccoli daily only 2 times a week. Just leave them alone to breed but if you see the male has no interest after or before to lay or don't help her build the nest you must swap it with another interested male. If the female is building and staying in her nest she is interested and if you see him quiet while she is building her nest he is hopeless so you must swap him with a better and more interested male
Need Help - 2012-02-11

Need to know if there are ANY stores at ALL in Canada that can tell female and male society finches apart... Places like Petshop and PetSmart don't have a clue as to what they're doing. HELP.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-11
    Guaranteed, if it lays an egg, it is a female. There is no 1000% way to determine the sex of a Society Finch except through DNA sexing. You can purchase a DNA sex kit, I believe for $25.00, from one of the labs advertised in the back of Bird Talk Magazine. That said, usually the males sing to the females - it ispart of courting. So watch the behavior and see who is singing. The female doesn't usually call out or sing back unless she is separated from her mate. The males head is usually a little wider, a little flatter than the females. Females head is more curved and narrow. No one - no pet store, can tell you more than and great guess when it comes to these little guys but a breeder is your best bet and can do it with pretty good accuracy.
  • bill m - 2012-02-12
    Me and my dad raise finches and it's hard to determine the sex by looking at them but what you can do is seperate them cause only the male bird will sing and the female species does not sing. That's one sure way to tell other than going to a vet which cost money. Hope this helps you out
  • bill m - 2012-02-12
    Seperate the birds cause only the male bird will sing. The female species won't sing then you will know which one is male or female. It's cheaper than going to a vet to have them sexed
  • bruce - 2012-02-21
    The only sure way is to get the male to sing. You will need small individual cages (2-3) to house individuals. If no one sings they are girls. In a group of 4 or so it's is quite likely one will bounce and begin courting. This is obviously the male. This bird can then be used to sex the rest. The other way is to pay for dna testing.
sudha - 2011-10-21
I am from India. I have had these birds for more than two years and they looked like finches when they where young. They where colourful now they have white feather underside but darkbrown feathers all over. They are shaped and sized exactly like finches. One sings the other doesn't. They do not breed. I dont know what to do. I am trying to identify help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-21
    Many many birds/parrots may have various colors on the body but will have a white down undercoat. The finch is no exception. So your finch could have a white down soft fluffy feather coat underneath its colored feathers. That is normal. They molt this coat during the year, based on weather so at times it is much more visible. Normally the male sings and the female does not. You can read more about this in Breeding and Reproduction in the above article. Normally, finches are prolific breeders and are good moms and dads. However, without a flock, it can sometimes take birds a little while before they catch on to what it is they are to do in order to reproduce. You can enjoy them and give them time to learn. You can purchase another pair and possibly they will learn from each other. You could possibly buy a proven pair and your original pair will learn from the proven pair. Much of the time it just takes a pair without a flock some time to learn.
  • amit Ghosh - 2011-12-24
    Please watch whether both calls or only one call. May be both the birds are female. If posible buy one more pair of birds and keep together,which may solve your problem.- amit 9831281230
Debbie - 2011-12-13
My Husband recently bought me 2 parakeets and we went back to the pet store to buy 2 more in different color. Well low and behold we ended up buying 2 social finches (cute little things). So now that we've had them for a month they are now going to have babies (how fun). Of course I have the parakeets and finches in different cages.
My question is what kind of greens do you feed them?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-14
    The only kind of greens my human can get us to eat is string beans and vrocoli and we really don't like those much unless she puts them in scrabled eggs. Good luck though. Hope you have better luck with yours.
kyler strenke - 2010-08-05
How can you tell the male and female society finches apart?

