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?
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.
I am looking for someone in South Jersey that raises zebra finches. I can't seem to buy them locally.
Tom from NJ
check your state department of agriculture or neighboring states.
I have 2 male finches and one female finch (all Zebras). I have tried to add a pure white finch before, but they wouldn't play with her or be very nice and she died.
This morning, I went to clean their cage and found a egg in their seed bowl. I have never put in a breeding nest and am now unsure if the egg will hatch or if this is just something that happens every now and again. I'm rather confused because I was told they wouldn't breed without privacy.
What should I do to look after a baby finch? Will they lay another egg? I'm assuming no, but thought I should ask anyway. Will it be a issue that there is two males?
Thanks to all that help. Lana :)
By Alanah from Brisbane
I had Finch's that also laid an egg in their food bowl. I placed a nest in their cage. One that hangs. It wasn't long before eggs started appearing. I would place shredded news papers, cat fur and other soft items in the cage for them to build their nest with. Before you new it, I was the owner of 16 babies. It is truly fascinating to watch. They pretty much will take turns in caring for their young. However when they got older (Showing their colors) I would separate the males and females. I kept the breeders together. I am not sure how two males would react to the babies since both parents have an active role in raising their young. You may want to call a pet store and get an expert opinion. But if you could possibly figure out which is the father, it would be an experience you would want to see first hand.
I have 3 males and 1 female zebra finch. The female bird laid some 20-25 eggs in the last 6 months, but not a single one has hatched to date. All the eggs were thrown out by the bird after few weeks. Please let me know what should be done so that the eggs can be hatched.
I think my baby zebra finch is undersized. I have a baby zebra finch in the nest, it is fully feathered, but looks tiny and I am not sure how old the baby is. Can anybody help me?
By Kayla from Wollongong, Australia
My male zebra will not let the female in the nest. Can anyone tell me why he's being very possessive? He chases her around the cage. Do I need to separate them? They have one egg in the nest and he's the one that sits on it. He won't let her in at all. Please help!
I had 7 finch eggs; 5 hatched, but 2 didn't. Should I take them out?
MsHawklet is right. Leave the eggs in there for a while. Eventually the parents will push the unhatched eggs out of the nest, then it'll be safe for you to remove them.
I had a pair of zebra finches several years ago that quickly became 7 (5 hatched eggs). This happened a couple of times with them.
I now have two more zebra finches. I didn't want them to breed this time though, so I got two males. They have a grand time together and I don't have to worry about nests or eggs or hatchlings.
I have two males and a female zebra finch. She laid 7 or 8 eggs and I don't know the first thing about raising birds. What do the chicks eat? How will they survive in the cage? I know the alpha male seems to be the daddy and already he's territorial. I have no idea what to do. Help please.
Well, I don't know anything about Zebra Finches specifically, but I do know a few things about birds (do an online search on Zebra Finches to find out specifics). The mother birds usually feeds the babies, you don't worry about that.
The daddy bird usually stays out of it, but not always, so find that out. Some daddy birds kill the babies, also find that out, you may need to separate mother and babies from him until they are quite a bit larger. In fact this information pretty well covers the whole spectrum of "nature". Hope this helps, kinda :).
I have a male and a female finch that both live in the same cage. They recently laid 5 eggs in their cage, but they decided to lay their eggs in their food bowl that had all their food in there. I put a new food bowl with new food in the cage.
Yesterday I found that 2 eggs were hatched, but three still need to hatch. With the parents going in and out of the food bowl, and sitting on the eggs, the food dish has poop and old pieces of cotton all on the side. I don't want to mess with the birds until all the eggs have hatched. But I want to be able to clean their area and make it more comfortable for both the parents and for the babies to grow up.
When the babies are fully hatched out if their shell, can I clean the food dish and make it cleaner? Or should I just leave it alone. I also don't want them to suffocate the babies with the old stringy cotton. Can someone help me please. Thanks. I also want some tips on food the mother and father can feed them.
