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  2. suefj

    Hen Zebra attacking her chest

    Thanks Andyn, definitely doing it to herself, I watched for a while to make sure, but panic over. By mid morning she had stopped doing it. It looked like it was an itch that gradually faded - like we would with a stinging nettle or horse fly bite! but this morning all back to normal and I can try to stop feeling guilty about stressing them all out by a big aviary change. Thanks so much though, the info you gave will be useful, I'm sure, for the future.
  3. Andyn

    Hen Zebra attacking her chest

    I know this might sound obvious but have you seen other birds doing this to her and then she is trying to tidy her self up. Unfortunately, the sight of blood does seem to make others peck at it more. Mine are usually tails and if there is blood more pile in. Have to separate, wash staining etc. off and let bird rest for a couple of days on it's own. It might all be down to breeding and nest building so the under dog is plucked for the nesting material. Hope that helps. Andyn
  4. I noticed this morning one of my hen zebras more attacking rather than plucking one side of her chest, she has drawn some blood. I have just put all 16 in a new outdoor aviary which has apple branches in it, stone floor with concrete in between the stone slabs. The aviary maker said the wood had been treated with a safe wood treatment. The apple tree has leaves but no fruit. The birds have all lived together so unless it is some kind of stress response to being caught and moved, I can't think what to do. Can anyone advise please?
  5. Andyn

    Hi, New Member

    Hi Claire and welcome to the Forum. When you have sorted your birds out you might want to try a trick explained to us by member Emmy- Tie parcel string in bunches of strands around the cage/aviary. This will hopefully distract any feather pluckers by them going at the string instead. And if they get a bit off it can go into the nesting material. Andy
  6. Claire Reed

    Hi, New Member

    Thanks, I have decided to get a couple more females to balance out the pairs, and I will certainly swap things around to distract them from falling out. Good sound advice, cheers Claire
  7. amf1975

    Hi, New Member

    welcome to the zebra finch addiction when ever you introduce birds you will always get a bit off fighting that just how zebbies are!!!!. if I put birds into my outside flight I try add more then one at a time but my flights are big enough for them to get out of the way of the established birds.. when I am grouping in double breeders/wire doubles or internal flight cages.. again I try more then one bird at a time but do just put one in sometimes as that's all I have. a trick you could try is to take the current occupants out for half an hour or so!!! swap perches around move the drinkers and seed/ grit dishes and cuttle to different parts of the cage then add all the birds back in together.. the established birds tend to be more interested with finding food and water an working out where there fav roosting perch has gone then be bothered about starting a fight. something else that works is when putting them back in give them a treat??? nice piece of millet or some fresh greens. think distraction is the key... no matter what you do try only add birds when you have the time to spend a couple or 3 hours been able to keep an eye on them... no matter what you try you will get squabbles that's just zebs.. good luck Andy
  8. I'm winding down my this years breeding - I've rung about 100 - plenty (too many??) Now for the hard part - I'm determined to show this year so need to sort out a show team - and keep back a breeding team for next year, then try and sell the surplus. I'm pleased with what I have bred so far - apart from the odd pied who has appeared this year - my biggest surprise was a lightback pied from 2 normals!! I have at last bred - and rung one Timor, my Australians have bred, and not raised, several young but I currently have 4 fledged Hecks, and today have rung 3 diamond firetails and 2 stars - just hope they make it to adulthood. It seems the australian don't like breeding in breeding cages but prefer to breed in the outside flight
  9. Claire Reed

