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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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.
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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.
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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.
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virginia naselli - 2010-08-03
My pair of society finches had babies. They are 5 weeks now. Can I let them all live in the same cage together, permanently?

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  • Theresa - 2011-02-15
    My babies are still with their parents and they're three months old, but I suggest against it. One of our baby boys is trying to be Oedipus rex and is trying to mate with his mom and keep attacking his dad. We're trying to get him in his own cage with another female. I suggest taking the babies out once they can eat on their own.
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Liz D. - 2010-12-19
About 3 weeks ago my son gave me two society finches. Tonight when he came to visit we found 1 egg in the nest he had put in the cage. My question is will this egg hatch? And is one finch supposed to stay on the egg in the nest?

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  • Theresa - 2011-02-15
    Two weeks after I got my first two societies they laid an egg as well while my friend was over. I had no experience with the birds so I just let nature take its course. Societies will normally lay one egg a day until their clutch is complete. Once the birds start lying on the eggs non stop, AKA one of them is ALWAYS lying on it, then it means their incubating, which normally lasts for 12-14 days. If you find the egg on the bottom of the cage, it means it was most likely a dud. It's not uncommon for female society finches to lay eggs even without having participated in sexual activities with their male companion.
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Skittle56 - 2010-11-14
How do you tell if a society finch is a boy or girl?

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  • Cody - 2010-12-22
    The males are usually darker and sing frequently. My society finch, Thorn, sings a lot to Snowdrop, my female finch. And the females are lighter in color and make only chirping noises sometimes trills.
  • Dayna Corded - 2011-01-17
    I recently bought a pair of Zebras they've laid 2 eggs on 2 separate occasions never sat them yet and I don't have any idea why also I bought a European Gold Finch. She has the most beautiful songs. I too wish I
    knew if she is a girl. Dayna
  • victoria - 2011-01-23
    If you are looking to breed finches or choose one that sings well (usually only males do), it is important to be able to determine the sex of a bird. Please understand that this is not easy. Males and females look alike. However, there are a few methods to distinguish the different genders. For some species it is easy to visually determine the sex. For others you must wait and watch the actions of the birds or look for the appearances to become distinguishable during breeding season.
  • annie - 2011-02-14
    If one of the birds sings then that's a male. If the other one does not sing it's a female. You can even see it by their behavior when they jump into the water when the male comes out of the water it would make itself look pretty but the female would just sit around until she is dry. She might even look very skinny.
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Deb Parks - 2010-10-28
I was given 3 society finches and they had nails so long they curled in circles.
I was able to clip them, but I noticed on one of them little tumors on her feet. Today I noticed that her feet are bleeding. Is there a way to take care of them? I am a teacher so I can't afford to go to a vet. Is there a cream or other medicine I could use? I will listen to any suggestions.

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  • Editor's Note - 2010-10-30
    Good job on trimming the nails! It sounds like they may have gotten mites, which can make their feet become scaly and lumpy. You can get a bird mite spray from a pet store, and follow the instructions. Make sure you keep the cage clean (possibly spray it too) as mites lay eggs which will hatch even after you have eliminated the adults. You need to treat for about 14 days to catch them all.
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Carrie - 2010-10-21
We have two s.finches outside. What is the lowest temp. they can tolerate?

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Alice Bernice Reimer - 2009-04-10
I have 2 white Finches with red beaks and feet, they belong to my brother, but I look after them. I have no clue what kind they are? I thought they where Zebra but now I do not know. Where we got them, they told my brother that 1 was female and the other male, but they been riding each other and they are not cozy like male and female

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  • Anonymous - 2010-03-08
    they're zebra finches most likely, and as long as they don't have red cheeks then they are also both female.
  • debbie - 2010-07-31
    Probably are zebras, but the white mutation. Sometimes the males will have faint chest stripe across the chest, light orange cheek patches. If they are both equally white, you probably have 2 females. If you introduce a normal gray male, you will have lots of babies of both colors.
  • aruna kodagoda - 2010-10-11
    I think your finches are zebra. Check them there eye, close to eye some black line. Both female try to get male, Thanks kodagoda.
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kathy - 2010-09-22
I have a female finch, white in color, and she has lost some feathers on her top part of her neck. They are not growing back in, does anybody know why? This concerns me. She has a few eggs in her nest.

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  • Denise Daniela - 2010-10-01
    I believe the reason is that her male counterpart was looking for nesting material. If they have no recourse to nesting materials (pet stores sell disinfected wool) they will pick on other birds and use the feathers thus. She will probably regrow her feathers after she molts. Don't worry but do put in some nesting material in her cage. Make sure they are sterilized or mites might get to your birds and some are deadly.
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