You’ve heard the phrase, “canary in the coal mine,” but these delightful little birds are wonderful companions in the home! If you’ve considered a pet bird you’ve likely come to find that canaries, and more generally Finches, are very popular and widely available. What makes them so appealing as pets? Well, Finches are largely independent of their humans but nonetheless social, have sweet but quiet songs, and, finally, they’re among the lower-maintenance domestic birds available.
Some of the more commonly-kept Finches, such as the Canary, Gouldian and Zebra, are found in the wild, but Society Finches were created by humans thousands of years ago. Still, none of these varieties tend to enjoy being petted or handled, although they do warm up to some physical interactions with their humans over time. Overall, it’s best to be prepared to enjoy the Finch members of your family from a small distance and, most importantly, to keep Finches in pairs or groups to ensure their needs are met and they’re kept happy! You’d be hard pressed to find a lone Finch in the wild and they shouldn’t be in your home without peers either.
When the topic of birds as pets arises, noise level is listed as a concern but, while finches do sing, they aren’t loud, which can make it easier for some pet parents to enjoy the birds’ vocalizations! These tiny, delicate birds aren’t nearly as loud as parrots, for example. For those of us who live in urban settings and/or small apartments, the Finch may offer us companionship that wouldn’t be practical from some other bird species.
One of the most important aspects of caring for Finches is the habitat or cage. You should purchase the largest one you can afford, allowing ample room for flying about and fill it with perches, toys, and even ladders or plants (real or fake, as long as they aren’t toxic) for entertainment and enjoyment. The next most important aspect of care, feeding, is relatively easy since you can purchase specially-formulated pellet diets for Finches. You can also treat your Finch to snacks such as sweet potato or apple pieces. Food won’t be costly simply because these pets are so small, but remember that every pet is an investment and you’ll be feeding and loving your Finches for anywhere from five to ten years on average.
Be sure not to neglect veterinary care for your mini companion either. Once you’ve found the right Finch friend for you and are ready to establish care for them with NOVA Pets, call us at (703) 378-9791! If you have other pets of the canine or feline variety, check out our Wellness Plans here.