Allow Your Finch to Be Extra Well Cared For and Healthy

Write about how Finches make great pets

Your Finches Cage Is Its Castle

Finches make great pets because they have so much personality. They are fun to watch because they are lively and usually appear very cheerful. So they have always been on my shortlist of kinds of pets I want to have and continue to have.

Finch birdcage

Because of their activity level, their cage’s size becomes one of the most important parts of owning this exciting pet. You know how you feel when your own home starts to feel cramped and cluttered. Your finch friend feels the same way, so plan for a minimum of two and a half feet in length or longer, if possible, since the finch gets their exercise by flying.

Who knew finches need exercise just like I need training. However, I have to walk or jog to get in my laps, as we used to call them in track class. We had to do so many laps before our exercise session finished.

For your finch, they need short flights, so have the cage and the arrangement of the things in the birdcage, feeders, swings, water, or perches arranged to have those open, uncluttered places where they can fly.

Imagine if your track had hurdles, it would be stressful for you to run, so do not stress your finch by putting things in its way. It will reward you by continuing to be active and healthy.

Where I live recently, they had the annual road-race, and each year it increases in numbers of runners. One of my friends ran.  She prepared in advance by hydrating well the day before and the morning of the race. She did not experience any pain while running but said many around her were complaining. While they were getting water along the racecourse, it would have been easier for them to have hydrated before the race started.

Your finch needs to be well hydrated too. Put separate dishes of food and water and monitor them closely, so your feathered friend does not run out of either but mostly the water.

perches for finches

Finches like to have a place to perch. Provide various sizes so your finch’s feet can also exercise. If you did not have any physical issues but only exercised your arms, your legs would be cranky with you. While your finch doesn’t get cranky, you still should provide the items it needs to remain healthy. Many finch parents do not take excellent care of their finches, so I want to encourage you to think through all of the things that will allow your finch to be extra well cared for and healthy.

Some perches which do extra duty are cement perches, which keep your finches toenails trimmed, but if this is the only type you provide, it can be hard on the finches feet over time.

natural branche Finch perch

Natural perches from branches of trees or bushes are a nice change for your finches feet and undoubtedly easy to find in your local area. Use a bird protector disk to keep mites from traveling in on the branches or introduced to your finches cage.

Your finch loves toys in the cage to play with, so select a few toys at a time and change them out occasionally to give your finch variety. Some ideas might be swings, ladders, beads, and mirrors.

Another extra important thing about your fiches cage is to keep it clean.  Set up a weekly schedule to help you stay on track with this task. An additional birdcage to move your finches to while you are cleaning is a great idea and will help both you and your finches

Tools and supplies for cleaning the finch’s cage are:

  • hot, soapy water
  • rinse water
  • paper towels, newspaper, or brown paper bags for the bottom of the cage for easier cleanup

Use to clean the cage and all the accessories you have in the birdcage. Let everything dry.

When dry, it is time to bring your finches back to their clean home or castle, and your enjoyment of them can continue as their enjoyment of a clean house. We all like refreshing.

Speaking of being refreshed, put a small shallow dish of water for them to bathe several times a week. When I finish my exercise, I want a shower, so your finches want to wash too.

And there you have it. Your finch now can have a castle in your castle. I could add, just for humor’s sake, and you can both live happily ever after.     ~ Marjorie J McDonald

How to Write About the Society Finch

Great additions to your pet family

Learning about the difference in each of these Finches, the Gouldian, the Zebra, and now the Society Finch, will help you zero in on details you could use for the characters for your books. Learn about their personalities and actions to see if you could add extra layers to your book characters. It is a simple way to enhance your stories and make writing more fun.

The Social Nature Of The Society Finch

One type of finch in the finch world is so friendly that they are called Society Finches. Because of their nature, they need to be kept in a group to interact with the other finches.

Often Society Finches are busy-bodies and want to interrupt those in the community that appears to enjoy more privacy, mainly when they are breeding. Not considered aggressive behavior on their part, just their nature.

They make great additions to your pet family because of their social activity and behavior and are fun to watch. They are friendly, have an excellent easy-going temperament, are easy to take care of, and usually not very expensive to buy.

While people are not sure of this finch’s origin, it is usually thought to be about 300 years ago and often documented that breeders from China and Japan started this finches line.

They are usually pure white, fawn, white, or chocolate and white, and when full-grown, they range from four and 1/4 to four and 3/4 inches long. Each one of this finch family is unique in their appearance. Occasionally you will find tri-colored finches, crested finches, and solid-colored finches all within the Society Finch family. Lots of variety to select from, which makes it more fun.

