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Kingsley Kezinibe - 2011-06-30
I have a senegal parrot that is 9 months old. I named him Paul. He is sometimes restless but very active. I am not very sure of its sex. But I have read some peoples experiences about their parrots laying eggs after some years. I want to know if my Paul can lay eggs on its own without having a mate of different sex. Can they reproduce even while in their cages?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-06-30
    If your Senegal is a male there is no way he can lay an egg. However if your Senegal is a female it is possible that she can lay an egg without having a mate. Her egg would not be fertile and would not hatch and no chick could be produced. She may want to sit it for awhile or not sit it. Many people write in regarding their parrots laying an egg as they are surprised and shocked. It does happen but it does not happen frequently. It is not the norm but it does happen. Female chickens just lay eggs.
    Yes, a bird can mate and reproduce in their cages but if you wish to breed your Senegal it would be a whole lot easier to do it with a flight cage and a nest box. Attmepting to breed a Senegal in a regular cage and no nest box would probably not be sucessful.
  • Kingsley Kezinibe - 2011-11-30
    Thanks Charlie. Is there a way I can determine the sex of my senegal? That's one. Secondly, my senegal often pecks me even though its quite friendly. What do i do to stop this behaviour. Finally can they talk clearly? Thanks.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-30
    There is no 100% accurate way to determine the sex of a senegal parrot without DNA sexing. However, most breeders can tell by looking with about 90% accuracy. The females top of the head going from the eyes and up and over the top and then to the top of the neck is a smoothe curve. The males head is flatter and you can usually feel a sligh angle ridge at the back of the head before you get to the neck area. Femlaes head is smoothe and males head is flatter. Real easy to see when babies before they feather in. Senegals don't usually talk clearly. They will say a few words and you will know what they mean but someone else may not. You will know though and that is what counts. Pecking you --- parrots have just a few ways of telling us humans they don't like what we are doing. A foot can come straight out - sorta like a cop stopping traffic. That means 'hey I don't want pet now' and if you continue anyway - they will sometimes peck at you. Pecking can just be an attention thing or habit in which case the easiest thing to do is when she does it just grab her beak with your thumb and finger and say a big 'NO' and then say 'good girl' and give her a kiss on the beak. You can also grab her beak and do a figure 8 with it and come up with a rhyme of sorts. Replace the behavior - via showing her another behavior.
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Will - 2011-11-29
I have a 7 year old male mesotypus senegal (Orange ). I am hopeing to get him a female. Can the subspecies be mixed?
Nominate senegals (Yellow) are so common.
Would there be any health issues for subspecies hybrids?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
    You shouldn't have any problems and I don't know of anyone that would tell you that hybrids would have health issues.
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DAWN - 2011-11-29
My Ekkie is driving the family nuts with hiss ear piercing screeching and squawking, so much so that talk has been of finding him a new home. Much of it I am sure is when he wants more attention than he is getting other times it seems to be just for the hell of it. The only way to quieten him is to place him in his cage and cover the cage and once he's quiet let him back out. His cage is inside and unless we are going out he spends the majority of his time out of his cage, on the upside he is the most gentle bird you could ask for he loves being with you, he loves having raspberries blown on his chest and loves kisses, he is also a good talker. I just need to find a way to keep him a bit quieter before the rest of the family get their way and rehome him, any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-29
    Try different kinds of toys. Paper rolls (there are toys set up and you put rolls of cash register paper on them) usually keep them busy. Bells, anything he can demolish. They need things to entertain themselves with when you aren't right there. Many times it is a contact call and if you just sorta say back 'I am here' then they know where you are. Also, it usually calms down as they mature. Like a puppy. They get calmer.
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JAZMINE - 2011-11-23
I HAVE A MEYER PARROT HE LIKES TO BE OUT OF HIS CAGE A LOT HE ALSO HATES GOING OUTSIDE AND HE LOVES ME A LOT HE DOES NOT BIT ME AT ALL AND HE IS FUNNY HA HA HA HA HA

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-24
    Glad you enjoy him. They are fun.
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VICKIE - 2011-11-07
My eclectus is a male and I have had it for almost 2 years . I have NEVER had a problem with it biting and about 2 months ago it started pinching me just for putting food in his cage or when I go to put him back in. He puts bruises on me and has drawn blood. Otherwise he is good natured loves attention ect but I never know when he is going to attack. I am thinking about giving him up if I can't find a solution do you have any suggestions?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-07
    Many parrots do not like a human putting their hand in their cage. It is their safe territory. I would just stop doing that. He obviously has a mind of his own and doesn't wish to go back to his cage. I had a bird that would bite (for no rerason and no body language) and I finally called a trainer. The trainer tole me when the bird goes to bite, grab him up yell 'JAIL' and put him in the bathtub for 60 seconds. Yell 'JAIL' put him in the bathtub, turn the lights out and close the door. The third time I yelled 'JAIL' the parrot just sorta shook like a wet puppy but didn't bite. This sounded a little off the wall to me but for whatever reason it did work. Watch you little guys body language and you will be able to tell when he is going to bite. Putting him back in the cage - maybe do it with a peanut.
