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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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?

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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?

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B .Guinn - 2010-08-02
I have 6 and I'm getting eggs that hatch but for some reason after a week or two I'll find the babys thrown from the nest. Some have a few fuzzy baby feathers and all are at least 3/4 of an inch in size. Should I be hand feeding or buy special feed so they can feed them or are seeds ok? Thanks.

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  • Deb C - 2010-08-19
    This sounds like it may be stress behaviour from overcrowding. Are all 6 birds in the same cage? If so, you might try putting them in a larger cage or putting the breeding pairs in separate cages. It's also possible there is some mate competition occurring, although it is difficult to tell without a little more information.
  • Nancy - 2010-08-25
    I'm a little new to this, just getting my first 6 zebras in June. Soon after their first 4 babies hatched and were fine. The 2nd one it seems was a little different as the first babies may have been jealous? Anyway - 2 were thrown by one of the first babies from the nest! The sound was awful. I carefully scooped them up and put them back in the nest. Last week all three flew from the nest and seem to be fine! That being said - I would try to put them back in the nest and let mom/dad take care of them. Hope this helps!
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kelleen - 2010-07-25
We have two zebra finch. 11-12 months old. They had one clutch of nine and they nested on them for 30-45 days. We took them out thinking this was not good for them a ways past due time, and allowed them to try a second clutch. There is seven in this clutch and has been three weeks nesting and no babies out yet, should we be concerned yet or not?

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  • \"SKM\" - 2010-08-22
    On average it takes a little over 2 weeks for the eggs to hatch.
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sarah - 2010-07-08
Hi....there is a cage of 6 zebra finches at my workplace. Currently, we have found 2 eggs in a basket....but none of the birds are sitting on these eggs. Also, I stupidly took the basket out to look closer at the eggs.....question is- is it ok that the birds are not sitting on their eggs, and why? Did I harm the situation by taking the nest out briefly? thanks!

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  • Deb C - 2010-08-19
    Zebra finches typically lay one egg per day and don't start incubating until the 2nd or 3rd egg is laid (ave clutch is about 4-6 eggs). At the beginning of incubation, they may not sit robustly, but as incubation continues, they will sit more and more tightly on the eggs. Since there were only 2 eggs when you removed the nest cup, they may not have started to incubate yet. Zebra finches in our colony tolerate us handling the eggs to mark them (so we can tell lay order) very easily. The only time I have had a pair abandon a nest was when I accidentally cracked one of their eggs. They are prolific breeders and will take every opportunity to do so! I doubt you disrupted their breeding by inspecting the eggs for such a short period of time.

    If it also possible your eggs were infertile and "dropped" by a female. They sometimes do this if within sight and sound of a male, even if not paired.
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