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jeff - 2009-01-21
This February (2009) my Senegal named Tobias will be 30 years old. I have had the pleasure of his companionship for 28 years. He also trusts only one person and tolerates everyone else. He is generally calm yet he has his moments. There have been times he has bitten me well enough to break the skin. This usually happens when other people are around and this may be his way of telling me he doesn't like sharing me with anyone else. After so many years he knows me and every movement I make in the house wanting attention constantly. As I arrive home from work down the driveway he knows it's me and I can hear him vocalize wanting out of the cage and his head feathers rubbed backwards. After all these years the routine has not changed much which consists of a lot of attention. I guessed as he grew older he would slow down, not so! It seems he requires more attention as the years go by. I love it. He picks up on what goes on around him and mimics what he can. I get a special kick on how my Son taught him to grumble. I have not regretted one moment since I

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  • Richard - 2010-06-03
    I stumbled on this site while looking up whether my Senegal would like papaya. From what I've read it seems they like papaya and also like the peppery taste of the seeds.

    My Senegal is female, about 12 years old. I hate to leave here with anyone but we know a good vet who loves all animals. Her husband keeps birds in back of their office. One is a Senegal, but not so tame since it is a rescue bird from a previous owner who for whatever reason didn't want it.

    My bird, Zoe is her name, is so loveable. I can pick her up anytime. She puts her head down first thing in the morning and wants her birdie scratches. I could be cleaning her cage, changing her water and putting in fresh food and millet sprays. You'd think she would make a bee line for the food right away as one of my other birds, a gray cheek parakeet would always do. He died a little over a year ago at 20 years old. But Zoe wants to get on my shoulder, she wants me to pick her up and talk to her all the time. Lots of head bobs, wing flutters and tail waggles and little chirpings. What a great little companion pet. Like you, I would never give her up for the world.
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Joanne - 2008-11-25
I have an eleven year old Red Bellied aptly named Sinbad. He is very attached to me and when I have to leave home for any length of time he is my road buddy. I'm wondering if anyone knows what the life-span of these guys is. I'm working with several family members to address his attachment issue. Also, Sinbad has a genetic color mutation and has developed some beautiful yellow and orange feathering on his back and an orange collar. His clutch mate, a female, was completely yellow during her first moult. He is definitely my little companion bird and certainly nothing like the Pionius parrot he lives with!

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  • Sandy - 2010-06-01
    Hello,
    I have a 21 yr old Red Bellied Parrot. I've had Razzmann "Razzy" since he was a baby. They can live 25-35 yrs. My Avian vet Dr. Speer calls my guy a senior bird. I want to address the yellow feathers--
    I once remember a few yellow feathers mixed in with his orange feather and a couple mixed in with the green on his wing (very few). I was concerned and brought him to the vet for a check up and blood work. Apparently if I remember he had too much fat in his blood. The Vet called it fatty liver--even thought my guy is on Harrison's pellets, good fruits, vegies and nuts--he also love people food. We cut out some foods and he is back to beautiful color--yellow gone. Something you might want to watch or get checked. Dr. Speer is one of the best in avian medicine and has help me so much with my guys diet for a long healthy life. Razzy's favs are chicken leg bone, scrabbled eggs, cottage cheese, cream of wheat with toast, cherrios and lots of greens. They are prone for lacking vitamin A--eggs are really good for them. Sorry for so much rambling but I just love these little guys. Best of luck with your Sinbad. Sandy, Razzy and my congo grey Baby girl.
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Jessica - 2010-03-30
I have a four year old Senegal named Griffin and he is absolutely the best bird I could have ever asked for. He is the sweetest little guy, only cranky in the morning, always bending his head down for a neck scratch and putting his foot up while saying "step up" so I'll pick him up. He loves perching on my shoulder and comes to me when I want him to come down, he never gives me a difficult time. He can be a little stubborn at times though, and loves to shred anything left lying around (don't leave any important papers near him!) He is also very smart, and has a vocabulary of about 15 words and phrases. He gives kisses on command and even imitates the alarm system! He is not a one-person bird at all because we spent a lot of time socializing him from when he was young, so he will "step up" for just about anyone (though only his chosen "flock" are allowed to pet and cuddle him). He will also lay on his back in my hand, and swing back and forth upside down like a little acrobat. I love this little guy to pieces, what a great big personality for a tiny little thing!

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Kelly - 2009-04-05
I have a 19 year old Meyers Parrot named Jasper and he is so sweet! I got him as a Christmas gift when I was in 7th grade and he has been with me through a lot. When Jasper first met my husband he would bite the crap out of him--finger, forehead, whatever--now I think he loves him even more than me (sometimes I get jealous!!)
He loves to eat and tears up newspapers like crazy. He seems to look forward to my children's nap times when he will also take a nap and make all his tiny little cute noises. The rest of the time he is very noisy (living in apartments was tough--all the neighbors hated his early morning chirping) He also loves to chew on the furniture!! "Jappy" is an amazing part of our family!!!

