Posted 03 June 2008 - 06:27 PM
I was at a local pet store visiting birds there, and this Senegal came right to the front of the cage and proceeded to rub his head. I took the invitation to rub his head and he(?) rolled over on his back in the cage and let me rub his belly!
I had researched parrots for a few months, and almost adopted a Nanday conure, but I had never interacted with a Senegal before. My wife and I are concerned about the cost, and the bird keeper said someone had alread placed a down payment on him, but that they had not heard from that customer in a long time.
I left my name and the store called me the next day saying that the guy took the money back and released the bird to be sold. I visited again.
When I approached, the Senegal was asleep, but he woke up (bell on the door) and came to the front of the cage when he saw me. The keeper let him out and he was doing step ups and layed on his back in my hand! I could not afford to take him home right then, and the store agreed to hold him until payday.
After all that, my question is: what should I have ready for him at home, besides the obvious cage, food, toys and patience?
Should I expect him to be shy for a while at home and leave him alone, or should I continue daily step ups?
I did not like any of the cages at the store, so I may buy one online... any recomendations? Is 20x20 ok?
Sorry for the long post, but I am excited!
Posted 03 June 2008 - 07:03 PM
Posted 03 June 2008 - 08:42 PM
I don't know if others would agree with me but one of the considerations I would place on cage size is the amount of time the bird is in the cage during the day. I am fortunate in that I, for all intents and purposes, live where I work. Davey is out of his cage all day long on his play top and a small gym I have next to the cage. His cage isn't that big but because he is rarely in it, it is big enough. If I had to cage him all day I would want a bigger cage for him where I could hang more toys.
I don't know if this helps. It is just my take on it.
Davey - Hahns Macaw
DOH - 09/09/07
Bing - Congo African Grey
DOH - 02/20/08
Annie - Blue Front Amazon
DOH - 2003(?)
Posted 03 June 2008 - 10:09 PM
Let the bird be your guide. Don't believe everything you read. If he looks worried then talk softly to him and sit beside him and don't push it. If he's like Rocky, well then, start letting him hang out with you immediately!! You'll be able to tell, no problem. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to read birdie body language, but it's easy. Don't stress too much about it. You'll know what to do.
Good luck with your Senegal, keep us posted on how things go! Congratulations!
Charlie, Festive Amazon h. 1963
Ollie, American Crow h. 04/02
Rocky, Hahn's Macaw h. 12/07
Posted 04 June 2008 - 01:43 PM
I was chosen by my Sennie, Pepper, and it’s been a great relationship and time ever since. You’re sure to have some ups and downs, but overall Sennies are great companion parrots.
In my opinion, a 20”x20” cage is too small for your consideration. Pepper is in a 30”x21” cage and he uses every inch of his cage. He climbs the sides, across the top and runs around on the grate. This is in addition to hanging from and playing with every toy in his cage. Make your cage as spacious as you can and give provide plenty of entertainment opportunities in it. Also, start early with providing foraging as a daily activity.
You may find some helpful information on Pepper’s Web Site that is linked on the bottom of this post.
I look forward to hearing more about your Sennie. Good luck.
:ywink: :ywink: Visit Pepper's Web Site at http://www.senegalparrot.net :ywink: :ywink:
Posted 04 June 2008 - 02:02 PM
Posted 08 June 2008 - 09:57 PM
I was initially worried about my wife taking to him, but she is as excited as I am. She went from afraid to touch him to holding him in the space of an hour as we visited him at the store!
Thanks again for all the advice, and I will keep everyone posted!
Posted 09 June 2008 - 05:25 AM
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