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Choosing a finch as your new pet bird: the pros and cons

May 9, 2021
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Learn why a finch will or will not make a good pet bird

Finches can be lively and interesting pets. If you are a bird lover and appreciate the company of a fairly self-sufficient pet, a Finch could be “just what the doctor ordered.” They thrive in pairs and are fine with the addition of other finches, as long as new members of the family also come in pairs. In fact, as long as the size of the cage is large enough for the number of birds that live together, the more you have, the better. You need to make sure that the extra finches are the same size, otherwise the larger finches could become aggressive.

Finches come in a wide variety of colors, they are extremely cute, they love to bathe every day, and they are fairly easy to raise. One of the most important things about any pet you choose is knowing what the pet can offer a person or family and what aspects of the pet may be the most difficult to handle. Let’s look at the pros and cons of having a Finch as a guest.

Pros:

Finches are beautiful and come in a wide range of colors and patterns. They also have a variety of personalities.

Your pet finch will need very little maintenance. Their favorite food is finch-oriented birdseed seeds that are available in most pet stores.

They often breed in captivity, allowing for the fun of watching the entire mating and hatching process.

Singing, chirping and chirping, the peaceful and happy sound of birds being birds will float from their cages. I find the morning to be a little brighter when I remove the cover from their cage and they begin their happy conversation.

Most finches will live for about 10 years, a real bonus, as there will surely be a bond that will grow as the family watches and enjoys the evolution of their little families.

House finches make excellent apartment birds, as their cage needs are minimal and they are not overly noisy.

Cons:

Most of us want to pet or play with our avian friends, but finches don’t like to be handled. I prefer the company of other finches.

While watching new finches hatch will be fun, there is also some responsibility on your part to ensure that the breeding goes well. You will need to provide a nest or the elements of a nest for the mother. They will also need a lot of light.

They must be fed and watered daily. While eating and drinking, they tend to spread their food and water all over the place.

Finches are not good housekeepers. When they eat, the seed shells and small pieces of food will fall to the floor, so you will need to find the correct location for the cage that will make cleaning easier.

Cleaning your pet’s finch cage can be a great job, as they are generally unhappy with the disruption of their habitat. Some people have 2 cages so they can clean the cage thoroughly with a minimum of interruptions. Open both cage doors and bring the cages together. Place fresh fruit or their favorite toys in the second cage and they’ll get in with a minimum of fuss. Just invest when you finish cleaning the main cage.

Finches are rarely quiet, but it is quite easy to silence them. Just cover his cage like you do at night to have some peace and quiet.

The decision to have a pet at home is very serious. Even a small one like a Finch can mean extra work, but once you have a system it’s not too bad and the joy you get from your pet Finch will more than make up for it. Once you’ve done your research and know what it takes to raise a happy, healthy pet finch, you’re ready to enjoy the pleasant company of one of nature’s little wonders. Being greeted by your pet each morning will be the highlight of your day.

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