Breeding Zebra Finches | breeding finches
Finches are known for their unconventional personalities, as they are timid yet playful, making them a great choice for a pet. Zebra finches, also known as Taeniopygia guttata, are easy to breed along with the society finch, which is another type of finch. Finches unlike most birds,especially zebra finches, help to rear the offspring of their fellow species, this unusual characteristic is also seen in the Australian Grass finch.
To tell the gender of different types of species within the finch family can be tricky. Some types of finches have a difference in the way they look to determine what gender they are, however other species tend to look identical. In this case, gender is confirmed by their behaviour or even the way a male may call out to his female. When it comes to zebra finches, there are slight differences between the female and the male. Male zebra finches have orange patches on their cheeks, small white and black stripes on the throat, chromatic coloured flank with white dots and a thick black line going across their chest. The female zebra finch, on the other hand, is more plain as she does not have the visually distinct marks that the male does. When it comes to beaks, males tend to have a luminous red colour, whereas females have orange beaks. In their youth, male zebra finches look more similar to a female as they lack their distinct features when they are young, also male finch’s beaks are black in their early days, making it difficult to tell the genders apart. However once they are 90 days old, the male finch would have fully developed, giving them their colour on their beaks as well as their distinctive markings.
Like most birds, finches start to breed with the beginning of spring, however, the environment in which different types of finches breed is variously ranged as each species have different requirements to be successful to breed their offspring. For example, some finches make due with a confined spaces to bear their young, while for other species of finches it may be necessary to have a wide open spaces. Zebra finches can breed in almost and space, given that they are compatible. Zebra finches share the responsibilities involved in breeding and as a result make them good parents. The male finch prepares the nest for his female and their eggs, in this stage you could help by laying out materials such as grass, feathers, twigs or pre-prepared nesting material. This will help the male finch to create their nest. Once the female finch has laid her eggs however, be sure to remove the spare materials to ensure safety to the eggs.
The zebra finch female will lay only one egg every other day, this will go on until their clutch is absolute. The amount of laid eggs will depend on the species of the finch. Some lay up to ten eggs whereas others lay only two. In the zebra finches case, they lay four to five eggs in one clutch. When all of the eggs have been laid, the female finch will spend majority of her time with the eggs, the male however will take over at times to allow the female to get exercise and food. After twelve to eighteen days of this, the eggs will start to hatch.
At this stage, cuttlebone could be used to supply the finches with calcium as they will need an endless supply of it, including any other foods with high protein. The chicks will quickly feather out and by the time they are eighteen days old they will start to leave the nest. After one month the chicks will become completely independent, being able to eat on their own and at this stage they can be separated from their parents.
There is a chance of the parents going back to nest even before the chicks are independent, in this case you should place the male finch and the chicks into a separate cage. This way the zebra male finch can complete feeding his chicks and can return to his mate once the chicks have been completely weaned.Breeding Finches, Breeding Finches, Breeding Finches, Breeding Finchesbreeding Finches, Breeding Finches, Breeding Finches, Breeding Finches