You didn't mention whether or not there is a nesting basket in the cage. Did they just ignore it or was there not one in the cage?
I never had the problem you do but i would not mess with the birds or babies.
If there is no finch nesting basket in the cage, get one and line it with new nesting material. Maybe the parents will check it out. If they start using it, maybe you could put the babies in there when they start feathering. Or not. You might want to check with an avian vet.
I feed my finches raw veggies and fruit all the time along with their seed. Mine love broccoli and apple best. Oh and corn on the cob (not cooked). I also make up a small batch of rice with mixed veggies in it. They munch on this all day.
Also for breakfast I make them scrambled eggs (use water not milk) I leave in the shells (crushed) this is good calcium. Just remember not to use salt. When they have babies I also have put in a dish of baby food mixed with baby rice cereal. Sometimes they eat it and some times they don't. Might be worth a try.
Hope this helps somewhat with your problem. Please keep us posted. At one time i had 13 birds of various varieties large and small. They are a joy (work yes, but worth it).
What is the correct food to feed my Zebra finches, they have now laid 4 eggs?
By Maggie J
I have a male and female zebra finch. In the cage there are 2 open half shell-shaped nests and one enclosed peep-hole type nest. Usually every other day I remove the eggs, but recently I couldn't get to the ones in the enclosed nest.
I had to take my male zebra finch out of the cage while the female was laying eggs, because she was fighting with him. Now the babies are hatching and I want to know if I should put him in again.
By bird lover from ME
Make sure you have plenty of room. Your cage is going to get crowded.
Trade some young birds to promote genetic variety.
A calcium source and lots of good food should help divert his attention. Don't rush the reintroduction. She has her own agenda until she notices that he is really cute and then it will start all over again.
My finch eggs have hatched. Yey! I am very happy with this as we have had eggs before, but all were infertile as we had two females and weren't very clued up about birds!
My bird laid eggs in the food dish, I have moved the egg to a manmade nest. What do I do now?
It's been 30 years since I raised Zebra Finches... loved them. They use to lay eggs in their food dish, too. But my memory doesn't hold like it use to. I suggest you Google raising Zebra Finches. I had a great book, too... and my local pet store took babies, after hatched, to sell!
My Zebra couple have laid 5 eggs. One is already hatched, but my female has laid 4 more new eggs, one as late as today! Is this normal and should I just leave the new baby and the new eggs alone? I am just confused about one hatched egg and yet four new white eggs. Please give me any info that might put my mind at ease or help me ensure the safety of both the parents and the eggs and hatchlings!
By Daniel T.
I honestly did not know that my finches had eggs! When I saw, they had three eggs. The female bird immediately came out and was flapping her wings everywhere.
I have 2 female zebra finches. I want to get a male so they can have babies, but I'm scared the 2 females would fight, they are kinda like sisters.
I have 2 zebra finches. A male and a female. My female zebra finch laid eggs and everything was fine, until one day the male zebra finch found a hole in the cage and escaped outside.
The female is still sitting on the eggs, but I don't know if she can raise them alone, because this is her 1st nesting. So can she raise them alone with out a daddy?
My Zebra finch laid 5 eggs. The male and female are both sitting on them. What do I need to do? Help me.
My zebra finch has laid eggs. When they hatch will all of the birds be able to live in the same cage as their parents when they are mature?
The mother will lay about eight eggs, which will hatch in about two weeks.
Be sure to count the amount of eggs laid and without disturbing the nest too much or at all.
If after three weeks has passed and the eggs have not hatched, they are not ever going to hatch and must be removed quickly as the mother will lay more eggs, and then it will be hard to tell which ones are going to hatch and which ones are not going to hatch.
It is necessary to separate the pair between egg layings in order to rest before breeding again.
After 21 days the baby birds will leave the nest to the cage and start to eat on their own.
After 6 weeks they will develop their adult coloration and feathers.
Separate the little finches from their parents after 6 weeks.
They should be moved to a separate cage at this time.
Talk to your local bird store about selling or trading them for seed and supplies.
