Habitat Sweet Habitat: Finches

Setting up a cage for your new finch? Here’s what you need to know.

Choosing a Habitat

  • Finches are social and prefer to live in pairs.
  • Your finch needs a home large enough to fly around in with wire spacing no larger than ½” apart. It should be large enough for a food dish, water dish, bird bath, multiple perches, toys and a cuttlebone. Get the largest cage possible that allows room for flight (a finch should never have its wings clipped).
  • A long cage is better than a tall narrow cage.
  • Place the cage in a warm, bright part of the house, close to where the action is but away from all drafts and direct sunlight, and off the floor.
  • Avoid setting up the cage in or near the kitchen at all costs. Birds are extremely sensitive to fumes and those from self-cleaning ovens and Tefloncoated cookware.
  • Cover the cage at night to prevent drafts.

Play & Hide

  • Finches enjoy ladders, swings and mirrors with bells. Provide a minimum of two toys to keep your finch entertained.
  • Make sure that you locate the toys out of the bird’s natural flight path to prevent flight obstructions.
  • A minimum of two perches of different widths are great for exercising your finch’s feet and should be placed at varying heights throughout the cage, away from food dishes.
  • Hay balls or hide-a-ways filled with timothy hay will encourage foraging.
  • A finch’s beak will never stop growing, so make sure to provide cuttlebone or a calcium block to keep its beak trim.
  • Provide a warm birdbath a minimum of three to four times a week.

Shopping List
❏ Cage
❏ Water dish
❏ Food dish
❏ Bird bath
❏ Multiple perches of different widths
❏ Swing
❏ Toys
❏ Cuttlebone
❏ Treats
❏ Mineral block
❏ Bedding

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