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Lady Gouldian Finch Care Guide 

Origin and Breed Information 

Native Country : Grasslands of Australia 

Life Span : 6-8Years 

Temperature :  20°c - 23°c

Size : 5-6 Inches as Adults 

Diet And Requirements 

Gouldian Finches mostly eat foreign finch seed mixes as their basic diet with good quality supplements to aid with moulting breeding.  Gouldian have some diet requirements as listed below-

  • Foreign Finch Seed - As their everyday seed.
  • Conditioning Seed - Available in small amounts with other seed. (Planet Aviary Breeder) 
  • Fine Oyster Shell grit - Available always to aid digestion. 
  • Charcoal - Available a couple times a week to avoid toxins produced by pathogenic bacteria in the gut. 
  • Millet Sprays - Available once a week or so as an enrichment and Treat. 
  • Cuttlefish Bone - Available always as a calcium supplement and to help keep beak trimmed. 
  • Fruit & Veg - Available no more than twice a week (Dandelion leaves, Green leaved veg, kale, sprouted millet sprays, corn on the cob etc.) 
  • Egg Food mix - Available for when the finches have or are preparing to have young. 
  • Multi-Vitamin - Available once a month to help keep finches in top condition. Use more regular when moulting or breeding. 

Housing And Temperament 

Lady Gouldian's love to fly and demand a larger area to live, although breeding in a cage is possible they need a flight cage to enjoy and exercise in during the non-breeding period.  Gouldian's are society finches and enjoy being housed in a colony or with at least one other bird (It's not recommended to have lone Gouldian finches). These finches are a very docile bird and can be housed with certain other birds. They like to share the company of non-flighty birds i.e. not jumpy birds like a colony of Zebra's as they can be unsettling for them. Some birds that can be housed with the Gouldian are - Star Finches, Owl Finches, Cherry Finches, Grass Finches, Quail Finches and a few more smaller finches.  Never house finches with hooked beaked birds or birds bigger than them as it can be intimating.  Always supervise birds for an amount of time when first introducing two different types of birds and always provide enough space, food and nesting areas. 

Overall

Lady Gouldian Finches are a great bird to keep, although the care of the Gouldian sounds complicated to begin with once you get the atmosphere to their liking the Gouldian is a really easy bird to breed and fall in love with! The main point of care that you must take extra note of with Gouldian is the temperature as these birds require specific heat conditions due to coming from hot Australia.  Gouldian's are beautiful to watch and are very rewarding to any keeper. Although i would not recommend Gouldian's to a new bird hobbyist, once you have acquired a basic knowledge of avian care from caring for a species such as the humble Bengalese Finch there's really no stopping you with this great bird!