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  2. Nice to look back at some of the birds i used to have 😁👍
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  4. Disappointing lack of response in this forum. What is the best source for learning how to manage zebra finches, and how to keep them happy.

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  6. I too am very new to this, having had a wild young female fly into my kitchen exhausted and ragged After getting her strength back, I decided to keep her, and having read that they are sociable found a bigger cage and a male partner. I was unprepared when within 2 weeks she started laid an egg on the cage floor. I read the section on breeding in my new book, and provided a nest and nesting materials. First batch was 8 eggs of which 3 were broken. I had provided grit and cuttlefish for calcium. They put together a nest lining and sat for a few days, mostly the male, but appeared to get bored, and sat less and less preferring to play. After a week they weren’t even sleeping in the nest I removed the eggs after 15 days and they were cold . Next day she started laying another clutch of 7 eggs over about12 days. These they hardly sat on at all and again I removed the after 11 days. Straight away she started laying again, 5 but no sitting and they stripped the nest lining. i saw the advice on not allowing more than 4 clutches a year and am at a loss how to prevent this, short of separating them completely. Grateful for any advice on how to handle this so the hen doesn’t become exhausted.
  7. Hello Mister Nice Guy, Welcome to the forum. Looking at the photo you have posted, it looks like you have a very young pied white or a chestnut flanked white. Chestnut flanked whites have a dark beak when they hatch and the hens also have dark patches on their heads. It's hard to give you a true colour without seeing photo's of the parents. Zebra Finches use markings on the inside of the youngsters beaks when rearing, these marks show up in low light, this allows them to feed their young through the night. There could be a number of reason why they stopped feeding the two youngsters. I have found that hens are more susceptible to problems than cock birds. Zebra Finches learn from others and it may be that your hen has only human habits to pick up from, generally, if a bird is removing the husks from millet they are eating the Kernel. Just a question, what makes you think that your young hen is not eating seed. I hope this answers some of your questions and if you need any further help, please let me know. Gary
  8. Dear finch lovers, Hope all are fine and staying safe. We are relatively newbie in finch care, and we now have 8 zebra finches at home. We love them, they are absolutely adorable. Lately, a set of eggs hatched and there were 2 male and 2 female chicks. When the babies were out from their nest, we have observed that the parents are not taking care of the female babies very well. Other adult birds are pecking the poor babies. So we took them out of the cage and started handfeeding them. Now it has been more 1 month since we are handfeeding. One baby passed away the next day, but the other one is very healthy and staying with us inside our house for last 1 month. She is very much attached to us, very active and our kids are very fond of her and named her “Cuddles” We have below questions: Could someone guide us, please ? Cuddles · Attached is her picture. She has pink beak and pink legs, whereas all our other finches have orange/dark-orange beaks. The other babies used to have black beak in the beginning and turns orange as they grow. We are worried/curious to know if this is normal or not. · Coincidentally, the 2 babies that were ignored by their parents have pink beaks. Might that be the reason why parents were not taking care of them? · It has been a month since we started handfeeding our baby. Till now she hasn’t started eating of her own. She always pecks on the millets and other seeds, breaks the shell but do not eat the germ inside the seed. She is actively breaking the seed shell and keeps chewing them but never eats it. Thanks a lot !
  9. Hi Shelli, Welcome to the forum. 5yrs is a good age for a Zebra Finch, but I have had birds that have lived longer and some that have lived less. I suspect that your bird have miscalculated one of it's flights when it has been flying free and has damaged it's wing. I would keep it isolated from the others for now and don't let it fly free until it shows some signs of healing. The process can take some time depending on the damage, but I have know birds to fully recover depending on the damage that has been caused. The dark patches could mean that he is in molt, birds molt their plumage every so often and it tends to make then look a different clour until they have finished. I hope you your bird gets better soon and if you need any more information, please do not hesitate to update this post. Gary
  10. Hi 5 years ago I had 4 finches. Sadly 18 months ago, one passed away, I’m not sure if it was old age or whether he was ill. I have 3 left but about 10 weeks ago I noticed one of them had a droopy wing so I don’t know if he had been attacked by the other finch or whether he banged it when flying out of the cage or whether he is also old. So I decided to quarantine him in a small cage in case he had been attacked. I did put the cage next to the other one so he can see his brothers and still interact with them. His wing hIs still droopy so it looks like he’s not getting better. He has also changed colour like dark patches on his chest, does anyone know what that is? He still tweets and seems happy and eating/drinking well. I don’t know if to reintegrate him back into his cage or whether the other finches wouldn’t allow it. I also don’t know if to let him out of his cage I’m scared he might injure himself. Am I doing the right thing keeping him in his own small cage and not letting him out or should I change something? I just feel sorry for him sat there watching his brothers, poor thing. Any advice would be appreciated
  11. Hi Nikki,welcome to the forum,great advice from Gary
  12. Hi Nikki, Welcome to the forum. This can happen sometimes with inexperienced pairs, the parent tend to catch the young when leaving the nest and they flick the young out on to the floor. It can also happen if the nest has been built shallow allowing the chicks to be easily fall out or be flicked out. I'd give them another go, but try to make sure there's a nice pocket for the chicks to be lower down in the nest. I hope this helps. Gary.
  13. I have a pair of zebra finches breeding for the first time i have no previous experience of bird breeding. They hatched four chicks, one was tossed and dead when i found it, then all ok, then another tossed i ut it straight back in all ok. 24 hours later two tossed , big and fat so had been fed but on the floor and dad had pecked off their limbs, 24 hours later final one tossed, fat and fed on floor dad had pecked off limbs. Both parents had sat on eggs. i offer fruit and veg slices on floor so i dont think dad was being malicious, they just peck whatever is on the floor. I am devastated and dont know what to do next or why this happened please help
  14. Looking at the photos I would agree that it looks like a Fawn. But look closely at the chest bar and see if there is a hint of orange at all. (just to be sure it's not a split Orange Breast Fawn)
  15. Kev Barrett

    Bath time

    Love watching them bath in the morning then preen themselves
  16. Just wondering if my splits have thrown up a fawn cheers Kev
  17. I would Rich they absolutely love it with all the perches available they are always on the rope
  18. Rich

    Loving the rope

    Nice idea, just finished building a new outside flight think I will include a rope for them now as well.
  19. Andyn

    Loving the rope

    I know what you mean, Had two Fawn chicks from fawn parents and the chicks are Orange Breast. Knowing where the parents came from I'm surprised but the gene could be sitting dormant for years. Always a surprise just around the corner with these little birds.
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