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Hello, I have two pairs of zebra finches. Pair one is a chestnut female and pied male. Pair two is a chestnut female and light gray normal. One of my females seems to spend her time sitting on perches, sitting in the food bowl, and sun bathing. She very very rarely fly's around. Her male fly's a lot and is vocal. She does not even peep ever. Not once. I have had them for 3.5 weeks and have yet to see any mating. I did find one egg in the nest when we got them but it was cracked. Not sure if she is egg bound? Male built a nest but no eggs. The male grooms her but she does not return the favor, she just seems very uninterested. Not sure how old they are, maybe a year? I tried to put the other pair with them but pair one male would not leave the other male alone. I removed him and left pair twos female and she seemed to over power the dominate male. In pair two the female is very active and the male is some what vocal and lazy. Pair two is new to me only two days. The cage pair one is in is a 42 inch long, 22 inch deep and 37 inch tall cage. I am keeping the pairs as they were, same male and females and separated into two cages. Both pairs have a nest in their cage and they spend some time during the day in it but do not sleep in it (which is normal). Cages are inside at about 70-75 degrees at day and no lower than 70 at night. Pair one is also right next to a window. I would so appreciate ANY advice. As we speak pair one female is laying and eating in the food bowl. Maybe I should add a egg meal food to their regular food. I also offer, banana, strawberry, spring mix almost everyday. Let me know of anything that comes to mind. I would appreciate literally any advice/recommendations!
 

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Hello and Welcome to Talk Parrots, your hen that sits around and isn't very active sounds like she might be ill. How old is she? Did you buy her as a young chick?

Finches sometimes choose exactly who they want to mate/pair with and if this hen isn't interested in the male you chose to breed her with then there won't be eggs. You can try offering the birds egg food/meal mixed with a hard boiled chicken egg that has been mashed into a crumble, add some tiny tips of broccoli and some shredded finely chopped carrot mixed in the meal. You can also give the birds crushed egg shells that have been steamed to sterilize them and then dried and crushed to add calcium to their diet which helps keep their eggs shells stronger.

If there isn't the proper diet for the birds it can deter them from breeding also.
 

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Ill birds need a heat source so they xan focu their energy on getting better and not maintain body heat. I have heated perches and a radiant heater for birds. If you are able you could take the bird to an avain vet to get antibiotics. Giving soft boiled eggs is a great idea to give extra nutrition (egg shells is need for bird who lay eggs - can ground them uo in a powder). You could also sprinkle thrive vitamin supplemeny and missing link feather supplements on her food- can get it bothon amazon. These are things to help get over her ailment as she does sound injured or ill. Look into the bennefits of sprouting for birds if you can... its a game changer as unsprouted seeds blocks alot of nutrition obsorption.
 
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