Australian Finches – Their Care and Keep
Australian finches are remarkable little birds. The name is a broad term and is so named because there are many different types of finches that fit into this category. Some are the Zebra Finch, Painted Finch, Lady Gouldian and there are a variety of more that fit into the category.
Of all of the birds that are considered part of the Australian family the Zebra finch makes the best pet. For those families or individuals that like birds and want a pet this is the most hardy and easy to keep. They do require a few things but nothing of any great work.
Zebra finch as already discussed is part of Australian finches classification. They sing and will do well in a small to medium bird cage. They need a well balanced diet and to be kept warm and out of drafts.
When choosing a pet bird these sweet finches are the easiest to keep. When choosing the right foods for their diets it is important to remember to keep it well balanced with seed, greens and protein. One of the best foods to give them is mashed hard boiled eggs.
When trying to introduce the Australian finch to new foods it is best to do it while they are young. Older birds tend to shy away from anything new and will be harder to convince that the new food supply is good for them. If a breeder has an older bird that will eat a variety of foods many times this bird will be used as a trainer. When it is feeding time the breeder will put the older bird in with the youngsters and they will see the trainer eat the foods. It is important to offer greens to your Australian finches to maintain good health.
Along with food for the diets is fresh water. Australian finches will need to have fresh water available to them at all times. Because they are small it is very easy for them to become dehydrated and very hard to rehydrate them. If this happens and a small Australian finch needs to be hydrated it will take the help of an expert or animal doctor (vet). Many times the birds die due to not having access to fresh water.
Breeding finches is not as hard as many would think. As long as there is a pair and they get along things usually go well. It is very important to know that when Australian finches are molting they are under stress. This is not a good time to introduce anything new. When speaking of nothing new while molting this also goes for introducing a new mate.
When an Australian finch owner decides they want to begin breeding these lovely birds there is really no change in diet needed. If they are on a well-maintained and healthy diet they will have all they need. Many new breeders are under the impression that more food is needed. If your finches are well cared for there isn’t anything else that you could possibly add unless you want to introduce something new.
When breeding Australian finches or Zebra finches it is best to keep them out of high traffic areas. These birds tend to like their privacy while getting to know their mates and beginning the breeding process.