Lately we have downsized the numbers of animals we have here on our place but that hasn’t meant that my love for animals has diminished or that my getting animals has stopped completely especially if I see an animal that I think is in need. That is just what happened while visiting our local flea market one Saturday. On one table was a tall cage with a pair of thin zebra finches in it. It just so happens that I have raised zebra finches before so I knew how to care for them. This pair as I mentioned were thin but other than that they looked fairly healthy, however then were in a tall cage and finches are better suited to a long cage where they can fly back and forth. They had seed and water but no cuttlebone, only one perch and a nest. For $25 we got the pair of birds and the useless cage.
couldn’t have been more pleased with these new acquisitions. Finches,
though not a tame bird, can be wonderfully fun to watch providing they
have the right environment. For the first few days my new little, zebra
finches weren’t in the right environment, which meant we had to come
up with a better place for them to live as quickly as possible. We
decided our old quail cage might just be able to be converted into a
nice home for the finches but first it had to be thoroughly cleaned and
disinfected, then a solid bottom and legs had to be added. Luckily we
had the wood to do these things without buying any more. The cage is 4
ft long and almost 2 ft high making it a nice roomy cage, able to hold
pair definitely enjoyed the cage. It was such a wonder to watch them
grow stronger and sleeker with the better food and room for flying. I
added to their variety of food slowly, starting with millet sprigs and
later adding greens, egg food, songbird treat, soaked and sprouted seed
and wild seeds.
pet store is of course a wondrous place for any kind of animal lover and
ours had all sorts of birds to “ooo” and “aaah” over. What they
didn’t have was any more zebra finches. They were sold out. However
they did have society finches and one lonely pair of spice finches. I
had never seen spice finches and thought they were incredibly beautiful.
And of course, we brought them home with us. The new pair joined the
zebras in the cage and seemed quite happy. However, this hadn’t fixed
out zebra finch problem, so back to the pet store we went the next week.
That was the week the pair of society finches came home with us. They
hadn’t gotten in any zebra finches yet. Since it is hard to tell
society finch males and females apart, I sat and watched the birds until
I was sure I had seen a male sing then mate with a female and I got that
societies joined the other finches in the large cage and immediately
started building in one of the nests. Soon after they laid four eggs but
only managed to hatch one baby. Meanwhile, neither the zebras or the
spice finches were nesting, or if they did nest they didn’t set on the
eggs they laid. Still they all seem quite happy and the zebras have
stopped pecking at each other.
then the societies have hatched out 8 more babies. All of the babies
have lived and grown to adulthood. The zebra finches have finally made a
nest they seem interested in but are still not quite sitting on the
three eggs in the nest. However some of the societies have taken and
interest in that nest and may take over and foster the eggs themselves.
have hopes for another cage to set above the current one. My hopes stem
from the fact that the pet store has just received some orange weaver
finches and I just received a nice gift card to the pet store. Hopefully
sometime in the near future I will have stories for you about how to
successfully breed orange weaver finches in a four foot cage though I am
sure this is not where my finch obsession will end.