  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-07
    Was thinking more and wondered if your cage has the perch top? Most of the time parrots will go into their safe place/cage when the sun starts going down. Mine are all out and come sundown they all go to their own cages - they go in on their own. Just a thought. If your fella is fine except if you put your hand in his cage or when you try and put him back in his cage - just don't do those two things. Is that possible?
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Tom T - 2011-11-06
I have a question about Eclectus Parrots. Is it true like
macaws they should not be around cockatoos and African
Greys because of the heavy amount of dander?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-07
    No that isn't true. I have had cockatoos, macaws, amzons, conures and greys all in the same room or on perches in the living area for years. Cockatoos have a powder but if spritzed - it doesn't get all over and my cockatoos and macaws have just always been fine together. Only had a male ecletus for little awhile but no problem with the other birds.
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LaBrenda - 2011-10-31
I raised Peachface Love birds for many years. Was in the hospital and my parents came to take care of my son(special needs),but ended up taking the Love birds to the S.P.C.A.. When out of the hospital went to stay with them for two weeks. My mom took me down to a bird store in their area and bought a Myers Parrot for me. It has been a few months and it is a lot different in care of Miss. Jewels then the Love birds. She is like having a new baby around. Can't be in a different room for very long or she calls out for me. Loves to be on the shoulder when I am up moving around and on my neck under a towel or just my hand. Have taken her every were I went for the first few weeks,but can't take her to work now and she stays home. As soon as the car pulls in the drive way,I can here her calling. Try to open her cage as soon as I get in.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-01
    Yes, completely different - right. Love birds make wonderful pets but they do attach to other lovebirds. Also raising lovebirds is different than having a pet. Parrots are just about as human as you can get. I find them totally amazing. Of course I would - cuz I think I am one.
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T - 2008-07-21
I have a Meyers and for the last year she has been very loving to me, she didn't realy like anyone else though. About 3 weeks ago she started acting very aggresive. Now I can't even put my hand in the cage, she goes crazy and if my hand is close I get bit. The only time she will come to the edge of the cage is if I have food for her. I wonder if anyone has any idea what whould cause her to go crazy. No one in the house was mean to her, she just lost her mind. Let me know if you have any suggestions. Thanks

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  • Randy - 2011-10-30
    Have you gave her sunflower seeds if so dont it is the only seed that is not good for her. I was told when i got my Meyers that it is the same as if you was doing acid and she will be aggresive crazy and mean.
  • WILNA PRETORIUS - 2011-10-31
    Please can you assist me with where I can buy DVD, VIDEOS to help me train my birds. I have a Ringneck as well a baby Meyer bird.
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Samuel King - 2011-07-22
We have a Senegal who has made me it's special person. It's kind of creepy in a sense, because I inadvertently got Jessica to "smile" and dance, and now, I'll call her a "she"... she will be with me, and she'll smile and start doing a rain dance on my hand, rubbing her hiney on the back of my hand and clucking and cooing. What's up with that? I find this disturbing. I see male pigeons doing this around their mates, and wonder, what is my little buddy doing to my hand? She's a fun bird, we had one before, but it never did this. What is my bird doing, and should I be disturbed about this behavior?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-07-23
    I wouldn't be disturned about the behavior. She's probably doing what you think she is doing (G - rated site) but dogs will sometimes hum - as will a cat. Just move your hand but don't get upset or mad. Ever had a bird try and feed you? Regutitate on you? Touch your lips with your tongue? They love you. They don't know or understand just showing affection or yep maybe think they are mating. It is life and no reason to be concerned or get upset or anything. Just put her in your other hand and give her a kiss on the top of her head. Just affection.
  • Billie - 2011-10-17
    Hi Jessicas human, nothing to be worried or disturbed about. She/he likes you and is bonding to you. She/he's doing their mating part, there are no body fluids, no genital exposure etc. because we are not a bird mate. They can and often do have a climax if left to continue this ritual ( most birds show this by a heavy panting, parted beak and ruffled feathers ). Don't be mad, upset with them, or put them back in their room they are showing you they have love for you. Nicely change them to other hand and give them something else to play with or a treat to eat, for a distraction. Afterwards, then you can place them back in their room. In my experience, it's usually the male who exhibit this behavior with their chosen human. I have currently 10 parrots, and have had parrots approximately 25 years. I'm not a breeder, just a bird lover.
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Kathy Burtness - 2011-10-07
My red belly is a 3 year old female named Nefertiti. She has such a distinctive personality and she's absolutely the boss of my household. If she sees me eating without giving her something to eat at the same time, she has a temper tantrum. This tantrum consists of flapping her wings very fast and hard, squeaking at the top of her lungs and then leaning forward on one leg and scratching her rear end with the other leg. It's the craziest thing in the world to witness. I was wondering if anybody else has a red belly that leans over and scratches her rear for attention?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-10-08
    Parrots have a way of coming up with some contortion that will always make their human laugh or always make their human obey. They will go through a great many excercises/flipping,upside down - whatever is needed to get thri humans attention and convey what they want. My human hasn't seen that one though but I might try it.
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