A Guide to the Zebra Finch
If you are considering getting some zebra finches but are not sure what care is involved then this guide to zebra finches should give you some useful zebra finch information.
Zebra Finch Housing
Zebra finches can be kept in cages, aviaries, indoors or outdoors because they are so hardy. Zebra finches are able to tolerate loads of different environments without encountering nay problems; however they do not like rain much. If you are going to change the zebra finch’s environment then you shouldn’t do it too rapidly because they need some time to adjust. Once acclimatised you will find that a zebra finch can survive in temperatures ranging between 5 and 30 degrees Celsius. If you are trying to breed zebra finches then you shouldn’t let the temperature drop below 15 degrees Celsius.
Because zebra finches are so hardy you are left with the choice of where to house them. If you are going to keep your zebra finches indoors then a cage is usually best but they can get very messy; a good solution is to have a shed where you can keep a bird cage. If you want to keep your birds outside then an aviary is usually best. Whether you decide on a cage or an aviary you should always try to make it as big as possible.
Zebra Finch Equipment
Along with a cage or aviary you will need to have some other bits of equipment. Having food tubs and drinkers for water you should also provide a bird bath for them to bathe in. If you are interested in zebra finch breeding then you should also buy a nest box or wicker nests. You can also add materials to their cage or aviary such as coconut fibre or hay to help them make nests of their own.
Feeding Zebra Finches
You will need to feed zebra finches a seed mixture for small birds. This will need to include millet, canary seeds as well as other components. You should always allow zebra finches to have excess food, if they are fat then they need more exercise and not less food.
You should always allow your zebra finches access to fresh water and calcium in the form of cuttlefish bone.