How To Care For A Zebra Finch
Zebra finches are naturally chirpy and lively birds. They would be much happier if they got the tender loving care of their owner. So listen to this advice on caring for finches and pet birds in general.
How to care for a zebra finch. They originate from Australia and they can live several years. Make sure when buying the bird, they're nice and lively.
They are quite chirpy birds and can make quite a bit of noise. So, make sure that everyone in your household and even neighbors are comfortable with the birds living in your home. Make sure they've got a cage big enough.
Something like this is ideal so it's quite a lot of space. They can spread their wings. They can fly around.
Obviously, make sure that majority of the time, you want the birds to be outside of the cage. They will fly back to their cage for their food, their water and to go to the toilet once they are settled in their home. In the cage, there should be perches.
There should be different lengths and different sizes of perches so it feels for them. There should be a food bowl, a water bowl, and the food should be changed at least everyday to twice a day, same with the water, fresh water everyday to every other day. There are special different types of vitamins such as water vitamins you can add as a supplement to their water.
The food we use to put in their food bowls is the Beaphar XtraVital. It has 21 different fruits, seeds, nuts, vegetables and egg, which is high in vitamin A and it's enriched with all the right vitamins, minerals, and it's a complete balanced diet. Even though this is a balanced diet, we don't just want to put them on as food.
We do want to give them other flavors and textures. So, fresh fruits and vegetables are great. You can get different seeds, fruits and nuts.
There are different treats which have got fruits, nuts, honey and not only is it a great treat, it's something that prevents boredom and obviously it helps to keep that beak nice and trim. Make sure you know exactly what kind of fruit and veggie you can feed them. Some things like lettuce may be too watery and acidic and may cause diarrhea.
So just be careful of what fruit and veggie you do feed them. If you are unsure, consult your vet or local breeder or your local pet store. Another good thing for them is cuttlefish bone.
It gives them all the essential calcium in there and also helps to keep that beak nice and trim. Also, which is advisable is a mineral block. It has all the essential and extra minerals in there and vitamins and also helps to keep that beak nice and trim.
Now, especially small birds like zebra finches can get really stressed when they're moving to new homes. This could be from movement, new temperatures, new people and new surroundings which can cause them a bit of diarrhea. The grit aids digestion and really helps settle their stomach.
If you can give this daily or a couple of times a week, this really helps their digestive system. At the bottom of the cage, you can put loose sand or sandpaper. This will soak up all their urine and feces.
This should be changed daily to every other day depending on how messy they do get. When cleaning the cage, always use a bird disinfectant. This kills all the right bacteria but it won't harm your bird whereas our day to day disinfectant may be quite harmful towards the birds.
Unfortunately, birds suffer form mites. Mites are little red pesticides which can eat away at them and suck their blood. It causes feather loss and it causes weight loss.
This can be really distressing for the bird and in extreme cases, can cause death. Just by spraying the bird every 3 months with an anti-pesticide spray kills the mites and protects them. Do this every 3 months.
You'd be free from any pesticides. All birds, especially zebra finches love to bathe. It cleans them, it makes them happy and it also prevents boredom.
Make sure your birdbath is big enough for them to fit in. It should be shallow obviously to prevent drowning and it should be at least room temperature, not too cold and not too warm. Inside the cage, there should be plenty of toys and treats obviously to prevent bor