How to Mate Finches
If you have bought two finches for sale, you might be thinking about setting them up to mate with each other!
Zebra finches, as an example, are sexually dimorphic – this means it is very easy to tell females from males. The best time to start your finches mating is when they are between half a year and a year old.
Make sure your finches are getting lots of sunlight, this will encourage breeding. Hang a nest basket in your finches’ cage. Make sure the basket is lined with nesting material.
Check for eggs regularly. The female will lay one egg a day for about 8 days. After this point she will start “brooding” them. Every now and then the male will babysit while she goes to eat.
The eggs will hatch after about two weeks of brooding. If an egg hasn’t hatched after 21 days it is probably infertile, so remove it. The adults will feed the babies for about a month after hatching.
The great thing about finches is, they don’t need to be hand-reared – the parents will do everything for you!