For more information go to:
Have fun, these are beautiful birds!
My pair of finches, mom and dad, had 3 males and 1 female. They are 2months old they are separated from mom and dad. Can my 3 male finches and female be together? Can brother and sister breed? Should I separate them in pairs? Should I separate the female from the 3 males? What should I do?
By Rosa M.
I would like to buy 2 zebra finches (female+male) for my birthday, but I don't know how much they cost. Can you tell me?
By Marie H.
Call Petsmart: Zebra Finch
Ideal for children 14 & up Makes soothing sounds Lives approximately 5 years Note: Pet availability is seasonal. State and local regulations may vary. Pricing may vary by store location. PetSmart stores cannot match the price below for this pet. Ask a store associate for details. Very messy with food.
I have a breeding pair of Zebra finches who have recently hatched a brood of 3 chicks. They are in a very confined small basket nest. Should I move them to a larger nest? They are about 8 days old and I'm afraid that as they grow one will fall from the nest or be accidentally pushed out.
Wanda from Calgary
Hard call. Find a local breeder or bird club.
They need their combined body heat to keep each other warm until they get old enough.
If you change nests, handle them carefully. Make sure they don't get too much room and get separated from each other.
Use a larger nest for the next clutch. Make sure you have enough nesting material so that the mother can adjust the nest size to the brood size.
How many days would it take for zebra finches to be paired with each other? They are new to each other.
I want to know more about finches, like how many eggs they lay, how many days they take to hatch, and how many times these birds lay eggs in a year. Can someone help?
I have Zebra finches and they just hatched an egg. What kind of food,etc. should I feed them to ensure a healthy offspring?
By Sherry from Hickory, NC
If you dont put a nest in the cage they will not have babies or lay eggs.
I have two finches (male and female), the male is gray and the female is white. I have seen that the male has been missing a few feathers. Then the next day I saw that the female has been chasing the male and the male keeps running away from her.
I have a male and one female zebra finch. Now they have laid 2 eggs in the breeding box which I had attached from outside the cage. I have read somewhere that they can lay more than 7 eggs. Then what must be the reason behind laying just two eggs? The female finch sits on the eggs regularly. but will the 2 eggs hatch? I want at least one cute baby zebra finch. How many days will it take for the eggs to hatch? What other than the seeds can I feed the mummy zebra finch. Please help me out of this.
I have two zebra finches one male (Micky) and one female (Minny). I recently learned that they have babies in the nest. They have laid eggs before and the babies died and also they have lost eggs. Now I have at least two babies in the nest. What can I do to ensure that the babies survive this time? The babies are maybe a few days old.
Congratulations - it is thrilling to have your birds breed sucessfully - but most importantly - do not handle them - leave the parents to care for them - google finches on the internet & read all about the breeding of finches . Keep the parents diet healthy & plentiful - this is a great interest but do your homework.
What are the foods I need to feed the finch while they are nesting and after the eggs have hatched?
Try Googling "breeding finches " on the internet - I'm sure you will find heaps of very important imfo.
I have a pair of zebra finches. Two weeks ago they laid 9 eggs in a period of 4-5 days out of which 5 were fertile. Yesterday two of the eggs hatched, but the parents didn't seem to be feeding them properly so I hand fed them this morning.
I had a pair of finches, that laid 6 eggs. It has been 20 days and none of them hatched. Can I assume that they will not hatch or is it because the temperature is very high in our state?
By Arun Kumar
I have 4 babies that are 2 weeks old. I have 3 that came out of the nest in the last few days. Is it okay to remove the nest when the 4th comes out? The nest is really messy of course and I wondered if it would be best to get it out of the cage.
Yes - I would remove the nest & start again - cleanliness is the key to healthy birds.
I have two finch birds, a boy and a girl, they have laid eggs and I don't know if they are going to hatch.
I have a female and male Zebra finch. They have laid 4 eggs in the food dish and 1 on the bottom of the cage. They sat on them for about a week and then quit sitting on them. My husband noticed yesterday that there was 2 more eggs, and today there was another 1 in the dish.
