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Sick bird ?

Please help me understand. I’ve tried everything, my bird has been sick for 2 days now, struggling to fly, weakness, puffed up. She’s lost so many feathers. I’ve tried to give them fresh food but the previous owners feed them a low quality seed diet they got used to. She’s been sleeping for 2 days. Their water is clean, food is clean, got them a much bigger cage. I’m assuming she’s egg bound because she’s laid eggs previously. What can I do?

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2024/05/24
01:10 UTC

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When to release a previously sick looking bird?

Hi! So this morning I found one of my bengalese finches looking sick. It was rather weak an puffed up it's feathers. I managed to catch it and I put it in a small cage inside for today. This morning I didn't think it'd pull through. However this evening it's already seeming a lot better. Moving around more and not puffing up it's feathers. It's also started trying escape attempts, so I darkened the cage a bit to help it keep calmer.

Now the question is... If it makes it trough the night and it seems okay, can I release it back into the outdoor aviary?

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2024/05/23
19:23 UTC

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Would this cage be an ideal home for two Zebra Finches?

Hello all! I'm looking to become a new finch owner and I'm wondering if this cage would be an ideal home for two zebra finches, without the divider in the middle? The bar spacing is 0.4 inches and is 37.6 x 18 inches. Thanks!

https://www.amazon.com/Topeakmart-Divided-Breeder-Parakeet-Lovebird/dp/B08F33MKQB?th=1

6 Comments
2024/05/23
16:57 UTC

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hand raised java sparrows

hi all. my mum and i are currently hand raising 4 baby java sparrows (10 days old) in the house and when they grow up we plan to keep them inside in a big cage and let them out throughout the day to fly around and interact with us. i don’t see a problem with it as i have had hand raised pigeons and doves that have lived inside and love to sit and play with us but my dad says they have to all go outside into the big aviary with our other java sparrows when they are adult. i really don’t want them to go outside because of how used they are to human company and my mum and i are basically their family and have time and space for them inside. i feel like it would be cruel to put them outside where they will receive little human company. how can i convince my dad to let us keep them inside? he doesn’t know anything about birds and even wants us to put our hand raised pigeon ALONE in the empty section of the outside aviary which we refuse. this is really stressing me out right now. any advice is appreciated.

3 Comments
2024/05/22
22:07 UTC

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I don’t know if it got taken down or not, so I’m posting this again

My parents want to clip my finches wings on the recommendation of the pet store And we’re waiting to go to the vet so we can see if it’s a good idea to or not. And I really don’t want to clip her wings and I feel like I can’t do anything to convince my parents it’s a really bad idea. What do I do? She’s never had an issue with flying, the pet store clipped her when we first got her in mid April, and she’s never flown from me. They say it’s to prevent her from being hurt, but I really don’t know at this point.

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2024/05/22
16:00 UTC

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Really upset

My parents want to clip my finches wings on the recommendation of the pet store And we’re waiting to go to the vet so we can see if it’s a good idea to or not. And I really don’t want to clip her wings and I feel like I can’t do anything to convince my parents it’s a really bad idea. What do I do?

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2024/05/22
15:54 UTC

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I have a finch family in a little birdhouse on my front porch. I have not heard the babies in 1-2 days

I was outside for several hours on Sunday and saw both parents going in and out of the house to feed the babies and heard lots of chirping. Today I haven’t heard any chirping, and at the end of the day yesterday I realized I didn’t remember hearing them chirp yesterday either.

I’m fearing the worst. Should I open up the house later if I still hear nothing? If it needs to be cleared out, should I dispose of the nesting material as well and have future tenants rebuild?

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2024/05/21
18:01 UTC

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My remote work cheerleaders

It's wholesome to be working from home and these little guys come visit throughout the day. There's a fourth one that also drops by. They are totally worth the effort of having to clean the desk every day (if you know what I mean) :p

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2024/05/21
14:20 UTC

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Old male shaft-tailed finch is the last one remaining; how urgent is the need for a companion?

My wife and I had a shaft-tailed finch and a society finch that were a bonded pair. The society finch just passed away, so now we're left with only the shaft-tailed finch, who is now roughly 8 years old.

Does he urgently need a partner for (what is most likely) his final year or so? If so, what is the best way to go about getting a partner, if we don't intend to keep said partner for its whole life? Our intention is not to replace him when he goes; so we don't want to lock ourselves into an indefinite cycle of replacing each bird as they pass. Is temporary finch fostering a thing?

In the meantime, is there anything we can do to make it less stressful for him to be alone?

2 Comments
2024/05/21
14:17 UTC

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Female finch escaped. How long would it take for the male to bond with a new female finch?

I was cleaning the cage and I left the door open by mistake and the female finch flew out. They were a pair there's 1 egg in the nest box but I threw it out now.

If I get another female finch how long would it take for the male to bond?. What if I take a female from a different bonded pair and put that one in the cage with my male one

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2024/05/21
02:53 UTC

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Question about egg laying behavior in finches.

So I got a zebra finch and lately I've noticed she's been sitting in her food bowl like she would if she was sitting on a nest. She stays there for awhile and then eventually stops and goes elsewhere in her enclosure or starts flying around a lot/playing and just being very active.

