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Old 07-30-2012, 12:09 AM
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Is a senegal right for me? Are adult senegal that hard to deal with?

I really want to get a senegal. I have gone to a breeder and i fell in love with the baby senegal there. I understand that baby senegals might not accurately show how the adult senegals will be but can anyone with senegals tell me if they hate their adult, teen senegals? I want a bird that will be sweet and will like my company. Also i live in a apt so i need a bird thats quieter so i thought senegal fit the bill right. So please tell me your experiences with senegal COMPARED to other birds . Are they pleasant as birds in most ages. I understand they might go through a nippy stage when they are a bit older but is it that bad? Are you guys happy with your senegals and mostly the ones that arent babies anymore. I am still planning to wait for 4-5 more months before purchasing since i want to know every info there is to know about them. Also i own a budgie but i will keep them in different cages and supervise them since i heard senegals are 1 person birds and might attack the budgie.

please respond guys i do appreciate all the help. Tell me your experiences.

Also if there are other birds i should be looking at instead of a senegal let me know.
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Hi, I have my 1 1/2 year old Senegal, Oliver. I must say, he's really nice. Except for the past couple weeks, because he's molting, so he gets a little cranky. But aside from that he's amazing. Senegals might tend to be one person birds, but sometimes they aren't, really. For example, Oliver prefers my dad over me, but he gets along just fine with me and my mom and such. He is also talkative, he says hello and hi pretty baby. He also imitates the microwave beeps and my conures' whistles. He isn't as active as my green cheek conures, but he plays alot with his toys and shreddable things. I haven't had him since he was a baby, I got him a month ago, so I haven't had ALOT of experience with senegals, but overall they're just the sweetest things, but during molting and we hormones kick on, he'll be a little nippy, but that doesn't last very long. Good luck with choosing your new bird!! =)
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:47 AM
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Re: Is a senegal right for me? Are adult senegal that hard to deal with?

Weeeeeeelllllllllll, this is a deep subject. Tiki, my 3 year old Senegal is something else. She started off focusing her affection on me. But about 6 months ago, she totally switched and became my wifes bird. She tollerates me, but that is about it.

She is not a quiet bird by any stretch and if I lived in an apartment, I would probably have been kicked out by now. I call senegal's the Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde of the parrot world simply because their mood swings are so spontanious and will go from this sweet little ball of feathers who wants you to flip her over on her back in your hand to all of a sudden, biting your finger or hand to the bone.

So, are they cuddly, sure when the want to be. Can they be mean and bitey yep. Are they quiet birds nope. My only saving grace with her is that she is a small bird so the noise level isn't as bad as a Macaw. So eventhough, you might get a Senegal assuming she is going to be your bird, you might have a surprise coming because the bird could choose anyone.
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Re: Is a senegal right for me? Are adult senegal that hard to deal with?

You may want to look at a Meyers parrot. They are supposed to be sweet and quiet. http://aviary.upatsix.com/ooa2/meyers.html
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:37 AM
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Re: Is a senegal right for me? Are adult senegal that hard to deal with?

My ten year old is fairly quiet, except in the mornings when she decides that I should be up. This is lessened somewhat by the cover we put over her cage, but only for a few extra hours. Birds all make noise before bed and when they get up, kind of a confirmation that the flock knows where they are and that they're all right and visa-versa. She is usually calm, but has moments of moodiness like all Sennies do. She gets irritable if the house is too busy and makes a lot of noise then as well. She doesn't bite unless given fair warning (or it I'm holding a book), and over all she has been a great starter bird.
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Quote: Originally Posted by ConureCrazy View Post
Hi, I have my 1 1/2 year old Senegal, Oliver. I must say, he's really nice. Except for the past couple weeks, because he's molting, so he gets a little cranky. But aside from that he's amazing. Senegals might tend to be one person birds, but sometimes they aren't, really. For example, Oliver prefers my dad over me, but he gets along just fine with me and my mom and such. He is also talkative, he says hello and hi pretty baby. He also imitates the microwave beeps and my conures' whistles. He isn't as active as my green cheek conures, but he plays alot with his toys and shreddable things. I haven't had him since he was a baby, I got him a month ago, so I haven't had ALOT of experience with senegals, but overall they're just the sweetest things, but during molting and we hormones kick on, he'll be a little nippy, but that doesn't last very long. Good luck with choosing your new bird!! =)
How long is the harmonol nippy stage? Does it go away afterwards?

Also Thanks for the reply guys it's greatly appreciated. Few more questions to visualize what to expect.

How often does your senigal bite? 1 time a day? Week? Month? I heard
that as they grow older and there hormones starts to rise, they become
more aggressive and much harder to handle. Have you experienced this?
What % of the time is your Sennigal sweet and tame and what % of the
time is he agressive and bitty. I just want to visualize how often he
is going to be dr Jekyll compared to mr Hyde.
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Re: Is a senegal right for me? Are adult senegal that hard to deal with?

