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  2. Mégane

    What is the sex of my zebra finch ?

    Thank you very much for your help !
  3. Andyn

    What is the sex of my zebra finch ?

    Your new bird looks to be a Fawn Pied hen and seems to be quite dominant. Apart from separation (which defeats the object of having two I guess) you could just let them get on with it but obviously keep an eye on them in case it gets too aggressive. They should settle down with each other once the pecking order is established. The other thing is, if you buy males you will need two otherwise the two hens could start fighting over a single. You could take the new hen back to wherever you bought her and tell them it is a hen and you wanted a Cock. Which should have reddish cheek patches, a thick chest bar and red & white speckling along it's flanks. Much the same as the bird in the following photo. This is a Black Breasted but you get the idea what it looks like There are variations depending on the mutation of the bird and a Pied would have broken patches, chest & flanks. Avoid White as both sexes are same colour and you would need to see it singing to know it was a cock. Don't be afraid to ask questions on here
  4. Hi everyone , I got 1 zebra finch male and 1 zebra finch female two months ago. Unfortunately, the male died two weeks later. And the female stayed alone for 1 month and half.(she has been standing in front of its mirror for 1 month and half) yesterday, I brought a new zebra finch (It is supposed to be a male). I never heard him singing and tonight they started to fight for the nest. (For now the new zebra finch won’t Let the othe come in the nest! I have several questions: 1-what is the sex of the zebra on the pictures ? 2- how can I prevent the fighting ? thank you a lot !!
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  6. Kev Barrett

    can you tell mutaion before first moult

    Thanks will see how they turn out when they get adult plumage
  7. Andyn

    can you tell mutaion before first moult

    The 'Blotches' are part of the Pied make up and I see a white patch on the Fawn and. If it has white flight feathers somewhere then that's a Pied too.
  8. Kev Barrett

    can you tell mutaion before first moult

    as they are in the aviary every time I try to photograph them they hide in top corner. I assume the spots on the head are moulting with new feathers coming through its just I never noticed this on my others mum is last pic she is one I've brought in from another breeder whereas my others are from show stock.
  9. Andyn

    can you tell mutaion before first moult

    That picture suggests that it is a Pied. I believe the best way to tell a pied if it's not obvious is by looking for a white bib just under the bottom part of the beak. Some times you get just one white flight or tail feather. Some call these splits but technically they are Pied. As it is a recessive gene it takes two to make one. So both parents need to be carrying the Pied gene. When you say 'Blotches' is it on their backs or tummy. Photos would be useful Kev.
  10. Kev Barrett

    can you tell mutaion before first moult

    This is another one I have 9 out of the nest at the moment another fawn hopefully better luck with this one mainly normal and this one and a couple more with white blotches are these pied or something different, cheers Kev
  11. Andyn

    can you tell mutaion before first moult

    Sorry to hear about the chick Kev. I know about the Sparrow Hawks. It seems that August is the time for the young to 'Go it alone'. We have a football rattle for when we see them/it around. They do get the idea that there is no free lunch and eventually leave us alone. They do buzz the aviary now and again though. Like it's 'Just for fun'.
  12. Kev Barrett

    can you tell mutaion before first moult

    yes it is fawn but sadly I found it dead yesterday morning we had a sparrow hawk around yesterday but it might of been something else the father was from a fawn mother
  13. Andyn

    can you tell mutaion before first moult

    So both parents are Normal Penguin then. But what colour is the chick in the top pic? It looks kinda Fawn but that could just be the lighting (and my eyes 🙂) Perhaps post a clearer shot of that one if you could.
  14. Kev Barrett

    can you tell mutaion before first moult

    the mother is normal with cream belly like the bottom one the father is normal
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  16. Andyn

    can you tell mutaion before first moult

    Bottom one will be 'Normal' but can't quite determine the colour of top one Kev, If it's Fawn then that is the colour it'll be. What colour/mutation are the parents?
  17. Kev Barrett

    can you tell mutaion before first moult

    can you tell what type of penguin these will be please thanks in advance
  18. Andyn

    New member

    Hi Jo, and welcome to the forum. Some of us have experience of hand rearing but my own is limited to crop feeding for only a few days before the parents took over, but member 'Emmy' is the queen of hand rearing. So, when you are ready to ask your questions go right ahead. There is also a pinned article on here on how to make up a syringe and soft tube for feeding. I'll try and find it and give you the link. Enjoy your birds!! Here's that link. -
  19. Jo Handy

    New member

    Hello Everyone, First of all thank you for accepting me on this forum. I live on my in the North East of England, I have an aviary with 4 Kakariki's, 2 Cockatiels, five Budgies, four Zebra Finches and at the moment I am hand rearing two little Zebra Finches and loving the experience, they are 15 days and 13 day old today, this is my first experience at hand rearing so have a few questions that I will ask later I just wanted to introduce myself for now. Best regards Jo Handy
  20. Andyn

    Confused dot com!

    So will try and help here Penny. I think if you go on 'Efinch' site and see the difference between Lightback and Silver and the Fawn to Cream. The cocks in Cream are are creamy body colour and the Cheek patch is lighter than Fawn. The only way I can tell a hen cream is that the body colour is lighter than Fawn and the tail and tear marking are a lighter colour than Fawns ones. (I only just started with cream this year). Your Pied Penguins would be shown in Pied Class. (it's a Pied in the first description) In the description of Normal Hen the underparts (belly) should be 'Buff' but the Normal Cock 'White' but may be 'fawnish' near the vent. I've only ever bred Lightback Pieds but they were noticeable from the lightness of the grey on their backs. Description says 'Silvery Grey with 'White underparts with 'Pale Orange' cheek patch. A Silver description says Pale silvery grey on head and neck with back and wings 'Silver Grey and 'Pale Orange or Cream cheek patches. Hope that helps. I knew the Chris Blackwell book would come in handy. But if you are concerned bring them to the SW&SCZFC Summer Show on 12th August and we'll get the more senior members to check you have them right before you enter the cages. (it's enter on the day) See you there maybe.
  21. Penny W

    Confused dot com!

    So, trying to sort out some birds to show, some to keep for next years breeding and some to go. Now getting confused! What is the difference between a lightback and a silver?, a fawn and a cream?. I have pied penguins - are they showable? as pied or penguins?? Why do my normal hens have darker bellies than the cocks? I will have to take them out so I can compare them with other peoples birds. My timors have not done well this year, I rang one chick before we went on holiday but it died before we got home, I have now rung a second - but one chick per round is not really increasing my timor stock! My australian finches seem to like the hot weather that we have been having. I have rung 4 hecks (but 2 died), 3 firetails and 2 stars. I lost all my gouldians but have started again with them and have 2 nests of eggs at the moment - fingers crossed. I had 2 cherry chicks but the parents had built the nest low down close to the fence and it attracted the unwanted attentions of one of the local cats and the chicks were abandoned when they were about 1 week old - so annoying. We are currently fostering a racing pigeon who wandered into our coservatory! She has a phone number on her wing so I rang it and the grateful owner is driving down from Derbyshire (I am in Somerset) tomorrow to collect her!
  22. 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.
  23. 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
  24. 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?
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
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