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.

March 27, 2016 Flag
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Your Pet's Age
a week old or a few days

Your Pet's Breed
Zebra Finch

How and when did you get your pet?
The parents I got for free with the snake and mice/rat protected aviary and she or he is my first ever baby that has hatched from an egg, the one and only egg.


Do you have anything else to share about your pet?
Even since I saw it's head poke out of the nest, I have been so protective and loving to it since. As it is the first baby finch hatched from its egg and I'm only a teenager, I feel so happy and will never let it out of my sight and care for it forever.

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March 30, 20160 found this helpful

Unless you are hand rearing this wee one, don't handle it so much. The parents may stop feeding it if you interfere all the time & it will die.

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January 26, 2016 Flag
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I have recently bought a female zebra finch and I have a 10 year old male white zebra finch. He is completely white with no zebra stripes on the tail and no tear drop. I am wondering how long do I need to keep them in separate cages, so that they get to know each other before I join them together. Can someone explain to me the steps that I need to do so that I can keep them together without them fighting.


Also a strange thing happened, I've put the male inside the female's cage since the male is not freaking out and is tamed and she freaked out and landed next to him. He kinda picked her a few times with his beak and I seperated them quickly. I was not sure if they were fighting or what. She didn't freak out when he did that, she just stood there. Can someone explain what he was doing and the steps? Thanks in advance.

October 12, 20160 found this helpful

I think she probably didn't like him, He was 10 years old and I'm guessing if you just bought her she must have been under 1-2 years old?

If you get what I'm saying? -.....-

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October 20, 20160 found this helpful

October 1, 2016 Flag
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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?

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October 3, 20160 found this helpful

How do you breed finces

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April 19, 2015 Flag
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I bought a large aviary for my zebra finches. I have one couple with babies that are close to 2 weeks old and another couple that are sitting on eggs. Can I move these couples to their new aviary, they are in smaller cages right now, or should I wait until babies are out of the nest?

By Diana P.

April 19, 20151 found this helpful
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Definitely wait. If you move them now, the parents may freak out and stop caring for them.

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July 30, 20160 found this helpful

February 23, 2016 Flag
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I bought my husband a male zebra finch about 6-8 months ago. 2 weeks ago he bought a female (about 2 months) last week. They were so happy to discover each other and started to groom each other right away. I saw them mating after 2 days. I gave them some free flying time and they were desparate to find some nesting material. I provided then an empty food container and they were trying to take dry plant leaves there, but each time the male pulled any dry plant leaf, he took it with his beak and set it on the top of the nest, but doesn't put it on the floor of the nest. The female seems to be upset with this. Can I do something to help them out? Also I don't have that much dried plant leaves at my home, what else I can provide them?

Honestly I am not desperate to encourage them to have babies, but it's kinda cool to see they are trying to make their own nest that's why I want them to continue their initiative.

April 11, 20160 found this helpful

I placed cotton balls, 2 inch long pieces of yarn, shredded paper towels, etc. In the cage. I also use real branches from outsode that i pick off a bush that has plenty of small leaves on them and place them inside the cage. Their nest is full of everything i have provided and now we have babies!!!

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May 19, 2016 Flag
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I got 1 couple of Zebra finches (male and female) about 4 months ago. I had a small cage at first, but then after reading more about them, I bought them a big one and they were happy with it. That's when they started mating and the female would lay eggs about everyday into the food container and sit in it. I did not want them to nest and that's why I did not get them a nest, so I would throw the egg away, but as soon as the next day there would be another egg. This lasted for about 2 months with an average of 3 eggs per week. Now that has dropped to about 1 a week. The female stopped moving like before. She would sit in the food container all day with just a couple of minutes of exercise in the morning, but staying still in the food container all day. I try to scare her sometimes to come out, but she would go back in right after that. What seems to be the problem?

June 16, 20160 found this helpful

First you have to realize, when you get an animal. You have to get the pet concept out of your head. because you will never have adequate compassion for the bird.

Animals have the same feelings as humans. Can you take a cub from a lioness or a puppy from a dog. By you throwing the eggs away, showed no compassion at all for your bird. And never forget, animals can sense your feelings as we can sense someone who is angry around us. as I stated. We have to get out of the mind frame of calling animals pets. Your will bond much better without that mind frame.

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July 19, 20160 found this helpful

June 18, 2015 Flag
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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?

July 14, 20150 found this helpful

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

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March 6, 2015 Flag
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My finches had five babies and I just noticed that they threw out one of them and it was dead on the bottom of the cage. I am so nervous they won't care for the others now. What can I do? Anything?

By Aliesha

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March 6, 20150 found this helpful
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Five babies is quite a large clutch for finches. I would guess the baby fell out rather than was 'thrown' out. The main thing the parents need is high fat content food to feed the babies. Meal worms work & can be purchased at most pet stores. Otherwise a couple of smashed hard boiled eggs will be good for them w/ the protein & fat {w/ the shells for calcium}. Curious what variety of finches you have. I used to work for an Aviary company & had many breeds in my care! Hope this is helpful & sometimes just gotta let nature run it's course. Best wishes.

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May 9, 2016 Flag
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I have had a pair of zebra finches since they were young chicks. I have been trying to breed them for a while now. They are from different families as the female is pure black cheek and the male is chestnut cheeked.

They mate regularly and frequently. Their nest is pretty much complete. But why isn't she laying any eggs? I give them as much healthy food as I can, such as lettuce, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, and fruits like oranges and apples. They have plenty of fresh water every day. Their food is checked constantly so they don't starve.

I do have another pair in the cage too; the cage itself could hold up to 20 finches. Can you help me please?

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May 11, 20160 found this helpful

Try separating them into a different cage by themselves with a nest box. Once they have eggs some of the other pairs could kill the babies or the parents.

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May 16, 20160 found this helpful

May 2, 2016 Flag
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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?

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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.

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December 8, 2015 Flag
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I have had two finches for about 3 months. When I first got them I noticed they were the only ones snuggled up to each other. Just today I noticed that one had laid an egg, but it fell to the bottom of the cage. I have no way of telling which finch is the female or male they are both white zebra finches.

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