Finches are typically very small, fragile birds. The proper cage type and size will protect them from unexpected mishaps.
TIPS & ADVICE
Gouldian & Finch health and care tips, product of the day, "did you know" and other articles that just don't quite fit on any of the other pages.
SETTING UP A BIRD ROOM
Information about what I've tried and how I'm set up! Use this information to help you decide where and how to set up your own bird room.
This list of optional equipment is just that...optional. Needing these items really depends on your intentions - whether you intend to keep a single pair, several pairs, or become an actual breeder and sell your birds for income, etc. Use this link to help you decide what you really need! And while there is a list of truly OPTIONAL items, I have also added a few lists of what I consider to be A MUST.
Housing your birds is an important part of keeping them healthy! Many pet stores sell cages that are far too small for the average bird. A single finch or canary may do well in a smallish, decorative cage, but this is really not enough room and can shorten the life of your feathered friend! Click each blue link for additional information on each topic!
HOUSING & HUSBANDRY - MAIN
KRISTEN REEVES, MEADOWLARK FARMS AVIAN SUPPLY, INC.
One of the many questions I'm repeatedly asked is "how" to handle and/or hold the birds for inspection, clipping nails, or any other time we may need to handle them. In this episode, I've described how I handle MY birds, and what I've found to give me the most control with even the most skittish or squirmy of birds.
Most of us would like to think our aviary is a safe place for our birds. We do everything we can to keep them happy, healthy, and safe from dangers. But some of the most common items in the bird room can actually be a huge danger, especially to young birds. Below are just a few of those dangers.
If you have an emergency in the bird room - a bird gets a leg caught in the cage bars, has a broken wing, had night frights and is injured, is egg bound, is bleeding, or any other issue that could possibly occur - you don't want the bird to drop dead in your hand just because you caught them! You need them to remain calm enough that you can handle them and attend to their injuries or needs.
See this page for lists of harmful and safe plants that may be fed to or used inside your Gouldians cages - or out of the cage in your bird's area.
While products made specifically for birds are always nice, they can also be costly. Feel free to use items from around your household to accessorize your bird cages. It's not always necessary to purchase all new "bird specific"!
Moving birds from one location to another, such as from the pet store to your home, can cause the birds stress. Be sure to purchase a cage and set it up with food, water, appropriate perches, and anything else you feel necessary, BEFORE you purchase your bird. And before you buy, check out this link and decide if bird keeping is really for you!