We are wondering what to do because we think that the ones that were there at first might be no good, but we do not know which ones where just laid. Can you help us by telling us what we should do. Thanks.
Donna from Barrie, Ontario
You don't say if you have a nest in the cage. They sell small nests for finches. If they have a nest they will probably sit on the eggs and they will hatch. You really don't have to do much, they take care of them all by themselves. As for the eggs you have now that they haven't sat on, yes, I would get rid of them. But do get a nest and some nesting material, all can be found at any pet store. I only know because I have had finches in the past and they raised 3 sets of off springs, very cute.
But of course once the youngin's get of age they need to be put in a different cage. They can attack the mom (wanting to take over the "nest") once they get older and I'm sure you don't want that. Good luck. Tweet, tweet!
And, before I forget, I hope you also feed them more than bird seed. They love fresh veggies and fruit. Mine had a feddish for cucumbers and lettuce. Experiment and see what they like. (03/21/2009)
I have a pair of zebra finches and the male has been building the nest for a few weeks now with everything he finds (nesting material from the store, string I've given them, some price tab he found from the cage, and even ivy leaves from next to cage). Hes' making a great home for his family, but they haven't laid any eggs yet.
Yes, I've seen them mate, when he makes his "noises" and flaps up on top of her and does his thing and all, and then she does it to him which is weird but they do what they need to do, yet no eggs? Help?! Am I doing something wrong, or are they infertile or what's up?
Selah W from Spokane, WA
Mine had their eggs in the bird bath in which I let them dust themselves with corn pellets. Two weeks after the young were born, I put nesting material in and they made a nest for the young. The reason was because I thought the young were too weak to survive, so I continued to discourage them. The young are healthy and in a separate cage now because the original is too small for four birds. (08/15/2007)
I have two finches that have laid egg after egg, they have a total of 9 eggs. I just left the eggs alone because they are still sitting on them. They are taking turns sitting on them, but none have hatched yet. Please can you give me some information about them?
Finches sit on their eggs almost all of the time after laying them. Either one or the other bird will take turns to keep them warm until they hatch. Hatching usually takes about 2 weeks, but finches will lay on eggs forever, even if they never hatch. Because finches are very tiny, they do not lay them all the same day, so a good rule of thumb is to make sure 3 weeks has passed until you discard them.
Remember that the eggs must be in some sort of sheltered area inside the cage, so make it possible for them to be sat on. Finches are funny birds, so if you have more than one female laying eggs, and only one nesting spot, they will all squish inside it to "mother" the eggs and hatchlings. This can cause the babies to be crushed with too much weight. There can even be baby bird legs deformed from being bent or displaced due to over crowding.
I have added a pic of a standard finch nest, but you can make one out of cardboard. They do need a nesting material for the nest, fibre branches and rolls are sold (if you want to buy stuff) or Kleenex, toilet paper, etc, can be torn and stuck into the rungs of the cage. Just leave it there, the birds will take care of building their own nest.
I hope this helps. Right now I have 2 pair of coupled finches, and 6 eggs. I raised others for years just for fun.
Enjoy. Oh, don't forget to give your finches bird gravel, and a cuddle bone. This helps them to have strong eggs, so they harden. They also love pieces of apple, lettuce, etc. (05/19/2009)
My Finch has hatched an egg. The mother bird doesn't seem to be feeding it. The baby is moving. I don't know what to do?
By Caleigh from New Fairfield, CT
I have a male and female finch who had two baby finches. The babies came out of the nest today. Will they need to be put in a separate cage from the parents eventually and if so, how do I know when it's time to separate them?
My female Zebra Finch has laid eggs (4) in the seed dish. There is a nest in the cage, but I guess she liked the dish better.
I have a female finch that laid eggs, but she refuses to sit on them forcing the male to. Every time he comes out to eat or rest she forces him back on it. I'm afraid that she's going to wear the male out. Should I separate them so he can rest?