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kerry Lampkin - 2009-03-05
So, I really wanted a parrot.
I did all the reserch a person should do when thinking about getting an animal.
I kept seeing Myers parrot, in descriptions of mellow, sweet birds.
I was very intrigued.
One thing led to another and brought Sophie into my life.
She had been in the middle of a divorce and was living in a cage with no human interaction. She was two years old when I first met her.
I'd raised pigions and cockatiels, but never a parrot.
I was hoping this was a good fit for the both of us.
Time has passed and Sophie is about four.
What a hoot she is, I just love her.
We definitely are a family. I have her, two cats, and a fish.
She is affectionate, she cuddles under my chin for warmth.
She loves apples, carrots, and red vines.
Don't get angry, I do not give her red vines anymore because they turn her poop red. And of course it's not good for her. But, man she'll do anything to get to that red vine, if I am eating one.
She holds her own with my two cats, who are afraid of her.
She says; give me a kiss, Meow, I'm right here, and she laughs out loud.
Plus, all her really cute noises.
Sophie lets me know when someone is comming up my path, by a loud high pitched whistle.
She has her own perch in the bathroom, and likes to spend the night in there.
I have two outdoor cages for her, one in the front yard, and one in the back.
I found some old paperback childrens books and a thrift store and put them in her cage. She chews the heck out of them and it turns out to be good enrichment.
And its much better then when she trys to chew my books.
I try to give her a lot to do when I'm home.
Sophie loves music and loves to sing and dance.
I'm telling you she's the best!
If you are thinking about a Myers Parrot, you will love them.
Sophie is my little darling, and I'm glad she's on my shoulder right now.


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Anonymous - 2009-02-10
Hi my name is Jay and I have a 2 and a half year old meyers parrot named "Oscar". He is so funny because he will only go with me if I'm wearing a hooded sweater. He will sit right on the edge of the hood and will stay there all day. Even if I'm driving he will stay on the hood. He doesn't like sitting on shoulders. I pretty much take him almost everywhere I go as long as it's not too hot to wear a hooded sweatshirt.

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Christine Miller - 2009-01-13
I have learned not to have my little female Red Bellied parrot, I call Bert, on my shoulder when I answer the door anymore. I have learned she loves to greet them by saying things she has made up or heard sometime in the past. In July I opened the door to a couple of nice looking door to door Mormon men with Bert on my shoulder. The minute she saw them out pops... "Merry Christmas, Shit head." I had know idea she could say any of those words and it was nowhere near Christmas being it was in the middle of July. So be beware of these little devils and what may come out their beaks.

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  • Chris - 2010-04-21
    Is your redbelly for sale? We would love to take care of her here.....
    Thanks
    We are in Ma. YOU?
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Mark Anderson - 2008-11-27
I have recently acquired my second senegal, Dylan, a 12 week old male. My previous bird was lost when a door was left open around 6 months ago and I've pined for him ever since. They are fantastic birds and complex in nature and should be treated so, my previous parrot harry was without doubt the best thing I have ever spent my money on. I didn't realise another creature could be quite so intelligent. But as such they can be unpredictable, and I always found a change in scenery helped with negative behaviour. Removing a toy from the cage, moving cage or covering three sides may help in stimulating problem birds to think of something else. I have heard that owners with other birds should experiment with cage heights and positions and although I can't speak from experience on this I think it is worth a mention. I also allow my bird to be handled by as many people as possible and constantly push the boundaries of what he is comfortable with me doing with him (laying him on his back and opening his wings etc). They have a very strong impulse on where they are within the flock, and I cannot stress enough that you need to be firm with them. If my bird bites my ear for instance, I'll drop the shoulder it's on and tell him off. I'm the boss in our relationship and that's the end of the story, and as long as the bird knows that we'll always be fine. If you have other birds in the house I would urge you to try and move the birds around, but I hope you get around it all and bring your parrot back to the bird it was.

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  • Jessica - 2010-03-30
    These are great tips. My senegal is about the sweetest bird you can ever ask for and I know a large part of that is the socialization. From the time I first got him I made sure to have him practice "stepping up" with as many people as possible which I think is very important and prevents them from becoming one person birds. Now he will step up for just about anyone and perch on just about anyone's shoulder, and he also lets my brother and mom pet him. When he is being naughty (tries to bite at my skin or clothes when he's perched on my hand or shoulder), I drop my hand or shoulder like you said and he immediately quits what he's doing. He is as sweet/good as can be I feel because of these things. People need to understand that in order to have a well-behaved bird you need to spend lots of time with it and give the proper training!
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Jayme - 2008-11-24
I have an eight year old senegal named Frankie, (He was my birthday present.) At first he was very shy, but then he turned around and was very nice and playful, he did "kisses" and said his name and even used to sing the banana phone song! He only snapped at me occasionally. Now, everytime I try to take him out he bites very hard, my whole family is almost afraid of him! I recommend senegals for singles or couples, for I think they will tolerate more than a couple people, but they will bond to one. Overall for bird lovers who have time to spend with their bird I think a senegal is a fun and good choice!

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Sandylee - 2008-11-20
Hi,

I have a question about Senegals. Can anyone tell me what the oldest they normally breed. I have a pair that are around 13 years old and was wondering if that is too old for them to breed?

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Thanks everyone,

Sandylee

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  • jos mh - 2010-03-20
    Hi im joshua & got that same question, can u help me please
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