Zebra finches are small gourmets who value variety and variety on their menus. Read what feed ingredients the birds need to stay fit and healthy for a long time.
Zebra finches are grain eaters that need a very balanced, varied and varied diet. Above all, carbohydrates and small amounts of protein and fat supply the necessary energy. Vitamins, minerals and trace elements must also be fed.
Seeds are the daily bread
The main food of Australian birds consists of semi-mature, mature and germinating grass seeds; Alternatively, you can offer different millet varieties. Make sure that the grain food is fresh and not dusty. In addition, hang a few millet spiders in the cage: zebra finches are especially fun to work on this treat first. Shine (canary seed) and oat germs are also sought after and healthy. Oilseed crops such as black seed, lettuce seed, linseed, turnip rape and poppy should only be fed in small quantities due to the higher amount of fat and protein. If you do not want to buy the seeds individually, a ready mix for finches is recommended. In addition, the cute red beaks love wild seeds, which are also in the pet shop. Also offer germination foods; It is easily digestible and rich in vitamins and other nutrients. Millet is particularly suitable, which should be allowed to swell in water for twelve hours and then thoroughly rinse in a sieve. Then place the grains in a covered bowl for 24 hours, until they germinate.
Fresh food is for health
Zebra finches also like to nibble on grasses and herbs. They are even more valuable than germination foods. However, only collect on guaranteed pesticide- and exhaust-free areas. Or sow grasses such as red and meadow fescue, ray, sheep, ball and whitegrass directly in your own garden or in a flower box on the balcony or window sill. Other healthy forage crops include dandelion, shepherd’s purse, daisies, ribwort, chickweed, frothy and yarrow. Also eaten is lettuce, parsley, cucumber slices, grated carrots and fruits such as apples, bananas and berries. But as the flavors are different, you have to try what your birds like.
Always provide minerals such as calcium and phosphorus in the form of (watered) cuttlebones, chicken eggshells, birdgrit or special mineral mixtures. Also essential is a bowl of sand or birdgrit. Daily fresh drinking and bathing water may not be missing for the benefit of nice birds.
- Store grain feed dry, dark and airy. Mineral and soft foods are best preserved in glasses with screw caps.
- You can check the freshness of grain feed by the germ sample: Place about 100 grains of a variety to germinate in water. The seed is fresh when more than half germinates.
- Provide the food in sturdy containers or in special feed dispensers and set up the feed station so that it is not soiled by feces or splashed with bath water, because the risk of infection by bacteria and mold is otherwise great.
- Never feed fresh food directly from the fridge, but only when it has reached room temperature.
- Replace the fresh food daily and remove uneaten remains so they do not spoil in the cage.
- Never put a zebra finch on a diet by adding just one type of food. The small birds absolutely need a balanced and versatile food supply, since even short periods of hunger as well as a one-sided diet can lead to serious health problems.