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Caring for a Finch

Have you been considering adopting a small, cute bird? A finch may be a great choice. These little guys are quite charming to watch, and can make terrific pets. Below, a Glendale, AZ vet discusses basic finch care.

The Charms of Finches

Finches have many wonderful qualities. For one thing, they’re quite low maintenance: they tend to bond more to each other than to their owners, so you won’t need to spend a lot of time entertaining your feathered friends. They’re also quite small, so they don’t need a lot of room. Plus, they’re super cute!

Choosing Finches

Finches get very lonely by themselves, so we recommend buying at least two. Everybody needs friends!

Noise

Finches are quieter than many birds: your pets won’t be belting out renditions of pop songs or cussing at your guests. However, there are many different types of finches, and they all have their own unique characteristics. Some of these adorable birds sing beautifully, while others don’t vocalize much. Your finches may also reply to the calls of wild birds at times.

Cage

Just like other birds, finches need a comfy cage. These cute birds fly crosswise, so pick a cage that offers plenty of horizontal space. For one pair of finches, you’ll need a cage that is at least 30 inches wide, but bigger is better. Choose one with bars spaced less than a half inch apart, so your pets can’t get stuck.

Accessories

Your finches will need perches, swings, and food and water dishes. Stainless steel is a great choice for bowls, as it is easily cleaned. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Sunshine

Finches need sunlight in order to stay healthy and happy. Place your birdcage in a quiet spot that gets plenty of natural light.

Food

You can find finch seed mixes in many pet stores. You’ll also want to give your feathered pals some fresh food, such as fruits, veggies, and boiled eggs. Cuttlebone is also great for finches. Ask your vet for specific nutritional recommendations.

Health Care

Some common signs of illness in finches include ruffled feathers, a wet underside, coughing, appetite changes, heavy or raspy breathing, lethargy, and, with songbirds, silence. Contact your vet immediately if you notice any of these warning signs.

Please contact us, your Glendale, AZ animal hospital, with any questions or concerns about finch care. We are happy to assist!

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