Food For Finches

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The Finch Diet is a new revolutionary diet for finches. The diet is comprised of high quality seeds and grains, and can be fed alone as the sole food source or mixed with other foods. In either case, your finches will love it!

Food For Finches

Like other birds, finches need to eat a balanced diet to stay healthy.

Wild finches eat a variety of seed types as different plants come into season. Commercial seed mixes may contain 2-5 different kinds of seeds. However, these seeds tend to be high-fat and nutrient-deficient and are not the same kinds of seeds that wild finches eat.  If these seed mixes are fed as the only source of food, this could lead to ill health and a potentially shortened lifespan. When offered a mixture of seeds, finches tend to selectively eat only 1 or 2 of their favorite types of seed. Millet seed is often chosen preferentially. Owners commonly offer millet in the form of a millet spray or branch. While tasty, millet offers little nutrition and is devoid of vitamins and minerals. Often, owners will also offer seed in the form of a honey stick containing seeds stuck together with honey on a stick of wood. Honey sticks, too, are delicious but are high in fat and deficient in nutrients. Other seed-based foods owners often feed finches include molting foods, song foods, and conditioning foods. These products offer different combinations of more seeds that finches like to eat but they have little nutritional value. Healthy molt, vibrant song, and strong body condition is best achieved by feeding a balanced diet of commercially available pelleted food along with smaller amounts of fresh produce and seeds. Seeds should only be a small part of a finch’s diet, not the entire diet. The bulk of the diet should be commercially available pelleted food along with a smaller amount of fresh produce and seed.

“Healthy molt, vibrant song, and strong body condition is best achieved by feeding a balanced diet of commercially available pelleted food with smaller amounts of fresh produce and seed.”

As a guideline, most finches can be maintained on no more than 1 level teaspoon per bird per day of varied types of seeds offered in a shallow dish. If there is more than one finch in the cage, separate dishes should be used for each bird to ensure that all birds have equal access to food. In a flock situation, the feeding dish should be large enough to allow several birds to eat at one time.

There are several types of commercially formulated pelleted diets that come in various colors, shapes, and sizes and have been developed to meet all birds’ nutritional needs. Pellets are the ideal diet for most birds. Seed-eating birds should be slowly weaned of seed-based diets and placed on pelleted diets. Pellets should ideally represent a minimum of 70% of the bird’s diet. Mature finches raised on seed diets may be particularly difficult to convert to a pelleted diet. Hand-raised babies are generally the easiest to start on a pelleted diet.

Fruits and Vegetables 

Fruits, vegetables and greens should account for approximately 20% of the daily diet. Pale vegetables, with high water composition, such as iceberg lettuce or celery, offer very little nutritional value and should not be offered. Avocado is reported to be potentially toxic and should never be fed to a bird. Fruits and vegetables must be washed thoroughly to remove chemicals before feeding. They should be cut into very small pieces appropriate to the size of the bird. It is not necessary to take the skin off. Fruits and vegetables should be offered in a separate dish. If your bird appears to develop a fancy for one food item, reduce the volume of this food. Stop feeding that particular food item temporarily to encourage the bird to eat other foods.

Water 

Fresh clean water must be available at all times. Depending on the quality of your tap water, you might consider using bottled water. Dishes should be cleaned thoroughly every day with soap and water.

Human Feeds That Are Healthy For Finches

Your pet finch enjoys variety in his diet as much as you do. Even though finches are primarily seed-eaters, there are many human foods that enhance a finch’s diet and improve his health. Seed should comprise only a portion of the nutritional content in your bird’s diet. It’s fine to experiment with a variety to see what foods your bird likes best.

Start with Veggies

Vegetables are very good for finches. Wild finches snack on a variety of plants and seeds in season. Your finch will benefit from eating leafy green, organic vegetables. Most vegetables are fine for your bird, but don’t feed avocado, which is toxic. Asparagus can cause stomach upset. Iceberg lettuce can be fed, although its nutritional value is minimal. Good choices for your finch include broccoli, carrots, winter squash, parsley, spinach, green beans, tomato and zucchini.

Add Fruit

Although vegetables top the list of finch favorites, your bird will enjoy fresh vegetables as well. Offer bananas, apples, pears, melon, peaches, pumpkin, strawberry and pineapple. Some finches enjoy raspberries, blackberries, nectarine and cherries. Grapes can be fed occasionally, although they don’t have a great deal of nutrition.

Table Food

Eggs are very good for finches. Add some cooked egg to your bird’s diet weekly. Hard boil an egg; mash it and serve with some crushed shell for added calcium. Some birds enjoy an occasional piece of cheese or lean, cooked meat or fish. Dairy products should be fed in moderation. Never feed your bird chocolate, alcohol, or salty, sweetened processed foods.

Introducing New Food

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Feed one food at a time rather than an assortment, so you can identify your bird’s favorites and ensure that he gets variety. If allowed to choose, most birds will eat their favorite and leave the rest. Offer one type of food a day in a separate dish. Wash fruit and vegetables before feeding them. Slice foods into small pieces that your bird can eat easily. Wash feed dishes daily and clean the bird cage to remove any uneaten food.00:1701:42Brought to you by Cuteness.

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