Pros & Cons of different Finch varieties

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by violetsky, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. violetsky

    violetsky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2011
    Huntsville, Alabama
    I keep wandering over to look at the finches when I shop for fish
    supplies and go frequently as I have many tanks. I'm not sure if
    I really want to buy a few finches or not. I'm confident
    I can provide proper food/housing but what I want to know about
    is the character of finches. In the pet shops they are busy and
    entertaining and occasionally I've heard some singing pleasantly.
    I would like that very much, but want a variety that doesnt panic
    everytime you need to clean their cage or feed them. This summer
    for example I saved a blue jay that had been hit by a car and his wing
    broken. It took about 5 weeks for him to heal enough to fly off, but
    it was very stressful for him to have people near his cage. I'd like my birds
    to be happy. The choices at my local petstore are cordon blu, society, zebra, strawberry, and something
    like cutthroat? Anyways, I won't feel challenged by what kind of environmental
    care they need as in beginner hardy types, I just like calmer types that are
    happy in a domestic situation.
  2. 9Catsz

    9Catsz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 1, 2011
    Southeastern Missouri
    Quote:I'm not sure there is a finch species that's so tame that they just sit there while you clean their cage. My Java finches weren't so bad, but even they didn't sit like my peachfaced lovies or my African grey do while I clean their cage.

    Quote:Just because they're afraid of you doesn't mean they're not 'happy' in a domestic situation. It's in a finch's nature to be flighty....that's perfectly normal.

    Some of these birds have been bred in captivity for many, many generations (especially society and zebra finches) and have never known the wild.
  3. ChickieBooBoo

    ChickieBooBoo Cold Canadian Chick

    Dec 2, 2009
    I'm thinking of getting a pair of finches, I'm a huge bird lover. If I do, I would probably get Zebras to start since I've read that they are the best for beginners.
  4. Magic Birdie

    Magic Birdie Overrun With Chickens

    May 3, 2011
    Magic Birdie land
    Zebra finches are good for starters [​IMG]

    Just make sure you understand that you can't handle finches (well, generally. There are some exceptions).

    Good luck! [​IMG]

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