When sitting she kinda looks like she'd trying to lay an egg...but I don't think she's actually gravid since her butt isn't swollen or anything and she isn't acting any different as far as being hungry or thirsty (since I read birds drink more when they need to lay and get fatter).

So, my question is, when birds have eggs to lay do they just sit on the nest until one comes out or do they get up if nothing is happening and try later? If they have eggs they need to lay are they usually super active like this?

3 Comments
2024/05/20
17:47 UTC

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40 members and counting!

I recently started an animal discord community to bring us all together in a place where we can chat and share photos of our pets🕊️

I would love for all of you to join us❤️

Here’s an invite link: https://discord.gg/Fn6Ds4GWfk

2 Comments
2024/05/20
15:24 UTC

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Lots to Talk About! Breeding update 5.14.24!

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2024/05/20
02:51 UTC

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My lil baby s’mores

Btw what does it mean when she closes her eyes like this and rests when I pet, her head or scritch

6 Comments
2024/05/19
13:58 UTC

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Finch died suddenly on the first day :(

Today my dad brought home a pair of finches, one female, one male, from the pet store. We had them in a cage with veggies, water, birdseed and just observed them as I didn't want to stress them out on the first day. About 20 minutes ago, the male just dropped onto the cage floor and his legs were up, so I knew he was gone.

He was still warm and i tried compressions but he failed to come back. I just don't understand what caused such a sudden death on the same day we brought the finches home.

The female looks perfectly fine and energetic, but I noticed a few hours ago the male started getting very puffy and lethargic, sitting on the cage floor and sitting in the seed bowl.

If anyone can provide advice or insight into this it would be appreciated. These are my dad's first birds and he was inspired after he saw my budgies (which i've had for about 4-5 years already). I feel a little sad.

9 Comments
2024/05/19
10:47 UTC

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We had some birds (I believe finches) make a nest on our front door wreath.

We’ve really tried to make it as low traffic as possible, using only the garage. Unfortunately we still have to use the front porch for any deliveries and mail. It’s been a couple days and I have not seen the parent fly off when I go to get a package. It could very well be timing, but I took a picture today. How can I tell if the babies are ok / not abandoned. Our front door camera does not have a view of the nest.

3 Comments
2024/05/19
00:11 UTC

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Any tips for zebra finch care?

Today I'm going to get a young pair of zebra finches.I have a pretty big cage, currently there lives my canary, and I have a small cage, there will be finches. I heard it's best to seperate the new birds, because they can spread some diseases. How long should finches stay on quarantine? Any specific things that I should know about them?

5 Comments
2024/05/18
10:18 UTC

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Injured House Finch

Good evening everyone!

I’m hoping someone can give me some advice!

I found a poor little house finch that banged into the side of our shed, the chickens than went after him but I managed to save him lol

I’m not sure what to do with him though he won’t fly away. He’s currently sitting on my knee on the porch and it’s nighttime now. He’s been sitting with me for over an hour. It doesn’t appear his wing is broken he’s just really wobbly.

I’m nervous if I leave him somewhere something is gonna eat him, any ideas on what I should do?

We don’t have any rehab places close by, they are all hours away.

3 Comments
2024/05/18
01:19 UTC

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Finch showing nesting behavior after 4 years. Why?

So I have 3 house finches (they are all compromised and could not be released). They've had the same habitat for 4 years with no major changes at all save replacing things yet, for some reason, this year one of the 2 females I think is showing nesting behavior in the food dish. Once it gets low she kinda just sits in it which she has never actually done before. Why all of a sudden is she showing this behavior?

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2024/05/18
00:25 UTC

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These two have a nest right outside my front door. They’ve had 4 babies so far. 3 last year, 1 this year

5 Comments
2024/05/17
22:45 UTC

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Need advice 🫠

Hi! Need some advice, today my gouldian finch girl ooked like she was choking on something. Heavy breathing, throat twitching. It looked like she was going to vomit🤮 . I gave her water with glucose and put her in a warm dark place and she got better immediately, but I'm afraid it will happen again. She's generally a cheerful and quite active bird, though always quite a lazy glutton.🌝 What could it be? Could it be a tracheal mite or something similar?

3 Comments
2024/05/17
18:51 UTC

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Started to train my finch again!!

Some of you might remember me and I've mentioned wanting to train my finch again so here how it's going. My female finch sat in my finger and it onky took a few minutes to get her on my finger, I havent tried it with the male finch but he copies the female finch so it won't be an issue

https://preview.redd.it/w0unac96811d1.jpg?width=3096&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=3ae32dcb15023650d0404c85a0a367b43a77515c

2 Comments
2024/05/17
18:43 UTC

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My zebras has no nest or nesting material cuz they're still young now they're trying to build a nest with the spray millets.. The male is moulting tho should I get a nest?

9 Comments
2024/05/17
12:04 UTC

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Java sparrow: how loud/noisy are they?

I have Zebra and Gouldian finches already. I find the Gouldians very quiet and Zebra finches rather noisy. How does the Java finch compare to them? Thank you.

5 Comments
2024/05/16
15:57 UTC

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Birds We Don’t Keep and Why!

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2024/05/16
05:06 UTC

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Bald little butt- anyone know why?

I just noticed one of my 11 had a bald butt. No one else has this, just him.

Anyone have any idea what it could be?

Thanks. I have a pic but it won’t seem to let me add.

3 Comments
2024/05/15
20:55 UTC

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