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It is sad but some of our pets arrive deformed and sometimes it is difficult to care for them. Caring for a deformed animal always takes a lot of love, patience and dedication.
Give the wee one time - as some take longer than others to grow. The eyes should be opening soon. Sometimes there is a runt in the nest. As long as it is being fed by it's parents at this stage.
Are my zebra finch chicks alright? It's day five since the first chick hatched, but no noises are coming from the hidden babies since an adult is always in there.
There are 2 females and a male and they all take turns going inside and sitting, sometimes all at once. Are the chicks alright?
A few facts to know about Zebra Finches and their babies:
I had a pair of zebra finches, they laid 6 eggs, the male died suddenly on December 27th. On January 1st, 2nd, and 3rd all of the six eggs hatched, This morning she laid a new egg? I've never had finches before, only canaries, and this never happened with them. I'm guessing it's best if I just leave it alone. But could that egg possibly be fertile?
She may not have finished laying all the eggs. It could be fertile. Leave it alone and let nature take its course.
It is very unlikely the egg is fertile. I think for now it is best to just leave the egg in the cage with the mother.
My zebra finches have been laying eggs for 8 months, but nothing ever happens. This time around my submissive female has hatched an egg. Will my day to day activities make them abandon the babies?
It would be ideal if you could move the cage to a quiet location away from household activity. Do the usual feeding, watering and cage cleaning but otherwise give the birds their privacy.
I had a pair of zebra finches and the dad died. The mom stayed with the 4 babies, then 3 died and she has one left which survived. I then bought another male. I was wondering if I can put him in with the mom and the baby. Also, how often can I breed my zebra finches?
They should be one year old before you breed them. You should have them vet checked to make sure they're healthy first.
No, I would not put a male in until the baby is gone. Make sure you have a cage big enough for her to move around. Line the nest with paper and give her good diet of finch seed and pellet mix.
They breed all year round. Do not handle the babies. The finches are great parents and will take care of them.
My female zebra finch has chicks that hatched on Thursday, but today she just sleeps on the bottom of the cage while the male takes care of them. Is there anything wrong with the female?
Normally the male and female Finch take turns taking care of the babies.
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?
Probably. Make sure you have a nest box or basket in a safe place (high up in a corner is good) and you have nesting materials in the cage.
Canoodling is a good sign of acceptance - most bird species do this once they are paired , both for grooming & loving - not just at breeding time. It is highly likely that they will breed - just give them a nest box & a little time.
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.
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.
The female zebra finch put the material herself and yes it's nesting material and no I don't know how old they are but when I got my female finch he laid a egg so I am guessing she is old enough and the male is about a year or so.
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.
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.
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?
I have four finches, I have one zebra finch (male), two white zebra finches (females), and one fawn finch (female). Will they breed and also when they will start laying eggs?
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.
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.
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?
Yes, that is what is supposed to happen. I say "supposed" to because nature is tricky. The dad may decide not to do this. However, hypothetically he should.
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
First I would like to know is it a regular finch nest?
If it is then it will be fine. I like a deep nest so when they build it there is plenty room Here is one of my pictures there is plenty of room in it.
There is a smaller one but they do fine in it too
I don't know about finches but I do know that most birds will abandon their nest if you touch the nest before or after the eggs hatch.
I had a pair of finches that also laid a nest of eggs. When they hatched, the male finch killed all the babies. I would remove him right away, especially if the cage is crowded.
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.
Last Tuesday I removed my zebra finches nest box and put in a bigger one, because they only used to lay 2 eggs in the nest box. I even provided them with a lot of nesting material, but they still haven't started to build their nest. Please help.
My female Zebra finch laid 4 eggs. I just noticed last night that 1 egg hasn't hatched and I can only see 2 chicks. Has the other chick died and been covered?
They don't seem to make a noise. They open their beaks, but there is no noise. Is this normal? How can I find out if 3 chicks have hatched and are alive or if one has died, as I would like to remove it from the nesting box.
I was wondering if my zebra finch gets out of the aviary and has babies in the nest if I leave the door open will they come back to the nest? I am feeling a bit freaked out about my babies.
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?
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. One is a little smaller and the other one is fat (always eats xD). So if I got 1 male would the females fight and I would have to get 2 males, 1 for each? Also, would I have to get 2 nests or 1 nest would be okay, and they would take turns breeding? Also my cage's length is 25 inches how many finches could I fit in there? Once the babies are older do I separate the youngsters so they don't breed?
By Olivia from Ontario
You should get 2 males & separate the pairs. I had a cage with divider in center and my pairs were together, but separate! Two nests will definitely be needed. There are many books available on breeding/caring for zebra finches. Probably look on Amazon for nearly new books... or half.com. Enjoy! I also had the cage hung where they could hear water running. They love water & baths!
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 Naomi from ME
It may be that the female is still young and isn't into the nest/egg frame of mind yet. I would remove the ivy from the cage as it may be poisonous to them.
When I had my zebras, I went to this site a lot for advice. They were very nice and very helpful.
http://www.zebrafinch-society.org/ Good luck!
I have a pair of Zebra finches and this pair has laid eggs for a couple of seasons, but those weren't fertilized. So what can I do? This pair doesn't warm their eggs. Most of the time they are not in nest.