Welcome to Gouldian Gardens!

Lady Gouldian finches live in the wild in Australia, but they’re a lesser known species in the U.S. “What are those brightly colored birds?” I’m often asked.

Followed by “I want one!”

And who wouldn’t? With their diminutive size (about 4 inches), soft calls, and rainbow of colors, they’re irresistible.

Gouldians have a reputation of being a delicate bird, too difficult to raise. Not so! I’ve raised hundreds of them and I find them to be very strong, provided you take good care of them in 2 ways:

  • Nutrition
  • Preventive Measures against Illness

This site is dedicated to helping others learn and grow in their care of Lady Gouldian Finches.

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Q. My Gouldians Just Had Babies, Should I Give Them Special Food?

Hi there. Yes there are several things you can do, but first let me lecture you about why you should have already been doing it for them. Gouldians are fairly hardy, but depending on the way you’ve been keeping them (called your husbandry skills) they may not be in the greatest shape right now. Laying …

Foods Pet Birds Should Never Have



AvocadoBeans, uncooked


Cassava (tapioca)


Citrus, small amounts if any

Dairy products – their bodies cannot digest it properly






Peanuts – danger of aflatoxin


Fruit seeds and pits – even apple seeds are quite poisonous.

White potatoes

Could My Gouldian Finch Have Mites?

Most people seem shocked when someone suggests their birds could have mites. The truth is that lots of birds have mites or lice. If yours are in an outdoor aviary, or were before you got them, it is possible that they have some due to exposure to outdoor birds. If they came from a pet store, it is highly likely that they are mite infested. Even if your Gouldians came from a breeder there’s always a chance of an infestation. Those with overgrown, broken, or deformed beaks will be especially susceptible to a heavier mite load. Besides lowering their overall condition, the resulting skin lesions invite bacteria growth.

What Are Mites?

Mites are relatives of spiders and ticks, and like those relatives they have 8 legs. Little is known about some, and in fact new species were found on finches as recently as 2015.

Here I’ve tried to list both a common name and a species, but there are multiples of every one, and many attack our babies in different ways. But make no mistake – mites are dangerous because a heavy load will lower the bird’s immune system. They can eventually kill the bird or the babies in the nest. Please consider treating your birds to rid them of any and all mites.

Read on: Types of Mites on Gouldian Finches

Treating Gouldians for Mites

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