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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Christine - 2013-02-27
I have 4 littlie zebra finches and every time they have one to three eggs they break the eggs and eat them, why?

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-27
    First, how old are the mating finches? They should be over a year to be sexually mature. Also make sure they are provided with a very well-balanced diet - especially if you are trying to breed them. There should also be a separate nesting area for every pair of zebra finches that are breeding. The different pairs may be getting territorial and eating the eggs may be one way they are being aggressive towards each other. Also, are you sure there are 2 mated pairs? If there is an odd bird out, or too many males or females, this could be a problem as well.
  • amanda - 2013-03-13
    they are missing something in their diet. you can hard boil chicken eggs and grind the shell and hard boiled egg and give it to them
Kris - 2013-03-04
Hi I have 2 zebra finch chicks of 12 days old . Their parents stopped feeding . I fed them the formula but the chicks no longer chirp. Help

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  • Anonymous - 2013-03-13
    Thank you clarice! That was helpful.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-04
    They are such tiny birds, that they are very delicate. Here's a great guide for handfeeding these babies by Unique Beak: Successfully Handfeeding a Finch.
Janet Foster - 2013-03-01
My pair of Zebra Finches have just laid there first clutch of 4 eggs. The female won't let the male near the nest, and keeps darting out and chasing him round the cage. What should I do? Leave them to get on with it, or put the nest and eggs in one of the other cages? They were happy together before I put the nest in

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  • Dimiter Penev - 2013-03-03
    Hi, my dear lady, with F.-10 years-Zebra,5 generations. My e. Dimitrep @ Exchanging info about Zebras(F) will be my pleasure. Nice writing to (as they say in U.S.) Ya. So long.
Reply - 2013-02-23
We just adopted a white zebra finch as a mate to our gray zebra finch. They were supposed to both be female but a few weeks after the white finch arrived they started laying is sitting on the eggs and the white one is busy building and improving their nest. is it possible that one is a male?

cj - 2013-01-10
I have 4 finches and 4 canaries all in the same cage, which is approximately 5 feet high by 5 feet wide by 2 feet deep, and has two levels which are connected with ladders so that 'hop-a-long' (a canary born with only one wing) can access both levels. There are 8 nests, 4 on each opposite end, and several full length perches. They have 3 bathing dishes, 3 seed dishes and 2 fresh greens dishes. They are all young, but just now starting to lay. Will they be ok all together in the same cage as they start to sit and hatch, or should they be separated?

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-01-10
    Normally fine.  Finches can aggravate canaries with constant movement.
Pervez Ali - 2012-11-30
What should do when bird are sick?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-12-01
    Take them to a vet....   not trying to be funny but unless you know what is wrong and have the ability and knowledge and medications to treat them - that is really all you can do.
ananya roy - 2012-11-12
how can i know if an egg is fertile and ready to hatch?(i mean without candling.i feel nervous to hold their eggs and also the birds get scared if i approach at their nest.)is there any change in the physical appearance of the eggs like shine,color etc from which i can make out if it will hatch ,when i inspect it from outside the cage after 10 days of incubation? please let me know in details.thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-12
    You can't.  There just isn't any way to determine if an egg is fetile without candling.  Right before the egg hatches you can hear a clicking on the inside of the egg as the baby is pipping (hitting the beak against the inside of th egg to open it) and sometimes you can actually hear them chirp.  Thats' 24 - 48 hours before it hatches.  You only haave about 2 - 5 days before they start to hatch so might as well relax.
ananya roy - 2012-11-09
1 pair of my zebra finches are behaving quite strangely. They take in the cuttle bone pieces I feed them, and instead of eating them, they take them inside their nest and incubate them. They lovingly care for those pieces, and make a terrible fuss if I try to take them out. They behave like a couple but haven't laid any eggs yet. They even try to feed the pieces! Are they infertile? I have no problem with that. I just like to have some suggestions!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-11-09
    If you have a male and female, then it is called practicing.  Seriously, mine would incubate walnuts and I'd feel so bad as I knew those walnuts would never hatch.  If you have an actual male female pair - there is a learning curve and they will practice.  It is also possible that you have two males - in which case one will frequently assume the role of a female and there will be no eggs.  They know something is supposed to be happening but really don't have a clue.  Do you know how old your finches are?  If they are two years or more, my guess is you have two males. I have heard often that a pair in the wild is two birds - So they might just be sexually immature and you just have to wait or they might be two males and you would still  have to wait awhile.  Good luck. 
DeAnn - 2012-10-13
I have 3 zebra finches and just got a white one with a little black on his/her back and around his eyes. He/she has a a pinkish yellow beck and feet. What kind is he, and can he or she breed with my other finches?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-13
    If you bought a Zebra that's mostly an albino, it can breed with other Zebra's.
DeAnn - 2012-10-12
My finches hatched only 2 babies about 7 months ago, but today i noticed there are now at least 6 eggs in her nest. Is this common and do most of them live with this many. And when should I except them to be born where she has so many?

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-10-12
    I got all this info from the breeding section above, and it seems to answer all your questions. ''they generally display mating behaviors all year long, ... female will lay a clutch of 4 to 6 eggs, ...will hatch in 12 to 14 days, ...  the young leave the nest about 4 weeks after they hatch and in 5 to 6 weeks will be on their own.'
  • DeAnn - 2012-10-12
    Im hopping that if she has all 6 they will live and that they have room in their nesting ball for them all to fit.