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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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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

Amber - 2009-02-13
I have a finch alone in a cage. It's a boy and what will happen if I put another finch with him

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  • Marit - 2010-03-15
    Finches are flock birds and it is important that they have a mate. I suggest that you pair it with another male of the same type of finch that you have now.
  • Mackenzie - 2010-04-04
    I have about thirteen finches. They all get along pretty well so I'm guessing yours will adjust well to a friend.
Eddie - 2010-02-19
I have 2 set of Zebra and one set of Society finch. I have a very large cage and they are well taken care of..however, the past two weeks, I have found a broken egg a week. I am not sure if these are unfertile eggs being disregarded or if the birds are being agressive towards eggs being laid. Any suggestions?

lavanya - 2010-01-18
I have 5 zebra finches. They all used to fight but we separated them for a while and put them back together and they are perfectly fine. They get along so well they are like best of friends. They always share their house which is like a little nest, and I always have to remember to change the water and food everyday. I clean the cage once a week. They like having a bath so water should be available at all times, but I don't know how old they are.

anon - 2010-01-09
We got our zebra finch from some guy and his wife. There used to be four. Neither of them knew how to properly care for the poor birds. Not only did they keep them in a freezing cold garage, they fed them the wrong food. My brother told the guy to bring them in from the garage, but he didn't listen and instead brought a gas heater into the garage. Three of the birds died. My brother gladly and readily took the last bird out of the idiot's "care," and now it's ours.

However, my mom and dad bought another finch (an orange-cheeked waxbill) and now they're in the same cage. I've been watching them for a while and they seem to be trying to get along with each other. Hopefully they'll fall asleep together and get along very well. When the waxbill perches all the way at the very top of the cage, the zebra finch seems to be looking for it.

Sinead - 2009-09-10
I bought two pairs of Zebra Finches the other week. Some nights they were quite loud and noisy, I thought they were just talking to each other. But this morning my brother came and woke me up to let me know one male finch was belly up and the other male finch was on his way out. We are thinking they were fighting and killed each other. Hmm. Very sad. So anyway to replace them we are going to go get a male and another female. Their names are Holly, Kendra, Bridget and Hef :)