What kinds of finches are winter hardy?

Discussion in 'Caged Birds - Finches, Canaries, Cockatiels, Parro' started by BinaryChicken, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. BinaryChicken

    BinaryChicken Songster

    I was wondering what kinds of finches are winter hardy? I have a aviary that is 9 ft high so it is plenty of flying space and it is quite large ootherwise, I was thinking of keeping some finches or some type of small bird other than pigeons/doves. What kinds are winter hardy?

  2. baustin

    baustin Songster

    May 5, 2009
    I just came across your question. I raise parakeets and finches in outside aviaries. I have no problem with my society finches or zebra finches being out in the cold or heat. I live in the high desert of CA and we get both extremes and also wind. The birds can tolerate all as long as they have a place free of drafts. My aviaries have both inside cages and a free flight cage so they can inside if they wish. I find my birds outside in all kinds of weather but they go inside at night by themselves and roost just like chickens do.
  3. Rosa moschata

    Rosa moschata Songster

    Mar 20, 2013
    While it may get "cold" for you where you are, that is nothing compared to the "cold" experienced by the OP in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The species you mention would not survive year-round in an unheated outdoor aviary there.

    Last edited: Jun 4, 2013
  4. baustin

    baustin Songster

    May 5, 2009
    mine are fine down to single digits as it got down to 5 F this pat winter but any colder than that you would need a heat source I'm sure.
  5. Poultrybonkers

    Poultrybonkers Crowing

    Mar 22, 2011
    I have budgies and it gets into the negitives and they are fine as long as their not in direct wind.
  6. Quailsong

    Quailsong Songster

    Apr 20, 2013
    I live in a similar area as the OP. While I don't have an easy answer for them, I do want to say that in Ontario temperatures in winter can reach -20C to -30C easily, with the average being -25C. In Fahrenheit that is -4F to -22F with the average being -13F. Wind chills can often make this feel colder & of course drafts are a bad thing.

    OP & baustin, as a friendly reminder please keep in mind this website has people from all areas of the world. Temps, cages, etc may not work for others due to such simple reasons as climate.^^

    OP, I would say that anything colder than freezing temps should have access to a heater. In your case, since I know it can get very cold here, I would have a back-up plan for winter. Perhaps an indoor coop/aviary just for them or bring them inside where they can stay warm. Best of luck!
    Last edited: Jun 26, 2013

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