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Breeding Zebra Finches

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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.
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January 25, 20171 found this helpful

Two zebra finches in a cage.

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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.

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March 6, 20170 found this helpful

Flying Zebra Finch

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Make your zebra finches happy and comfortable by helping them build their nest. This is a guide about helping zebra finches building a nest.

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December 15, 20160 found this helpful

Two male zebra finches.

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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.

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December 15, 20160 found this helpful

A zebra finch sitting in its nest.

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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.

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December 14, 20160 found this helpful

Three zebra finches sitting on a branch in a cage.

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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.

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May 25, 2017

My zebra finch pair were doing fine for a very long time, until one day my female zebra finch started to chase away the male finch. She has eggs that she needs to incubate and since they have been fighting and don't seem to be on very good terms, the eggs were left there for a good 30-45 minutes or so exposed. I have now separated them, and she is now back on the eggs.

My question is how long can a female be away from her eggs? Is it possible that the eggs will still have a chance of hatching?

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May 25, 20170 found this helpful

Good eggs hatch 14-16 days after laying.

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April 24, 2017

So I bought a new male pied Zebra finch and I had two female Zebra finches together that I bought previously. One is white and the other is grey. The white one laid eggs and I took them from her before putting the male in that same day. The white female seems to always attack the male before flying to her female companion and either staying to one side of the cage or going in their nest, but I'm trying to get her to breed with him since she's the egg layer.

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April 25, 20170 found this helpful

But I wouldn't have another place to put the other female at

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April 5, 2017

I have 3 male finches in one cage and 2 females in another. Can I put a male in with my two females to breed?

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April 17, 20171 found this helpful

I have had some finches and they were so fun to watch. They had babies twice. Very interesting and sweet little birds. I think they pick one mate and stay together for life. If I were you, Id put 2 males and 2 females together and see if they pick a mate. Then I would separate each couple into their own cage. The odd bird I would give to someone. The males sing a song that is distinctly from their family. I love to here them and watch them. When they have babies, the Dad helps a lot with the babies. Good Luck.

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May 17, 2017

My partner bought my zebra finches new nest boxes as we have had babies before, but they have gotten to a certain age where they have managed to come out of the nest. A couple of times then they end up dying, so he has bought better ones. Now the zebra finches won't go in them. What do I do? Thanks in advance.

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May 17, 20170 found this helpful

There may not be enough airflow in the boxes. Drill some holes.

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June 18, 2015

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?

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July 14, 20150 found this helpful

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

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October 1, 2016

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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December 8, 20160 found this helpful

nest box nest material,leave them to it,when there is chicks give them frest boiled egg mashed up,they will feed that to there young and its realy good for them..make sure you feed egg every time it runs out but not too much that its there all day and goes bad,refresh it every 4 hours or so,i store the mashed boiled egg in fridge and put a teaspoon full in cage every 3 or 4 hours.

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June 18, 2015

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.

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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.

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March 1, 20150 found this helpful

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.

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March 2, 20150 found this helpful
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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.

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May 2, 2016

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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February 6, 20150 found this helpful

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

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September 11, 20150 found this helpful

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

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November 21, 2015

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

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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.

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May 18, 2016

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.

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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.

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April 6, 2016

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

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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.

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August 17, 2015

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?

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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.

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January 28, 2016

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.

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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.

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March 30, 20131 found this helpful

I have been keeping a pair of zebra finches for the last year. They are provided with nest boxes and stuffing. They keep on laying eggs, about 2-3 at a time, but none of them have hatched. I think some of them are not fertile. What could be the reason? Should I provide them additional food supplements?

By Mily

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April 1, 20130 found this helpful

Often first timers go through the cycles of laying eggs & not following through - sometimes they need a few times to get it right Also are you sure that they are a male & a female? - as females will still lay eggs and go through the motions of sitting on them. Have you seen them mating? Google breeding finches for some good tips.

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December 4, 2015

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.

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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.

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January 23, 20150 found this helpful

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.

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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.

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October 22, 2015

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?

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January 6, 20160 found this helpful

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

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November 23, 20140 found this helpful

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

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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.

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November 10, 20140 found this helpful

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

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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.

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August 16, 2015

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.

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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.

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June 30, 2015

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

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July 1, 20150 found this helpful

Leave things be for now. The parents will more than likely chuck the shell from the nest. Once you clean the cage then remove it then. The less you interfere at the moment the best.

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May 25, 2015

I have 2 breeding pairs and a single female. 1 pair have laid eggs, but are not incubating them during the day, they let the single female do that and they take over at night. Is this normal?

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