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African Silver Bill Care Guide 

Origin and Breed Information 

Native Country : Africa 

Life Span : 6-7Years 

Size : 4-5 Inches as Adults 

Diet And Requirements 

Silverbill's mostly eat foreign finch or Canary seed mixes as their basic diet with good quality supplements to aid with moulting & breeding.  Silverbill's have some diet requirements as listed below-

  • Foreign Finch/Canary 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 a couple times 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.) 
  • Live Food - Although Silver Bill's don' t take very much live food it's a good idea to provide a small amount during breeding season.
  • 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 

Silver Bill's breed great in a large planted aviary, although silver bill's are not apposed to breeding in a decent size cage. Silver Bills are society finches and enjoy being housed in a colony or with at least some other birds.  These finches are a very docile bird and can be housed with certain  birds. They like to share the company of birds  like a colony of Zebra's or Bengalese Finches.  Some birds other birds that can be housed in a large planted aviary  with the Silverbill are - Star Finches, Owl Finches, Gouldian 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

Silverbill's are great and hardly little finches to start any interested bird hobbyist. They don't require a vast amount of experience or knowledge and are natural breeders in colony or cage environments. They really are on the same levels as the humble Bengalese finch as the perfect beginner finch to give anyone a glimpse into the bird world. I have no doubt that once you've got your hands on a pair of these beauties you will defiantly be catching the bird keeping bug and progressing on to more complex birds like Lady Gouldian's and waxbills.