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Day of Arrival for your feathered friend

Posted by fetchingfinchesaviary@gmail.com on January 30, 2015 at 2:50 AM


One of the most common question I recieve is 'What do I do when I get my finch home?'

First and foremost be prepared. Have your quarantine cage at the ready, make sure you have created a suitable enclosure for your new baby, and finally have food, water and supplies at the ready.


Dehydration is one of the leading causes of death in these birds. Please provide extra water (even a small dish on the floor of the cage). Upon arrival I use a vitamin mix in the water, and a half dosage of rehydration liquid. If your bird starts to look dizzy, squints it eyes or hold its wings away from its body, it may be dehydrated. Try offer a syringe filled with rehydration liquid (like pedialyte) and dropping it on the side of their beak- Never try to force liquids, this can cause death.

If the bird is to be introduced into an existing enclosure, please read this other post on Integrating your new finch. Place cages adjacent to each other for a few days to let them get accustomed to each other, then place the new bird in the cage closer to sundown. This gives them ample time to seek out resources, and then during nightfall the birds will sleep. However do make sure to have a nightlight so the new bird can located food/water upon request.


Birds often develop watery droppings after the stress of a move, do not be alarmed if this continues for the first 48 hours. Please note to color of the droppings as green can often indicate an infection. It is a good idea to administer a probiotic like AVIPRO AVIAN for 1 week. This will help your bird with digestion, assimilation to a new food, relieve stress and provide electrolytes.


Birds can becomes easily stressed, so try and disturb them as little as possible the first 24 hours. My birds are tame, and enjoy the company of others, but it is best to let them come to you rather than force interaction.

It generally takes 24 to 48 hours for them to become acclimated. However during this time, I keep vitamin water and special foods available to give them a boost in nutrition and speak softly to them.


 My hand raised finches will want attention, so please don’t completely abandon them. Make sure you are calm and friendly, giving many opportunities for interaction after the first 24 hours.


Introduction of a New Bird

Posted by fetchingfinchesaviary@gmail.com on January 14, 2015 at 5:00 AM

Consider thee steps when integrating a new finch into an existing community:

Zebs make up for their small stature by being slightly territorial (yet at the same time social) and work well in community cages provided their is ample space. Introducing a new bird to the community can disturb the social order and the new bird can be met with aggression. There are a few steps to prevent this:

1. BUDDY SYSTEM: It is good practice to introduce new birds in pairs if possible.

2. INTORDUCTION BEFORE ORIENTATION. Place the new bird(s) in a small cage next to the large cage so they may become accustomed to eachother for 3 days.

My birds leave the aviary healthy, but could be exposed to disease upon travel (especially internationally). Quarantine can be as simple as leaving the birds in a separate cage for 2-4 weeks before integration. Under this time in a separate enclosure, I add in suppliments and medication if needed. Having the bird initially separated also reduces stress.


3. REPOSTITION ITEMS in the cage (nests, perches, etc), so they can define new territories.

4. INCREASE RESOURCES. Provide an extra seed container, extra spray of millet on opposite sides of the cage, and add a variety of things to peck and chew: a big leaf of lettuce, palm fronds or new fruit choices (served in half on the bottom of the cage to devour).

5. BEHAVIOR: It is to be expected that there be a slight anamosity amongst the group in the beginning, but it should subside within a few days.My birds are known to have a flawless integration as they have been bred to understand and work well with other species and environments.

Once the new finch is in the enclosure- be sure to monitor them. If there are subtle signs of aggression this should subside in a weeks time:


Mounting: dominance behavior


Beaking: pecking at face (can be a problem if it continues)


Chasing: to chase one or another


Aggression should stop within the first week. If the aggression should escalate to plucking or any other type of physical damage you will need to separate the pair. You can try to reintroduce them again in a weeks time (leaving their cages next to each other).


Cohabitation: Positive is if the pair sits next to one another on a perch.



If aggression does not resolve iteself, or is causing harm to one or more of the birds, the aggressor should be removed from the enclosure and place in a quarentine cage. You should try an integrate the aggressor after 5 days time (without repositioning cage elements) as this changes the 'pecking order' and will allow cohabitation.

If you are integrating a different breed of finches (zebras and javas, or societies and zebras) the same rules apply.