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I was given a senegal parott. He is 49 yrs. old, and i just love him but he tries his hardest to really hurt me. He has a huge table top cage. I let him out every day, take care of him, but he likes males. He allows me to pet him every once and a while. He screams at me, tries to attack me,growls at me. I just laugh at him and keep talking to him. I do not know if he is just to old to train. He talks but I can't understand most of what he says. He is really a mean little boy. Any one know any thing about what to do? thanks.
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Charlie Roche -
WOW you got courage there. OK. A Senegal parrot life span in the wild is around 30 years old and in captivity they say about 50. Your fella could go another 15 years so let's not worry about that. How sure are you that he is 49? Birds go through phases - just like humans. They are cuddly babies. There really is the terrible twos and puberty. Then finally there is adulthood and some order and consistency. Can they continue to learn? Sure just like humans. However, your little fella is quite mature and just like us humans when we get mature, his back might hurt or maybe he has a little arthritis or maybe just cranky. He is older and with that comes ailments that you just can't do anything about. Rather than you trying to train him - why don't you let him train you? Some folks would get really ticked and say a person always has to be in control. You can be in control but just listen and watch and do what your little guy tells you to do and enjoy him. 49 years old - this was probably a wild caught a long time back - probably not hand fed and probably in many different homes. He allows you to pet him - how can you tell when he is in the mood? How do you know he will allow this and when? Just pet him when he is in a responsive mood. Hand feed him something like cracked sunflower seeds or little pieces of chicken. Figure out something he dearly loves to eat and eat with him every day. He will start to learn that your company means something good -- all the time. He screams at you? Try and figure out why. Is he cranky or frightened. Are you too close to what he believes is his territory? He screams. Again, try and figure out why. You keep doing what you said and talk to him, laugh, hand feed him, pet him when he is responsive. Listen and watch him. Watch his body movements. He has a table top cage? Kitchen? Can you eat dinner with him? If possible, you should try and remove him from his cage (area) and place him on a neutral perch - not in his terriotory so you can work with him a little on "UP" "TREAT" "PET" etc. The first step, I believe, is knowing and understanding where he is at. Chronlogically he might be 49 but cognitive is about 3 years old. So he is 3 years old in an old persons body that probably aches a little at times. Go slow, try and make friends like you are doing and the more he enjoys being around you, the more he will want to be around you. So try the treats, eat dinner with him, always pet him when he is repsonsive, set up a neutral territory, ignore poor behavior and go from there. Just enjoy him on the days you can and laugh and talk to him on the days he is a pistol. Lots of luck - truly.
I recently purchased a baby senegal and it is gorgeous. He has one permanently splayed leg but has adapted rather well to this. My query is that he has made a low gurgling/wheezing sound on several separate occasions, but each time was on my knee and half asleep. Is this anything to worry about?
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Charlie Roche -
If the poop looks normal and there is no white droppings around the vent, sounds like he is OK. If his breathe smeels fine than sounds like he is good. The wheezing - is this only occuring when he is sleeping? Is he actually wheezing? They do sneeze but very infrequently and I honestly don't know if they sneeze or they hear us sneeze so they do cuz it is funny to them. If he is wheezing then I would be watching for a respiratory infection. Are his nostrils clear. Tell me more if you can but if he is actually wheezing quite a bit then I think you would need to take him to a vet. I have a bird that only has 1 wing. Doesn't bother him at all. They don't know it's not normal.
I just recently purchased my senegal. I didn't even know what kind of bird he was yesterday! Anyway, I decided to get a bird after years of not having any pets. I had one when I was a child, and the bird and I bonded so well. He was like my only little best friend! I missed that, so I decided to get a parrot again.
OH BOY, did I know what I was getting myself into??! The previous owner never told me about how noisy and loud he is! He never stops, and yells and yells! He has a very loud sound and I live in an apartment building. I am a student and it is very hard for me to concentrate sometimes because he just goes on and on and on!
I am considering giving him up, before I get a letter from my landlord with neighbor complaints! I don't know what to do to keep him quiet. My other bird was never this loud!
I am really, really torn on what I should do! I want to build a strong bond with him, he is a 1 1/2 years old, but I can't have him being this loud!
I take him out, put him on the floor so he can walk around, put him on my shoulder sometimes, but eventually he starts making noise again. Not only this, but every time I take him out, he pukes! Every time! Makes me not want to take him out sometimes, because I am afraid he is going to puke on anything he walks on!
I have a Senegal named Stripe that we've had for 5 years, since Stripe was 10 months old. Stripe was the only bird in the house for 4 years, has a great vocabulary, cognition, and wit. Last year we introduced two clown finches into the household - Click and Clack are in a separate cage, but Stripe seems interested in them and sits on their cage during his free range time watching their antics. Once we put the larger clown finch, Clack in the large cage with Stripe, and everything seems fine. Lately, Click and Clack have gotten quite plump and I think they may need to fly around in the larger cage. Should I try this?
I have a Senegal that I purchased as a weaned baby 28 years ago. I always referred to Piper as a he but she just started laying eggs! I found two in her cage about three days apart. She has always been very sweet with me but it took seventeen years for my husband to win her over. I worry about her laying eggs at such an old age, if anyone else has seen this before please let me know.
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Me too. Same type of situation. I thought mine was a boy till she laid eggs. I believe she's about close to 19-20 yrs old. In fact this week there were 2 eggs. The last time it happened was about 3 yrs ago and now 2 this week.
I was told the first time not to "worry" as it meant her reproductive organs were still working. I do worry though. I'm still trying to figure out how to end the cycle. I'm afraid she might get egg bound. I hope we can find out more about this. Good luck.
