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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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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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?
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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
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Need Help - 2012-02-11
Hi,

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.
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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
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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.
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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).
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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.
    Thanks,
    debbie
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