|Update: We have been adopted by a
NEED: Good home for 4 Zebra Finches
(2 Females, 2 Males – see photos below)
We are moving to a new apartment and
they don't allow birds :(
We have a homemade aviary, bird seed,
aviary floor lining (paper)
and miscellaneous supplies
(see photos below)
If you are interested in adopting our
adorable little finches
(at no cost)
or know of someone who may be interested,
PLEASE let us know ASAP
we ARE adorable !
|Our Zebra Finches are about 4” long (from tip of beak to tip of tail).
|The flying area of our, shall we say, “rustic”* homemade aviary is
61” W x 32” D x 30” H (60” H including legs).
*It's mostly put together with screws, zip ties & hot glue.
It could use some trim to make it look nicer, but it does the trick.
The Floor, Front and Left side of the aviary are made of Plexiglas /
The Top, Back & Right side are made of ½” Wire Closet Shelving
The Front Left & Front Right panels are hot glued to
piano hinges & have metal latches hot glued to them
to keep the doors from swinging open.
If we had more time to build this aviary, we would have added trim, etc.,
but the birds looked cramped in their "store bought" flight cage and
we wanted them to have more room to fly around in as quickly as possible.
Trim and other embellishments can always be added to the aviary later.
|We use brown “Kraft Paper” (from Walmart) to
line the bottom of our aviary.
We use a bungee cord to fix a roll of the paper to
one side of the aviary bottom.
We just have cut the old paper from the roll, remove it and
“roll” out the new paper keeping it attached to the roll.
We use masking tape to secure it to the opposite side of the aviary.
It sure beats measuring and cutting paper outside of the aviary and
then having to keep all the edges down somehow.
|Aviary Supplies that we use...
|"Kraft Paper" / approx. $4.27 @ Walmart (2014)
|The roll down screen allows us to clean the aviary
one side at a time while the birds are on the other side.
It works well, but the birds can push their way around the soft screen.
On hindsight, it should have been made from a
bamboo/plastic roll type shade or
even window blinds so that it was stiffer.
But this can be replaced at any time.
|Even though we are
removing their eggs,
we want to offer them
more than just branches
or vines for sleep or rest,
so we still provide a nest
and just a little
cotton nesting material
(replacing it when it gets soiled).
They enjoy making their nest
with the cotton.
It keeps them busy
and it’s fun to watch.
|We don't want our Zebra Finches to produce offspring,
so we use “dummy eggs” to try to curb the female’s egg producing.
I’m not sure if we’re doing it correctly, our females still produce eggs.
But we keep taking them out and making sure they have plenty of
“dummy eggs” in their nests.
(the Information on “dummy eggs” below is from www.dummyeggs.com).
|Bird food, Vitamins & Treats that we use...
|We found we have less wasted food with the above brand and type.
The food below is supposed to be good as well,
but our finches don't eat most of it, so it goes to waste.
|This is the vitamin supplement that we
mix with the water that we give them daily.
We usually take a bottle of spring water
(which is about 17 ounces) and add the
appropriate amount of drops of the
liquid supplement to it.
This saves us from mixing it daily,
The 17 ounce bottle of Vitamin Water
is consumed pretty quickly.
|We have read that you can give
fresh fruits and vegetables
(only certain ones, though)
but we haven’t tried that yet.
There is a lot of information available
about the care of Zebra Finches,
all you have to do is search the Internet,
libraries, ask a veterinarian or
ask a pet store owner/employee
where birds are sold.
|We occasionally give them
millet sprays as a treat.
They really like the
“orange peel” flavor.
But we don’t give them
treats like this too often
because they may
become picky eaters.
|Providing our birds with cuttlebone
helps prevent calcium depletion
in the females
(due to laying eggs),
but males can
benefit from them too.
|Food and water dishes should be checked,
cleaned (if necessary) and filled daily.
-The food dish may look full at first glance,
but could be filled with seed hulls
-Water can quickly become dirty with food and droppings