On 9/05/06, Pat wrote:
> We thought it was a good idea to get a male Zebra Finch for
> the songs and a female for company. She has been dropping
> eggs all summer. We were told if we didn't want baby birds
> to simply not provide nesting materials so we haven't. I
> have noticed the male plucking her feathers and playing
> them. Now I realize he may be trying to make a nest using
> her feathers. She now has most of her tail feathers
> and some off of her underside. What should we do? Provide
> a nest or nesting materials so he will stop plucking at her
> and remove the eggs? Maybe we should have gotten 2 females.
2 females = extra eggs. 2 males = fighting. Unles they are
siblings and have no females in sight. ALso society finches
will do good with the same sex. But it seems like you have a
young pair of birds. It'd be better if you seperate them.
Also sometimes plucking is caused by bad nutrition makes
sure you feed fresh veggies daily and egg foods :) good luck!