A World of Colorful Finches: Easy-Going Avians

While you'll still want to make sure you're prepared to take care of one, finches tend to require relatively little time from their owners. Unlike parrots and cockatoos, they don't need constant interaction with their owners to be happy. Though this means they usually can't be trained to perch on your finger, they're still friendly and won't act aggressively toward other people or pets. From the African Silverbill finch to the Zebra finch, there is a wide variety of finches available with a range of colorful patterns. 

The only care that must be provided everyday to keep a finch healthy is a supply of fresh water and food. The opportunity to bathe in a dish of water at the bottom of the cage once a day during the summer and once a week during other seasons is also important. A clean cage is also a necessity. Expect to change the cage lining every two to three days and wash the cage down once a week. 

Finches don't need large cages, but they do need room for short flights, so a pair should have a cage that's at least 12 by 18 inches with two or three perches. You'll need feeders for food and water, as well as a place to put the bath. It's also good to include a nest box to sleep in. You don't want accessories that interfere with flying room, but a toy or mirror can be included to provide some stimulation.

The cage should be placed next to at least one wall to provide a feeling of security. Place it in an area that gets plenty of light and ventilation but isn't drafty or in direct sunlight. Cage temperatures should be keep between 60 and 70 degrees during the day and above 40 degrees at night. It should also be covered at night to provide a barrier against disturbances.

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