Following on from yesterday’s post, we managed to find a new cage for the Zebra finches today. While normal bird shops tend to only sell larger cages for larger birds (bar spacing too large for a finch), we went to a farm with its own bird shop and aviary section, where we could get larger cages with small bar spacing.

We ended up buying a cage 44cm x 44cm x 94cm (L x W x H) which was surprisingly cheap compared to most regular pet shops selling smaller cages for more money. It came with 3 wooden perches and 4 plastic enclosed food bowls. The cage also has a slide out tray which is a must have for keeping your bird’s home hygienic with minimal stress to them. While the cage is tall, it has a larger base surface area than our smallest cage, which was what we were mainly after. And to combat the excessive height, the cage has been designed so that half the height can be taken out by removing a horizontal section.

We managed to move the Zebra finches and their spiral perch and nest to the new cage. The Zebras were not happy with the move at first, but they seem happy with the new cage now, and haven’t given up on their nest which is a good thing.

We have now moved the four Cherry finches and two of the Bengalese finches (Theo and Peppi) to the large cage the Zebras were previously in, and reshuffled the remaining Bengalese finches amongst the other two large cages. To help prevent the adults from breeding with each other again, we have Donovan, Luna, Lilly, Ecco, Comet and Freya in one cage, while Apollo, Cosmos, Dune, Demitri, Aquila and Isobelle in the other cage.

We have also put hygienic and dust free wood chippings in the bottom of each cage as well. It came in an 18 litre bag. The bag of chippings appears to be specially designed for birds, and the farm we got it from said they have always used it themselves for the finches they keep and sell. Our finches appear to appreciate it.  We were concerned at first that the birds might have been trying to eat it, but it seems they are just playing with it like they do when they get hay.

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