You may remember almost a month ago one of my little finches was injured. I wasn't sure what happened, but assumed he injured himself, probably a sprained wing, in a panic while I was cleaning the cage. He was moved into a separate cage with no perches so he would not try to use the wing and give it time to heal. I was told to keep him isolated, actually in another room, so he wouldn't try to climb or fly or get close to the others for at least a couple weeks. After a few days I did put a perch in as low as I could, just about two inches from the floor, because he was trying to climb up the sides of the cage. He liked having a perch to sit on and did OK.
A little over two weeks in isolation was seemingly becoming a bit much for him. He would sit in his cage in the bedroom and call to his buddies in the living room. I decided that he was acting pretty well healed, so I brought the cage to the living room and put it next to the other cage. All of them seemed to really like that. And a few days later, I transferred him into the big cage with the others. For several hours, he sat on the floor of the cage. The others were calling to him, but he acted just like he did before he was isolated, sitting on the floor and bobbing as if he couldn't get to the low perch which I had moved to about three inches off the floor. The others actually began to pick on him, or so it appeared. I think they might have been trying to get him to get off the floor, but they were either nudging or pecking at him. I wasn't sure, and since birds will sometimes hurt or even kill a sick bird, I decided to return him to the nursery cage. While I was doing this, I decided to also move one of the others so he had a companion. I managed to catch the other spice finch and moved him. They stayed this way for another ten days.
Yesterday I moved both the Spice Finches (Nutmeg & Cinnamon) back in with the Society Finches (Gloria, Jackie, and Eleanor) in the large cage. They have all done just fine! It is good to see them all together again. The last 24 hours have been full of singing and very happy chirping. Last night had them all five lined up on a single high perch, snuggled together with beaks tucked into their wings.
It is good to have the cage full and joyful again!