Finch Lovers Gift Guide

Whether it's for a holiday, a birthday, a special occasion, or just an everyday present, below is a list of gift ideas which are sure to delight any finch-aholic.

1. Finch Books

Books make a great gift to suit any budget. Below are some of my favorites:

The Finch Handbook by Christa Koepff External Site
Great for someone interested in general information covering a variety of finches. You can often find this book for under $5 in new condition, and $0.01 (!) used.
Estrildid Finches of the World by Derek Goodwin External Site
An overall very detailed and beautiful reference book on a wide variety of finches. Can often be found in excellent used condition for under $35.
The Finch: a Breeder's Companion by Russell Kingston External Site
This is a detailed and practical guide for keepers and breeders of a wide variety of finches, and may be one of the best overall guides published to date. A little pricey at about $160 new.
Manual of Avian Medicine by Glenn H. Olsen, DVM, PhD External Site
An excellent overall quick-reference guide covering a wide variety of avian health issues. Typically under $30 for a gently used copy.

2. Finch Cages

You could build a custom cage or aviary, or buy a beautiful and functional enclosure such as:
Prevue Pet Products F070 Hampton Deluxe Divided Breeder Cage with Stand External Site around $150.
Prevue Pet Products F075 Hampton Deluxe Divided Breeder Cage External Site - can be stacked on top of the above cage or used by itself; costs about $120.
BirdsComfort HQ Double Flight Bird Cage External Site under $400.

If looking for a cage on your own, select a rectangular one at least 30" long, ideally longer than it is tall, and with ½" bar spacing.

3. Favorite Cage Accessories

Cage accessories are inexpensive and make great "stocking stuffers:"
Plastic treat clips. These are great because they won't rust, they're easy to clean, they easily fit standard ½" cage bars and they can be used to hold greens, millet, cuttlebone, etc.
Manzanita perches. These are natural hardwood, great for exercising birds' feet, and easy to clean. They are far superior to dowel perches. Look for diameters of about ⅜"-½".
Seed hoppers. Depending on design, these can mount either inside or outside of the cage (or both!) and minimize seed waste and mess.
Tube-style waterers. Keeps water cleaner by minimizing soiling and maximizes cage space by mounting outside of the cage.
Plastic egg treat cups mount inside the cage, are easy to clean, and seem to be the perfect size to hold soft/egg food for a pair or small group of finches.
Stainless steel coop cups. Easy to clean and disinfect and ideal for larger enclosures.
Funnel-style feeders. Mount outside the cage for easy refills without disturbing the birds.

4. Great Lighting

Birds can see UV light and benefit greatly from appropriate artificial lighting when housed indoors. Keeping lights on an automatic timer makes keeping the correct photoperiods so much easier as well.
FeatherBrite 20 Watt Full-Spectrum Bulb External Site These CFL bulbs fit into standard (wide) sockets, so finding a fixture to accommodate them is easy. They are energy efficient and still manage to produce a better CRI than the vast majority of CFLs on the market, AND they produce some UV light to help indoor birds see better! Under $25.
WiOn 50050 Indoor Wi-Fi Outlet, Wireless Switch, Programmable Timer External Site Remembering to turn lights on and off at the correct time is a pain, and may be quite a challenge for those lights which are plugged into outlets hidden behind or under furniture. This timer resolves all of that by connecting to your home's wireless internet and being controlled wirelessly through an app which you can download onto your smart phone or tablet. It even has an automatic setting to turn on at sunrise and off by sunset. Under $35.
Leviton LT112-10W Advanced Digital Plug-In Timer with Automatic Daylight Savings Adjustment External Site Don't have wi-fi or not sure how to control devices with an app? No problem; this programmable digital timer can be used to control lighting in a more "traditional" fashion. It also comes with an auto-on at sunrise and auto-off at sunset feature, and automatically adjusts during daylight saving time. About $20.

5. Food Preparation & Storage Solutions

Ninja Express Chop (NJ110GR) External Site
This is a fantastic and easy-to-operate mini food processor. It chops egg and veggies to the perfect size for finches to eat, AND all of the parts which touch food are dishwasher safe for easy clean up! $20.
Spice Ball Herb Infuser Extra Large External Site
This large steel mesh tea ball is useful for sprouting seeds. $10.
OXO Good Grips POP Big Square 5.5-Quart/5.2 Litre Storage Container External Site
These containers are extremely easy to open and close, have an air-tight seal to keep bird seed and pellet fresh, and are stylish to boot! $20.

6. More Finches of Course!

If you ask most finch enthusiasts what is at the top of their wish list, they probably have a list of birds they are hoping to buy. If you don't feel confident enough making the right selection yourself, you can always give them a "voucher" offering to buy a bird or two of their choice for them!

Finch Coupon

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7. Cleaning Assistance

Finches are messy. Below are a couple of gadgets that should help cut down on the work keeping their area tidy.
iRobot Roomba 770 Vacuum Cleaning Robot for Pets and Allergies External Site
This automated vacuum cleaner has an easier time travelling over obstacles such as rugs than previous models; it auto-docks, is programmable, notifies you when the canister is full, and features a HEPA filter. $450.
Eye-vac External Site
This is a stationary vacuum that functions like an electric dustpan with HEPA filtration; sweep seed & feathers near it, and it will do the rest. $120.

8. Gift Certificates to Online Bird Stores

When it doubt, a gift card to your finch-enthusiast's favorite online bird store ought to be well received. Not sure what store to use? A couple of favorites include:

9. The Entire Setup - A "Finch Starter Kit!"

Maybe you're thinking about getting a pair of finches as a unique gift for someone who doesn't already own any. In that case, here is a good check list of items to buy to complete a finch "starter kit:"
  • Two compatible finches (Zebra Finches and Society Finches make great "introductory" finches); finches can usually be found from a local breeder (look at classifieds in your newspaper or online) or from a local pet shop (make sure the source you choose is reputable and only sells healthy birds)
  • An appropriate cage External Site (at least 30" long, ideally longer than it is tall, simple design, ½" or smaller bar spacing)
  • Seed and water dishes if your cage didn't already come with them
  • Finch food External Site (finches love seed, but will also need to be fed pellets and fresh foods such as boiled egg and veggies to round out their diet)
  • Cuttle bone External Site or boiled & chopped eggshell for calcium
  • Safe, natural perches External Site
  • A good introductory book about finches External Site

You can probably put the whole kit above together for under $100 if you budget about $20 for the finches.

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