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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Francesca - 2010-03-09
i have 2 zebra finch, well i am almost certain thats what they are, no names yet although i like tweety and ones of them really suits it with thier personality and they are brilliant although i have a kitten and he keeps trying to get them(my plan is to keep re-introducing them hopefully that will work any ideas please) but usually when my boyfriend goes out i get scared of being in the flat on my own but he went out and i still felt safe so all good. They are a great present!!!!!

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  • Anonymous - 2010-10-18
    My cats sleep on the cage and there is no problem, Good luck.
  • roniyah - 2010-11-06
    These finch birds don't look like zebras to me!?!?!?!?!?!?
  • arsalan - 2011-04-15
    I have many sorts of color finches, about 500 pairs. I would like to sell them. If anyone is interested in buying them please contact me 9203452704055.
rod - 2011-04-14
i have 2 zebra finches. the people we obtained them from mentioned that the pair had eggs while in their possesion, but the eggs never hatched. Is there any reason that the eggs would not hatch? We have had the finches now about 2 weeks. Will they lay eggs again? how long does it take for them to lay more eggs?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-14
    Click on the Zebra Finch link on this page and you will have quite a bit of information. If the Finches laid eggs before, chances are great they will again. Zebra Finches mate year round so just be patient. As to why the eggs did not hatch, there are many reasons. Maybe they were not fertile. They always say the first clutch is for practice. It is like surprise, what did I do? Maybe she didn't sit the eggs. So first things first. Get them an appropriate nest box and feed them extra good stuff for spring time. If/when she lays again watch to see she sits the eggs. If she doesn't sit the eggs put a high powered flashlight under the egg to show if fertile. You will be able to see veins through the shell. If she doesn't sit them at all, break them open. If they look like an egg you buy in the grocery store - the egg isn't fertile. If this happens several times - check to make sure you don't have two finches of the same sex. If they just had eggs the one time, they are probably a young pair and need to catch on. Enjoy them.
mel - 2011-04-09
I have a female and male zebra finch. (Fred and Wilma) I've had them now for almost 5 months and Wilma has had 4 clutches. All four times her clutches have never hatched and I'm starting to wonder what I'm doing wrong. The first clutch they ate their eggs but all the other times all eggs she laid were in their nest but never hatched? She does sit on them the whole time? But can't figure out what I'm doing wrong? Its like she knows when it's time for them to hatch because exactly 2 weeks from the day she laid the last egg she comes out of the nest and stays out for longer periods of times... and then they start to mate again....really don't know what is going on?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-09
    WOW frustrating. There is some information on Zebra Finches on Animal-World which may give you some additional information. I have not bred finches but I've had a few birds that mde me crazy also. Questions though - are you sure you have a male and female. Sometimes two birds of the same sex will appear to be breeding.
    Is the female and male just 5 months and are they MATURE? Either the male or the female might not be mature and the eggs could be infertile. Did you candle the eggs to see if they were fertile? High powered flashlight (small one) works good and after about a week - 10 dayspretty easy to tell there are veins in the egg. They say first clutch is free (for practice). I think many birds just assume they have a new toy and play volley ball or a new food and eat them. I am joing here but it seems to happen quite a bit. It isn't something you are doing WRONG - maybe they just haven't caught on yet. Candle the eggs though. If she has actually stopped sitting, then open the egg. If they are infertile and you know male and female, then maybe maturity problem. Let us know what happens.
ABDUL GAFOOR - 2010-11-26
I have 3 zebra finches today one of zebra finch laid one egg and all zebra finches ate the egg can you help me?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-08
    Many say the first clutch is for free. In other words, the birds aren't quite sure what do do with the eggg so they throw it out, play with it or eat it. I have been told they will eat the egg if they know it isn't fertile but I don't know if that is true as they will frequently sit infertile eggs. I have also been told that they will eat the egg if they if they need additioanl calcium in their diets. Before breeding season, I would up the calcium lso, are you sure the birds ate it? Are the finches inside?
  • aaron - 2011-04-07
    I think they only eat it if its not fertile
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-09
    Didn't think (forgot) but the article in Animal-World says that you need an even numer of males/females. In that case, 3 won't work. You would need an even number of males and females and a nest box for each pair. Just think, you can go get one more little one.
shirley - 2011-03-27
I have 4 zebra finches two boys two girls but they keep fighting what do I do?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-03-30
    To dimish the fighting (usually territorial or mating), it helps to add additional branches or perches into the cage. Most birds wish to perch at the highest level so arguements occur with each one trying to get to the highest level and then possibly on the ned of the perch. Additional perches, placed on equally high levels around the cage should alleviate some of the problem. As to how they will solve the pairing issue is another problem but I think they will be able to handle that. We survived our teens. Let us know what happens.
Mary - 2011-03-16
I have a Zebra Finch that has developed a red skin tag on its face. What can I do for it? Is it o.k?

littlepooh0301 - 2011-03-08
I used to have a male and female zebra finch named stitch and lilo. They were hyper but graceful pets. My finches died. I got lilo and stitch from PETS+ but for now it is out of business. I always loved to watch lilo and stitch fly around in my grandma's dining room because there was not enough room in that crampy old cage that my grandmother bought. I was trying to tell her that there was going to be no room in the cage and I thought that we needed to buy a more roomy cage for lilo and stitch. I love everyone who loves Dr. Jungle!

susan - 2011-02-27
I have baby (3) finches. My question is are brothers and sisters ok to breed together?

janie - 2011-02-25
I would like to know what is banding?

pete - 2011-02-05
I currently have 3 zebra finches, 2 females and one male, the two females have been sharing the same cage and seem to be inseparable, the male is in his own cage currently. One of the females is in the middle of laying and I was wondering whether I could eventually put the male in with them, and if so at what point? Or is having an odd number of birds going to cause a problem?

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  • shannon - 2011-02-20
    The females my fight over the one male you will need another male and the females eggs won't hatch as the male was not with them and when you stick them together watch them ok so they don't fight.