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Gouldian Finch

Gouldian Finches originate from Australia and are perhaps the most brightly coloured of the small-domesticated exotic seed-eaters. They are widely kept in cage and aviary but are more sensitive to changes in environmental conditions than most other domesticated finches. They are not hardy and, in particular, cold and damp situations should be avoided. However, in the warm summer months experienced in temperate climates, they may be housed in an outside aviary but when the weather changes for the worse as winter approaches, they must be given indoor accommodation.

We should not be surprised that these colourful birds are a favourite of many specialist exotic finch breeders and that they are prepared to go to a lot of trouble and expense in artificial heating and lighting to breed from them. Although it is more usual to house Gouldians in pairs in cages for breeding, non-breeding birds are frequently kept in aviaries or indoor flights.

Feeding Gouldians is similar to other domesticated exotic finches, but they do benefit by the addition of other seeds such as rape, Niger and Blue Mawseed. Gouldians relish seeding grass heads and the occasional Millet Spray but give sparingly as too much may lead to digestion problems and the need for Granulated Charcoal to relieve any problems.

Like other finches, Gouldians can benefit from Haith's Rearing and Condition Food, Egg Biscuit Food or Nectarblend along with Prosecto Insectivorous Mix throughout the breeding season. As a general rule always offer Fine Oystershell Grit and Granulated Charcoal to aid the digestive process and Small Cuttlefish Bone to supply essential calcium. Other minerals may be made available from Haith's Mineralised Tonic Grit.

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Gouldian Finches originate from Australia and are perhaps the most brightly coloured of the small-domesticated exotic seed-eaters. They are widely kept in cage and aviary but are more sensitive to changes in environmental conditions than most other domesticated finches. They are not hardy and, in particular, cold and damp situations should be avoided. However, in the warm summer months experienced in temperate climates, they may be housed in an outside aviary but when the weather changes for the worse as winter approaches, they must be given indoor accommodation.

We should not be surprised that these colourful birds are a favourite of many specialist exotic finch breeders and that they are prepared to go to a lot of trouble and expense in artificial heating and lighting to breed from them. Although it is more usual to house Gouldians in pairs in cages for breeding, non-breeding birds are frequently kept in aviaries or indoor flights.

Feeding Gouldians is similar to other domesticated exotic finches, but they do benefit by the addition of other seeds such as rape, Niger and Blue Mawseed. Gouldians relish seeding grass heads and the occasional Millet Spray but give sparingly as too much may lead to digestion problems and the need for Granulated Charcoal to relieve any problems.

Like other finches, Gouldians can benefit from Haith's Rearing and Condition Food, Egg Biscuit Food or Nectarblend along with Prosecto Insectivorous Mix throughout the breeding season. As a general rule always offer Fine Oystershell Grit and Granulated Charcoal to aid the digestive process and Small Cuttlefish Bone to supply essential calcium. Other minerals may be made available from Haith's Mineralised Tonic Grit.