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10 Great First Pets

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Small Bird

Owning a small bird and cleaning its cage can teach a child responsibility.
Owning a small bird and cleaning its cage can teach a child responsibility.
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There are a few types of small birds that can make for a good introduction to the world of pet care. Canaries, for example, don't require a lot of one-on-one time, and a pair of society finches will happily keep one another entertained.

All birds require regular cage cleaning and fresh food and water, along with a cage roomy enough for a bit of flying and some toys for amusement. Small birds don't like sudden movements or unexpected noises, so they're best cared for by older, calmer children.

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