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Richard - 2012-02-24
My Senegals name is Zoe. I've had her about 14 years. Overall she is healthy, alert, lovable and seems normally active. Recently, about the last 3 months, she has been picking her feathers and her front feathers now have thinned out and have turned mostly a pale yellow, possibly because she has picked them too much so they have not grown back.

The diet is a mix of pellets (Zupreme), sunflower seeds and mixed fruits and nuts. I have kept a real good eye on her weight which varies between 121 and 127 grams. She is a small bird and has always maintained that weight for years unless we board her if we are going to be gone for over 3 days. Then, she might drop down to 118.

My concern is the feather loss and loss of orange coloration. It is not to the point where I would call it alarming, but just wondering if anyone else has experienced this? Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-24
    Parrots this time of year pull out or shed their winter underfeathers (down) as expecting the weather to get warmer. They build up a winter coat of very fluffy white feathers, that you only see by petting their feathers backwards. After 14 years you probably know this as time of year all these little white feathers are flying around. You might need to spritz (bathe) your little guy more often and try with an aloe bird bath. I would try and add some additional nuts (crack a few walnuts) or almonds (vitamin A) or crackes with some almond butter or even a little peanut butter to add additional oil. The feather loss would result in the losing of the orange but I don't know if it is dry skin, molting or dry feathers that is causing the loss. Can't hurt to add a little more oil (via nuts) to his diet and more bathing.
  • Richard - 2012-02-25
    Thanks. Zoe takes bathes regularly, has a pretty varied diet including lots of nuts and fruits and of course pellets. I buy bulk fruit mix at our grocery store and I think it's called cran-mix consisting of dried cranberries, pineapple, walnuts and a good variety of other nuts. I couldn't ask for a better pet companion. I just want to keep her as healthy as I can and sometimes I worry over things that are changes in her behavior.
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Randy - 2012-02-20
Looking to buy a African orange belly. If you have a baby one let me know I'm in El Cajon Ca, my number is 619-807-1976

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Jack - 2012-02-15
My one year old senegal is the coolest bird I have ever met. She gives kisses, plays fetch, and loves getting her belly rubbed. I spent a lot of money on her, but it was worth every penny. She is my absolute best friend and I would recomend a senegal as an excellent addition to any bird-loving family. I cannot think of a single down-side to her that does not get outweighed by a positive.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-15
    I think all parrots with great human companions make wonderful wonderful birds - cuz the owners are - great not birds.
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Abraham H Rademeyer - 2012-02-14
I have a senegal parrot (Smartie) who is about 15 months old. I don't know if he is male or female. He was very close to me until recently when we had family staying with us. He suddenly started biting me and now he only seems to want my husband. He doesn't want me to touch him as he bites and draws blood. Please could anyone give me advise on how to get him to stop biting me and win his love back.

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  • Jack - 2012-02-15
    My local bird guy and a lot of reaserch says as a correcting behavior as he bites, don't draw your hand back and quickly twitch your hand, as this will scare him and show that you are in charge. Other than that, I don't know what to tell you. My buddy has a Yellow Crowned Amazon and has a similar problem. I have a senegal myself and loves everyone except my brother. I really feel bad for you and hope your problem gets better.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-15
    Thought of something you might try. If you close your fist and then pull your hand down to form a 90 degree angle with your wrist - there isn't anything that Smartie can grab a hold of to bite. He can hit you with his beak but no skin to hold onto. You would talk nicely and just hold the back of your fisted hand up and possibly let him get the whatever out of his system. Make sure he can only get to the back of your hand that is stretched tight though. OK? Go slow - we want to make friends here - hopefully.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-14
    Something strange happened probably. Smartie now associates you with some scary thing that you hva eno idea what it is. Maybe a baby cried or a big noise or maybe he got scared of someone while on your shoulder. Let him have some space for just a few days - say 3 or 4. Then start giving him treats with your hand, piece of toast, cheerio, pine nut etc. Just do that until he is comfortable with that. Then while your hubby is not around - or in the same room - try talking to Smartie and making friends again. There is one other thing here though I must tell you. It is possible that Smartie - for whatever reason has chosen your husband as his MATE. Spring is coming and it is the mating time of year and possibly Smartie will not go back till her normal self till summer. Hormones and jealousy.
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jay jay - 2012-01-10
senegal parrots are dangerous they bite deadly

