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Posted 11/16/2007 10:01:30 PM Post #1087
 

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Hello Everyone,

I am new to these forums and I have a serious problem. Back in September my male zebra died. I woke up one morning to my female screaming and making a big fuss and there on the bottom of the cage was my male dead. Up until that morning he had been flying around acting normal. I had cleaned everything the day before so they had fresh food and water. I use vinegar to clean with. For the life of me I don't know why he died. So I scrubbed out the cage and disinfected everything. A few days later I got a new larger cage and a new male. I kept the two birds separate until I was sure there was nothing wrong with the female. The introduction went well and they got along great.

Here's my current problem, I came home Wednesday night to find my male puffed up in the nest looking real lethargic and sick. I was able to get him away from the female and he just laid in my hand and barely moved. So I put him back in the cage and, I once again went through and disinfected everything. He died later on that night. I check on him again and he wasn't breathing. I am at my wits end. I love my finches and this male was a gift along with the new cage. I feed and water them twice a day. I haven't changed food brands. I'm sorry this is so long but I really need some advice before going out and buying a new male zebra. Thank you.

Heather

Posted 1/4/2008 4:21:19 AM Post #1134
 

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Hi Heather,
very strange situation. Since it's been the new bird to die in both situations while with the female, it could be that the female is the problem. They usually take well to a new mate but can be spiteful to the point of keeping new birds away from food or any nest or eggs she may have laid. Aggression is often hidden in the presence of distractions such as people but starts up when the birds are alone again. Another possibility is that the new bird can't find or recognize new food/water in unfamiliar conditions.
There are lots of other variables so more details are needed to make a better "diagnosis".
Posted 8/24/2008 1:53:19 PM Post #1538
 

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Awh sorry to hear about your males
Posted 8/25/2008 5:06:01 AM Post #1540
 

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Sorry about your losses.  I know how painful it is to lose a friend.

Probably best way to tell what is wrong with a bird is to check their droppings.  I put a paper towel on the bottom of the cage so I can clearly see the condition of the droppings.   If they are green or yellow it could indicate some kind of infection or sickness.  Or no droppings could be a crop failure, etc. 

Other than that make sure your food and water is good quality.   I would switch my food to a different brand and use purified or distilled water - That would eliminate any problem there.  The seed might have been contaminated or just way too old.

Also, as the other member said the female could be agressive for some reason - so if you had 2 separate feeders then they don't have to share the same feeding spot.

Good luck!

Posted 1/10/2010 5:24:19 PM Post #2141
 

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My bet is the female ,I think she must not like the male`s. Sorry for your pain.

vivi
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