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Re: angry zebra finches

Posted by janet on 9/26/05
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    On 9/26/05, Michael L wrote:
    > On 9/26/05, janet wrote:
    >> I have recently bought a pair of zebra finches to join the
    >> current pair. But it has been 3 days and the 4 of them are
    >> still fighting quite badly. please help, I dont know what
    >> to do?
    >> I thought zebra finches lives in hamony...
    > Janet,
    > What you are describing is not uncommon with Zebra finches.
    > Actually, most finches will display this type of behavior
    > when kept together.
    > The secret to hamony with finches is to get beyond 6 birds
    > a cage. Of course this means having to have a very large
    > cage, but when an even number of birds are kept in the same
    > cage, especially pairs, aggression is very normal and
    > expected.
    > If you introduced the new pair to the existing pairs cage,
    > they will defend their space. Also, Zebras by nature, are
    > inquisitive little busy bodies. Everything is their
    > Four birds is one of the worst scenarios to have with Zebras.
    > The chances of them ever getting along is virtually nil.
    > And if these are two male/female pairs, the more dominant
    > pair or birds will attack the weaker bird/s.
    > Also, if and when breeding/nesting takes place (and it will
    > with or without a nest) you will find more problems occur.
    > Best bet is to have a huge cage is you want to house several
    > birds together, or keep each pair in their own, respective
    > cage.
    > Michael L

    thank you for the advise. I think I will have to give up two
    of them. But I like the new female so much and wanting to
    keep the old male. Do you think they will forget the current
    partners and get together as a pair?