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-10
    No, that jusat isn't true and I am sure sorry if you had a bad experience. Senegal parrots make quite charming, comical and fun companions for humans. Yes, if they are cornered or extremely frightened, they will bite but it is unusual and they almost always provide definit warning via there foot coming stright out or their head down and eyes going in and out. The bite hurts but it sure doesn't hurt as bad as hitting your finger with a hammer or stubbing your toe on the bed. It sure isn't deadly.
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LeAnn Spychalla - 2012-01-24
I have about a 7 to 8 yr old beautiful male, he's so quiet compared to other birds I have and I love it HOWEVER my concern is this, he's getting a dull oily look to his feathers. It goes away after a bathtime for a day or two but then right back. I was wondering could he be starting his firt molt? I noticed it about a month ago..I haven't seen any new feathers coming in and I know he hasn't molted as of yet

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-24
    If you have a 7 - 8 YEAR old eclectus, he has molted although depending on where you live, it may not have been obvious. ie Arizonia or some such place. The Eclectus will molt, usually somewhat gradually in late summer where there is 100 % exchange of old feathers for new. You see large feathers on the ground but frequently just one at a time and new feathers coming in with sorta a white wax around the new feather. They just love being preened this time of the year. They go through another molt in real early spring and you see this white down (regardless of the color of the parrot) in the cage or on the floor. It is similar to a cat/dog shedding its winter undercoat. The white down feathers are so light they just blow around. So whether real visible or not, your fella has gone through some molts. Again, I do not know where you live but my birds now are shedding their undercoat and they look a little oily. I spritz them with an Aloe spritz. My birds are also big nut eaters and that has a tendency to create oil. Think about what you are feeding him but it is probably just the normal early spring getting rid of the under coat and him over preeening to get rid of excess down.
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Yvette - 2010-05-26
I have a baby Eclectus last week (female), I want to know the age of the baby. She doesn't have the baby fluff anymore I'm still giving her the baby food during the day but she doesn't eat much, however she would eat seeds after the baby food. Should I keep feeding her or should I stick to the seeds?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-01-23
    I don't know how old she is but if she is taking the baby food (do you mean bird formula?), I would continue to give it to her. You can cut back to let's try 30CC around 1 pm or when you get home from work and then 45 or so before bedtime. If she takes it - she does - if not then OK. I just don't like to take the chance my children are hungry. Eclectus can be difficult to feed and they can go through stages. You can also try feeding her acxtual baby food (apricots or applesauce) or adding it to the formula. That formula doesn't taste great. Then you cut out the afternnon feeding and slowly cut back the evening (before bed) feeding. Let her have the seed, cracked walnuts work good, almonds (Vitamin A) veggies. They usually like millet as well. Because she doesn't eat MUCH doesn't mean she won't eat it if hungry. I like to feed them till they really do not want it.
  • manuela rutledge - 2012-01-23
    If she does not eat it anymore don't force it. Start giving her fresh fruit and veggies and some almonds here and there .
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Mar-Louise - 2012-01-15
Hi. I have a 9 month old eclectus male, who is just adorable. His eating is good,he has alot of toys and he gets alot of attention. Until the age off about 6 months he was feeding on seeds and dry fruits alone. Then I read that they love fresh fruit and vegtables. I immediatly introdused him to that and he love his food. I dont know what could be the problem but he still has alot of baby feathers, i have come across alot of other young eclectus parrots which feathers are all grown out already. Am i doing something wrong? Does he need something? Is there something that I can do for him? Please help me.

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    Cobus - 2011-12-17
    I have been given a baby African Red-Bellied parrot that must still be hand fed. He however spits out the bird porridge I got from the petshop. What can I give him to eat and not spit it out? Please advise me cause the petshop owners advice don't seem to work.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-12-19
      Usually they spit it out if it isn't warm enough. Should be between 100 and 105 degrees. A second reason is the hand feeder has changed and it might take the little one a couple of day (only a couple) to get used to the new feeder. One thing you can do is add baby food apricots or applesauce - a tablespoon - to the mixture. I prefer Zupreme or a least my birds do. One other is when the little guy has had enough - say you gave him 60 cc - he will spit out more if he doesn't want it. They sometimes get a little fussier during the weaning process.
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