How Often Do Finches Need to Bathe?

Finches like bathing on a regular basis. Bathing removes dust from the birds’ feathers and allows them to cool off more quickly. In the wild, they will most likely take a dust bath or splash about in a puddle to clean themselves.  But in captivity, baths are usually favored. 

So in that context, how often do finches need to bathe?

Finches require to bathe twice a week. By providing a bi-weekly birdbath, finches will better opt to clean themselves. Bathing can be used in conjunction with daily misting. A shallow dish filled with clean and fresh water at the bottom of the finches’ cages is enough for them to bath properly. 

If the proper equipment for finch bath is not present in the cage, pet finches may attempt to bathe themselves in the drinking water. Try to avoid that from happening and always provide your pet bird with proper bathing equipment. 

Fact: Finches also like splashing around in the water, especially when the conditions are not very sandy or warm. So bird bath equipment is a necessary tool.

What is the proper way to bathe your finches?

In the process of bathing, finches will really perform the majority of the work on their own. You will only be responsible for providing lukewarm water, which is ideal for them. Try spraying your finches with a mister spray after you have observed him bathing happily and after he has become accustomed to you and your hands being near his cage. Spreading his wings, fluffing his feathers, and shaking himself indicate that he is having a good time. If he runs away from the ledge and flaps his wings about the cage, he doesn’t have a pleasant experience. Some finches seem to enjoy it immediately, while others appear to be more resistant to spray.

Another option is that you can get a wide variety of birdbaths, ranging from plastic things that clip to the edges of cages to concrete plinths that are suited for outdoor aviaries. The most convenient baths for enclosures are those that attach to the open areas of the cage, such as the entry area or the area where the food trays are placed. A shallow dish that does not tip over will work just as well for finches (due to their small size) but will result in more splashing.

The bathing tub/tray can also be located outside the cage if your Finch can fly freely about the room. A bowl of water put on the floor, maybe on a sheet of tissue paper or a towel to absorb the overflow, is all that is required. Always pick a dish that will sit solidly on the floor; if the dish tips or moves, the Finch will become alarmed and go away.

Temperature of the Finch Bathing Water

Baths/showers in cool or lukewarm water should be provided to all birds at all times. It is not recommended to use water that has been chilled, and if your tap water is extremely cold, let it stand for about 20 minutes before using it to take a bath.

Room temperature (25 C), on the other hand, is at the upper end of the permissible heat scale. On the other hand, the bathwater must never be too hot. Maintaining a “cool to tepid” temperature range will be sufficient.

What is the preferable time to bathe your pet finches?

It is recommended to bathe your finches during the hottest part of the day to ensure that the feathers have enough time to dry thoroughly before bedtime. Make certain that the water is at a suitable temperature for them, as mentioned above.

Another thing to keep in mind is that washing your finches early in the morning may provide your finches with more opportunities to dry. A warm and sunlight area that is free of drafts gives your pet finches with a very relaxing and cozy environment in which to preen and dry themselves while avoiding becoming overly chilly. Some of the finches seem to love it when you dry them with a heated hair dryer. But you must exercise extreme caution to avoid overheating your Finch or forcing it to dry with a hairdryer if it is afraid of the appliance.

What kind of shampoo should you use while bathing your finches?

Generally speaking, pure water is sufficient. Essential oils that preserve the feathers and skin of finches can be removed by commercial cleansers that are not created specifically for birds. The soap residue that remains on your Finch’s feathers after rinsing may potentially be harmful. In our birds’ environment, where we’ve added lipstick from kisses, newspaper ink, hand oils, and several other things, it is recommended not to use any human-based detergent or shampoo. But if you must want to use shampoos/soap, try using specific shampoos that are specially designed for birds. These shampoos have been specially engineered to be pH neutral, hence minimizing any detrimental effects on hair. They are alcohol-free made with natural botanicals and surfactants that do not wash away personal oils from the skin’s surface area. The specially made bird shampoos restore the natural radiance of the feathers. Groomers, bird nurseries, and bird breeders have been using them for years, and the results have been nothing short of spectacular. 

Usually, finches are not accustomed to being pulled from their cages (due to their small size), so a small dish filled with slightly warm water can do the work.

Never use too much water on your Finche’s feathers. Finches never allow their plumage to become entirely saturated in any liquid during their wild natural lives because this can impede their ability to fly. 

Word of caution: Using a daily spray on birds that are used to highly hot and humid conditions (tropical rain forests) helps to re-hydrate their respiratory canals as well as wash their feathers and keep them looking their best.

According to their professional judgment, some veterinarians may not encourage the use of certain types of sprays, such as mite sprays, that include pesticides or medicinal shampoos. Unless your pet finch is suffering from a specific medical ailment, such as mites, it is always best to contact with your avian doctor for the most appropriate treatment and diagnosis.


What is the maximum amount of time finches can survive without water?

Smaller birds, such as finches, can suffer severe dehydration in as little as 2.5-3.5 hours when temperatures are at their highest.

What can you do to encourage finches to use a birdbath?

During bathing, birds get overexcited and preoccupied, and they are more susceptible than they are at other times. Ensure finches have a clear sight when bathing and that there are tree branches nearby to give shelter if they become scared, as well as perches for them to utilize while preening.

Do finches enjoy the sound of dripping water?

A trickle of water in your birdbath is one of the most effective methods to make it even more appealing to the finches. Many finches are drawn to the sight and sound of rushing water because it provides them with natural habitat. You may use a professional dripper or sprayer or create your own dripper/sprayer out of an old bottle or plastic container.

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Rick Matthews

Hello, I am Rick Matthews, I have helped raise 100's of pets in my life living with my Father who while we did not live on a farm, raised all sorts of animals to sell them to families. We had so many different pets we all quickly became experts intending to them and helping them stay healthy. Back then we did not have the internet to look up thing on how to take care of their kids. As my kids got older, they wanted pets and of course, I did not want to have as many as we did when I was a child, but wanted to share my experiences. Many of these articles are written to help educate families on what to expect when looking to get a new pet for their children.

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