Like all other pets, finches need a clean environment, mental stimulation, exercise, fresh finch food and water, and regular check-ups to be healthy, happy, and active and to live a longer life.
You can easily find finch food seed mix at pet stores or from breeders. This is the staple of their daily diet. To keep your finch healthy, you will need to supplement their daily diet of finch seed with:
Best Care and Finch Food
Sprouted seed and spray millet are very good finch food for all finches.
To provide your birds with a good amount of protein, you can offer egg food, whole wheat bread soaked in milk, live foods such as meal worms and fruit flies, mynah bird pellets and even a bit of dry dog food.
Finches should never be placed in direct sunlight because they can over heat, so supplementing their diet with cod liver oil will supply them with Vitamin D.
Grit with charcoal is essential to aid in digestion and it contains valuable minerals and trace elements. Grit should be provided in a special cup or sprinkled over the bottom of the cage floor.
Cuttlebone provides your birds with calcium that gives them firm breaks, strong eggshells and will help prevent egg binding. The lime found in cuttlebone is also great for aiding in digestion.
You can spoil your birds with occasional treats of spinach, chickweed, watercress, dandelions, lettuce leaf, and bits of apple, pear, carrot tops and seed with honey.
- Give your birds clean, fresh drinking water every day
You can also speak to your avian vet about adding vitamins and minerals to their water.
- Provide fresh finch food in clean dishes every day
Treat dishes should be separate from food dishes.
Finches love to bathe!
- Give your finch a bird bath at least once a week and daily during the hotter months
Place a clean bathing dish with one half-inch of clean water in the bottom of the cage. A bathing dish with an enclosure will help keep the mess from splashing to a minimum.
Bathing is very important to finches when they are molting and breeding.
- Your bird’s nails will need to be trimmed occasionally.
Be very careful to handle your bird with care. Hold them gently and be careful never to clip into the vein as the bird will quickly bleed to death. Nail trimmers and styptic powder to stop bleeding are readily available at pet shops.
Good care and a positive environment will help keep your finches healthy and happy.