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Episode two of “The Bird Brains Podcast” is here!

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2024/02/17
13:16 UTC

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Identification/feeding help

This little bird(I think it’s a finch) followed me down the sidewalk and into my home. There’s a lot of stray cats here, he can’t fly, and I couldn’t find a nest on my block. What can I feed it? It’s had honey water, but what can it actually eat?

Can anyone identify it for me? It’s in a box with hot hands and a blanket for now, but I will get it any actual heating pad tonight.

He’s chocolate brown with a tan/crème mixed belly and chest. His wing and tail feathers are a bit darker.

I’ll add a picture too when I figure it out.

4 Comments
2024/02/17
06:32 UTC

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What's wrong with my bird

My male Gouldian is missing a lot of feathers. This has been for the last few months. The female is top notch and they even breed every few weeks.

14 Comments
2024/02/16
01:17 UTC

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Is this AirTok BirdSafe?

It is HEPA and I checked the CARB regulations saying this one is certified to release no more than 50 ppb of ozone.

My old air purifier broke so I purchased this one from Amazon but should I be nervous about using it around my pet finches?

Thank you!

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2024/02/15
16:20 UTC

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Keeping finches again after a break (seeking advice)

Hello r/Finches! Very soon I will be in a situation where I can once again keep pets and I would like to keep finches again.

In the past (when I was younger) I'm not sure I've maintained the best welfare for my birds so this time I want to do it right. Basically, I want to outline my plan and I'd like feedback on what I should/could do better.

I'd like to get a large, freestanding corner cage and house 5-6 zebra finches inside (I based the number of birds on the cage size). I'm unsure about keeping them in the sitting room or dining room. The sitting room will get more "traffic" (more time with me) but the dining room will be more "airy". However, the sitting room will allow free flying. Both have nice big windows for lots of light.

At night I will cover the cage before I go to bed.

Food wise the plan is standard finch seed mix supplemented with millet sprays, cuttlefish, grit, and greens on special occasions (weekend treat).

I work full time during the week but am something of a home bird (ha!) at the weekends. Will they be social enough together that me not being around during the day won't be a problem?

For weekends when I'm away (not often but once every few months probably), will it be enough to ask a friend to come in and change water/top up food/check all is ok?

Have I forgotten about anything major?

That you for your advice in advance. This seems like a friendly community who love their birbs so I feel I can trust your advice.

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2024/02/15
14:21 UTC

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What should I do?

We bought these two finches today; and the owner of the store said that 2 male finches were perfectly fine together without a female and these two had been together a while.

He also said one of them was molting.

So we brought them home, and after lots of squabbling noises, I thought I should check on them. One of them had blood on a spot by his beak, and another on his wing.

The other has this bald neck?

I separated them currently, but im not really sure what to do and whether I should return one or both of them, or perhaps get a female or something. but - does he really look like he's molting?

How do I know which one is the aggressor ? Im a new finch owner and I dont want to pay attention to two separate flocks, Id rather focus on one. Is it possible to house these guys in a bigger cage with more females?

https://preview.redd.it/kp7r1aad6ric1.jpg?width=960&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=37be8e3023159a673e2e130ac31c838ad825fbeb

11 Comments
2024/02/15
13:44 UTC

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Need advice on baby finch.

I don't see much food in the crop, the father just sits on him and doesn't let the mother come near often. Ive never seen them feed him and I think he's not grown as much as he's 5 days old. Am I thinking too much or are the parents not taking care properly?

10 Comments
2024/02/14
16:12 UTC

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HELP PLEASE I AM PANICKING

hello there,

one of my birds has her crop enlarged.swollen, she does her usual routine but she has lost weight and she keeps to herself and is not so social; she only stays with her partner. They are zebra finches

do you know what that could be?

now this morning my finch is struggling to breath, she has a very enlarge crops. We tried coccidosis treatment, s76, cranker, baytril, but nothng seems to work.

can anyone help?

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2024/02/13
10:46 UTC

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Nice and cozy

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2024/02/13
02:10 UTC

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My bird’s toe got stuck in the metal leg band they put on their feet at the pet store

Today I saw one of my male zebra finches picking at his foot, & I noticed that his back toe got caught in the metal band they use to identify the birds at the pet store. After a lot of hard work, my dad & I managed to get it off. Should I cut the band off my other bird’s foot to prevent the same thing from happening, or will he be fine with it on? If so, what product would you recommend to use to take it off (it would be much appreciated if you sent a link to the product) thanks

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2024/02/12
21:14 UTC

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Finally got myself a crested society

I’ve wanted one for a while and the bird shop only had one!! So I happily took him home. My three other societies are tolerating him, although our alpha male is not too happy to no longer be the only male in the cage… such funny little guys.