I have a 4 month old senegal who seems to sleep upside down in its cage. Is this normal? The cage is 20x24x36 with a play top area. The bird is tame bought from a breeder who I feel loves her birds and takes pride in her birds. I really like this bird and look forward to the future with this pet but was wondering if they sleep this way?
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Chris, I have a three year old Senegal who started sleeping upside down about 4 months ago. He is very happy and well adjusted. Should have named him "Batman". I think it's perfectly normal. I got my bird when he was two. Apparently he had little attention given to him and just sat around. It took about 6 months but he now is very active, loves toys, and is quite playful and affectionate. By the way, my cage is a similar size.
I have a Senegal, too and she does this all the time. It is very normal for her!
In fact sometimes, to tell me she wants to go to sleep, she goes up to the top of her cage and holds on to it upside down. So I cover her and she's happy. I asked a bird store owner if this breed does this a lot and she said they did. Mine also likes to dangle upside down on one foot from a towel hanging in the bathroom. Real acrobat!!!
I have an 8 year old senegal who sleeps upside down half of the week and on a perch the other. He seems to be fine and just loves to view the world upside down.
Chris, I'm not sure if you are still looking for an answer to this, and hopefully everything is still okay with the bird. It is normal for birds to sleep in different positions. We are familiar with birds who perch on one leg or sleep against something, but there are many birds who like to sleep upside down or even on their backs! Just like people, every bird's sleep style is different. Make sure he is getting proper nutrition, play time, a good diet (NOT a seed-only diet), and good socialization with you and other members of the house.
I have a Senegal parrot that I have had for almost two years. I actually found him in my garage!! I guess he flew away from his owner and decided to fly to my house. Anyway, after a while of putting up signs and asking people if they lost their bird, I decided to keep it as my own. At first I was a little afraid of him, but he was the one who assured me that I could trust him. He just climbed right on up to my shoulder.
All of this happened right after my good friend Tracy died. I was positive that the bird was Tracy reincarnated. They both have the same happy and energetic personality. (And they both can talk your ear off.) So, I decided to name him Tre Kong-- Tre after Tracy, and Kong because he climbed around his cage like he was King Kong. Two years later, Tre Kong is now one of my best friends. And I know that it was fate that he flew into my garage.
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I'm happy to hear this cuz my baby buttercup (senegal - about 8 years old) flew away yesterday and I'm praying he comes to someone if not me, so he's not in the wild scared and defenseless. So sad:( you're awesome to take that birdie in...I hope mine has the same fate if he doesn't find me.
susan hale -
Yes do you still have Tre Kong? I would love to make him part of my family ... call me please 937-456-6192.....or....937-533-8583.
That's so sweet, it made me tear up.
I love Senegal parrots and I'm thinking when I move out I may invest in one myself. I love birds. I have three parrotlets and a cockatiel. I'm glad you two found each other. :)
Can anyone tell me how Senegals react with other birds? My wife gave me a Senegal and she is very gentle, but we have a Cockatiel and she's not happy about another bird in the house. She is very possessive about my wife. While the Senegal doesn't bite hard she does like to grab hold of me and sometimes nip when she's excited.
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I would keep her away from other birds. I have a quaker whose beak was damaged by a little snap from a Senegal. It healed, but doesn't look too good.
I am the third owner of my Senegal parrot - Nubbie. At the time I named him that, I didn't know it would be-come him! He can leave you with "nubbie" fingers. I knew my work would be cut out for me when I got him. But I could tell he was depressed. The pet store had him caged on the floor! A big no no for birds. He had no toys to play with. The owner said he fought with the bird every day for a year at just trying to get food in his cage. Nubbie immediatly liked me & stepped up on my finger. The owner was amazed. I worked with him for a year & was getting pretty discouraged. I did not experience the territory behavior that the previous owner had. I made sure he had the biggest cage available. I felt that maybe he missed being around other birds. I ended up bringing him to a bird store to see if they could find him a companion. He stayed there for 2 months. I couldn't sleep at nights worrying & missing Nubbie. I went & picked him back up. He has been so much better behaved since then - BUT - I changed MYSELF. I did a lot of thinking as to what I was doing wrong. I would take him out of the cage at 8 in the morning & keep him in my work room with me until about 6 in the evening. I realized that I may have been over stimulating him & not giving him his own space in his cage. So now he stays in his cage until 2:30 when we go ride in the car to pick up a grandchild at the bus stop. He loves this! He goes back in his cage about 5:30. We now have a much better relationship. I work hard at "reading" his body language. Things are so much better between us. That is not to say that he doesn't have his moody problems. But who doesn't? When he is like that - he is telling me - "back off" I want to be left alone. I love this bird! He makes me so very happy.
The bird store called & told me they had a Senegal parrot who needed a home, as his former people gave her up. So, once again - here I go! I hope to be able to bring Baby to the same relationship that I have developed with Nubbie! I have had her for 4 days now, I can put my hand in the cage to touch her head. Hopefully she will get comfortable enough to step up on my finger soon! I want to give her a kiss!
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joshua m -
Hello! My name is joshua and I'd like to know if u got any tips on breeding senegals. I got a pair my self but they seem too apart. I'd apreciate ur help>
How can i get my senegal to stop biting me?
Ripley (Portland, OR) -
I'm really curious to know how your two senegals have gotten along. I have a rescued senegal myself, no idea how old but I know he is a male and I've often thought about getting him a friend. I've heard they tend to be the jealous type and I already know my little guy is. I hope all has gone well!
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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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.