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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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.
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.
Edwina - 2010-07-23
I have a male and female who have produced 4 babies. The babies are now flying but not eating on their own yet. The last one hatched came out of the nest today. Almost immediately, I found a new egg in the nest. What should I do? Leave her to continue to lay more? Take out the nest? Put the male in a separate cage? I don't know the sexes of the babies yet, they are still grey, no adult colors yet. They are not yet eating on their own. Please help!!

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  • Sandra - 2010-08-14
    The mother and father finches feed their young until they are ready to eat on their own. I think it takes about 3 weeks for this. As soon as baby finches are born I start putting cooked scrambled eggs (without salt and milk) in their cages and the parents love to feed this to their babies. Finches also love raw spinach!
  • J.MCD - 2010-08-19
    Edwina it is ideal to allow the colours of the fledglings to develop until you can tell the sex's apart and they are independent but may still call for parents to feed them, it would be ok to allow the new one to hatch and fledge over two to three weeks hence the others would be independent, leave the egg to hatch is my personal opinion and deal with the birds then definitely halt the nesting.
Jill - 2010-06-16
Please can you tell me whether zebra finches are part of the parrot family?

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  • Syamanth Sreejith a Bird Lover - 2010-07-17
    No it's not at all a part of Parrot Family!
Bob A. - 2010-07-11
I have 2 fiches , male and female. They are blue in color. My question is, Why does the male peck at the female? Is this a common thing? Is he hurting the female?

Cathie - 2010-06-26
I had a male and female zebra finch who mated and had 3 female finches. All 3 lived and matured. About a year later one died, no idea why. Another 2 yrs. later the mom finch died. The male finch and his 2 female offspring remain. He and one of the females have paired up, usually sleeping together at night. All seem harmonious during the day. My question is, if I put a nest in the cage, will the father bird mate with his female offspring that he's been cozy with or will he recognize the female as his hatchling and not mate with her? I would like a couple more finches so that the 3rd finch is not the odd finch and breeding is the easiest way, but I want to make sure that the father & daughter breeding is ok.

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  • Dominique - 2010-06-27
    They will mate and it is not a good idea. It adversely affects the species to have them inbreed. They need to be separated from their siblings and opposite sex parents after 2 months old. Good luck.
  • Ludovic Prevost - 2010-07-09
    Yes it is ok for now but since your original birds might have been also a father-daughter pair my advice is to introduce soon at least one new bird from a different provenance or pet store to keep your small flock healthy. If you think their space will become limited, just band the new bird(s) to differentiate later them from their offspring that should be removed first.
mike - 2010-05-30
I have 2 zebra birds they lay eggs but they don't hatch, every time I don't find the eggs.

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  • ecie - 2010-07-06
    They might eat the eggs once my canary laid an egg and her friend zebra finch helped to eat it!
leslie - 2010-05-05
We just got 2 female zebra finches, mother and daughter. We were told they were quiet, just chirping first thing in the a.m. Well they are at it all day. Short periods of quiet but then they'll start up again. It is annoying because it is constant and loud. Is this normal?

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  • The Bird Lady - 2010-05-09
    Yes, it is normal. Birds chirp when they are happy. It is good.

    If the noise is such a problem, a bird isn't the best pet for you.
  • kimrichards - 2010-06-30
    Have you ever been outside?
    Birds chirp...
Karen - 2010-06-02
I have a female Zebra that has been puffed and obviously sick for a while. I put her in a hospital cage with heat, gave her Ornacycline (Tetracycline) and she seemed to recover. I then put her back into her cage with her sister (who has diarrhea but seems well otherwise) and she became puffed and lethargic again. She has been back in the hospital cage now for 4 days with the antibiotics and just seems to be holding on. She eats but stays on the bottom of the cage very puffed. Any suggestions? I am afraid to try to catch her and take her to the Vet will be too much for her and she will die (she seems that sick). Also I am currently not working and really can't afford the Vet bill but I want to do what I can for her. Can anyone help me?

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  • Lamya - 2010-06-15
    Hi Karen,
    We have two, one of them was sick and tried the bio-Vitamin from the pet store, it worked very well the next day Sophie was playing back to normal.
    All the best.
Mia - 2010-06-06
Hi, I've got two finches both female. I took their nest out yesterday as it was old and I put in a new one.. Today I let my birds fly in my room for the first time in a while and ever since I put them back in cage one of them has been sitting on the floor for the rest of the evening unable to fly! I'm so worried about her as one of my finches died of a chest infection.. Please can anyone help ?! If so ask me for further details on today ..

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  • tameka - 2010-06-11
    We brought my nephew a zebra finch and he fell in love with it. He took cc every where (that is what he named him) but anyways he was always letting him fly around the house, giving him baths, and taking him out. cc died about a month ago so my advice to u is don't let the finch fly around the house. Keep them in a set tempurature place and keep them in pairs. We think cc died because we let him out to much and he was in different tempatures so don't let them out anymore.if you see that your bird is fluffing up they are about to die so take to them to a vet. Ok. My nephew was heart broken when cc died he came home from school and found him dead and he couldn't stop crying for 2 days so please don't let them out. Hope this helps...