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Old 06-19-2013, 08:11 PM
 
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For the safety of the birds, wether it be cocatiels, budgerigars, love birds or finches, you can build a walk in aviary .
That's like me telling you, to start practicing law and be an attorney, you just go to law school and pass the bar exam.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
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I haven't been able to check in for awhile...busy preparing to move at the beginning of July!

Anyway, glad to see some love for the ratties! As for birds, I'm still thinking finches, or maybe even canaries (which are a type of finch, I know). They would be for us to just watch and enjoy (and care for of course) but at this point I'm really not thinking in terms of a pet specifically for my son. He's really too young for any pet right now...it would pretty much be mine to care for, and he could just enjoy.

Dragonslayer, that's a cool aviary you built...and I like the idea, but I don't think that would work for my situation (moving into a rental and can't really accommodate one). Also, I think it would be better to start small as a beginner. That does bring me to a question...I know many people keep birds outdoors, but what kind of temperature ranges can finches handle? It can get extremely cold at night here, even in summer. And summer days can be very hot.

Another care question: I read somewhere that you need to give finches daily baths and handle them. I thought they weren't really for handling much? How do you deal with the bathing? I can't really commit to something that needs more than just feeding and interaction on a daily basis, so if that's the case I would hold off until I could do that. Rats are easy since they require only minimal care in terms of cleaning, etc. (cage cleaned once or twice a week). I really need easy right now

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Old 06-20-2013, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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I have never heard of anyone handling finches (with some rare exceptions). Finches do not need to be physically bathed/misted, just provide a simple birdbath and they will take care of themselves.
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Old 06-20-2013, 04:35 PM
 
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I read somewhere that you need to give finches daily baths and handle them. I thought they weren't really for handling much? How do you deal with the bathing? I can't really commit to something that needs more than just feeding and interaction on a daily basis, so if that's the case I would hold off until I could do that. Rats are easy since they require only minimal care in terms of cleaning, etc. (cage cleaned once or twice a week). I really need easy right now
Maybe you should stick to RATS.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:32 PM
 
Location: so cal
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I haven't been able to check in for awhile...busy preparing to move at the beginning of July!

Anyway, glad to see some love for the ratties! As for birds, I'm still thinking finches, or maybe even canaries (which are a type of finch, I know). They would be for us to just watch and enjoy (and care for of course) but at this point I'm really not thinking in terms of a pet specifically for my son. He's really too young for any pet right now...it would pretty much be mine to care for, and he could just enjoy.

Dragonslayer, that's a cool aviary you built...and I like the idea, but I don't think that would work for my situation (moving into a rental and can't really accommodate one). Also, I think it would be better to start small as a beginner. That does bring me to a question...I know many people keep birds outdoors, but what kind of temperature ranges can finches handle? It can get extremely cold at night here, even in summer. And summer days can be very hot.

Another care question: I read somewhere that you need to give finches daily baths and handle them. I thought they weren't really for handling much? How do you deal with the bathing? I can't really commit to something that needs more than just feeding and interaction on a daily basis, so if that's the case I would hold off until I could do that. Rats are easy since they require only minimal care in terms of cleaning, etc. (cage cleaned once or twice a week). I really need easy right now

Glad to see this thread is still alive and kicking!
You don't give them a bath, they take their own baths in a water dish. No big deal just expect water to get splashed outside the cage (small drops). Unless you hand raise the finches from hatching they will not imprint on you enough to be handled and even then they will fly around the room which can be hazardous to them. You cannot wing clip a finch like a parrot. Parrots use their beak as a climbing tool to get around a finch does not have that option.
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Old 06-21-2013, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Santa Rosa, CA
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You don't give them a bath, they take their own baths in a water dish. No big deal just expect water to get splashed outside the cage (small drops). Unless you hand raise the finches from hatching they will not imprint on you enough to be handled and even then they will fly around the room which can be hazardous to them. You cannot wing clip a finch like a parrot. Parrots use their beak as a climbing tool to get around a finch does not have that option.
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I have never heard of anyone handling finches (with some rare exceptions). Finches do not need to be physically bathed/misted, just provide a simple birdbath and they will take care of themselves.
Thanks for the clarification. I don't remember the source, but the article mentioned something about letting them bathe themselves in a dish of water, putting them in a warm sunny place to dry, and then checking them over carefully for skin problems or lice. This is where the confusion came in because I imagine you would have to handle them to find these problems.

If anyone has website recommendations for good, reliable information on the care of finches, I would greatly appreciate it!
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Old 06-21-2013, 03:52 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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The big hole in my ear says do not get a hookbill.

Ouch! It hurts like the dickens.
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Old 06-21-2013, 06:35 PM
 
Location: so cal
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Thanks for the clarification. I don't remember the source, but the article mentioned something about letting them bathe themselves in a dish of water, putting them in a warm sunny place to dry, and then checking them over carefully for skin problems or lice. This is where the confusion came in because I imagine you would have to handle them to find these problems.

If anyone has website recommendations for good, reliable information on the care of finches, I would greatly appreciate it!
Remember anyone can make a website/video or write a book, no degree or license required. There is alot of misinformation out there. One of the better books on Finches and soft-billed birds in my collection is written by Henry Bates and Robert Busenbark. Not an inexpensive book and maybe more than you need.
One of the best Hook Bill Books I have is written by Rosemary Low (also not cheap).
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Old 06-21-2013, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Ocala, FL
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The big hole in my ear says do not get a hookbill.

Ouch! It hurts like the dickens.
I've been bitten by everything from a small parakeet to a large macaw. Still have all of my body parts intact. Sure it hurts, it's all in how you react to prevent a serious injury.
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Old 06-22-2013, 06:30 AM
 
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If you have really hot days and cold nights you do not want your bird outside at all. It can also make it suseptable to a preditor getting to it, such as a neighbors cat. You do not bathe finches everyday or really handle them unless needed. Maybe once a week put a shallow dish of water in the bottom of the cake and if they wish to bathe in it they will. I never bathed mine the whole time I had them.
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