Meanwhile, female finches are predominantly gray. I have not put any nesting material in the cage. Please keep me posted, Frank. Do I have to separate all the birds into males in one cage and females in the other?? Will the male Zebra Finch choose more than one mate? thanks for your input yesterday. Thanks for you help with information. lol Live and learn. What can I do about this??? Here’s an article on Zebra Finch Natural History that you might enjoy; several others are posted on their value as research subjects. During this stage, don’t over-clean your cages or aviary; leave a few feathers since they can be used as a lining to make the nest soft and comfortable. My mother has a pair that just had three babies only out of next 9 days the father was pecking a lot at the babies most of the neck and shoulders are bald. The one cage has three paired up birds with one extra female. Well…it means they are content and well-cared for, but unfortunately they can be difficult to discouraged; females that lay multiple clutches decline in condition over time. She really must have been stressed in the other cage. Sprouted seeds are also highly nutritious and good for your breeding pair. Since your finches are caged, and cannot go out to look for materials to use in building their nest, you should provide them with materials such as, burlap and feathers. Thnk you for your response. Enjoy, frank. The zebra finch has been introduced to Costa Rica and Portugal, where wild flocks now exist. My aviary is 5′ x 3′ x 18″ and I love to watch them fly from end to end. Frequent handling may clog tiny pores in the shell where air goes through. The eggs will start hatching about thirteen days after incubation. I am worried since he only seems to be eating his millet and the other food in his cage is just sitting. A particularly bad situation is having two males and one female, as there will be great competition between the males for the affection of the female. They are native to Australia’s hot, dry grasslands and have evolved the ability to reproduce whenever ideal conditions (i.e. Perhaps you might enjoy this article on zebra finch natural history. One might imagine this to be an unfortunate set of circumstances for a person born and raised in the Bronx, but, in actuality, quite the opposite was true. If there is any way that you can check on them without actually handling them, the better. Alyson is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience working professionally with birds, and over 3 years as a veterinary technician. Try switching from cup feeders to tubes, so that nest sites are removed. I have been keeping a close eye on him to make sure he is eating good. Three birds of a species can be a bad thing, as the third bird will end up odd-man-out and could be picked on by the other two. They may or may not re-nest, but worth trying. An aviary style or “flight cage” is ideal. Opt for organic food whenever possible, as pesticides can be incredibly harmful to a bird's fragile body. Although many finch species are kept as pets, zebra finches are the most popular among bird owners. If I do this what happens to the ones that have paired up? Breeding season in the wild is dictated by the rains – after the heavy rains, these birds will nest and reproduce. Zebra Finches provide an excellent introduction to captive bird breeding. Eggs usually are laid once per day. I am now looking for a home for the two grey males. Is she sick?? I noticed her trying to pull it off. Providing more cover, perches, feeding and nesting sites can help, but removal as you do is often the best option,. They breed as freely as do zebras…in zoos we use both as foster parents and also as a source of eggs for egg-eating snakes. A covered wicker nest box will be readily accepted, although some pairs prefer to construct their own domed nest. Always remember when zebra finch breeding, remove the nest after the birds start feeding on their own, unless, you want another clutch. Zebra finch eggs begin to hatch within 12 to 15 days after the hen starts sitting on them. It can be due to crowding, but even in very large aviaries the group dynamics play a role…unpaired birds generally suffer, or they may disrupt nesting of other birds. My mother had two male finches and one just had an untimely death from her cat. Hi Frank Hi Frank…I just purchased an eight week old Parrotlet. Now at about 8 weeks the female has laid an egg. For optimal mental and physical health, it's a good rule of thumb to provide your birds with the largest cage you can fit and afford. I plan on keeping the white male. You are a great help…. I have an avairy with two males and three females and am curious if one female will be left out and I need to get her a mate. They are very happy, healthy little talkers. looked like she was barely alive sides just heaving…she didn’t even care that I was picking her up and touching her. And be sure to provide your finches with a good avian calcium supplement to support the hen during the egg-making process. For health-related questions, always consult your veterinarian, as they have examined your pet, know the pet's health history, and can make the best recommendations for your pet. He usually does most of the actual nest-building, and the female incubates the eggs. I do notice a lot of the fluffy feathers all over the floor under the cages. Well-fed Zebra Finches will usually re-nest several times, but it is best to limit them to 2-4 clutches per year. For business purpose what type of breeding system of Zebra Finch is more active and productive between cage breeding and colony breeding? This ensures that they are as healthy as possible. be sure she has plenty of calcium (cuttlebone,, hard boiled egg, commercial egg food) and watch that she does not become egg bound (straining, lethargic) as this sometimes occurs in young breeders, best, frank. Go to any Pet Shop and you can buy a pair of Zebras, but there is no information available about the HISTORY of the birds. The chicks fledge at age 20-22 days, and are fed by their parents for an additional 2-3 weeks.  X Research source A solid bottom to the cage is important because finches like to feed on the floor. Courting males sing and “bounce” before females, and may offer nesting material as well. If you don't plan to keep the offspring, secure homes for the baby birds prior to breeding. May 10, 2011 Be sure to provide plenty of cuttlebone or another Calcium source, Please keep me posted, Frank. Unlike most birds, Zebra Finches that that are always supplied with ample food and nesting sites may breed year-round, producing 6 or more clutches (this is a drain on the hen, however- please see below). Just enter your first name, e-mail address in the form below, and we'll email you your first lesson right now. Nice to hear that all went so well. Normal incubation period is 14 days, but leave until 21 days…if not hatched by then, the [pair will usually abandon, or you can remove and discard..enjoy, Frank, Thank you for your information I now have four eggs in their mailing female both of been laying on them and it was the walking like last night will not go in there try to get in there and all they did was lie each other on the cage Jason each other is that normal, Thanks, Donna -I hope all goes well, please keep me posted, Frank. They are native to Australia’s hot, dry grasslands and have evolved the ability to reproduce whenever ideal conditions (i.e. Keep in mind, you'll be housing more than the 2 birds you buy, so you'll need plenty of space. It is advised, however, to limit your clutches to not more than 3 per year. I moved her immediately to a separate cage expecting her to die on me…I covered the cage for the night so she wouldn’t be disturbed by the other animals in the house.