Gouldian Finch

gouldian finch

gouldian finch

The gouldian finch web site will provide you with valuable information on a range of different topics which will help increase your knowledge on keeping,

breeding and raising gouldians in an unheated outdoor aviary.

One of the most beautiful birds of the world would have to be the gouldian finch without a doubt, with there amazing iridescent colors.

The gouldian finch originated from the Northern tropical areas of Australia.

You may wonder why it doesn’t acclimatize to the cooler regions?

Well I can assure you that there are people in warm climates who have given up keeping gouldians because it has broken their hearts.

The photo above is of a yellow head normal.

This a great example of the gouldians true beauty.

This bird is not easy to keep and maintain without good knowledge or correct advice from a gouldian enthusiast.

This is why I have created a website to help others achieve success also just as I have .

I have been breeding and maintaining a colony of happy and healthy gouldian finches for many years now and would like to share this information with others.

Breeding Gouldian Finches

breeding gouldian finches

breeding gouldian finches

 

Helping others maintain a successful colony of finches is my ultimate aim. Gouldian health plays a major role in the aviary.

It is not just the cold that causes fatalities but a lack of knowledge of the bird itself.

Although the gouldian finch comes from a tropical climate it can and it does acclimatize itself to cooler climates and can breed more readily than some of the other Australian finches.

gouldian finch

Breeding gouldian finches in colder climates is achievable.

They even do remarkably well in England and even in colder places such as Canada, where they breed successfully also.

Gouldians can be acclimatized to various climatic conditions if you know how to treat them correctly.

If you treat this finch in the same way as other Australian grass finches then you will have failures.

Gouldian Nest boxes

I make gouldian nestboxes out of chipboard. The entrance hole is about 30mm positioned at the front of the box. There are two methods of setting up a perch or a platform below the hole. The perch is easy to mount but the problem can be that the finch will have trouble trying to transfer a beak full of nesting material into the box . A small platform mounted below the entrance hole allows the bird to pass a beak full of nesting material through the hole easier.

Learn about Gouldian Finches – Gouldian Books

gouldian books

gouldian books

The absolute key to this finch is solid knowledge. Obtaining experience and knowledge takes time or is fast tracked by learning from other gouldian aviculturists or from good quality gouldian books.

These methods are highly recommended.

Try to join a bird club for example or an online forum.

You may have a local bird club with members who are finch fanciers that will be more that willing to share their knowledge with you.

Understanding the likes and dislikes of the gouldian is the key to success along with a well designed and constructed outdoor aviary.

The correct housing of the gouldian finch is extremely important.
It is unlike all of the other Australian finches in that at the bottom of their feathers they have what is termed “down” which is for the purpose of keeping most birds warm. However, gouldians lack such down.

Gouldian Finch Outdoor Aviary

gouldian finch outdoor aviary

outdoor aviary

The main enemy of the gouldian is cold winds.
They cannot cope with cold winds for very long.

You may think you have acclimatized your gouldians in an outdoor aviary which only has one open side, but I find that a fully enclosed aviary with access to an open flight via a small opening off the main internal room of the aviary is the only option for cooler climates.
A picture of my outdoor aviary is shown on the left.

It is a purpose built outdoor aviary which works extremely well for keeping any type of finches especially gouldians.

With a well constructed and fitted out purpose built gouldian finch aviary breeding gouldians is allot easier and more successful.