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December 22, 2005

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Twinkie, the Pet of the Day
Name: Twinkie
Age: Three years old
Gender: Female
Kind: Gouldian finch
Home: Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA
   Twinkie recently had six babies and she is a wonderful mother. She lives in a large aviary inside my home. She doesn't like to be held like so many larger birds. But she, along with her husband and a few friends, fill the house with their song and beauty. I just love these little guys, they are so beautiful.

    She is very easy to care for actually, every day I change the paper in the cage and give fresh water bottles. Her birdseed is in a large dish that only needs filling about every four days. Her favorite food is definitely Millet Sprays, they are "branches" that are covered in millet. I hang them from the top of the Aviary and they all fly up to them and hang on while they munch away :) She is actually the daughter of my first pair of gouldian finches that I received as a Valentine's Day gift from my husband, so she is even more special to me.

    If you have ever seen a ViewSonic brand computer monitor and noticed the three pretty little birds on the corner... those are gouldian finches... that is where I first saw them! I just had to have one... two... Seven! Being a finch she is not very tame, so I can not play with her like you could with a parrot, but she entertains with her beauty and song, and we love her just the way she is.

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