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Re: zebra finches: 1 male 2 females

Posted by Dave on 9/27/05
(4) Comments

    On 9/27/05, Michael L wrote:
    > On 9/27/05, janet wrote:
    >> Is it a totally wrong idea to keep 1 male zebra finch and
    >> 2 females in one cage. I dont mind if a pair of them might
    >> lay eggs, but what about the other female? Will the odd
    >> one out be bullied?
    > Janet,
    > Three finches is not a good idea. Two birds work best when
    > dealing in small numbers.
    > When the two that pair up go to nest, the third bird will be
    > odd man out, if this doesn't happen even before.
    > Since it sounds as if you're wanting to keep the extra hen,
    > is there not a possibility that you can just have two cages
    > with each cage housing a pair?
    > Michael L

    Also another idea.. Finches are communal. If it's possible,
    try to get 2 or 3 more finches. Put 2 nests in. Usually, in a
    large pet store where the finches are housed, you'll see many
    different species in one large cage. Most of the time, there's
    a few nests there and the same species always wind up with each
    other. Each species isn't aggressive with another species.
    Zebras are about the most inexpensive finches to purchase so
    you might want to get a few more of those. It's quite a sight
    seeing them constantly going in and out of the nests and also
    flying around. Usually one finch chooses another and because
    there's other finches there, that pair doesn't get interfered
    with.---Just a thought.Good luck------Dave