Breeding Zebra Finches

Zebra finches make excellent parents, you just need to follow a few steps to make breeding a rewarding experience for all. This is a guide about breeding Zebra finches.
Ad

Solutions

Share on ThriftyFunThis guide contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!

1 found this helpful
January 25, 2017 Flag

Two zebra finches in a cage.

CommentPin It!Was this helpful?Helpful? Yes

If your zebra finch has laid eggs, this guide can help give you advice about what to do. Most importantly, do not move or touch the fertile eggs or the mother may reject them.

Ad
Read More...

0 found this helpful
December 15, 2016 Flag

Two male zebra finches.

CommentPin It!Was this helpful?Helpful? Yes

This is a guide about distinguishing between male and female zebra finches. It is easier to distinguish between genders in some bird species than others.

Read More...

0 found this helpful
December 15, 2016 Flag

A zebra finch sitting in its nest.

CommentPin It!Was this helpful?Helpful? Yes

This is a guide about finch threw baby out of nest. Breeding birds exposes you to many bird behaviors. It is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the species you have chosen so that you are prepared.

Ad
Read More...

0 found this helpful
December 14, 2016 Flag

Three zebra finches sitting on a branch in a cage.

CommentPin It!Was this helpful?Helpful? Yes

This is a guide about introducing a new zebra finch into the cage. New birds like other pets need to be introduced to resident birds to ease stress and hopefully establish a lasting companionship.

Read More...

Questions

Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

0 found this helpful
October 1, 2016 Flag

I got 2 zebra finches on Wednesday and they have started mating. I don't know how old they are and I'm assuming they are a male and female. They both came from the same cage so they must be a couple. I don't know how to breed birds as I'm new to it all. What should I do next?

Related Content(article continues below)
AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
October 3, 20160 found this helpful

How do you breed finces

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

1 found this helpful
June 18, 2015 Flag

I just put a male finch in the cage with my female and they seem to be getting along good. I noticed that my female finch was grooming my male, that does that mean they are they going to breed?

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
July 14, 20150 found this helpful

Thx guys they I saw them mate so thx for helping me out.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

0 found this helpful
May 2, 2016 Flag

Recently I had a couple of finches, a male and female couple, who had two male chicks. They were on their second hatch when one day I came home from camping and three were dead. The chicks some how survived, but the only adult left was one of the young males. He seems to be trying to take care of the chicks by sitting on them and feeding them, but I don't think he's can do this by himself. If I buy him a mate do you think she will help him take care of the chicks?

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 10, 20160 found this helpful

Always separate the breeding pair into a separate cage with a nest box when breeding. Other birds will kill the parents & or babies. I doubt the a new female will help rear the babies. Possibly the male is doing a good enough job to save the wee ones. As a bird breeder you will need to learn the skills of hand rearing. Good luck.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

0 found this helpful
March 1, 2015 Flag

I have two zebra finches and I know that I have a male and a female. I discovered an egg today so I got a nest for them. I looked at websites about nesting material, but it didn't say if I could put in the nesting material myself or if my finches need to do that. So my question is do I put in nesting material myself or set the material in the cage and let them add in material themselves?

By Sandy G.

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
March 2, 20150 found this helpful
Best Answer

Put it in the cage in sort of a loose netting, like onion netting. They enjoy pulling out the individual pieces and will make the nest themselves.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

1 found this helpful
June 18, 2015 Flag

I have a nest high up in the corner and it is full of hay that my female zebra finch goes in. The male doesn't go in the nest, only the female does. The male sleeps on top of the nest. They still haven't bred, but why doesn't he go in the nest with the female? This is my first time breeding zebra finches.

Plz help.

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
June 19, 20150 found this helpful

Did you fill the nest? Remove the materials and then put nesting materials in the cage. They prefer to do their own nests.

Do you know how old they are? One of they may be a little young. Give them time and they'll probably figure it out.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

0 found this helpful
February 6, 2015 Flag

Momma finch has been sitting on the eggs for about 2 weeks. I found her dead in the bottom of the cage, will the daddy finch continue to sit on them and be able to care for them if any of the 4 eggs hatch?

By Diane

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
September 11, 20150 found this helpful

It would hinder the situation. The male would get distracted by the new female and forget the eggs.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

0 found this helpful
November 21, 2015 Flag

My zebra finch can't go in the nest. What can I do?

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
November 22, 20150 found this helpful

The male or the female?

What do you mean that the bird can't go in the nest? Do you mean "won't" go in the nest?

I don't think I can help without a better explanation of the problem.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

0 found this helpful
May 18, 2016 Flag

I have two zebra finches. I actually want them to lay eggs. Yesterday I saw that the female layed an egg by sitting on one of the perches. The egg fell down and broke. She hadn't made a nest yet. Is there any way to make them lay eggs in the nest which I have brought for them. I have also put some dried leaves in it.

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
May 22, 20160 found this helpful

Give them nesting materials, which consists of short pieces of yarn (NOT thin string or thread) cut into about 2 to 3 inch pieces. Also you can use very little scraps of cotton material. Don't put anything in the nest. They want to do it themselves.

It is possible the nest is not up to her standards.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

0 found this helpful
April 6, 2016 Flag

What do I do if my pair of zebra finches laid their eggs in two different nests?

