Finches for Sale
The Finches are members of the order Passeriformes, which contains the perching birds. These birds have an unrivaled ability to control the syrinx muscles in the throat and produce elaborate and melodic songs. Zebra Finches are also very popular as they are beautiful, common and inexpensive. Finches, Canaries, and their close cousins the Estrilids (Waxbills) aren't able to mimic human speech or household sounds as they lack the chords around the voice box the Parrots have that is so similar to our own. These chords are what allow for the development of spoken language, although the body language and behaviors of these birds is a language all its own. They can live to be 5 to possibly 10 years or older with proper care. Uncle Bill's most popular Finches are Gouldian Black Head, Gouldian Orange Head, Gouldian Red Head, Society, and Zebra species.
In addition to seeds and pellets, a variety of other foods such as fruits and vegetables can and should be offered regularly to round out the bird's diet. Sources of whole wheat grains like unsweetened fortified cereals (like "Cheerios"), brown rice, cooked oats, and seeds (like those in commercial non-sunflower based seed mixes) are nutritious. Sun-dried millet is a highly relished favorite of these birds. Whole grains provide many essential nutrients and are also an excellent source of fiber and carbohydrates, which serve as a source of energy for active metabolisms. Avocado should be avoided entirely as it is toxic to birds. If you are trying to wean a bird onto other food sources besides seed, try offering them early in the morning and the seeds late in the afternoon to aid the transition.
Minimum cage size for finches is 12x12x15" - 24x14x18". Finches can acclimate well to average household temperatures, as long as they do not to drop below 65°F or to exceed 80°F. They need space to fly and flit about freely. They like to move around and fly from branch to branch, so allow them plenty of space to exercise and perch. Be sure to provide fresh water to bathe in, as most Finches relish a good bath to freshen up and keep their feathers in top condition. Provide an assortment of perches at a variety of widths and heights and do not place them above food or water bowls. Be sure to give them plenty of toys at all times, a hiding place or hut, T-stand or playpen for out of the cage play time, and the occasional birdbath using either a mist or warm water bath. They can be kept with other Finches, at least one if not more, and actually thrive on the company of other Finches. Cover cage at night for sleeping and to prevent drafts.
Is a Finch Right for Me?
Finches are easily one of the most common bird in the aviculture industry, and can be very entertaining and beautiful pets! Fortunately, that also makes them one of the easiest birds to care for, being fairly common and inexpensive. Also, due to their sociability, they love to make visual contact with their caretakers, but do not usually enjoy being held or pet. Therefore, they may not do well in a household with small children, or with close adult supervision. Try talking, whistling, or singing to your Finch for their enjoyment!
Please call ahead to the store location you are planning on visiting to confirm that finches for sale will be available.
At Uncle Bill’s Pet Center, we not only offer Finches for sale, we also employ a highly trained staff that can assist you in building an appropriate habitat for your new pet, and educate you on the proper care of the animal—making sure you get the most out of your pet ownership adventure!