Tommy, Timmy, Jimmy, and Anthony’s parents were born on February 18, 2021, in Alliance, Ohio. At four months old, they were driven from their breeder/owner (Randi’s sister ) to their new home in Woodbridge, NJ. They were named Slim (father because he was so tiny) and Shady (mother because she played with father but pecked at him when he wasn’t looking) (and because Randi’s son Dylan who would raise the birds liked the singer Eminem).

On September 23, 2021 (Padre Pio Feast Day), they had six little finches but only four survived. Tommy, Timmy, Anthony, and Jimmy. The chicks were naked, blind, and helpless at birth. They stayed in their nest for 3 weeks with both mom and dad caring for them, preening them, and feeding them.

Anthony was the smallest of all the babies and the last to leave their nest at the age of four weeks. Timmy and Tommy were the closest and because they were much larger, they bullied Anthony so they were all separated with two in each cage (Tommy and Timmy, mom and dad, and Anthony and Jimmy).

On March 19, 2022, the Ciszewski family donated Tommy and Timmy to St Joseph’s. When Timmy wanted to be on his own and left St Joseph’s, the Ciszewski family donated Anthony and Jimmy to keep the family together.

Anthony and Jimmy are being loved and cared for by our St. Joseph’s family. Tommy (aka Romeo) is now with his new mate, Julia, and doing very well. We hope to have more baby finches join us very soon.

Today, all are happy and healthy and living their best-feathered life. They enjoy seeds, fruits, vegetables, and grains. They are tiny birds only 2-3 inches. While the average lifespan of a finch is 5-9 years some can live more than 20 years. Our family of finches loves to sing and we watch them and remain entertained.

We think our Zebra Finches are one of the loveliest creations of Mother Nature, with their serene beauty, soothing singing voice, and composed temperament. It is not surprising why they are also among the most popular pet birds across many countries. While they are a bit messy when they de-husk their seeds, they require a minimal time commitment. Other than cleaning their cage, enjoying their songs, feeding them and providing fresh water, they are very easy to care for and they continue to bring us much joy!


Randi Ciszewski



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