You will need to give them fresh food and change their water every day. They particularly like the finch seed mix, which is readily available. In a different cup, they also like chickweed and spinach. For the trace minerals they need, you can scatter grit on the cage’s bottom or put it in another container inside the birdcage. Occasional special treats are foods like egg foods, apples, pears, unusual mixes of seeds, honey fruits, and some vegetables.

An additional thing they need in their diet is calcium. Provide this in items called a cuttlebone, which also gives them lime for their digestion. The benefits of this dietary addition are your finch will have a strong beak, strong eggshells if you choose to breed them, and prevents egg binding in the female finch.

The most frequent reason a Society Finch gets sick is

· a poor diet

· if their cage is not kept clean

· or they may have been somewhere that was drafty and got chilled.

Prevent these things by

· a well-balanced diet

· a warm and clean environment

· the size cage that allows them to get exercise

· room for them to fly about their birdcage

They love to have baths, so provide them with a shallow bowl of water or a bathhouse inside their cage.

These things contribute to a happy, healthy Society Finch and many hours of enjoyment for you as their finch parent.

Having a happy and healthy finch is essential to your enjoyment of this very social and active type of finch.

Finches Are Friendly, Active, Happy Birds

Extra tips for writing about your pet finch

Consider Finches As Pets

The Gouldian Finch. One of the most colorful of this type of bird. Writing about this finch will allow you to share why a person might want to be an owner.

The finch is a beautiful pet and very popular with people who live in apartments, have homes, have other pets, or have children or a combination of all of these.

The more common varieties include the Society Finch, the Zebra Finch, and the Gouldian Finch. These finches come in a variety of colors, and they have unique personalities.

Very social, and they do not mind sharing their cages with other finches as long as the birdcage is large enough for them to fly and roam around in the birdcage. They must have the room to pass from one perch to another. Arrange the birdcage so no accessories are in their way. Do not overcrowd your birdcages with perches, toys, or containers.

They need maybe one toy, a portable branch to perch on because they love the variety, and a mirror because they love looking at themselves. Finches like having baths. Pampering them once a week is ideal. They love to roll in moist grasses.  Damp dandelion leaves and grasses are a treat when you sprinkle them around the bottom of their cages.

They do best in a group that is approximately the same size bird as they are. Avoid larger birds like parakeets or other hard-billed birds that might become aggressive toward the finch because it is smaller in size.

Also, if there is overcrowding, the birds can pick at the birds’ feathers around them. If you notice fighting or bullying, the birds need to be separated. Move the bird from the others that are behaving like that in the cage.

Finches are known to be friendly, active, and happy birds so that any other behavior might indicate a problem with your feathered friend. Finches prefer to play with other finches, so do not require a great deal of attention from their human owner. They can be finger tamed with patience.

For grooming, they will let you place them in your palm on their back. Be sure you wrap your fingers around them gently with the forefinger and thumb on either side of the head to support them. In this position, you can trim their nails.

You will be entertained for hours by these birds because they tend to be quieter yet engaging. They don’t cost a lot and will undoubtedly provide hours of entertainment with their quirky little personalities. They can be busy and enjoyable to watch with their singing and happy little voices. They are such unique little creatures and fun to own as pets. Watch the video of the Gouldian Finch dancing. So adorable.

For the Love Of The Zebra Finch

How to write about your pet finch

The Zebra finch is a popular pet with very entertaining habits. Writing about this finch will allow you to share why a person might want to be an owner.

The Zebra finch is a bird that originated in Australia. Popular in other parts of the world because of their cheerful nature and their busy lifestyle. The finch is full of activity. Being one of the easiest of the finch family to own as a pet, they are hardy, often living seven to ten years.

They are beautiful, usually low in cost, very active with their movement and singing. Finches are easy to raise and breed if you choose to go into that area in your finch adventure.

They enjoy other birds’ company, so it is essential to buy several simultaneously and provide them with a larger size cage to fly around and have the room to do that.

The variety of patterns you can find with the Zebra Finch allows you to choose which type you prefer. The Finch varieties include the Fawn, Chestnut Flanked White, Lightback, Black or Orange Breasted, and the Black Creek.

The male is usually gray on the upper body and wings and has a white belly. You will commonly see a red and orange beak and an orange patch on their cheeks. They have a teardrop shape under the eye that ranges in color from orange, brown, tan, or fawn, depending on the finch.

