Please see Part 1 of this article for a discussion of the importance of offering your finches more than a simple “seed-only” diet. Today I’d like to suggest some foods that will help to keep your birds in good health and brilliant color, and which may encourage breeding.
Live Insects and other Invertebrates
Insects and other invertebrates are essential for most finches, and critical during the breeding season. I’ve always maintained insect traps, such as the Zoo Med Bug Napper, to help meet the needs of my finches.
Try collecting small grasshoppers, crickets, sow bugs, beetles, flies, termites, grubs and moths. Please see my articles on Collecting Feeder Insects to learn more about increasing dietary variety. Consider raising mealworms as well, so that you’ll always have a supply of nutritious pupae and newly-molted grubs on hand. Read More »