İn this article; How is zebra finches care and breeding? How do Zebra finches look? How should cage selection be? What is the incubation period?
Zebra finches are the most resistant and easy to maintain species compared to other bird species. These highly mobile creatures consume excessive amounts of water. Even if they don’t drink all of it, they scatter it all over the water, so it is necessary to check the water containers often.
Likewise, it is common for them to eat food. Their metabolism works fast. Contrary to what is known, zebra finches require more frequent cleaning than budgies. Their defecations are very frequent.
Cage Base Layout;
Cleaning the cage is very important for zebra finches care healthy.
Putting corn granulated sand on the base of the cage is good for their health and not to spread bad smell. The bottom should be cleaned at the latest once a week while cleaning is possible if the birds with eggs or Cubs should be cleaned without shaking.
Mother birds can break eggs when they sense a dangerous situation. When it comes to cleaning, it is necessary to clean more often than other birds so that there is no mold on the base.
Cage selection in zebra finches
In Zebra finches, cage selection should be made as wide as possible horizontally. Because zebra finches are creatures that love to fly horizontally. At least its dimensions should be 45 * 40 * 40.
I’m feeding my pair of zebra finches in my Hagen vision S02 cage, even if I’m a little overdone. My heart says if I had a wide horizontal cage like m01, but I bought it like this in time.
The zebra finch cage must have squid bone and beak stone for calcium needs. Especially squid bone must be found. If you can not find squid bone in your location, you can get it for 2-3 dollars from the internet.
I want to buy my kid a Zebra finch.
I want to buy a zebra finch for my child, and if you say is appropriate, they are not creatures that can get used to the hand, or be put on the shoulder, or bite when you extend your finger. In fact, they are quite uncomfortable with Cage intrusions.
Besides, they’re very active compared to budgerigar. Moving material from left to right inside the cage creates quite beautiful images. If your child is over seven or eight years old, or even younger, you can decide to take it by considering their character.
As a matter of fact, although my children are small, they like to watch from afar, listen to their crows and be active. They are also very curious creatures. While the budgerigar does not touch a different object in the cage for two days, zebra finches begin to investigate immediately.
Zebra finch incubation period
The incubation period of Zebra finches is 13 days in general, but it is also observed that it sometimes lasts a day or two long. After mating, the first egg comes 5-6 days later. And they lay eggs one day apart.
Females, who usually make 3 eggs at the first time, may rise up to 8 eggs as the body develops in later periods. Check whether the egg is empty or full by holding a flashlight in the egg in a dark place, or if there is a blackness in the middle is filled. If the light passes, it’s hollow.
This process can be done five days after ovulation. But because zebra finches are sensitive to touch, it’s better not to do it unless you’re experienced. Sometimes in such cases, the zebra finch may not incubate.
The mother and father will look after the hatched zebra finches together. If you show excessive attention during this period, the female may leave the nest. During this period, egg food can be given two or more days a week. They look at it with its external normal decoys.
The choice of nesting is also a very important factor for the offspring to be healthy. You can find out more about this by clicking on the How to nest Zebra finch link. (coming soon)
The eyes of the Cubs open after about a week and within 20 days they begin to pubescent. During this period, they can now try to move slowly out of the nest. And when they are 35 days old, they have the ability to feed themselves.
Now that the parents will start to re-mate from this time on, it would be right to reserve them for the sake of not harming the offspring.
How to make Zebra finch egg food
It is very simple to make. First of all, we boil the egg. If we are not going to put it in the refrigerator, we will crush a quarter egg with a little egg shell for a single day.
The egg shell can also be a quarter. Especially to prevent the eggshell from sinking, we should dig with a little more care. After grating the half carrot well, we can mix it all and give it to our birds.
If we want, we can add greenery like parsley into the food. If it is going to feed the fry, it is useful to add our parents birds after the fry is two weeks old.
You can understand whether the hatched babies are full or not if their crops are full or empty. Because if there is no problem with the parents eating food, know that they are feeding the offspring as well.
Another point is that if the brooding male tends to squeeze the female again and mate before it falls into food, it is better to leave the cage.
That’s all I have to say about the zebra finches care and production. You can use the comments section below for your questions and you can review other links related to zebra finches.