Pet finches’ requirements are modest and straightforward. They don’t need the constant turnover of toys and novelties that the parrot family require, and will get by very happily with the following:
- A minimum of two perches; these should be positioned at each end, from front back, to enable the birds to fly the full length of the cage
- Food and water bowls
- Cuttlefish bone, with a clip to attach it to the cage
- A bird bath
- A swing (for Canaries - other finches are quite happy without)
- Paper or bird-safe sawdust to line the tray at the bottom of the cage (no cat litter)
- Zebra finches, and several other finch species, like to sleep in nests, so you may wish to provide these
A traditional-style Canary cage
Canary Cage Fronts
Many suppliers advertise bird cage fronts. These are used by breeders, pet shops and bird fanciers who attend shows, as the barred part of an otherwise solid display ‘box cage’. Breeders often keep several Canary or other pet finch box cages stacked on top of each other in their garden birdhouse. Various sizes are available, although it's always best to remember the ‘minimum 20cm width’ rule of thumb for maximum comfort.
If you are buying a complete cage, you don’t need to worry about separate cage fronts.