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Finches

Experience Level: Advanced

grass finches in cage

Finches

Did you know? Male Zebra Finches learn their mating call by memorizing their father’s song and then adding their own, new notes.

Step 1Choosing a Habitat

Housing
• Same species and same-sized Finches are social and can be house in pairs or in larger flocks in
aviaries. Minimum cage size is 12x12x15".
• Not all species of Finches get along. Larger species of Finches should not be housed in the
same cage as smaller species.

Perches
• Provide at least two (A) perches of differing widths, diameters and textures to help keep your pet’s feet healthy.
• Do not place over (B) food bowls.

Cage Placement
• Place your bird’s cage at or below eye level, away from drafts and open windows. Cover the cage at
night to prevent drafts.
• Be aware that Finches are sensitive to smoke, scorched Teflon and strong odors. The cage
should not be placed in the kitchen.

 

Step 2Play and Hide

Nests
(C) For sleeping, your Finch may enjoy a wicker nest.

Hay Balls
(D) When filled with timothy hay, these balls encourage foraging.

Natural Wooden Branches (not pictured)
• Used to increase the number of habitat hiding spots. Millet spray and produce can be tied onto
branches to encourage foraging.

Baths
• Offer a warm bath or gently mist your pet with warm water from a clean spray bottle 2-3 times
per week.

 

Step 3Bedding

Types
(E) Corn cob bedding, aspen, wood pellets or recycled paper products can be used. Cage liners are also appropriate.

Cleaning
• Bedding should be spot cleaned weekly and completely changed monthly.

 

Traits and Behavior

Social
• Finches love to have visual contact with people, however, typically do not like to be handled. Talking and whistling to your bird will provide them the interaction and socialization they need.

Song Birds
• The soothing sounds of these birds make the Finch an entertaining pet. Males are typically better singers than females.

High Metabolic Rate
• Because a Finch’s metabolism is very active, starvation can occur in as little as 24 hours. Food should be available at all times.

Messy Eaters
• Your Finch will drop a lot of food while eating.

HEALTH

New surroundings and environments can be stressful for pets. Prior to handling your pet, give her 3-4 days to adjust to her new surroundings while monitoring her behavior for any signs of excessive stress or illness.

THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  • Decreased appetite; weight loss
  • Decreased activity and grooming behavior
  • Change in droppings in excess of two days
  • Prolonged sitting at the bottom of cage
  • Discharge from nose or mouth; sneezing
  • Feathers fluffed for prolonged periods of time

If you notice any of the signs described above, speak with a PetSmart store associate or avian veterinarian about the health of your pet.

PETSMART CARES

Pets purchased at PetSmart are part of our exclusive Vet Assured™ program; a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our pets.
The program includes:
• Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.

• Specific standards for in-store pet care.

• The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.

Finch habitat

HEALTH
New surroundings and environments can be stressful for pets. Prior to handling your bird, give her 3-4 days to adjust to her new surroundings while monitoring her behavior for any signs of excessive stress or illness.

THINGS TO WATCH FOR
• Decreased appetite; weight loss • Decreased activity and grooming behavior

• Change in droppings in excess of two days

• Prolonged sitting at the bottom of cage

• Discharge from nose or mouth; frequent sneezing

• Feathers fluffed for prolonged periods of time

If you notice any of the signs described above, speak with a PetSmart associate or your avian veterinarian regarding the health of your pet.

PETSMART CARES
Pets purchased at PetSmart are part of our exclusive Vet Assured™ program; a program designed by PetSmart veterinarians to help improve the health and well-being of our birds.

The program includes:
• Specific standards our vendors agree to meet in caring for and observing pets for common illnesses.

• Specific standards for in-store pet care.

• The PetSmart Promise: If your pet becomes ill during the initial 14-day period, or if you’re not satisfied for any reason, PetSmart will gladly replace the pet or refund the purchase price.