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  • Theresa - 2011-02-15
    Male societies sing, females don't. That's the only way you can really tell by looking at them. It's hard, but I suggest sitting there and staring until you've identified which ones sing and which ones don't.
  • Moises Solano - 2011-06-29
    thank you
  • Matt - 2011-12-12
    The easiest way is to isolate any bird from the lot for an hour or so, then reintroduce. at this time all male birds in the cage should display (sing).
Tony Edwards - 2011-09-16
i have been breeding the true albino form of the Society Finch (Bengalese) in the UK for nearly twenty years and NEVER had a problem with blindness. As former general secretary of the National Bengalese Fanciers Association and now Vice-Chairman , none of our members has ever indicated a problem to me.
Tri-colours - I have not known a true breeding strain to be established - occasional birds do not appear to pass on the colouration to any descendants

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  • kirk nicholson - 2011-10-03
    How do you go about getting a pair of society finch (bengalese) for my cage? thank you

  • debbie - 2011-11-11
    Hello tony,
    Please can you help me?
    I have 2 albino hens (not blind) in desperate need of men lol do a pair of albino breed albino or do I need to use a different color male? And do you have any for sale?
    I have approx 30 bengies (as well as other birds) all different colors but just recently got 2 albino hens.
Shannon - 2011-03-16
I have 5 finches 2 are zebra finches 1 male and 1 female, and 3 society finches that I'm still trying to figure the genders of after 7 months. So far one or two not sure if it's two since they look similar only one is more heavier in weight while the other two are slim. The one that doesn't sing at all is one that I got from the store with a leg that broke while at the petshop and healed awkwardly positioned in a backwards L like shape. It maneuvers around the cage well and none of the other birds bother it in any way. Yet my society finches and zebra finches seem to like to stare at me when I'm in the same room, they even follow me from one end of the room to the other and I'm not sure why. My society finches do this more and have more of a tawny brown or chestnut brown color to them. My own hair is chestnut brown in color. Is it possible they are just staring at me because of my hair color or is there another reason?

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  • Mariah - 2011-08-20
    Could be that they have something in common with you - hair color! Also they must've adjusted well to their surroundings and know that you feed them so they love following you! Be sure that it is not food that they are looking for, though.
Shannon - 2011-03-16
I also noticed my 2 zebra finches have odd behavior compared to the other finches at the petsmart I got them from. The female likes to fly out of the cage and into walls, or any flat surface, the male just flies around the cage and sometimes outside. Though they lay eggs they do not always sit on them. Finally after the last laying of eggs they finally hatched 2 eggs.Unfortunately the day they hatched the babies also died, one had a neck wound in the front that looked liked it got pecked at, and the other was squished in the nest. They actually squished the pecked one on top of the other squished one. I'm not sure why my zebra finches did that and when I asked the pet care people at the store they said they had no idea and they never heard of finches doing that before to their young.

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  • Marilyn Bishop - 2011-03-21
    The third time I started to breed Zebra Finches I had a Zebra and a Snow finch the first time they bred I got a beautiful fawn finch. Being new (breeding) I found out the hard way not to mix the two. Once the two hatched two more finches the fawn female attacked the mother pulling all the feathers from her head. She also sat with the babies and would not let her in. I did research and found out you cannot mix the two as the offspring can become confused in the proper social protocol as did Fawn. It's possible the pair of finches you have could have been the offspring of a mix. I also learn to remove the prior offspring to a new cage until they were grown to avoid this problem.
  • Marge - 2011-07-23
    I had a breeding pair of zebra's. They hatched several times. The male would peck the new born right away. Solve problem is to remove the male about 1 or 2 days before they hatch. Count 10 days from the eggs laid and then remove him. She will take care of the new young ones. Hope this works for you. It worked for me. Had a lot of new ones after that. Male does that because he wants to mate right away again, so he gets rid of the new young.
Anonymous - 2009-12-30
I might get two male society finches and I am so excited!

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  • Humming bird ccccrrraaazzzy!! - 2010-05-01
    "Cool. I have 2 too. Not really, my little sister has the male. I hope they don't mate!"
  • Jo - 2011-02-24
    I bought a society finch thinking it was a male because of brighter color and the next day laid an egg. Wanting to know how do I tell a male from a female? I would like to have one of each. I also just got another of the same color to keep company.