Live plants in aviaries are not only attractive, they are also a food source and can provide natural nesting material. Finches like the extra security of plants but which variety you choose is important to the health and well-being of your caged birds.
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Safe plants include African violets, begonias, marigolds, nasturtium, orchids, coleus, Christmas cactus, honeysuckle, impatiens, petunias, rose, spider plants and zinnias.
From the fern family you could safely use Boston fern, asparagus fern, mother fern, squirrel's foot and Elk's horn.
Many commercially potted plants have soil that has been enriched with nutrients to prevent weed growth and are toxic if ingested. Since finches are known to eat anything in sight, it is often better to hang plants outside the cage and allow the leaves or vines to trail inside.
Silk vs Plastic
Providing fake plants for your birds is an option since these can be more easily cleaned. Although silk plants can and probably will be unravelled with the threads used as nesting material, plastic plants could be considered the better choice due to being less susceptible to chewing.
Be careful using any fake plants that are potted in foam as the foam can be very toxic. Potted fake plants are better kept outside the cage with only their leaves or vines inside.
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