This Lady Gouldian Finch Care Guide has been created by Jean Ferguson to help all of the Gouldian Finch enthusiasts around the world to care for and to breed their beautiful and exotic Gouldian Finches.
Learning the fundamentals of Gouldian finch care is essential if you want to have healthy birds. When considering and planning for temperature on a day to day basis, Lady Gouldians like to be warm.
Keeping the room temperature between 71 degrees F. and 77 degrees F., (21-25 degrees C.) is suggested. Temperature and humidity will be discussed in greater detail in the section for Gouldian Finch Breeding.
Humidity of 55% is adequate. Little humidity gauges can usually be found in shops which sell reptiles. Depending on the climate where you live, it’s a good idea to get a gauge just to keep track.
When breeding season comes around, humidity is of greater concern. You will want to know what the humidity is so you that you can supplement it if needed by providing a humidifier.
Lighting for day to day living can be as simple as placing your cage in a spot that has a southern exposure. A spot where the birds will get plenty of natural sunlight will be ideal.
Most often that is not possible and supplementing with full spectrum lighting set on timers will be needed. Lighting needs when breeding will be covered in the Gouldian finch breeding section.
Lady Gouldian Finch Diet
A nutritionally complete diet, clean and safe living conditions and pure fresh water are the basics for good Gouldian finch care that will keep them healthy and strong. Since Lady Gouldians consume 30% of their body weight each day, they spend a great deal of their time eating.
Since Gouldians will forage on the floor of their cages for seed, it’s recommended that the cage you select will be one that will have of a mesh or wire floor with a pull out tray beneath so that the droppings and seed are not simply left on the floor of the cage to, get mixed together, walked in and then eaten.
If your cage is not equipped with a fall through bottom, it is necessary that the cage floor be cleaned daily. It is also important to not place feeding cups or dishes directly beneath perches or close to water containers.
A guide about Gouldian finch care would be incomplete without mentioning how very much these birds enjoy bathing. Provide bath water in the mornings rather than afternoons to make certain their feathers will be dry before roosting for the night.
If your cage is large enough in which to place a bowl about 1 ¼ inches deep, filled with room temperature water, your birds will become very excited and active. It’s best to do the bathing before rather than after a paper change. Their enthusiastic splashing gets water every where.
If your cage appears too small for a group bathing dish or if you just want to keep the water confined, there is a specifically designed plexiglass container that will hang on the side of your cage and cover the area of an open cage door. Twist tie the door open, hang the large box tub over the cage door opening and stand back for the fun.
You might want to put tape on the outside bottom of your hanging bath tub to get the birds to get in. They might be skittish about getting in if they cannot see a solid bottom to the tub. The clear plastic lets them see through the water.
Trust me a bottomless bath, I really do believe, will put them off. In the section on cages, I gave you information suggesting that perches other than the straight small dowels that normally come in cages could be much more natural, nicer and more fun for Gouldian finches.
If you do use the dowels, please be sure not to use any of the harsh, abrasive gravel paper perch covers or cage liners to keep their nails short. When nails seriously curl it is time to cut them for the birds’ safety.
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Gouldian Finch Nails & Grooming Tips
If not trimmed these nails become dangerous hooks and may get caught as the finch hops around, leaving the finch unable to get free. So, hold your breath and follow these instructions.
It gets easier the more you do. Holding a bird in the palm of one hand with your forefinger resting gently on its head will calm your bird and stop the struggle to escape. Carefully extend one foot at a time with your other hand, spread the toes apart using your ring finger, steady the foot on the heel of your hand and clip off the tip with an ordinary nail clipper.
Practice first, if you can on birds that have pale translucent nails. You must have good lighting. Look closely at the curling nail close to the foot so you can see the blood in the quick of the nail. Be as careful as you can to not cut into the quick.
Always have a blood clotting powder on hand when you are trimming nails. If the quick does get nipped, place the bird’s foot in the powder to help the blood clot.
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