Finch Care 101

Are you considering adopting a bird? You may want to consider a finch! These little birds make really cute little pets. An Ellicott City, MD vet discusses finch care below.


Finches are a good match for people who love birds, but aren’t quite up to the antics—or volume levels—of a parrot. Finches are technically passerines, or “perching birds” as they are sometimes called. These little guys make pleasant chirping sounds that you may find quite delightful!


Finches are very sociable, and should not be housed alone. Some finches can be housed in same-sex pairs, while others do better in groups. However, this ultimately depends on Polly’s specific breed and sex. Ask your vet for tips.


Finches need rectangular cages, as they fly horizontally. Bigger is always better here! As for décor and enrichment, you can add mirrors, bells, ladders, swings, and leather or fabric strips. Polly will also need several perches. Be sure to get the right size! You’ll need to clean and disinfect your feathered buddy’s belongings regularly.


One thing that’s unique about finches is the fact that they need UV light. Window glass will filter this, so you’ll need a light made specifically for Polly. Ask your vet for specific advice.


Polly can have finch pellet food, supplemented with fresh produce, such as apples, green beans, carrots, bananas, and sweet potatoes. You’ll need to shred these, as finches can’t manage large chunks of food. Your winged friend can also have small amounts of various safe seeds, such as grass seed, hemp, and linseed. It’s also important to know what not to feed your bird. Some dangerous foods include fruit seeds, alcohol, caffeine, avocado, and chocolate. Ask your vet for more information.

Air Quality

Like other birds, finches have very sensitive lungs. Keep Polly’s room free of strong fumes, such as scented candles and cigarette smoke, and avoid using non-stick cookware.


Polly will need some help with grooming. She’ll probably enjoy bathing in a small bowl of lukewarm water. You’ll also need to get her nails trimmed. This should only be done by a professional.


Finches can be quite nervous, but many of them so warm up to their humans over time. Be patient, and just enjoy getting to know your new pet.

Do you have questions about bird care? Contact us, our Ellicott City, MD animal clinic, today!

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