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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charmaine korff - 2010-06-10
My zebra finch is blocked from behind. Seems that her droppings is blocking her.Is this normal?

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Eryn - 2010-05-16
We have a pair of zebra finches who have four babies, the babies will be 2 weeks old in a couple days. The parents are now trying to build a nest in a resting place in the cage. They're even trying to use feathers from themselves to line the nest. We're afraid if we take this resting place away and hinder their nest building and possibly more egg laying they'll start kicking the babies out of the real nest they're in. The parents seem to be feeding the chicks because they don't squawk for food all the time. The parents themselves aren't very old. We had them seven days when the female starting laying the first egg. They were pretty much mating in the pet store before we left. No shame there. I'm thinking the only solution is to supply them with a bit of nesting material so they don't pluck each others feathers and if they lay eggs just take the eggs away because at this point we don't need any more babies ! Plus these two need to know they have to look after the ones they have. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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  • Theresa - 2010-05-25
    I'm a new owner to 2 Zebra Finch. I have a male & a female.I'm hoping for babies. They have a nesting basket. Can't you just let them mate & have their babies then sell them? Or is it about the space? I'm hoping my cage is big enough for even just the 2 of them.vI read that they need at least 3 perches,va bath,& some hanging toys or swing.vI think I may need to upgrade a little on the cage size just to give them enough space to move around in.
  • angie - 2010-05-30
    A lot of space is always better. I am new as well. Sorda. Two years with two females. Now only one. I do know they like swings and will play with a bell with their beak but do not need all the toys that of a parrot. Babies? wow. I can't help with that. I get no response here so I decided to add what I do know. I didn't even know I bought two females till they both laid eggs. Silly me. My first birds.
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andreas kiefer - 2010-05-26
I have about 6 pairs of zebra finches and one of my black cheek pair have laid a green egg, will this effect my birds or the egg in anyway?

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Shelley - 2010-05-24
Hi,
I have a Mating Pair of Zebra Finches. They just had a clutch of 5 babies. The babies are 20 days old today. They have started coming out of the nest yesterday and today 2 of the babies came out of the nest and have been at the bottom of the cage all day. The Father is chasing the babies and seems to be fighting with them. I am not sure if he is not allowing them to go back to the nest but all the other babies are in there and are just fine. But these two are not going back in and the father is always being mean to them. What the heck should I do? Will he harm them?

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  • Shelley - 2010-05-25
    Also today, the dad is chasing them and will bite the wings and the babies just hang in the air because the dad won't let go. As of today he is doing this to all the babies. Someone Please Please Please HELP!
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angie - 2010-05-22
I had two female zebra finches. The one past two years ago. I purchased both three years ago. To the important question. My bird has been acting strange and staying on the bottom of the cage for hours. I just noticed she laid an egg and is now sitting on it. She is breathing hard. She has never done this before. It has been awhile since I have seen any eggs. She has dropped eggs out of her resting nest many times before but has never done what she is doing now?

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  • angie - 2010-05-23
    I must add she is sleeping in her food container that I set on the wire bottom of her cage as well as the water. She is not drinking that I know of. I know that you should not handle these fragile birds. Please any response will be helpful. I know a vet visit is best. I bought my birds when I was able to pay for such things. I am no longer able at this time. Any response will be helpful. Thanks.
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Anonymous - 2010-05-21
I have three zebras , two females and one male , they are all related to one another and I can honestly tell you that they fight like regular siblings do. I have separated them and am waiting to see how they do apart.I will eventually put them back together but I am hesitant only because each female had 5 eggs a piece and 4 made it through the hatching but I suspect were killed.

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Barb Torrao - 2010-05-11
I have two Zebra finches, one male the other female. They are both approx. 7 1/2 years old. I have noticed that the female has developed tumors on the back of her neck. She looks well other than that, and continues to eat well. Anything can be done? Are these tumors common? They have been together for 7 1/2 years, what will happen to the remaining finch when the other dies?

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Barb Torrao - 2010-05-11
I have two Australian finches, one boy and one girl, both are approx. 7 and 1/2 years old. The girl finch has what appears to be tumors growing at the back of her neck. Noticed this when she kept losing her feathers in this area. Other that these tumors, she looks well and is still eating well. I understand that the life span of these finches is approx. 7 years, so they are indeed getting old. Can you give me a guess of what these tumors are, are they common in finches? And since they have been together for 7 1/2 years, what will happen to the remaining finch when the other one dies?

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Annie - 2010-04-15
I currently have only one Zebra finch, Cooper. His mate, Wilson, died from, I think, binding when having eggs. I was going to get another but I also have 3 parakeets--all 4 in separate cages, of course. He seems to think he is one of the "big boys" now. It is very cute. He talks to them and tries to "be big" like them. They love and include him in their conversations, so I intend to leave him single. He seems content and very healthy. They are all wonderful pets. If you own birds, do give them lots of attention though.

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lela - 2010-04-05
I have 2 finches tweet and flutter. Tweet is ready to have eggs so I'm just finding things I need to help. I love them very much so I will take care of them.

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