4 Comments
2024/02/12
20:09 UTC

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Anything I can do for my finch with cataracts?

Surgery isn’t really an option, but I’m just clueless as to what to do to help her get used to it (she is really at 0%…) she isn’t as joyful and active as usual and I’m not sure I could rearrange the cage to accomodate her and make her feel less stressed (she falls from the perches when she miscalculates her jumps)

4 Comments
2024/02/12
19:06 UTC

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Is it fine to leave the babies in this nest?

My society finches laid a clutch of 5 babies. As they are growing, it seems like this nest may be too small to house them all. Will this become problematic when they grow bigger?

5 Comments
2024/02/10
21:01 UTC

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Society Finch Babies

I just wanted to share my happiness with you all, to show you my little finches!

15 Comments
2024/02/09
15:05 UTC

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Scatt advice?

Hi everyone! So I am not positive but I believed my zebra finches has mites and bought scatt due to some recommendations. I just have some questions maybe someone can answer…

  1. What if they don’t have mites and I give them scatt? Will that hurt the little guys? What if they lick it?

  2. Should I give it to all of them?

16 Comments
2024/02/09
08:22 UTC

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Newly hatched baby, parents are not feeding

I have a pair of zebra finches, they laid 5 eggs 2 infertile and 3 fertile, one has born today but the parents are not feeding it, the father is just sitting over it, they're first time parents. What should be done.

4 Comments
2024/02/09
02:49 UTC

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Chris (Bird Nerd on YouTube) and I have started a finch keeping podcast if anyone would like to watch!

4 Comments
2024/02/08
22:06 UTC

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Gouldian finches

Can you have them as pets? I know they're threatened.

Im doing an aviary assignment for them, ehat would you recommend to add

1 Comment
2024/02/08
17:37 UTC

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Fake eggs - yes/no?

People of reddit, please help me out. I not able to reference it, but I read somewhere that the lifespan of a female finish reduces if she keep laying eggs and so we need to keep fake eggs for her to think that she's laod and so that keeps her from laying over and over again? Is that true? Is that safe? My lady has already hatched two sets of babies - one had 6 and the other 4 babies. She's perfectly healthy and active, but I want her to have the best and long life possible. Any advice?

6 Comments
2024/02/08
15:26 UTC

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She's such a oddball...

Latte my female zebra finch, decided to sleep on this seed feeder while the others are in the nest. And yes, there's room for her.... she joined them later..

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2024/02/08
01:29 UTC

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Reoccurring health issues with my finches

i have two shafttail finches named Cuff & Link, they’re a bonded pair who lay eggs. i’m still not sure of Cuff’s gender, but Link is definitely female. every egg i’ve candled has been infertile, so Cuff may be female as well. again, i’m not sure. last time they were laying eggs i would sometimes find 10-12 eggs at a time. whenever they start laying, Link starts to become very weak & lethargic, often having to resort to sitting on the bottom of the cage. the first time around i took both of them to the vet & discovered both of them were missing pretty much all the feathers on their backs that’s usually covered by their wings. they told me it was probably some sort of vitamin deficiency. i had Link in a hospital cage for a while until she recovered. Cuff never showed any behavior to demonstrate anything was wrong. i reunited them & everything was fine for awhile. i’ve upped their vitamin intakes but im dealing with it all over again. i’m worried sick & don’t know what to do, if anyone has any advice i’d really appreciate it.

10 Comments
2024/02/07
19:35 UTC

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Arthur and Lilith are having babies! Need some help with genetics/percentages.

There is a 50% chance Arthur is split to piebald (P+//p).

Lilith is not pied (P+//P+)

What is the chance of each chick being split pied? Or can that not be calculated? TYIA!

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2024/02/07
17:49 UTC

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One of my 2 finches suddenly died this morning.

Hey, this is my first time posting here but I just wanted some advice. I've had 2 female zebra finches for a little over 2 years now and this morning when I checked on them, one was laying on the bottom of the cage with her eyes closed. Just yesterday she seemed completely normal flying around and chirping like she always does. I've heard that sudden death in finches is very common so I guess I'm not too surprised but its still kind of shocking.

What I am mainly worried about now is my other finch. The 2 of them were best friends, they were always together and would always sleep together and sing together. I just feel bad for her that she's alone now and I was wondering what the best approach is to keeping her quality of life good?

4 Comments
2024/02/07
16:36 UTC

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Nighttime cuddles

2 Comments
2024/02/07
03:37 UTC

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