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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Debbie Tarvin - 2006-09-03
The Story of my Little Peg:
I work at an animal hospital and one day a pet store brought in a little female Zebra Finch with an infected leg band. They had waited too long and the leg was dying and required amputation. The pet store did not want to pay and asked the vet to euthanize her. The vet refused and stated that the finch could live with 1 leg. The pet store said that they could not sell a one legged bird so keep her and do whatever you want with her. I took her home and named her "Peg". A few months later I was buying food for her at a different pet store and was asked what kind of bird I had. I told them and they asked me to adopt another Zebra Finch whose wing was defective and had difficulty flying. I said yes and brought him home. He and Peg were so cute together and they hopped everywhere they went so, I name them Peg and Jimmy Hopper. They now have 2 chicks who are 3 weeks old and Peg and Jimmy are totally in love. Peg has a good life now with a new husband and two little ones that are perfectly healthy.

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  • Loraine McWhorter - 2013-11-19
    This is so sweet. Bless you for finding the perfect pair.
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Loraine McWhorter - 2013-11-19
Started with 4 zebra finches about a year ago. They were given to me by an old woman who could not care for them properly. One died within a week. I kept the cage clean and give fresh water, seed, millet spray, hard boiled mashed egg, fresh spinach every day. I add whatever I have on hand like broccoli, apple, zucchini. I put nests and material in the cage. I now have 18-24 finches! Because they are messy to keep inside we acclimated them and moved them onto our covered deck They have a 3x6 cage 24 wide and we are building another cage! It will be 8 foot tall and 8x10 wide and long. We love them and don't want to give or sell any of them but how many will I be able to keep in the new cage?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-12-10
    They can be rather quarrelsome so it's hard to predict how many birds will get along with each other. They are best kept as a single pair in a small cage. Two pairs in a cage can cause a problem, as can odd numbers of 3-5 per enclosure.

    Several pairs can be kept in a very large enclosure but they will pluck each other if they are overcrowded. As a general rule, 3-4 square feet of floor space is required per pair of finches. If plucking starts to occure, some will need to be removed.
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Kathy Daly - 2013-10-29
I purchased three zebra finch birds a few days ago. I didn't know much about them but learned a lot from your site. I have noticed that 2 of the birds stick together while the one single one sleeps by itself. Should I remove one of them or will they be okay together. I bought all three because that's all there were and I didn't want to leave one by itself at the pet store

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-11-01
     They are a flock bird, see the 'social behaviors' section above. It may be that with only three, you have a pair with an 'odd man out' situation. Because they socialize in a flock, you will want to get more to keep from having an isolated bird.
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vickie schmitt - 2013-09-08
one of my female finches has lost her feathers under her wings, and around her behing. she seems fine, active, and eating. can anyone help me to understand whats going on with her please. is she sick? or just molting?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-09-08
    Zebra Finches will pluck at each other, estabishing a hierarchy (or pecking order). The best thing to do is move her into her own cage until her feathers regrow.
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michael campbell - 2013-07-22
I built a new cage for my Zebra Finches and when I transfered the nest I saw that there are 4 eggs in it. Now the Zebras are building a new nest, what can I do to get them in the old nest?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-07-25
    Hmmm, well you could try to transfer the eggs into the new nest if they truly do not seem to be going to their old nest. It would have been best to wait to move them to a new cage until they were done breeding and the eggs were hatched, but I know that's not the solution now. I hope it works out, good luck!
  • michael - 2013-08-10
    Thank you.
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michael campbell - 2013-08-05
How do you avoid the constant fighting between the zebra finches?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-08-23
    How many finches do you have? What size of cage? If you have too many finches in a small area they can get feisty and pluck and pick at each other. Make sure they are in a large enough cage with plenty of room to fly and individual space.



    Oftentimes they aren't truly fighting either. They might just be playing and preening each other.
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rosemarie - 2013-06-20
need help i have two pairs of finches male and female.One pair been laying eggs back to back but when they hatch the most that there alive is one day fvery day that one is born one dies plz give me advice.Now the other female i notice that her feet are very pale and is loosing all her feathers almost to a bald .Plz help what can i do Plz

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Robert LaGamba - 2013-06-07
I recently became aware that my male finch, 8 months old, has no left eye -- simply an empty socket. Has anyone else experienced this?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2013-06-07
    How strange! He must have been missing it for quite some time, but apparently it isn't causing him difficulties. Most animals can adapt to things like this in a captive environment, for example I've had three-legged turtles, spastic frogs, mice missing a limb, and others. In captivity they are so protected, they don't have to worry about things like predators or finding food. So its really a nice life for them, and your finch is truly lucky to have a home with you too:)
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Gma - 2011-01-19
I have 2 male and 2 female zebra finches. I have eggs constantly and my males sit on them but they never hatch. Also my males chase and fight with my females if they get close to nest. What should I do? Thank You Any answers will help.

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  • Prashanth - 2013-05-07
    two pairs zebra finches should never be housed together. they will constantly fight.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-05-07
    The Zebra Finch is one of the easiest to breed. However they can sometimes develop bad habits, and a young pair will behave strangely. In the wild they pick their own mates, but in captivity that is rare, and sometimes a poor pair bond results. If they seem incompatible, separate them and then get new mates to try them with. To be successful they also need to have a comfortable environment; a cage that is large enough and located in an area that is quiet and away from disturbances.
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shelby - 2011-09-21
This is not a comment it is more of a question??? I have a male and a female zebra finch they have mated twice first time she laid 4 eggs, the male began fighting with the female darting out of the nest at her and chasing her all over the cage is this normal? Should I separate them? Once the eggs were laid the behavior began so I took the 4 eggs and put them in the other birds nest in the other cage the other birds successfully laid on them and we have babies now. In the meanwhile after the eggs were removed the male stopped the behavior well now again she has laid 3 more eggs and the fighting is on again. What do I do any suggestions I can't remove the eggs and put them in the other nest with the other birds cause they are busy with the other babies... Please help if you can thanks in advance....

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-22
    Species of birds are diferent and each bird within the species is different. Both the male and the female finch sit the eggs. Whether they are fighting over whose turn it is or whether the male is saying - get out there and eat - we can't know. Young birds have to learn and it might take a clutch or two before they have it down. I'd just let them be. Let them learn. They will figure it out - most likely.
  • shelby - 2011-09-23
    Hey thanks for the input and advice I did seperate them yesturday in the fear that he may ditch the eggs over excitment or just because he doesn't have a clue. The fighting continued so I seperated them but will put him back in, I just don't want either the male or female getting hurt or anything happening to the eggs... Thanks again
  • Muhammed Aamir - 2013-04-23
    I have experienced same situation also, I spend one hour and see what is being done. I noted female plucked a feather of male during fighting and immediately took it in the nest, after this I provided them soft feathers of chicken, both of them took these into a nest and stop fighting.
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