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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Star Cruz - 2012-01-18
Me and my sister have two finches, one male and one female, but when I got to see them again the females back almost had no feathers! I don't know if the male is doing it or she's going to die? Please tell me.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-18
    I would guess the male is doing it. Many times the male will get a little over amourous in his intentions and pluck or pull the feathers on the females neck and back wanting to breed. She just isn't ready yet. If her behavior is good and she is eating and pooping normally, I'd say you have an overly amorous male right now.
  • Star Cruz - 2012-01-19
    Thank you so much and today when i got home their was an egg in their nest!
nv - 2012-01-07
Hi. I have a pair of finches and i just want to know that how much food they required daily. I mean can we explain it in weight?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-07
    I don't believe there is really any way to figure out or know the answer to that question. Fruit provides nutrition but so much of it is water but the weight is there. A piece of chicken will weigh very little but quite filling. There is the food they will eat, the food they will drop and the food they will just throw or get in a food fight with. I never have my birds bowls empty.
Shereen - 2011-12-13
I have 2 pairs of zebra finch in one cage. the 2 males used to fight a lot. till the stronger of them takes the leadership of the cage. Just 2 days ago the weak male start losing feather at the area of neck, I thought this was due to the fight with the other male. yesterday at night, the weak male have lost a lot of his feather around the neck and up till the ears, and down till the chest and belly. the all birds male and females start picking him so much that he bleeds. I have separated him in another cage. I want to know why does he lose feather, Is he ill?? or this is a normal in a bird's life time, that it might change its feather?? if he is ill is is some unknown disease? should I feed him with special diet??
I have asked at the birdshop they said, he just needs calcium.. I have been feeding him well boiled eggs shell since 2 weeks!!!
Kindly, advice.

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  • Alex - 2011-12-16
    Hi I'm going to reply on your question, My name is Alex. I'm 12 and I have bred zebra and gouldian finches over 30 times , when this happens the group of finches are rejecting him because he has lost leadership , when this happens you must buy a new cage and put him in there. If you keep him with the other finches in a period of time the male will kill him. If you have any questions or concerns email me at Thanks
  • Shereen - 2011-12-17
    Thanks alot Alex. I have already moved him to another cage. and he is getting well, I believe he will gain new feathers with time.I really appreciate your reply.
  • Jenny - 2012-01-02
    Yes, I agree with the above comment. When there are two males in the same cage, they are more likely to fight. The dominant one bites and chases the weaker male and if the owner does not separate them, the weaker male may eventually die. I personally witnessed this when the older parents breeded one female and male offspring. Once the offspring grew up, the male fought with the father. Pretty quickly, the intensity increased a lot and the father lost a lot of feathers -- most likely they were bitten off by the son. Unfortunately, by the time I realized this and attempted to separate the males, it was too late and the older male died. Even when you only have one pair consisting of one male and one female, you should be careful. Although zebra finches are social, they may still fight a lot. From my observations, the male tends to be more dominant but sometimes the female can do some damage to the male. If fighting is bad, I would recommend separating the female from the male too for some time.
muhamad saim - 2011-12-27
In a year how many eggs does a pair of zebar finch lay

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-27
    They will usually lay 4 - 6 eggs in a clutch but will probably only feed 4 and they usually breed about 2 - 3 times a year.
Rogie Villasis - 2011-12-25
I have a pair of zebra finch. my question is if i would add another pair of zebra finch can i put them on the same cage or would it be best if i put them in a different cage?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-25
    I would give each pair their own cage. They are quite social but known to fight to be the dominate male or the dominate pair. Why take the chance?
Alex - 2011-12-17
I have a question how many clutches will you get per year when breeding zebra finches?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-17
    They will usually have 3 clutches per year.
Emma - 2011-12-08
I have a pair of finches and unfortunately one has died. I have a friend with a pair of finches who has said she is happy to take mine in too. He would still live in his own cage, just next to theirs so that he can have some company. Is it best to have him live with others as soon as possible to stop him getting lonely, or give him a while by himself so as not to overwhelm him with all the change around him?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-09
    Very very doubtful they would not get along. You have the one finch now and I would get the second finch. Introduce them in neutral territory - living room, bedroom whatever. Clean out and re arrange the cage a little bit maybe adding a new toy. When you see the two finches getting along which might take up to a whole hour, put them in the cage together. The reason I say clean and rearrange the cage is so the current finch you have is not territorial with cage. Changing an old cage around a little makes a new cage for both finches.
  • Emma - 2011-12-13
    All sorted, I have a new finch and a happy pair. Thanks for your help, Emma
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-08
    Why don't you think about getting a companion for yours? I mean golly, if I was just a single - would I want to look over and see this wonderful couple just having a good time?
  • Emma - 2011-12-09
    You're right of course! I realised this was the obvious answer when I woke up this morning, will begin the finch breeder hunt ASAP. Are there much chance they won't get along? Thanks.
jose l figueroa - 2011-09-26
Hi. I have a pair of zebra finches. I want to now who is the female and who is the male?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-09-26
    It isn't easy but not impossible to sex your little guys. An article on Animal World ZEBRA FINCH will give you the basics. Look at description. Let me know if you have any problems.
  • carole - 2011-11-12
    The male has red cheeks.
  • michael - 2011-12-12
    Hi a male will be more colouful and have a broad black bar across his chest females don't hope this helps :)
Nutan - 2011-11-01
Can you tell, why the finches broke 4 of her eggs by pecking at it. Both male and female birds showed least interest in hatching the eggs to produce birdies.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-01
    I can't tell you why for sure at 100% but good guess is that they are new parents and that is just what they thought to do. Happens frequently with the first one or two clutches a pair produces. Second reason - ocasionally is calcium shortage - as the eggs arer calcium. Put in a cutle bone in case you haven't. Third reason is they know somehow the eggs are not viable (fertile) or are you sure you have male and female. Usually the reason is new parents. They have to learn and it takes time. There is no flock to show them what it is they are to do.
Lisa - 2011-10-26
I have two pairs of Zebra finches that are sitting on eggs. My question is how long should I allow them to sit on the eggs before removing them. I know they usually hatch in 12-14 days of incubation. Well today is the 14th of when I could tell they started incubating and eggs have not hatched yet. Should I give them an extra day or 2 or just remove them assuming they are not viable. I didn't candle them earlier as I didn't want to disturb them too much.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-26
    Wait. They may have started sitting (incubating) the eggs 14 days ago but all the eggs still do not hatch at the same time. The first egg could be infertile and the second could be fertile. Without candling the eggs there is just no way to know. If there are 4 eggs, I would wait the 14 days plus 4 more. Now if you are not sure she has sat the eggs from exactly 14 days ago, then add another day for that. If they are new mom and dad and haven't had babies before, they sually say the first clutch or two can be for free as mom and dad need to learn and practice. Even if you candle the eggs and realize the eggs are not fertile, let the mom sit the eggs for the 14 or so days. Otherwise she might just keep laying eggs and run into calcium shortage.