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Post  FinchG on Fri Oct 22, 2010 11:27 am

Finches are less likely than parrots to develop a bond with family members. However, they are beautiful and interesting birds to observe. Because they may consume up to 30% of their body weight a day in food and may collapse from hypoglycemia if they are deprived of food for even short periods, finches spend a great deal of their day eating. Some of the more exotic finches enjoy live food such as mealworms but have been bred on vegetarian diets.

While finches may be small in size, some species are territorial in aviary situations and others have well developed pecking orders. Self-mutilation, poor body condition and increased susceptibility to disease may be indirect results of aggression in birds that are psychologically stressed because of their low social position.

There is a tendency to provide housing for finches that is narrow and tall in design, but this restricts the birds’ horizontal flying patterns. The finches tend to gather at the same level in the enclosure leading to overcrowded conditions and secondary aggression among the birds.

Finches prefer the company of other finches. They are considered “skittish” and will usually fly away when approached. Some can be finger-trained individually. If capture of a finch is necessary, one useful approach is to remove all perches and turn off the lights before reaching into the enclosure.

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Post  FinchG on Tue Oct 26, 2010 11:09 am

My Society Finches are busy all day. They flutter from one perch to another. They rarely stop to rest unless they are eating a seed or two.
I have their cage right beside my computer so I can watch them and listen to their soft noises. I can't describe the sound, maybe like quiet crickets chirping.

I am pretty sure they both are females as no one has sang a song for me. Or maybe they are males and are not singing because their are no females.

They are 3 months old so I would think maybe they would have sang by now.
I give them the finch food, veggie food, broccoli and crushed boiled egg. I want to get them used to eating different foods incase they ever breed once I know what sex to add to their cage.

So back to "what do they do all day" I have cocanut fiber clipped to the side of the cage so most of their time is flying to get one lonely strand and fly across the cage with it and it always seems to fall from their beak when they arrive at their destination. Or if they do make it to there spot the other flys over and takes it away.
Then the process starts all over.

When they get tired of this, they stop to take their bath and cover the bottom of the cage in water. This will be their first bath out of the three they take every day. Then stop for a little lunch then its back to their perch for a little nap.

After the 3 or 4 minute nap its back to the one strand of coco fiber until snack time.

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