Deciding between Senegal and Meyers
Posted 04 February 2005 - 10:25 PM
Posted 17 February 2005 - 09:19 PM
We also have a female Jardine. Beautiful bird. Very loving. Very loyal to my wife only. OK with me away from her cage.
We bought a Senegal for our Granddaughters. It is a good bird.
In my opinion, the more time you spend with the bird, the more loving they are. If I had it to do over again, I would get a two year old or older Senegal for the kids because it would be less nippy. The same with the Meyers.
Older birds are cheaper too. PLUS you pretty much know what they are going to "grow up" to be.
I think you are making an excellent choice as to the family of birds. Any bird from this family will be be about as loud as a mockingbird. They don't require a lot of attention, in case you work. They play well by themselves. BUT have plenty of toys for them to chew and play with.
Also, a good food with extra Vitamin A. This family requires extra Vitamin A but only in their food, not as a supplement.
No little cockateil cages either. Get the largest cage you can afford. More space for them to play.
I hope this helps and good luck.
Posted 18 February 2005 - 07:53 PM
I've been told that I should leave her alone for 4 days after taking her home to help her get comfortable in her new environment. I'm trying to visit her whenever I can to familiarize herself with me, but I'm told that by doing so it slows down the weaning process, is that true? THanks!
Posted 25 February 2005 - 01:51 AM
not a huge talker, but does have a loud piercing call when she chooses to use it..which fortunately, is not often.
Sam likes to be 'on' you, quite content to do just that, but can also be by herself quite well..she is not a wanderer for sure, but if she is upset about something, her bite is much worse than any I've experienced! ( Tho, I've never been bitten badly by either my macaw or too). If I walk by her cage and am within jumping distance, I usually have company..!
Sam will wolf whistle, say 'hi Sam, Hey Sam, Sam's a pretty bird, a pretty pritty bird, etc...she is a great bird over all, but not one I would recommend for kids..which is something you dont need to worry about just yet.
I would suggest your housemates handle your new baby as much as possible- just to make her more all around friendly..even if they have next to nothing to do with her, it will still make life easier all around.
Sammy's first cage was a 20 x 20 x 28 high cage.. a pretty descent size for a senegal, tho I think that something a bit longer would be better to give her more exploring room...
Good Luck- they really are great birds, and should bring you about 25-30 yrs of joy!!
As for slowing down the weaning process, I don't see how your visits could possibly influence that. A good breeder won't release a baby until it is eating fully on it's own, but you should expect your girl to back slide when she gets home..it's almost a given that she will beg for formula, and there is nothing wrong with that..you can spoon feed goodies like warm oatmeal, applesauce, etc to encourage her to try new foods while she settles in. I don't believe you should ignore your baby for 4 days..how traumatic is that? I wouldn't spend every waking moment with her, but don't be afraid to have her with you several times a day, most often during times when you know you will be home...it will further encourage your bonding.
Sennies are not mush buckets- they are independant creatures who can also be a bit bull headed...
Posted 25 February 2005 - 08:37 PM
Nehooz, I just got her cage yesterday. It's a bit small 18x18x24 but I'm planning on letting her out a few hours a day (after I get home from work, that is). Hopefully it'll only be a couple more weeks before I'll be able to take her home. I was told she is down to 12-15mm per day, once a day. It's funny how her brother gets super excited when I go visit them and take her out to play but he gets stuck in the cage. He does this bull immitation where he sticks his head in the corner closes to us and pretends he is charging. He scrapes his feet against the floor and almost rolls around. I wonder what she does when she wants attention. Maybe I'll try playing with him to tease her..hehe
Posted 25 February 2005 - 10:55 PM
Posted 14 March 2005 - 04:30 PM
Nehooz, I just got her cage yesterday. It's a bit small 18x18x24 but I'm planning on letting her out a few hours a day (after I get home from work, that is).
That is too small a cage. It would be like you living in your bathroom only leaving it for a few hours a day.
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