The flanks, just below the wings, are a chestnut or orange color with white dots. The chest is a black and white stripe resembling a zebra, and that is where they get their name.

The female finch is gray on the upper body with white on their bellies too. Their beaks and legs are typically a lighter color, and the teardrop shape under their eyes is black.

In the wild, they live in dry areas and eat grass seeds as their main diet. Grass seeds are still the preferred diet for them if you decide to become a finch owner, and you can occasionally offer them fresh foods. You can offer them various choices of natural foods to see which ones they seem to like.

Being very individualistic, they have different likes and dislikes, so try out some other things and make notes of the foods they seem to enjoy the most. Give them only the amount of fresh food they can eat in one day and remove any leftovers so the food does not spoil. Avoid foods like peppers, cabbage, and broccoli. That type of vegetable does not seem to agree well with their digestive systems.

Keep their seed bowl filled, give them fresh water daily, and enjoy their cheerful, busy, active lifestyles.

They are beautiful, fun to watch, and make great pets.

As a finch owner, it has been fun to explore the different types and varieties of this bird family. They are active, cheerful birds that require attention to their care to give them the long life they can have. Zebra Finches are the most fun and the easiest to care for, so enjoy learning more about your Finches.

Turn Simple Stories Into Comedy, Drama, or Documentaries

Add to the fun of writing and inspire

Writing Can Be About Anything

An excellent example demonstrating this is someone who ran into my car recently. When I went to get the estimate for repairs, I asked the receptionist what some of the memorable stories that stood out in her mind were. She said that occasionally when people came to pick up their cars, they were involved in accidents when leaving the repair lot. Ouch. That would not be good.

This topic seems so ordinary and one that you could overlook the event as a story idea. However, suppose you look closely at it. In that case, it could be a way to begin to tell a story about something that might be about to happen. It might be during or right after having, in this example, your car repaired. Each one of these topics can develop into an exciting story. With additional information, it could become a series of writing detailing each area of this topic.

That is how easy it is to write. There are subjects all around and in every part of life. If the topic seems too bland, it is your job to enhance the story to make it exciting and give the information a new twist.

Life has various events that seem every day. Still, you have a unique perspective that can help someone else handle that challenge in a much easier way. Your ideas and approach are unique to you and can provide new insight into someone who may need your exact process to help them.

Turn these simple stories into comedy, drama, or documentary. Choose which way you want to enhance the information. You can even approach the topic in every way and see how each story unfolds for you. That adds to the fun of writing and can inspire you and others.

Abandon Writing Roadblocks, Enjoy Celebrating Your Increased Ability to Write

Are your words coming quickly, or do you struggle?

When you sit down to write, what comes up for you?

Writers often have a problem. It is widespread—the dreaded stuck state.

Some refer to this as the blinking cursor on your blank page. It cannot be enjoyable when you would rather have words on the page, and the page remains blank.

Brainstorming helps the words flow to start. Please make this a fun project, not I have to have this book finished by ____.

You appreciate the “book completion.” Don’t let anything get between you and a finished book. Being successful means you know that your book doesn’t get published every day that writing isn’t making your readers happy and making you money.

Want to write the “right” book, the miracle book that sells itself with no effort. Goals are good, but you might find you are judgy about what you are writing and not very motivated to write.

Revisit why you want to write a book and think about your readers. Look at your methods for writing. Will those methods get you a finished book for your readers? If not, why not?

Possibility vs. probability.

Is there a possibility that even if you finish writing, some readers might not like your book?

What would happen if you approached writing with anticipation, shaping your story into the book of your dreams, getting help as needed to finish?

Is there a probability if you put out fewer books, enjoy writing less, or worry about results more, and feel like you were in a state of self-fulfilling failure? Probability is determined to hold you back.
You’ve probably tried looking for articles, coaches, mentors, courses, and books to help you write better and write faster. Information that you hope will inch you up the probability ladder until you can transform from the caterpillar of a struggling writer to the butterfly of a successful book author.

Have you ever checked what it feels like to write while focusing on the probability that you will fail? You’re right. It feels like pushing a giant rock up an endless mountain. If you are writing information but not experience, you will continue to struggle. Knowledge with experience is the only thing that transforms.

You’ve experienced the Possibility Path when your muse is happy when inspiration strikes when you’re in a state of flow.

It takes discipline and experience to keep yourself on the possibility path. Still, you do not have to do it alone.

Learning to write is a transformation process.

Build experience.
Try and keep trying.

Like learning anything new, you start small.

