you for having me as an addition to your family.
Obviously I must have seemed special to you for
you to want to bring me home. But before we get
too far along, let me tell you what will be required
to maintain me and keep me healthy.
of all, I need the biggest cage you can provide
for me. It should be wider than high because we
finches like to fly back and forth. Place my home
in an appropriate place out of drafts and heavy
foot traffic. We get a little nervous if we're in
too busy of a location. And maybe if I'm really
lucky, I'll get to live in an aviary!
for my dietary needs. It's really not too complicated.
A high-quality finch seed, some egg-food, fresh,
clean water and some dark leafy greens will satisfy
my discriminating palate. A cuttlebone, mineral
grit and some crushed egg shells will round out
the picture. Vitamin supplements wouldn't hurt either.
Also, some of us like some live, squirmy things
every now and again -- I think you folks call them
possible, most of us like to have access to bath
water. It keeps our feathers and skin in good condition.
of us may want to start a family. So when that time
comes, we're going to need a nest and something
to line it with. Most of us aren't that fussy. A
wicker basket or nest box will suit us just fine.
One more thing, when we finally get 'down to business'
please give us the privacy and courtesy you would
expect as if we were talking about you. Surprisingly
as this may seem, our families have been doing this
for thousands of years and most of us don't need
help. But if we do, please do it as discreetly and
quickly as possible. Sometimes that which appears
unusual to you is very normal in our world.
harsh reality is that all of our babies don't make
it. Sometimes we toss them because we know there
is something wrong with them or we don't have adequate
food to raise them to become adults. And many times
it's just because of overzealous grandparents that
constantly monitor us every 78.3 seconds. After
a while it causes us to become unstable and we sometimes
do things that normally would not be part of raising
our family. Give us some space and we will bless
you with future feathered friends. And if keeping
all of us isn't possible, we understand. Please
find us appropriate and caring homes.
on the down side, sometimes we get sick. When this
happens please help us by having the good sense
to find out what will help us. Maybe that means
having to have some medications on hand at home
before this happens. And if that isn't possible,
take us to a doctor that can tell you what to do
to make us better. There may be some things that
I've forgotten to tell you, but we'll discover that
together as we go.
I've taken up enough of your time. After all, you've
got to get started on making that egg-food! Take
good care of me, respect my needs and I will do
my best to make you proud to say that you are the
proud guardian of a finch.
Fly T. Finch