Days 18 & 7 ~ Survival Tips & Flock Annoyances

This post is part of my participation in the 31 Day Bird Blogging Challenge @ Students & Birds. Join me & participate in your own way through forum posts, Facebook notes/posts, Pinterest pins, etc!

Day 18 – Your best Finch survival tip.

I have 2 main survival tips when it comes to raising & breeding Finches. The first is to make things fun. Whether this is challenging yourself to keep a rare species or mutation of Finch, blogging or posting on the forum about your birds, working towards upgrading your setups or adding an aviary, or raising your own babies by hand, each hobbyist has to make it theirs in order to truly enjoy it sometimes. This is also helpful to remember on those not-so-easy days when you may be less inclined to spend time with your birds, either due to a recent event or a growing lack of interest. When it isn’t fun for you, it isn’t fun for your flock so challenge yourself to do something new!

One of my Finch “mantras” and my final survival tip is to do your research. There are so many mistakes that first-time owners will make simply because they did not do any research on the new species of pet that they were adopting. To me, that is unfathomable. I can’t imagine adopting any animal without knowing anything about their care, just “winging it.”

Zebra Finches are exotic birds and they need to be given the respect and care as such. Yes, they have been domesticated after decades of captive breeding in this country but that does not mean their needs have waned as wild animals. They still need ample flying space, multiple fresh food sources, multi-vitamins & nutrients, and affectionate care at the very least. There are many things you can do to give your flock a head start and a better life. With research, you are able to pick the best options based on your life style and beliefs. 

As the creator of this challenge so eloquently put it @ Students & Birds for her Day 18 today (coincidence due to my lack of paying attention):

“My best tip would be to remember that no matter what other bird owners say and how they say it, a particular method or path often isn’t the only one of merit. There are lots of legitimate ways to raise healthy, happy pet birds.

In a vaguely similar line of thought, no amount of research concerning your bird’s health is too much – but once you make your decision, don’t be afraid to stick with it. Go with your research and your instincts, discuss and debate, and enjoy owning birds! It doesn’t have to be all stress and thoughtfulness.”

Well said! It bears repeating & reminding for all animal owners of all walks.

Day 7 – Something that annoys your Finches.

My Finches are pretty un-annoyable in general. They each have their own breeding cages, they have a beautiful view outside of a trees, birds and a blue Summer sky, they receive fresh seed mix and other organic or fresh foods every day, and my offspring have their own aviary. They even slept sound on the 4th with many nearby fireworks. I think besides the fact that they may mysteriously Houdini out of their cages at times which is frustrating for everyone involved, my Finches hate having their photos taken

It’s a shame really, since they are such wonderful little picture subjects! And it would probably be much easier if I wasn’t mostly using smart phones, laptops or other devices to take my aviary photos and videos at the moment. I seem to be cursed with receiving broken cameras lately so I am abstaining as much as possible from taking pictures until I can zoom in with my lens across the room with the cage open.

Luckily this month we are having professional photos taken by a talented local photographer who will undoubtedly overshadow my meager skills once I finally have a camera back in my hands. I can’t wait for him to capture all of the new upgrades! It’s been a journey to set up over a dozen new cages, a new aviary and multiple free-flying “stations” but it’s a labor of love and still in progress.

That’s all for today! I am really enjoying this blogging challenge so far and I can’t wait to write more next week.~

In aviary news.. For the first time this breeding season, I’m able to cross everyone off of my waiting list! I can finally start filling my lovely new aviary with as many juveniles as the remainder of the season will bring. The brooder babies are doing great in their cage and getting fatter every day. The website is still coming along nicely as well and the flock is enjoying their Summer. I hope you are too! Thanks for following.~

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2 Comments

  1. avianstudent says:

    Research! Yes! Great tips, and I think it applies to anyone – parrot owner or finch owner. I feel like our flock would hate having their photos taken if I weren’t so persistent. When they were babies and still a bit skittish, I started off snapping shots from across the room (using my phone, as it’s smaller than my camera). Eventually, I moved closer and closer, and now they don’t mind me being completely up in their space, haha.

    Thanks for participating along in the challenge! 😀

    • Thanks so much Avianstudent! :). I am usually persistent with my picture taking but I have a lot of new pairs (and color mutations) this year so I’m trying to back off during the breeding season and give them enough space to feel comfortable & prevent stress. During the resting season however they will become more accustomed to being diligent little photo subjects and I will become more paparazzi-like.

      That’s a really great tip and a very clever way to introduce the camera to your birds! I will have to try that with some of my flighty-er pairs. What I really need to do is to build a plexi-glass Finch photo box like the professionals have. But alas, that is more work that my plate will allow at the moment, still focused on getting these upgrades done.. now we’re up to the fake flower/natural perch installation stage – oh so fun! 😉

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