Basic Zebra Finch Selection:
Where do I go to buy a Zebra finch? The most popular place is of course the pet store. Zebra finches are relatively inexpensive, ranging from $12 to $30 a pair. Pet stores usually carry only the common colored Zebras. Normal gray, silver, white, and sometimes Chestnut Flanked Whites. For the rare colors you will need to find a breeder. Not all breeders carry all colors. There are about 17-20 recognized color mutations plus the combinations of these 20 colors creating many, many more colors.
When picking out your birds you will want to be sure that you are getting healthy birds. Watch then for a few minutes. Don’t pick a bird that sits in the corner, looks all puffy, or looks injured. You want the bird that is visually healthy, active, and alert.
In a pet store the birds will often have missing feathers. Many times the cage will have too many birds in it, making the birds argue about who is the chief. A few missing feathers is nothing to worry about. They will grow back unless the bird has been picked on so much that the skin is permanently damaged.
It is recommended that you not keep a bird as a single pet. Zebras are colony birds. They like the company of other Zebras. The most common is to have one male and one female. In a pet store it is usually not know if the birds are related. If you are going to have your birds simply as pets, then it is not too important to have unrelated birds. If you want to breed your birds then they should be unrelated if possible. If the pet store does not know, you could buy a male from one store and a female from another store. This would virtually guarantee that they are unrelated.
Whether or not you want to breed your birds, the hen will lay eggs. If there is no nest, she will lay them on the floor or the feed dish. Simply remove the eggs. This is natural and it does her no harm.
Zebra Finch Cage Location:
Where in house do I put my birds? There are many considerations when providing a place for your birds to live. Recommendations will vary a little depending on whether these are pet birds or you want to setup multiple pairs for breeding. For pet birds, choose a place where the family spends time. You want to enjoy the birds, so put them where you can see and hear
them. They can be a little messy so don’t put them above your kitchen counter. Seeds and seed husks will be falling onto the counter.
Select a place that get a lot of light. Direct sunlight is ok, but you must be careful. They need to be able to get out of the direct sunlight which could get very hot. Zebra finch basically need the same temperature as we people do.
If you have small children, the cage needs to be out of reach. The same goes for other pets that cannot control the temptation. Most other pets can be trained to leave the birds alone. You will need to simply be watchful of the situation and deal with it.
Do not place the cage where it will get a draft. In cold climates a draft can be cold and very uncomfortable. Remember, the birds are stuck in that cage. They can not go to a different room to find comfort. Air conditioning can also create an uncomfortable draft.
Zebra finches are very hardy birds. Just remember that if you would not like to be where you put their cage, then they probably do not like it either.