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My little owl finch recently laid her second clutch (nearly two weeks ago she started). Today though she looks super distressed and I can’t tell if she’s getting ready to lay another egg and is egg bound. They have plenty of water and food and they get eggs with shells to make sure she’s still getting calcium so I’m about freaked out. She’s only laid one egg in front of me before and she did kinda look like she was here but I must’ve caught the end of it because it was less than 3 minutes from when I watched that it happened. Today I watched her for over 5 minutes and still she’s breathing hard and fluffy. What do I do? I’m so freaked out 😭
Hi everyone I was wondering what kind of nesting material would be good for my finches for winter besides meadow hay.
He's around 16 days old, I have been feeding him since day 1 but now he doesn't like to eat formula. He now prefers vegetables and seeds. Is it normal? If so how can I feed him now
Is the variety of vegetables I'm offering to our Gouldian Finches balanced?
I have been giving them silverbeet, cavolo nero, carrot and broccoli. I haven't had broccoli for the past 4 days, however. Yesterday I offered them radish, broccoli and alfalfa sprouts. I'm a bit confused with the various inhibitors and different acid levels (oxalic acid for example). They were fed on an all seed diet until recently in poor conditons and aren't in the best of shape, I'm trying my best to nurse them back to health, so I'm trying to think about all aspects of the vegetables I'm offering. I understand too much of anything isn't good. I see carrot and broccoli listed quite a lot on the site "Finch Info" Safe, Toxic & Unsafe Foods in the When Safe Foods Become Unsafe section. Should I attempt to create another chop mix or is the variety I'm currently offering suitable? I don't have heaps of options to pick from, but will see what I can do.
Does anyone know what this is? I think my finch was egg bound. She was displaying signs of illness starting last night. Today I found a soften appearing egg in the cage (only way to describe it- it wasn’t a complete egg).
My pair of Finches, who usually can't be away from each other for a second, are fighting now. They had one perch they used to happily cuddle up on. I added a perch for some variety and one of them uses it but the other won't go near it.
IS this perch the cause of the issue? When the one who took to the new perch tries to use the old one, the finch over there gets very aggressive. Any advice? I'm a bit worried
Hello people I think my finches may have lice a neighbour told me to spray them with "Yates 200ml Pyrethrum Insect Killer Concentrate" is this safe and the correct thing to do?
Edit - Thank you everyone for the help and advice.
I have 4 shaft tails that I would like to try to gender does anyone know a way to tell them apart? They recently laid one egg but it went missing and would like to pair them up if they want to lay
Hello I have a Java sparrow who’s cage mate recently died and I don’t have anymore javas but I do have zebra finches could he live with them or will they fight? Also do I have to worry about them trying to crossbreed?
Just upgraded to a large cage for my little flock. So far I love it and so do they! I want to try to find a larger swing (kind of like a platform swing? More surface area) and I’ve got some flat perches on the way but so far I love the look of the cage! I’ll probably add more fake vines at the top of the cage but I think it’s so freaking pretty! Way better than the two small flight cages I had set up for them!
I’m new to owning finches, so please excuse my ignorance. Firstly, I adopted 1 Society Finch (F), and 1 Zebra Finch (M), and housed them together in a cage from the pet store. They loved it and everything was perfect. They loved on each other, cleaned each other, everything. This continued for about 2 months.
Recently, back at the pet store, I noticed a pure white Zebra Finch female that I absolutely could not pass up. I adopted her, and introduced her to the cage carefully. This seemed to be going fine.
Now, though, I can entirely tell that my original Zebra Finch has insane mating desires toward her, (which is fine), but also that he seems to have completely forgotten his original best friend, the Society Finch. He has become very territorial and pecks her away from the nest, chases her around, doesn’t let her sleep with them, etc.
It’s nothing too crazy, no injuries or anything, but certainly sad and upsetting for me to see. What should I do? I’m considering buying a larger cage, and an additional Society Finch (M) so that she too, can have a boyfriend, and maybe I can have two dating couples in a cage; or should I take the new, pure white Zebra Finch (F) back to the pet store and return the love back to the original two? (Even though it may break his heart to see her go) I only want my original Society Finch to be happy and not mistreated. ): will things clear up over time? Or should I take action now?
