Introducing a New Zebra Finch into the Cage

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.


January 26, 20161 found this helpful

These are the finches.

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January 30, 20161 found this helpful

Sounds like he might have been actually grooming her. Zebra finches are highly social and shouldn't need long to get to know each other, especially if one is male and one is female.

Try putting the cages next to each other for a few days, then put them together.

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February 7, 20161 found this helpful

They are not fighting each other, my female zebra died when she could not lay an egg that she could not pass. We went and bought a young female and she was not thrilled to see our male. He was so excited to see her, he got to close and she pecked him. She was only frightened by his excitement. And after a few days they paired and laid many eggs.

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February 13, 20160 found this helpful

I am currently building a bigger cage , indeed he was not grooming her , he just poked he off the branch he was on , he is really old and can fly only vertical but I have let him out of his cage and he flew horizontal towards a curtain and landed on it ..
They might have been fighting because the cage was too small , the female doesent fight back though and strangly the male was never aggressive before , actually he was the one getting bullied around by 2 other finches ... maybe he is traumatized from then? I dont know but now when I make a bigger cage i will put them together and see what happens ...

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February 23, 20161 found this helpful


I believe it was not picking rather showing interest and approaching her for courship.

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April 11, 20161 found this helpful

Try it again. They are just meeting!

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June 22, 20161 found this helpful

He was approaching her in a courtship way testing the water so to say

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July 13, 20161 found this helpful

I always add new finches by just putting them in the cage. Have had no problems except one jumped on another three times. Now all is well. Have four zebras and two society.

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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

I inherited a seven finches. Only one female in the bunch. She has one mate and the rest are her offspring. The previous owners failed to seperate the offspring in time. How can I determine which male is her mate? Educated guesses accepted!

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December 8, 20160 found this helpful

just put them together they are sosial annimals,leave them too it.

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December 8, 20160 found this helpful

put nesting material in and the father will place it in the

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July 14, 20170 found this helpful

age does not matter in animal lives! thats humans not birds!! they go by whether the male impresses her or not....if she wouldnt have then a squeking fight with the both of them wouldve know if theyve accepted each other by if they perch together, sleep together in nest, and preen each other! watch out who you get advice from online man....some are nuts and they dont know anything about what theyre telling you.

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July 14, 20170 found this helpful

well I dont think you can sweetheart ...other than take the female with one male and look at their colors and imagine if they had babies all the others match their colors? I would do this with every male .....the other thing is the mom and dad peck at their own babies when they reach 5-6 weeks of age if in the same cage....I would narrow it down both of these ways

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I have a 6 year old male zebra finch and I'm looking to get another male. My finch has always been alone. So, my question(s) is/are, would they fight? Will my old one be territorial? How would I introduce them? I don't really want my old one to be stressed so if this doesn't sound like a good idea I won't do it.

I just thought a buddy sounded nice, but I'm hearing it might not be so good for my finch. I've never owned any other bird but this one so I'm open to suggestions and pointers.


December 5, 20180 found this helpful

I would not get a buddy for your bird. He is set in his ways and wont like it.

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May 25, 2012

How many days would it take for zebra finches to be paired with each other? They are new to each other.

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July 22, 20180 found this helpful

There is no exact date for finches to pair , as each pair are different but it usually does not take long for them to pair , be sure to introduce them first good luck

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