    Hi, New Member

    Hi, I have recently acquired what I thought were 3 pairs of Zebra Finches but after a week I have come to realise I have 4 males and 2 females. Two sets have paired up but the left over 2 males are not getting on and one has had his feathers pecked so I put him in a cage on his own. I would like to know how long it will take for his feathers to grow back and will I be able to integrate him back into the aviary with a new female. The one remaining lone male I intend to get another female for him. If anyone can help, Thanks.
  10. Absolutely BRILLIANT. It could only happen with Emmy. Lovely story!! Andy
  11. The owners of the shop/post office in the village keep ducks and one day when I was in the shop they were telling me their ducks had eggs but as they didn't want the eggs to hatch --they pierce the eggs with a pin and this stops them hatching but they hadn't done that yet. Then they remembered that a few years ago I had been given a duck egg from their dad and I had hatched out that duck egg in my incubator. Next question was "Do you want any eggs to put in your incubator before we pierce them?" My answer was "NO thank you-- I'll be in big trouble if I put duck eggs in the incubator" but after we had chatted for a while I agreed to take just ONE egg. Now I didn't get back to the shop for a few days and the next time I was there the owners were out, so now it was over two weeks since I had agreed to take an egg. Next time I was in the shop (May 4th ) I apologised and said maybe it was just as well I hadn’t managed to collect the egg then came the bombshell! He told me he still had the FOUR eggs in the shop for me but he also told me that he had read that after eggs had been away from the nest for 7 days there would be little chance of them developing. and those 4 eggs had been away from the nest for almost 3 weeks so feeling relieved that they wouldn't hatch I said "OK I'll pop them in the incubator and let you know" After a few days it was obvious nothing was happening with the eggs so early next morning I decided to put one of them into the bin in the kitchen, then later on in the afternoon I binned two more, I don't know why I still left one in the incubator but that night about 11pm I made up my mind that I would switch off the incubator and bin the fourth egg but for some reason unknown to me I decided to check it with the ovascope before I binned it and that's when I got a shock this egg was showing the first signs of being fertile!! Without a moment to lose it was quickly returned to the incubator. Now it was panic stations what if those other two eggs that had been binned in the afternoon had been fertile too? Very carefully I searched the bin found the two eggs I had binned in the afternoon (they hadn't broken) I washed them and then checked them and Yes they were showing signs of being fertile too. Very quickly those two eggs were back in the incubator too. I felt there was no sense looking for the egg I had binned early that morning because it had been without heat for over 16 hours so I went to bed -- but all night I couldn't settle thinking about that other egg still in the bin so I got up at 6am and eventually found the 4th egg at the bottom of the bin and it too was still intact but cold. So it got washed and when I tested it? Yes! Unbelievable it too was showing signs of being fertile so it went back into the incubator too. The surprising thing was all 4 eggs were developing normally so I numbered the eggs 1 to 4 (number 1 being the one that never left the incubator, 2& 3 were the two that had been binned in the afternoon and No 4 was the egg that had spent 16 hours in the bin! -- they have been named already No .1 - is Lucky No. 2 - is Binny No. 3 - is Bucket and no. 4.- is Miracle because it is a miracle it has survived and developed. First signs of development in the egg A few days later. Showing heart beat in one of the eggs 28th May 2018 Those ducklings will definitely have a story to tell if they hatch out and survive - They not only beat the deadline of 7 days but had a short holiday in the kitchen bin before getting down to the job in hand (lol)
  12. Zebraman

    Haapy Birthday Clare L

    Happy birthday Clare I hope you have a great day.
  13. eamsutt

    Breeding

    I have 8 pairs breeding at the moment and 4 pairs refuse to use nest box and only nest on the floor.
  14. I'm looking forward to reading more about your new arrivals Emmy.
  15. There is a long story to go with these three latest arrivals but at the moment I'm a bit short on time to write it just now (I'll do a Blog ' later). (I'm also hand rearing 6 baby zebra finches)- Please meet 'Lucky', 'Miracle' and Binny -- sadly little 'Bucket' (it was marked egg no 3 when put into the incubator)died in the shell just before hatching. By the law of averages these 3 wee beauties (Cal ducklings)should never have hatched but I'll explain it all later
  16. Andyn

    White cheek penguin

    I'm going to have to pass on this one. I'm not into mutations very much. Sorry! I know a member who is and I'll drop him a PM and ask if he can help. Andy
  17. tesiukas

    White cheek penguin

    Here are the photos of him. His feathers are a bit ruffled, because my birds aren't tame and I had to chase him around the cage a little, but this way I could get the best close up of his colors. I took these photos with my phone though, so they aren't that good unfortunately.
  18. amf1975

