Any zebra finch owners? *UPDATE*

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by duckncover, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

    1,007
    16
    189
    Jan 17, 2009
    North Eastern PA
    I just got a pair of Zebra Finches from Petco a little while ago.

    I got a male and a female and I wanted to know when I could expect some babies. I put a basket finch nest in and some nesting material.

    I have a bunch of people in my school that want finches so I was hoping they'll breed soon.

    I have them in my button quail hutch with a bunch of perches.

    Any advice is appreciated!!

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2009
  2. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    8,672
    71
    301
    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    when igot my first pair as a kid t hey actually started breeding the next day I got them home. I think as long as they are mature (which yours look it) and arent stressed give them a bit and you should start getting eggies! [​IMG]
     
  3. jhm47

    jhm47 Chillin' With My Peeps

    575
    6
    141
    Sep 7, 2008
    I've raised them for years. Yours will do well with their nest, and if you want to increase their fertility, give them hard-boiled egg with the shell on. Don't give them huge pieces, or it will just go to waste, but 1 / 10 of an egg will be fine. They will eat the shell, and the white is one of their favorites. Also, sprout some finch food in a damp paper towel. They may not eat this right away, but they will learn quickly, and this is an excellent food for them.

    I have two different lines of black cheek zebra's at this time, and they are reproducing like crazy.
     
  4. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    I have a few zebra finches I also have cordon blues, gold breasted, orange cheek I just love my little birds. Zebra finches don't take a lot to get them breeding. The advice you have been given is great so I am not going to repeat it LOL. Best of luck
     
  5. blasto

    blasto Chillin' With My Peeps

    126
    1
    121
    Jan 7, 2009
    Richmond
    Just what Old, Fat, Gray-Haired EMT Guy said (love that siggy [​IMG]). Nothing gets them in the mood like a little egg food and sprouted seed. Once they do start laying and raising, be sure to remove the nest and give them a break once in a while. I*ve had pairs that will lay another clutch before their last have fledged and they will just keep at it until they drop. Mind you, even if you remove the nest they may still try to raise a clutch in their food dish or even in the corner of the cage--they are breeding machines!

    Enjoy your sweet little birds, and good luck!
     
  6. theOEGBman

    theOEGBman Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,060
    10
    231
    Jan 13, 2007
    Central California
    My grandma has a pair she's had for about two years. The female sets all the time but they never have a fertile clutch, so someones parts arent working right. [​IMG]
     
  7. duckncover

    duckncover Duck Obsessed

    1,007
    16
    189
    Jan 17, 2009
    North Eastern PA
    I think the female may be pregnant with eggs. She is all fluffed out and her butt is wet with poo.

    She is eating drinking and is very alert so what do you guys think it is?
     
  8. monarc23

    monarc23 Coturnix Obsessed

    8,672
    71
    301
    Jul 18, 2008
    Indiana, Pennsylvania
    Quote:that actually doesnt sound good to me but hopefully that is just the case...but my hen just always hoppped in her nest layed an egg and that was it. [​IMG]
     
  9. spotsplus

    spotsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,198
    37
    194
    Sep 29, 2008
    Franklin, MA
    fluffed and wet bottom is not good. Could be stress. Make sure she has a warm place to be and keep an eye on her. If you see her just sitting on the bottom of the cage remove her and put her under a heat lamp.

    I bred them for years and love the little noises they make. They breed fairly easily.

    Good luck!
    Tammie
     
  10. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    9,801
    327
    376
    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    do you give her a calcium supplement - i grind eggshells for mine, i have one that has a tendency to get eggbound, it prevents that- in an emergency you can dissolve a half a tums in water for her to drink...
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by