Give yourself these gifts:
The possibility you will write a book your readers will love
The possibility you have everything you need to write right now
The possibility that you can transform the raw clay of your idea, your scene, and make it amazing in one hour
The possibility that you can write your book the way you want to write it.
During this hour, guide yourself as you make real, measurable progress on your current writing project. While you are writing, you are enjoying and using your developing writing skill.

Pick a writing technique you would like to practice.

Be open to let your writing flow during your one hour while you write the next scene in your book. It will give you practice.

Take the first step. You can write-go for it!

How To Stop Wearing the Writing Mask of Fear

Learn from your mistakes and keep writing anyway

The desire to expand your writing horizons is there, but you’re afraid like others who want to write but have either started or stopped or not tried at all.

Fear appears in many guises. I’m better about not letting this stop me than I used to be. Everyone needs to let it be OK to have a weak first draft. That will help you spot places in your story where you could add improvements.

Learning the various aspects of writing can take time. Relax and give yourself permission to learn and make mistakes. Just learn from your mistakes and keep writing.

“You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say.” F Scott Fitzgerald

If you send in a query letter to a publisher and get back a rejection slip, it isn’t a personal rejection.

A common reason for rejection is a story similar to yours, and they don’t need another one. Another instance is that some beginning writers want to submit their work before they’ve learned the basics of writing. No one comes to scold you because of your short story/article/novel rejection.

If fear is stopping you from writing, get out a pair of imaginary hiking boots with thick soles and stomp that fear into submission. You have the power. If you have said you always wanted to write novels, children’s books, whatever it is you want to write you fill in the blank______ then it is time to start.

Time is precious. Write, illustrate, do both. Write for the joy of putting your words and point of view onto paper (or the computer screen.) Let nothing hold you back. I’ve been writing for many years, without a support system in place. Not one person was in my cheering section. I found that lack of support was another excuse to avoid writing and another disguise of fear.

Want to write? It is time to start. If you’re going to improve, then study and keep putting your fanny in the chair and your hands on the keyboard and continue. Some of it will be a stinkin’ pile of poo. Find the jewels, wash them off, and get back to writing.

The desire to expand your writing horizons is there, but you’re still afraid. The same goes for someone who wants to write but hasn’t started. Or have you started and stopped?

Somehow I’ve managed to learn how to write stories that have touched readers and made them happy. I continue to study and learn and probably always will.

Fear ruled me for so many years I refuse to give in and give it any more of my time. IF YOU WANT TO WRITE, DO IT. If you submit and get rejected, either submit your work someplace else or find what is wrong and fix it. Or self-publish.

Don’t let the fear of rejection, the fear that someone in your family won’t like what you write, or any of the million and one excuses wearing the mask of fear stop you from the joy of writing.

Write About Your Pets

It is easy to write stories about your pets. They are fun, funny and you have lots of adventures with them.

Here is a sample of what a story might look like so you have more of an idea of what you might be able to do.

This is a book about one of my Pomeranians that was just so much fun to be around. She was just a bundle of energy and the story is about what my family needed to do for her to travel with us.

Here is Midget’s famous book about the  adventure she went on to go see one of her favorite people-she loved to go to grandmas. She adored grandma and grandma adored her.

Fun traveling with my dog


How to Write Fiction Stories: Creative Writing Lesson Tips

Writing has been handed down from father to son, mother to daughter or the village elder to the junior by word of mouth long before there was ever any writing of any kind, so that essential element in writing has never gone away. In fact, I would say that the prime prerequisite is: can you tell a good story?

The first thing you have to have to be a writer is to have a story or an idea or something that you want to communicate. Ask the question would someone be interested in this or would someone want to read about this? Writing is just a form of communication.
Are you a storyteller or do you have something to write about?

Here are some little tests to find out whether or not you are.

Are you the kind of person that when you go to the camp out you can tell the story by the fire and have everyone’s attention, have them hanging on your every word?

How’s your timing?

What do people say to you after you finish telling a story?

Do people laugh at your jokes?

Your listeners and then readers will tell you whether or not you can tell a good story.

Now we all want to take a look at ourselves and not be too critical and not be too harsh at the same time, be open and honest with ourselves. Share your story with a friend who will be honest with you.

Sit down and write. Then, read what you wrote so you can get your flow with words. Be interested in everything around you, be interested in what other people have to say. Take what they say and learn what they got from your writing. Did your story idea interest them, did they have any aha moments from what you wrote? Use that information to fine tune what you are writing. Begin to develop your voice and your style as a writer.