    White cheek penguin

    photo would be a big help...interested to see it.
  19. Andyn

    White cheek penguin

    Hi and welcome to the Forum. I'm sure there are members who would be able to help you. It would also help if you could post photos of the bird in question, but also include a close up of it's head and tail. andyn
  20. tesiukas

    White cheek penguin

    Hello, I've started keeping zebra finjches a bit over half a year now and have 10 birds right now - 7 males and 3 females. As I bought my birds I looked for different mutations so I have allmost all my birds with different colors. As I bought each bird I was pretty sure what mutations iht had ex'cept for k my penguin. He is an adult male, and when I saw him at a pet store I though that THAT was an original penguin color, but when I checked on the internet it turned out my bird was different from a standart penguin. The first thing that was a surprise to me was that penguins do have orange cheeks :D. I tried to figure out what other mutation my penguin has, but I'm not sure, so I decided to ask more experienced keepers. His base color is normal grey andt, just like a penguin should, he doesn't have a tear mark and very fraint remnants of breast stfripes, but his cheeks are pure w2hite and flank markings very diluted. The closest looking birds I found in the internet photos were of those called "fawn penguin", but I wondered if it really can be a fawn mutation without actually being "fawn",? As I looked for "white cheek" mutation I found a dominant silver that had markings very similar to my penguin, so I thought that maybe that could be it. But I also read, that penguins are not recommended to be crossed with silver because silvers dilute the base color, although the bird in a picture of a dominant silver that I found had very well expressed grey base color. So i'm still kind of confused. Help please :) (btw sorry for my english - it's my 3rd language and also my cockatiel helped me type the text a bit :D)
  21. Andyn

    Breeding

    Hi Matt, and welcome to the world of Zebra Finches. I have pairs that refuse to go into any nest box I provide and also tried a Canary Nest Pan. Some pairs took to that but others built on the cage floor. (took all the nesting material out of the box to build it though. (daft or what)) Can you fix your box high up so that there is no space on the roof? Also what type of entrance do you have?. If it's a round 'bob hole' perhaps change it to a full open one. (letter box opening) Usually half open fronted. Hope that helps Andyn
  22. Mattfinch

    Breeding

    Good morning my name is Matt, I bought a pair of zebra finches a few weeks back and they are really good pets, they have started to build a nest, I have provided a nest box but they seem to be building on top of it is this normal behaviour thankyou matt
  23. Zebraman

    Happy Birthday SarahR

    Happy birthday Sarah, I hope you have a great day. Gary
  24. Fantastic Andy Just what I needed right now|! I'm so sore laughing just very grateful to find out I'm not the only one needing to get locked up. No doubt when Bobby spies this he'll be desperate to get to the computer again ( I don't know if Bobby is a girl or a boy but I guess it wont matter (lol)) but I hope Bertie's not going to teach Bobby any new bad habits Bobby has enough already. Guess this could be the start of a 'Best Seller' --'book' containing advice for other parrots and about Bobby and Bertie's adventures Knowing the pair of parrots that they are wouldn't be surprised if they'll be charging members a fee to read their posts Emmy
  25. Morning Bobby... arnt our uman slaves silly leaving computors or yummy toast out for us. My dad makes me toast with coconut on most mornings but only if I whistle and say good morning nicely.... I am banana crazy right now I just love them, if silly dad puts anything else in my dish I just throw it out!!!! I am only eating banana everything else might kill me and nothing must touch my banana or I just carnt eat it. my banana gets the nasty food poison on it it has to go...... I hope your mum does not send you away just whistle a song and do a dance my dad loves me doing that. locks on cage doors are easy to open I will have to teach you so she carnt keep you in!!! dad has to put a lock thingey on mine with a key to open it. every time I am out I try find it but them umans are so good a hiding things you want arnt they. I better dash or I will be in trouble like you. hope we can chat again soon. happy sqwarking. love Bertie
  26. Zebraman

    I'm Bobby the Parrot

    I really do love Bobby and the stories he tells, as Andy as said "Brilliant" Gary
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