HOUS­ING

Animal Scene - - FINS, FEATHERS, AND FUR -

Main­tain the tem­per­a­ture be­tween 65°F to 70°F. Place them in an area that is well­lit and away from drafts. Be care­ful when plac­ing them near walls – I ex­pe­ri­enced hav­ing mice en­ter the cages and killing my finches. Make sure there are screens or wires that are close enough to each other to serve as bar­ri­ers so that finches or mice can­not pass through.

A rec­tan­gu­lar hous­ing is pre­ferred to a cir­cu­lar type. Perches should at least be three inches long and 1/4 to 1/2 inch in di­am­e­ter.

There are a va­ri­ety of perches that could pre­vent arthri­tis. Do not use sand pa­per cov­ers on perches.

You may also need a metal grate over the drop­pings tray to keep the bird away from drop­pings. Line the drop­pings tray with habi­tat pa­per or ap­pro­pri­ate sub­strate for eas­ier clean­ing.

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