Why a finch makes a great first-time pet 0 1356

Pet zebra finch

Finches are the choice of many a new pet bird owner. These tiny little birds may seem an unusual pet at first sight, but they make a great choice and here’s why:

They’re great for busy people

This is good if you’re someone who works a lot, or you’re a busy mum. As long as you have a pair together, they’re quite happy to hop about their cage or aviary all day long. They don’t need walking and they don’t make a huge amount of mess.

They come in all colours

From Zebra Finches to the Cut Throat Finch with its red throat feathers, to the more exotic Parrot Finch, there are a number of different types of pet to choose from. You can mix some types of finches, but it’s worth taking advice before you do.

They don’t need a huge amount of room

Although birds would always prefer a larger space to fly about in, finches don’t need a lot of vertical height due to their size. You will need to make sure they have at least 30 inches to fly across, though, as they love flitting about all day long. However, compared to a larger pet bird, they need a much smaller cage or aviary.

They sing

Lots of finches are songbirds, and have a beautiful singsong call. Zebra Finches are known for their long and complex songs. If you live alone or would like a companion, get a pair of Zebra Finches and you won’t feel lonely at all!

So a finch makes a great first-time pet, but it’s important to make sure you give them the right pet care. Finches need sunshine, so make sure their cage or aviary is positioned in a sunny area with a place for shade when needed and somewhere where they can get away from busy areas as they don’t like a lot of noise or being around people all the time.

Make sure you have lots of swings or perches for your finches to fly to – they love this. Don’t worry about buying them toys though. They would rather hop from perch to perch, eat their seeds and have a sing!

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How to ensure your parrot lives a long and happy life 0 1117

Happy pet parrot

Are you considering getting a parrot as a pet or have you recently made the great decision to get one? Today we are going to explain how to ensure your parrot lives a long, happy and fulfilled life.

When you decide to purchase a parrot as a pet you have to be aware that they can live for a very long time depending on the exact type and breed. Your new parrot from day one will become a huge part of your life and most definitely a part of the family.

Consider the size of the cage

The first thing you will probably think about when getting your parrot is its cage. This is going to be where your parrot spends most of its time, so it is essential that the cage isn?t too small. Your parrot will be happy within its cage but not if the cage is crammed and leaving it feeling hemmed in ? it should definitely be big enough so that your new pet can fully stretch out its wings and have room either side. Cover the bottom of your cage with newspaper as it will get messy each day – this offers an affordable and quick way to change it over every day.

Where you place your cage is just as important. Do not place your cage in the kitchen as fumes are extremely bad for parrots. Do not place near a window or in direct sunlight. Look for a calm, quiet spot for your bird to enjoy.

Feeding your parrot

When feeding your parrot, you need to remember that they enjoy a varied diet including parrot pellets from your local pet shop and a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables. Parrots can be given various other foods, but it is important to check that they are safe first, as chocolate and avocado are not.

Letting your parrot out of its cage

You need to ensure you let your parrot out of its cage at least once a day, ensuring this is supervised. Parrots are extremely clever and should be stimulated to ensure they remain as happy as possible. Give them a selection of suitable toys and you can practice tricks with your new pet. Most importantly, look after your parrot and ensure it is loved and well cared for.

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Hatching Chickens 0 1396

Chicken hatching
Hatching chickens
Two chickens hatching

It?s the 18th day of incubation for your chicks, and one of them is beginning to hatch from its shell! You may even hear peeps coming from the eggs. What do you do now? Here?s a quick guide to hatching chickens.

When an egg is freshly laid its temperature is 105 degrees Fahrenheit. A chicken begins to develop at 88 degrees Fahrenheit. The chicken does not develop from the yolk or the egg white, but from a small segment of cells called a blastodisc.

First, try not to move the egg because the chick is already in a position to hatch. Moving the egg means the chick has to move back into the hatching position, and this causes them to expend energy and weaken them.

After 2 more days of incubation, the chick will more than likely begin to pierce the membrane of the egg with its beak. This lets in outside air for the chick. Then, the chick must chip away at the shell, and it does this in a circular pattern. It may take up to a few hours for a chick to complete chip away the shell so that the top pops off. After this tiring process, the chick may simply lie there for a while to rest and dry off.

While it may be tempting to help chicks come out of their shell if they are having difficulty, it?s actually not a good idea. Hatching is an incredibly slow process, and patience is key. If the membrane of the shell has dried out too much around the chick, you can slowly and very carefully help the chick with tweezers.

So what should you do if the eggs hatch late? (FYI- If the eggs hatch early, the incubator temp was probably too high, or you miscounted the days. If the eggs hatch too late, the temp was probably too cold, or you didn?t store the eggs properly before incubation.) If a lot of the eggs fail to hatch by day 22, pull some out and open them. They could have improperly formed embryos or no embryo at all. If you do find some living embryos, put the unopened eggs back for more time in the incubator.

Many problems are associated with incubation temperatures and humidity level. High temperatures can result in malformed chicks, and temps that are too low can result in chicks hatching with egg goo on them. If chicks have bad legs, it may have been caused by hatching them on a slippery surface.

There’s much more to learn about backyard chicken care…