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Name: Catherine G.
Status: educator
Age: 40s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: Sunday, December 08, 2002


Question:
Hello...As we have two pet goldfinches in our classroom, what should we put in the cage for them? "chewy" toys?" (made of what? A cup for bathing? (I find no web site dealing with caged birds!) Do we put sticks and grasses in there for them to build a nest? It looks like the female is pregnant--does she need those materials to build a nest? Any special (and cheap!) food for when she's pregnant? How do we tell she is pregnant? Last ?: Are indigenous grasses and tiny twigs ok? (Southern CA. eucalyptus leaves, long, strandy clover grasses?) Help!


Replies:
This is one of many sites that come up on a google search for "bird care"

http://www.wildbirdcarecentre.org/

You should be aware that if these are wild American goldfinches you must have a permit from the US Fish and Wildlife Service to keep or care for them.

For domestic bird care, here is one of many sites:

http://www.aav.org/basic_care.htm

J. Elliott


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