Animal Stories - Zebra Finch

Animal-World Information about: Zebra Finch

    Zebra Finches are great birds for a beginner or any bird enthusiast! These attractive little creatures are hardy, inexpensive, active, and one of the easiest birds to keep and breed. They are long-lived, with a life span in captivity of about 12 years.
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pete - 2011-02-05
I currently have 3 zebra finches, 2 females and one male, the two females have been sharing the same cage and seem to be inseparable, the male is in his own cage currently. One of the females is in the middle of laying and I was wondering whether I could eventually put the male in with them, and if so at what point? Or is having an odd number of birds going to cause a problem?

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  • shannon - 2011-02-20
    The females my fight over the one male you will need another male and the females eggs won't hatch as the male was not with them and when you stick them together watch them ok so they don't fight.
Laura - 2009-11-08
how can you tell what sex the males are. do males have a line around there neck?

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  • pete - 2011-02-05
    Males usually have orange cheeks and a red beak.
joanne - 2010-11-14
Why do they kill the babies after 4 days of hatching? This is the 3rd time its happened what can I do about this problem?

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  • Cody - 2010-12-22
    Yes that happened to me too. When my female society died she left behind 3 eggs and I already had a female zebra finch and she shoved 1 of the eggs out and ate it. Talk about cannibalism.
  • Eddie Cone - 2011-01-04
    Are you sure they are killing the babies? Do you have them in a nest with privacy and soft material such as dryer lint and bermuda grass for them to build a proper nest. Make sure there is plenty seed. German millet is required as the primary seed in a mix. (German Millet is extremely important) (sometimes referred to as foxtail millet or Golden German Millet). They need egg food everyday. Boiled eggs are excellent. Boil the eggs at least 30 minutes and chop up by hand or in a food processor. Give them the whole egg, shell and all. They will use the shell for calcium. Be sure and boil the eggs at least 30 minutes. Very small grit should be made available.
vinay - 2010-12-21
I have 6 zebra finches one of them is hurt by love birds can any body suggest me how to treat the hurt one plzzz?

CD - 2005-07-05
I started my Finch adventure indoors, with only 4 finches. That was 3 1/2 years ago. I now have over 150 finches in an outdoor aviary. They are beautiful. I give many away to friends to keep the number down. The aviary is about 10X10 ft and about 8 ft tall. The variety for colors and personalities are just beautiful. I'm so thankful my husband built this aviary for me. I love the song they sing. It is so sweet and gentle.

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  • Shawn - 2010-09-19
    Tell me my husband is into the birds and we don't have as many birds. But are cages are the same size. Our esare just now starting to lay and one has hatched. After the first egg has hatched now will the others. If you are local we would love to get some birds from you.
  • Brandy - 2010-12-15
    My birds are losing their feathers under their belly and wings. I think they're sick. This is the first time I've ever had Finches.. or birds period. Your site was very helpful. Thanks.
karlee - 2010-11-12
I have 2 finches and they have laid eggs, a week ago I was thinking of buying a different breed of bird and put it in the cage with the finches will that be ok?

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  • breeder - 2010-12-05
    No! the Zebra finch hen is easily disrupted by other zebra finches in this period, let alone another breed. As an experienced zebra finch breeder I really discourage this.
Lloyd - 2010-05-04
Hi. Just wondering if anyone can help me. One of my hen zebra finches recently laid four eggs which all hatched successfully. Unfortunately 3 of the four birds have now died (at 3 days old). This is the second time this has happened to the same cock and hen. I'm careful with their feed and their environment so just wondering if there is an underlying problem. Any suggestions/advice would be appreciated.

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  • aayush aiyanna - 2010-10-05
    Hi Lloyd
    I have found out in the internet it said that at 3 days of age the egg sacs get over and if the parent birds do not feed the baby(s) they will die and it also said that it happens only to first time parent birds.
Cathy - 2010-09-17
I recent;y bought 3 females and 1 male finch. I've notices the past 2 days that 1 of the females has feathers missing behind her neck and on one of her sides. Tonight another female has feathers missing on back left side too now. Is it from fighting with each other?, disease? I've only had them 1 week

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  • Kathy - 2010-09-30
    Hi Cathy I had that problem too and I had to watch because the male was plucking the feathers to build a nest to get ready to have one of the females to lay eggs.
Jerry - 2010-09-16
The male finch I had died this morning, the female is doing fine. I have 4 of their babies they had a year ago, 3 girls and a boy. Being the father is passed, should I put the mother with her kids in the same cage? Currently their cages are side by side.

annette - 2010-09-06
I have 2 finchs and they do lay eggs, but they have been in there for like 2 months now. What do I do?