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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bsti - 2012-07-23
I have about five zebra finches that come to my bird feeder outside of Houston, Texas. They seem to be doing fine.

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EC - 2012-07-22
I have two baby finches that will be 4 weeks on the 27th and they are not only flying & eating on their own, but have already started getting thier colors

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-22
    Congratulations.  Isn't it totally amazing - 4 weeks. 
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DB - 2012-06-26
Just picked up fairly big cage and a male/female finch, they have food/water/bird bath 6 driftwood sticks to sit on and a bird house in the cage so they have plenty to do! I also put the cage by the window so they can look out, so far they seem happy and active and sometimes chirp alot, which must mean they're happy.  Id like to add some birds, so what do you suggest for an addition and how many of what?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-26
    What size do you mean by 'fairly big?'  I wouldn't put anything other than finches with finches.  They aren't overly large, they are quite social and would get along with other finches.  I would be concerned with other birds unless you intent to house them in a different cage.  Depending on the saice of the cage you have - you could add additional finches.
  • DB - 2012-06-26
    Cage is 30x25 and BTW I just saw an egg on the floor of the cage LOL am surprised she didn't lay it in the bird house I made. Anyway their still cheerful and happy from the sounds of things
  • DB - 2012-06-26
    BTW do they need to be covered at nite??
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-26
    They don't need to be covered at night but make sure not under a fan or in a draft.  You could put another pair of finches in that size cage but set up 3 nest boxes for the two pair. 
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Aelexa - 2012-05-27
I have 5 zebra finches. I tried 6, but the newcomer wasn't readily accepted and actually got out the window! Anyway, 3 females, 2 males and 4 nests. My question is this - Blanche (the white one) has trouble laying her eggs. She will sit on the floor and eventually her eggs end up at the bottom of the cage. After seeing this, I picked up 2 and put them in different nests. There is not really any 'ownership' of nests at this point. I found later that the eggs had been thrown out. All of them. I made sure to put them in with other eggs...these birds are perplexing to say the least! I enjoy watching them!! Now there are eggs in 3 nests (a total of 9) - with 5 in one and 2 in the other 2. None of the birds actually sit on the eggs. I guess what I'm concerned about is that they will have all these eggs, but there will never be any young! The birds - as of right now - are roughly 4 months old. My guess is they are just too young to know what to do...? Any suggestions are appreciated!!!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-27
    They are young and they haven't figured out what they are doing yet. Might take a couple of clutches. However, the female doesn't start incubating the eggs with any regularity until the last one is laid. A clutch is typically 4 - 6 eggs.
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maria - 2012-05-26
I have one aviary with finches. Can they inter breed? Brothers and sisters. I love them they are beutiful birds.


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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-26
    Yes the finches can and do interbreed.
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loveta - 2012-05-20
I brought home 2 finches yesterday in a small cage. Today they laid an egg in the gravel bowl. What do I do now?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-20
    Just let them have the egg in the bowl. They will most likely lay a couple more and then sit them for awhile. When they do not sit the eggs any more, throw them out. If fertile and they hatch congratulations
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Sultan Yaldiz - 2012-05-01
I have 2 finches and there is one baby bird and i gave them spray millet. and the next thing i know they are trying to get the enormous millet into the nest so the baby could eat it eat , i cant stop them.

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Ronald Corpuz - 2012-04-27
Hi I'm Ronald a pet lover especially birds. I would like to thank for info about zebra finch bird cause I've learned how to take care of them. My birds hatch 2 eggs, very much exiting to watch how they grow on my hand. Thank you so much God bless us!

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Chuck - 2011-07-10
I volunteer in the local nursing home as patient advocate and just general companion. Yesterday one patient showed me the Zebra Finch in the fairly large aviary in the activity room. I have been birdwatcher for years but know nothing about exotics nor pets, but this one was so meticulously marked and social, I did some research and found what it was, that it is most likely a male of in determinant age, probably donated by someone who died, and is in a cage with two other exotics (cocka-somethings) one of which does communal grooming with the Zebra. The Zebra and I had quite a conversation and the patients who watched were amazed.

My question is: Should I leave this whole situation alone, or would the Zebra be so ecstatically more happy with a mate that I should take on the extra duty of getting one, taking the proper measures which seem to be lacking for their (and at present his) care, and maybe learn a whole bunch more about Zebra Finches, and give at least some of the more aware patients something more to do than sit around and wait which is what most of them are doing now.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2011-07-10
    It sounds like the zebra finch, Poephila guttata castanotis, is happy to me! They are definitely social birds, and if the one you describe seems to be doing well with the other birds in there and enjoys their company (they may be cockatiels?), then it is probably fine to leave him alone. If you wish to move him however, you would probably want to consider getting him a companion because as I said, they are social birds and do best with company so that they do not get lonely. If you think he is getting adequate care (food, cleanliness, etc.) it is really up to you whether you think you should move him or not.a
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Elly 'sharkey' Bourne - 2012-03-08
I have two zebra finches who get on very well together, but there seems to be a problem with the male. At first I thought he wasnt well, puffy feathers ect. But later on he seemed to be alot better, but he's not moving around much. He's still eating lots and happy enough. After looking closer at him I've realised one of his claws has twisted upwards. I was questioning the lack of movement would obviously be because of this. But I'm unaware if the claw will heal naturally. My finches are not easy to hold and we have only had a short while any advice or will it be a vet job?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-08
    Probably the lack of movement is because he hurt hiis toe. ou can hold him easily enough using a towel and take a good look to see what has happened. He may have twisted the toe and it should heel on it's own - but when you llook if there is ingrown claw, swollen, sore, gash - you should take him to the vet.
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