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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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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Bill - 2010-08-08
I have a zebra finch and a society finch. They have just laid 4 eggs. How can I tell which is the male and which is the female? And how long will the eggs take to hatch?

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  • jay cleeve - 2010-08-16
    My normal zebra cock and white fawn bengalese hens eggs hatched a few days ago! There are 8 little chicks! Mine took 14 to 15 days to hatch! Good luck with your crossbreeds!
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Jeanie - 2010-03-13
I was just given a finch yesterday and i love her already, i have been trying to figure out her breed and the society finch looks the closest like her, but mine's hair is actually parted on her head, reminds me of one of the 3 stooges that has his hair parted in the middle lol, could she be a society and look slightly different than the tan one shown on here? She looks exactly the same except for her hair on her head. Thanks

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  • mandy - 2010-04-02
    If she looks like her hair is parted in the middle she is probably a crested society. I have several breeding pairs and the do look like the stooges or one of the 80's hair bands. One of my pairs are named Axel and Rose because of this!
  • Donna - 2010-07-06
    The three stooges look is called a Crested head or Mop Top.
  • Barbara - 2010-08-08
    I have one with the same "hair do" as well. I call her Alfalfa after the character in The Little Rascals.
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Gayle Johnson - 2010-05-22
I recently bought two Society Finches. Bought a nesting box with the cage and they started nesting and mating within two days. They have 2 eggs laid 3 days apart. Once we do have a batch of eggs hatch out how do I eliminate the problem of interbreeding? Or having physically or mentally handicapped birds? How can I possibly keep Moms and Dads, sisters and brothers separate?

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  • jerry - 2010-06-25
    I use split leg bands and keep records of when they were born and band parents with the same color leg bands as the offspring.
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