Zebra Finches HTML
Zebra Finches have delighted me for years. I saw my first birds back in the mid 80s when I went to Saskatchewan
and saw a small museums aviary. I was inthralled by the little creatures and I vowed to have a few when I was
old enough to afford them.
Now I have a wonderful pair who I adore completely. Theyre very different from parrots. Theyre tiny, spookd easily,
but fun to watch. Theyre the Goldfish of the bird world. You feed them, water them, and clean up after them. Theyre
not exactly the kind of bird you would bring to the mall with you. Theyre delightful in their own way and are happiest
when theres other birds to fly with in a long cage. Theyre perfect for the person who loves birds but doesnt
have the time to spend with a parrot. Theyre happy to have a human in the room, and as long as they have hiding spots
and a place to roost, theyre content!
The only real drawback to these guys is their tiny size. because theyre so tiny, they squeeze through any spot in the
cage tiny enough for them to fit through. Theyre pretty hard to catch with your hands, so if you decide to get finches
(and even untamed budgies!) invest in a small butterfly net with padded rims. This will make the task MUCH simpler!
Also, because of their size, Zebra Finches are prone to getting chills faster than their larger brethern. More care
is needed to keeping their food and water bowls fed, plus, when nesting, care is needed to keeping the nest area warm. Keeping
these guys protected from drafts is extra important, though they can be quite hardy when aclimatized and give a place out
of the rain and wind.
Zebra Finch Breeding FAQ
At a Glance
# of eggs : 2-8, average is 5
Length of incubation: 14 days
Fledging: about 21 days
Weaning: about 4 weeks
Adult at: 6 weeks?
Recomended breeding age: 6-9 months
Ease of Breeding: Pretty easy. Just supply a nest or nestbox, some 1 inch strands of thread or twine and let them have
Potential Problems: Egg binding, plucking of chicks if double clutching is allowed, and ZF are VERY bad with layering
('sandwiching') their eggs. They will lay multiple nests on top of eachother, especially in a colony setting. To prevent this,
breed single pairs in a cage and remove nesting material when the nest is made.
Notes: Males and females both incubate the eggs. Both then feed the chicks when the eggs hatch. Canary nest pans and
finch baskets can be bought at most pet stores.
My first Zebra Finches: I bought Gum and Arabic in May of 2005.
First started breeding: I started breeding May of 2005. I'm only an occassional hobby breeder of these Finches.