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
April 8, 20160 found this helpful

Remove the egg from the other nest box. Place it with the other eggs in the other nest box. Then remove the nest box so there is only the one. Or if you have many birds & many nest boxes , separate the pair you want to breed & place them in a large cage with a nest box.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

0 found this helpful
August 17, 2015 Flag

How do do I know if my finches are mating? I have 1 male and 1 female and they have only preapared the nest. In the evening both of them sleep in the nest. How can I tell if they are mating?

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
August 17, 20150 found this helpful

You should see them mating. They will make noises like sucking air between your teeth and one will mount the other, flapping its wings.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

0 found this helpful
January 28, 2016 Flag

We have two Zebra finches. We noticed one egg on 11th January and both parents were sitting on it until 25th of the month; we didn't move the cage. The female didn't have a bath during this period, but the male did. Once in a while the male was arranging the nest, so we put some cotton to the cage on 25th. They both took cotton very quickly and put it in the nest. They quickly finished arranging all of the cotton in the nest and were sitting on it. Soon we found that they had covered the eggs with cotton, buried them.

What should we do now? Should we take the eggs out? It's almost 14 days now.
A few times we saw eggs, but never hatched them before. Please reply as soon as possible as we all, at home, love them.

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
January 30, 20160 found this helpful

Give them 16 days from the time the last egg was laid. Assume one egg was laid per day.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

0 found this helpful
December 4, 2015 Flag

We've had our two finches, a male and a female, for a month. They started acting odd, then started building the nest. We noticed an egg yesterday morning, so I did some research to see what to expect. What I read said that the hen will lay one egg a day (or 24 hours) until she has 5-7, and start incubating them after the third. As of now (36 hours later) there is still only 1 egg. I read that sometimes they get stuck and she can't lay. Should I be worried? Should I wait until tomorrow? I feel like I'm stressing them out by checking the nest so often.

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
February 13, 20160 found this helpful

Finches I think do not like when you touch their eggs , they might get stressed out and throw it out of the nest and will not lay more eggs ... again check it out on the internet I am not sure about this.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

0 found this helpful
January 23, 2015 Flag

They have created the nest, but didn't lay eggs yet. Should I change the location of the nest because I heard that if they don't like the nest's location they don't lay. Should move it?

By Bishoy R.

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
January 24, 20150 found this helpful

Why do you think the birds will not like their nest in the present location? Suggest you not change anything unless they seem to have problems with the nest in the present location. Even just a small change or two can be very upsetting to your birds.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

0 found this helpful
October 22, 2015 Flag

My male zebra goes in and seems to stay in the nest for an extended time, but the female goes in and quickly comes back out. Both spend nights in the nest. What is going on?

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
January 6, 20160 found this helpful

do not worry they are mating and prepairing the nest to lay eggs

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

0 found this helpful
November 23, 2014 Flag

I have 3 zebra finches, 1 mum, 1 dad, and their baby boy. The baby is old enough now and has started cuddling up to his mum a lot and chasing the dad away when he gets close to mum. Would the baby mate with his mum as he seems to be ready to mate? I really don't want it to happen.

By Tracy from Milton Keynes

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
November 25, 20140 found this helpful

I would suggest removing the baby male - the two males may fight to the death. Inbreeding birds can be disastrous - deformities etc. In many cases when they do hatch the parents will murder the new borns. Please do not inbreed. It's not necessary - just single out the young male & get it a female friend.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

0 found this helpful
November 10, 2014 Flag

I found my baby had finally left the nest this morning. He has feathers so he is OK, but the mom had died. The father seems to be fine with the chick so far, but should I get another female to help with it?

By Mar

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
November 12, 20140 found this helpful

I don't think getting a new female will help - she won't accept it - if the father is feeding it, well all will be well - if not you may need to handrear it - having feathers at this stage is good as it means it's closer to being weaned. Keep a close eye on it as they go down hill fast if starving.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More Answers

0 found this helpful
August 16, 2015 Flag

I have several finches in a very large cage. I had a pair lay eggs and I now have one baby. Dad seems to be being very aggressive to the other birds. Should I separate mom, dad, and baby into a new nest? If not now, when should I separate them? I want to eventually keep that breeding pair in their own nest to continue having more babies.

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
August 17, 20150 found this helpful

Yes, you should separate them into their own cage. Move the nest box or basket, but be prepared for the fact that they may not care for these particular eggs if they got too stressed.

ReplyWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes

0 found this helpful
June 30, 2015 Flag

My zebra finch egg hatched. Do I take out the egg piece?

AnswerWas this helpful?Helpful? Yes
Read More...
Load More
In This Guide
Caring for Zebra Finches
Caring for Zebra Finches
Categories
Pets BirdsMarch 29, 2012
Guides
Two male zebra finches.
Distinguishing Between Male and Female Zebra Finches
Three zebra finches sitting on a branch in a cage.
Introducing a New Zebra Finch into the Cage
A zebra finch sitting in its nest.
Finch Threw Baby Out of Nest
Two zebra finches in a cage.
My Zebra Finch Has Laid Eggs
More
🐰
Easter Ideas!
🍀
St. Patrick's Ideas!
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
© 1997-2017 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Published by . Page generated on February 18, 2017 at 11:36:01 AM on 10.0.0.230 in 3 seconds. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of ThriftyFun's Disclaimer and Privacy Policy. If you have any problems or suggestions feel free to Contact Us.
Loading Something Awesome!