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How to take care of a Zebra Finch

Max. D Gray
By Max. D Gray. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to take care of a Zebra Finch

The Zebra Finch is quite a small kind of exotic bird which has recently becoming a common house pet. It is known for its intense red beak, which contrasts with its grey and spotted plumage. Precisely because it's a foreign bird, not many people know how to take care of these birds, which need to live comfortably and problem-free. If you also have one of these as a pet, would like to tell you how to take care of a Zebra Finch.

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Steps to follow:


The first thing you need to take into account is that Zebra Finches are gregarious birds and need, at least, one companion of its own specie to feel happy. This is why, when getting our pet, it will not be enough to have only one but you'll need at least two of them.


Regarding food, bird mixture is the base of their diet, and what is most common, budgie mixture. Some experts recommend adding more birdseed to the mixture, to help it have a more healthy and varied diet.


The first days we have this bird at home, it will need a lot of peace & quiet to recognize its new habitat. To help them get used to people and start trusting them, you'll need to softly talk to them, whistle a bit and get close to them with slow movements.


You should choose an adequate cage so the pets can fly around and live comfortably. We'll have to choose the right sized cage more carefully if you've got more than two Zebra Finches so they can all live comfortably.


At the same time, these small birds love paddling in water. This is why we should place a container where they can bathe in and change its water daily because, even if you do have a dosing tube, they'll drink from here too.


Moreover, it will also be necessary to clean the cage properly for our small pets.

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I have had two Zebra Finches since December 2017, Sadly, one became very ill, was examined by a veterinarian who said the only way to help was euthanasia. Should I get another Zebra finch for the senior still alive, or should I surrender her.
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Hi Penney,

It's hard to answer because it will depend on how the other zebra finch is doing. If you introduce a young zebra finch in with an older one, then you will have keep reintroducing new ones when one gets older and passes (if you want to keep two together). We suggest seeing how your zebra finch likes being on their own. If they are happy and do not become listless, they may be happy enough on their own. If they become depressed, you might want to introduce a friend.
I just brought home 2 zebra finches. After setting up their cage, I tried to put them in the cage. Unfortunately they both escaped and I cannot get them into the cage. Please help. Right now they are sitting on a lamp fixture asleep. I have placed their cage nearby with a light shining over the cage. I have nature music playing beneath them.
OneHowTo Editor
Putting their food in the cage should lure them in, although it may be tricky with two birds at the same time.
How to take care of a Zebra Finch