So I removed my finches' nest box. There were 6 eggs. Results: -One had red veins but had been cracked by the mother (seen above) -One had separated into yellow and white sections (seen above) -One had reddish veins and I saw movement -Last 3 had a dark spot on one side. I returned the nest box and the last 4 eggs inside and after bribing with some fresh hay the male returned inside and now the mom is in too. Where the last 3 fertile? And why is the mother cracking them? I feed her greens and calcium.
So my finches were sitting on some eggs quite diligently, building etc but after 3 weeks they didn't hatch so I thought I'd remove it but they laid new ones so I let them be. But after 1 week we had to move them to another room and I think that upset them as the female didn't go in and now the gent who used to stay inside all the time is also out and about, he goes in sometimes throughout the day and both of them sleep in it. They are lazier at night so it's easier to reach in but they both sleep in it. How do I remove it?
Oh my feathers and fluff! Sparkles, your precious Java sparrow, is like a sprinkle of stardust in a fluffy coat! Their wee little beak is a button of brightness, and those dainty wings flutter like tiny cotton clouds. Oh, but wait, those gold eyes? They're little drops of sunshine twinkling in a world of cuddles and coos!
When Sparkles chirps, it's like a symphony of sweetness, a melody that dances on the air like the tiniest, most delicate lullaby. And those teeny, teeny feet? They're as dainty as fairy tiptoes in a world of delightful tiny steps!
Sparkles’ fluff is like a cloud made of softness, and those moments when they flutter about with the joy of a thousand rainbows, it's a scene straight out of a magical fairytale! Oh, the adorable little Sparkles is just a bundle of joy wrapped in the tiniest, most enchanting feathers!
Are my Finches fighting?
We adopted two Zebra Finches, male and female, about two months ago. We chose to get this kind of pairing because they were kept together beforehand, and the previous owner mentioned that they had not laid eggs for weeks despite this. They haven't laid eggs in our possession either, and have a fairly large, secluded nest for them so they would have had many opportunities to do so.
Initially, both finches were fairly active throughout the day. Over time, however, we have noticed that the female rarely leaves save for a couple of times a day to get food and water, and rarely at the same time that the male leaves the nest (we've upsized the cage, so that they could both be out simultaneously, but they've gone back to the pattern of the male being out most of the day).
This has been happening for an extended period of time, but she is showing no signs of injury or illness. The female is also not shy; she will allow us to approach her and speak to her when she is out, while the male remains for skittish and jumpy when we approach the cage.
We've caught the male attempting to mount the female a couple of times now in the rarer instances in which they are both out of their nests at the same time. We're speculating now that perhaps this is why the female prefers to stay inside, or specifically only come out of the nest when she is alone (and retreat again once the male emerges).
Is this at all common for finch pairs, perhaps with significant age differences if the female is too old to reproduce? We're partial to the female since she is sweet to us and significantly quieter than the male, so we're considering trading him for another female, but we wouldn't want to disrupt their bond if there is one.
Hello! I typically free fly my finches for excercise in a bird proofed room. Yesterday, one my little guys Orville thumped into the TV even with it covered. I didn’t see it happen, it was so fast. Next thing I knew he was back in the cage with his two brothers. A bit spooked but no signs of injury (no wing drooping, blood or broken) — however since it was a big thump I can’t stop my mind from racing thinking he may have internal bleeding or bruising.
He is still flying, preening and stretching his wings and has no problem remaining on his perch. I’ve observed him closely for the past 24 hours and haven’t noticed any other changes in his character other than a bit more sleepy. Am I just overreacting? Should I move the TV entirely out of the finch fly room?
Thank you 😭🥺🥰🙏🏻
I just got two silverbill finches, this is my first time owning any bird. Any advice to bond with them/keep them happy?
Hi. Female bird move her head back and forth, and male ones sleep and rest most of the time. What could be the problem? I am suspecting air sac mites, but I am not sure. What is your suggestion? I am also thinking to take the birds to another cage. I have attached a video. Thanks for the help.
He sometimes do this and he usually doesn't move just sits on the stick puffed up. His poop is liquidish. I'm giving him all the medicines such as digestion, cold and cough. he's also in a warm environment with 22 other finches and also 5 baby finch. The cage is quite big too. One thing to note for some reason everyone just bullies him, never let him stay in peace, they attack him.