rain and mild temperatures) present themselves. He has been hand tamed so we take him out of the cage every day and play with him. Yes, important to get the bird on a balanced diet…make changes slowly, gradually cutting back on millet, rather than removing all at once. It has been great to read you page. Unlike most birds, Zebra Finches that that are always supplied with ample food and nesting sites may breed year-round, producing 6 or more clutches (this is a drain on the hen, however- please see below). Zebra finch breeding is quite simple from making sure the environment is comfortable and safe enough for the birds, to their proper diet. I have been reading\studying everything I can get my hands on as it has been many years since I had Finches. That is a very promising observation, thanks; we have some similar rules for other species and reptiles/amphibs, although none involving eye placement. They may or may not re-nest, but worth trying. Zebra finch breeding is quite simple from making sure the environment is comfortable and safe enough for the birds, to their proper diet. Question: One of my zebra finches poop has changed. Feather picking, fighting is very common in colony situations. Both mother finch and father finch help in the nest process to make it comfortable and a temporary home for their younglings. Zebra Finches provide an excellent introduction to captive bird breeding. If you suspect your pet is sick, call your vet immediately. It’s best avoided..a first time cross between siblings is generally not a problem, but many lines are already inbred – if you do not have information on prior generations,then the birds’ ancestors could already have been bred with close relatives. lol Live and learn. Thank you for your quick response… One more question…..My birds seem to be missing quite a few feathers on the backs of their heads. I took the father out… My question should I put the father in with my 3 mo old babies… he seems very lonely ? It’s best to keep them in a large flight cage in pairs or groups. My pair had three eggs hatch, and all are male. Zebra Finch (Chestnut-Eared Finch): Bird Species Profile, Owl Finch (Bicheno Finch): Bird Species Profile, What to Do When Your Pet Bird Lays an Egg. Good luck, enjoy and please let me know how it goes; would like to have your observations\, as every situation is unique. Amazing little birds! Zebra Finches provide an excellent introduction to captive bird breeding. Frequent handling may clog tiny pores in the shell where air goes through. My mother went on to become a serious naturalist, and has helped thousands learn about wildlife in her 16 years as a volunteer at the Bronx Zoo. A covered wicker nest box will be readily accepted, although some pairs prefer to construct their own domed nest. I have two finches. Always remember when zebra finch breeding, remove the nest after the birds start feeding on their own, unless, you want another clutch. I plan to put them in a outside aviary this summer since they love it outside. Hi Frank…I just purchased an eight week old Parrotlet. She will carefully weave these materials into a concave comfortable enough for the eggs. Zebra finches are generally hands-off birds for humans; however, they are social with other members of their species. **Double-check your email for accuracy to ensure you receive your free mini course. when I got home from work my poor girl was huddled in the bottom of the cage in the corner. Nest Building. During this stage, don’t over-clean your cages or aviary; leave a few feathers since they can be used as a lining to make the nest soft and comfortable. I have been keeping a close eye on him to make sure he is eating good. It’s so enjoyable to read your columns and reader response plus you are so congenial! Society finches are difficult to sex, especially given their odd genetic history (they are a hybrid species…please see here for the story); behavior is the best guide – preening, feeding, display, “singing” – but same sex pairs will form also. My grandfather actively conspired in my zoo-buildings efforts, regularly appearing with chipmunks, boa constrictors, turtles rescued from the Fulton Fish Market and, especially, unusual marine creatures. Cuttlebone should always be available, especially when eggs are being produced, as the female’s calcium needs will soar. looked like she was barely alive sides just heaving…she didn’t even care that I was picking her up and touching her. Best to supply a few extra nest bowls/houses, and plenty of excess nesting material, and keep an eye on them. thanks for your input yesterday. I plan on keeping the white male. The birds will leave their nest for the first time when they are 3 weeks old and will feed themselves in about 4 weeks. Thanks for you help with information. My aviary is 5′ x 3′ x 18″ and I love to watch them fly from end to end. They acquire their adult plumage and orange beaks by week 5-6, at which time they should be removed to a cage of their own. Likewise, two pairs can sometimes be a bad thing, as competition can arise between the pairs. Thanks! Courting males sing and “bounce” before females, and may offer nesting material as well. Hi Frank, wanted to update you on my first babies. After all, because they aren't typically handled, that enclosure is often their only space for exercise. I moved her immediately to a separate cage expecting her to die on me…I covered the cage for the night so she wouldn’t be disturbed by the other animals in the house. One I know for certain is a male and the other I am 98% confident that it’s a female. You can also shorten the day period if possible, and remove egg food or similar protein-based items from the diet. Five should work out, assuming they have enough space. She is not egg bound, I did check for that. Learn how to create a happy, healthy home for your pet. The sex of normally-colored Zebra Finches is easy to determine. I hope you find them a good home; please keep me posted. They all seem to be pairing up and laying eggs in all the food dishes whether or not I have given them nests. If you're interested in breeding zebra finches, first make sure you have the time and means to care for the birds. I am worried since he only seems to be eating his millet and the other food in his cage is just sitting. became second nature to them. Good to hear…your keet experience will serve you well with finches I’m sure. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet. Please let me know if you need any further information. When I take out the nests to stop my female from constantly laying she takes over the food dishes. Perhaps you might enjoy this article on zebra finch natural history. I will soon have my first clutch of zebra finch. Posted by: Frank Indiviglio Thanks. She really must have been stressed in the other cage. I really love your website. Its preferred habitat includes a range of grasslands and forests, preferably close to water. Adult males sport black bars on the breast and bright orange cheek-patches, both of which are absent in females (please see photo of female with chicks).

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