Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Do You Love Your Society Finches?

Do you have Society Finches? Well, the name fits perfectly, don't you think? They have an extremely social nature and actually should always be kept in groups.

Some people may call them busybodies because they can often get in the way and disrupt the breeding habits of other more private birds. Their energetic nature, however, is never aggressive, making them wonderful pets for novice as well as advanced bird lovers.

Society Finches are said to have been developed in Asia over three hundred years ago by Chinese and Japanese breeders. Also, that they are a domestic form of the White-backed Munia (Lonchura striata), however their absolute ancestry is uncertain. The length of these friendly birds is about four and one-fourth inches to four and three-fourths inches (11-12 cm). Society Finches are very colorful. They have three basic color varieties: chocolate and white, fawn and white, and pure white. Plus there are tri-coloreds, crested forms (developed in the 1930's), and solid-colored Society Finches. What marvels the mind is that they are like fingerprints. No two Society Finches are alike.

Society Finches have an ideal temperament. Plus, they are inexpensive, one of the easiest birds to care for, and make great pets for beginners.

Fresh food and water must be provided daily. A good finch seed mix of millets and canary seed will provide their everyday preference, and is found at any pet store. Social Finches have a need for green foods, such as chickweed and spinach, to be placed in a separate cup on a regular basis. Other food supplements can include egg foods, apples or pears. If you like to spoil your finches fix up some special nutritious treats of seeds with honey, fruits or vegetables. Grit with charcoal is also needed in your Social Finch's diet to aid in digestion. Grit with charcoal contains valuable minerals and trace elements. Grit should be provided either in a special cup or it can be sprinkled over the bottom of the cage floor. A cuttlebone is also needed because the calcium that it provides will give your bird a firm beak, strong eggshells when breeding, and it will also prevent egg binding in females. The lime found in the cuttlebone also aids the birds in their digestion. Very hardy birds, Society Finches, so almost all illnesses can be traced to an improper diet, dirty cages, or drafts. When they have a balanced diet and plenty of exercise, they are able to avoid most illnesses.

Make sure you offer your Society Finches a bath by setting a dish in the bottom of the cage that is about 1" deep with a 1/2" of water inside. Or some pet owners prefer to clip a bath house onto the side of the cage. Either way works fine. Another part of Society Finch care involves trimming their nails. Their owners must be careful to never clip into the vein because the bird can quickly bleed to death. Accidents do happen, so to be prepared, have some bird nail trimmers and styptic powder on hand to stop the bleeding. You may find them at any pet shop. Enjoy your Society Finches, love them and take care of them and they will live a good, healthy life.

1 comments:

Michael Stanford said...

Hi!

I just wanted to share to viewers about Caring for Your Society Finches...
It is always good to remember that the Society Finch is a bird that has never lived in the wild. Therefore, the survival skills that may be found in other types of Finches may be absent in them. Make it easy for your Finches to survive by providing them with their basic needs. When setting up their cage or enclosure, make sure that the area is one with the right temperature, and has protection from the harsh natural elements like rain, extreme heat, or even snow. Another thing to remember is to keep them in an area free from predators, such as rats or cats. Inside their cages, make sure that food and water are always present, and easy to find. From time to time, be sure to give them ample sources of protein, vitamin D and calcium.

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