Hmm... I'd say I get bitten maybe once every three weeks or so. She did try to bite my fingers for a while when she stepped up if she suspected I was trying to put her back in her cage, but that was easy to correct. Really, now she only bites if she's in the middle of play and I get in the way. Normally she almost fences with my fingers if she's threatening, hitting a finger from side to side like a sword while growling.

Usually she only Hydes when her routine is disturbed or if she doesn't get her sleep. Last week I took her to a day camp for five days in a row. She was tolerant of the children (5-12 year olds), but had little patience unless I was very calm around her and she had a 15 minute break every two hours. She was a gem for the most part, very nutral and distant, but content and let the children approach her one at a time. This is the most I've ever disturbed her routine and she was okay.

She was grumpy when mating season came around, so we just left her to her own devices unless she came to us. This lasted about two weeks, and occurs yearly.

She's sweet most of the time, especially when she's out of her cage. If left inside too long, she starts squawking and pacing or attacking her toys. Especially if I'm not in the room, she yells for me constantly. If she's playing, she can get a little aggressive if she gets too into it, but her snuggle and exploring time is usually when she comes to me, and then she quietly entertains herself.
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Re: Is a senegal right for me? Are adult senegal that hard to deal with?

Quote: Originally Posted by Karigan View Post
Hmm... I'd say I get bitten maybe once every three weeks or so. She did try to bite my fingers for a while when she stepped up if she suspected I was trying to put her back in her cage, but that was easy to correct. Really, now she only bites if she's in the middle of play and I get in the way. Normally she almost fences with my fingers if she's threatening, hitting a finger from side to side like a sword while growling.

Usually she only Hydes when her routine is disturbed or if she doesn't get her sleep. Last week I took her to a day camp for five days in a row. She was tolerant of the children (5-12 year olds), but had little patience unless I was very calm around her and she had a 15 minute break every two hours. She was a gem for the most part, very nutral and distant, but content and let the children approach her one at a time. This is the most I've ever disturbed her routine and she was okay.

She was grumpy when mating season came around, so we just left her to her own devices unless she came to us. This lasted about two weeks, and occurs yearly.

She's sweet most of the time, especially when she's out of her cage. If left inside too long, she starts squawking and pacing or attacking her toys. Especially if I'm not in the room, she yells for me constantly. If she's playing, she can get a little aggressive if she gets too into it, but her snuggle and exploring time is usually when she comes to me, and then she quietly entertains herself.

see when i read stuff like this, i really want to get a senigal. this really doesnt seem bad at all. ocasional bites every 2 weeks or so is not bad. Nice all other times and even with others he isnt as bad as portrayed. I dont get why michael (from another site, he owns kili the senegal) from another site is telling me not to get a senigal. He is apprently saying that if i dont do everything right he will turn out to be a viscious bird. EVERYTHIGN right? sounds a bit exagerated. i have been doing research for months and will continue to do so for the next 4-5 months at least. So i will prepare myself on how to correct all his behaviors but even then i doubt i can do everything perfectly. i will be perfectly happy with a bird who is sweet and caring most of the times and dr jekyl only once in awhile.
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Re: Is a senegal right for me? Are adult senegal that hard to deal with?

Don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying don't get a Senegal either. I just want to give you as honest and objective a response as possible. I'm not one of these people that will post, my bird is sooooooo quiet (only because I have learned to tune them out) or my bird is the sweetest thing and doesn't bite at all ( forgeting the vicious bite two or three weeks ago because the bird was moody, but since she's sweet most of the time, I forgot about those bad times).

I don't forget about those bad times just because I have some good times thrown in there and I sure aint tone deaf or have become used to the noise. But I also understand that this is all part of owning and living with and interacting with a bird. I love my little Tiki and would take a buck and a quarter for her.

I think you will do just fine with a Senegal.
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Quote: Originally Posted by mtdoramike View Post
Don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying don't get a Senegal either. I just want to give you as honest and objective a response as possible. I'm not one of these people that will post, my bird is sooooooo quiet (only because I have learned to tune them out) or my bird is the sweetest thing and doesn't bite at all ( forgeting the vicious bite two or three weeks ago because the bird was moody, but since she's sweet most of the time, I forgot about those bad times).

I don't forget about those bad times just because I have some good times thrown in there and I sure aint tone deaf or have become used to the noise. But I also understand that this is all part of owning and living with and interacting with a bird. I love my little Tiki and would take a buck and a quarter for her.

I think you will do just fine with a Senegal.
i appreciate the honest resopnses . I can make a better picture of everything will be if everyone gives honest opinions. But see that doesnt seem bad either. ocasional bites once every 2 weeks or so and a friendly bird most of the times. So i dont see whats so bad about this that i am being told not to get one from a respectable guy who owns a senegal.
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