Caring for Your New Finches
Finches need special care. Some are very hardy while others are fragile. Your birds go through a lot to get to their new home. We recommend postponing any handling or excitement around their cage until several days have passed, allowing them to become comfortable in their new environment. The following information will assist you in providing your birds with the best possible care.
Nutrition - Finches eat fortified seed, oyster shell, charcoal and egg shells. They also like hard boiled eggs; two finches = one hard boiled egg for the week, mashed up. Give them a little at a time, then remove what they don’t eat within an hour or so to avoid the egg from becoming rancid. They also need clean water every day.
Stress - Over handling is one of the most common causes of stress, which can lead to a perished finch. In addition, excessive arm movements while admiring them in their cage is a great cause of stress. Remember, we look like predators to them because predator’s eyes look forward, not to the side like birds, fish and other common prey. Keeping all of this in mind is useful while connecting with your finches.
Environment - A clean, dust free cage not only looks great, but will help to keep mites away. Diatomaceous earth is a non-toxic pest control that is highly recommended in keeping moths and mites away. Be sure that your finches are not by any drafts, hot or cold, as extreme temperatures can be deadly to your finch(es).
We hope this helps in assisting the health and long life of your new finches. If you have any questions, please contact The Finch Farm Co. at 1.877.527.5656.
The Finch Farm Team