Your Go-To Finch Information Sheet
It’s a very exciting time adding a new pet finch to the family, at Pet.co.nz we want to make sure that we help you successfully introduce your new finch to your home and make the experience as stress free as possible.
Before the big day, ideally before the finch arrives, you want to set things up as they will be, so that the finch doesn't come home to an environment that then changes again once they have started to settle in. Here is what we suggest to help make sure that your finch settles in.
- Correctly sized bird cage
- Bird cage cover
- Finch food
- Millet spray (bird treat)
- Finch treats
- Bird cage tidy to catch any seed etc. that falls from the cage
- Bird perches
- Bird toys
- Bird bath
- Bird food and water dishes
- Mineral Block
Finch's make great pets, they have amazing colours are gentle and mellow and are intelligent birds who like to copy repetitive sounds and noises around them. Finch’s are happiest when they are housed as a group, with at least three birds together and more if possible.
Feeding Your Finch
Your finch’s diet should consist of high quality finch seed and/or pellets, these seeds and pellets should make up approximately 65% of your finch’s diet. Fresh fruit, vegetables and treats should make up 25% of your finch’s diet and the remaining 10% can be made up with treats.
Fresh food and water should always be available, if fruit and vegetables are not eaten within the day they should be removed and replaced with fresh fruit and vegetables the next day.
Your finch will also need a mineral block and cuttlefish, both of these provide the finch with all the calcium and other essential nutrients they need to stay healthy.
Housing Your Finch
The most important part of housing a finch is ensuring that you get the right sized bird cage. A good sized bird cage will be at least 60cm40cm50cm for three finches. The gap between the wires should be no more than 8mm wide, any wider and your finch may be able to escape or get its head caught between the wires.
Inside the cage you will need a variety of bird perches, with different textures, shapes and sizes to help to recreate the outdoor environment for the bird, so that the finch can stretch out its feet and also keep its claws trimmed on the different sizes and textures. As finches are quite small, the perch diameter needs to be 6-8mm.
When choosing to position your bird cage, ensure that the cage is not in any drafts, direct sunlight for endless hours of the day and in a reasonably social part of the house, your finch will want to feel that they are part of the family. And finally make sure that the finch is kept out of the way of any cats and dogs.
Maintaining Your Bird Cage
It’s important to clean the bird cage and perches regularly, this enables you to change the bird cage around, by moving the perches and also changing out the bird toys helps to reduce boredom as the cage keeps changing.
Ensure that the bird water and food bowls are changed and cleaned daily and located in a part of the cage where, poo and feathers are not likely to fall into them.
Make sure that you don’t use a lot of cleaning type chemicals around your finch, and don’t spray fly spray around them.
Finches Health and Wellbeing
By spending time with your finch on a daily basis you will notice any changes. Basically a healthy finch eats regularly, stands on both feet, its feathers look nice (unless moulting at the time), they are clean around the vent (bottom) and a clean and free from stains and any sort of build up around the nostrils and eyes.
So if you notice any of these things change, then it is time to get some advice from your local vet.
A lot of things can be toxic to birds like aerosols, cleaning products, and some indoor plants so make sure that you bird proof your home before letting the finch fly around.
The other major factor to protect your finch, is that while they are getting used to the layout of your house, make sure that you cover the windows and any big mirrors as the birds can’t see glass, pulling the curtains or blinds works for the windows, either tie a ribbon over the large mirrors or put paper onto the glass to show the finch that it is there.