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Old 09-01-2014, 11:01 PM
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Bird store claims senegals arent a good bird!

Hi all you sennie lovers :-)
Just went to my local bird store for fun, they have hundreds of birds from finches to Loris to Grey's to Catalina macaws. So, I asked if they ever get in Senegals.... The owner of the store said they can but why would I want a sennie with a funny look on his face? I said from all my research, they sound like a perfect bird for me.... Independent yet still love attention when given, on the quieter side, cuddly and funny etc etc. He said that his experience has only ever been selling 2 Sennies, and that they were aggressive, bad one person birds, very bitey, not affectionate at all and that after one year of the ppl who bought one, had returned it due to these reasons.
I said all my research was quite the opposite overall, and that it was from forums not breeders.
I left the shop in disbelief....

In all my reading on here, no one has ever made out that the sennie is so bad! Sure some people may not like them for their particular traits in a bird which is fine of course, but ...... He made them out to be soooo bad!

Your sennie isn't THAT bad overall, is it? (I'm sure you will say no hehe. Which is good coz that's what I want to hear Lol) But if it is, please do speak up.
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:05 PM
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Re: Bird store claims senegals arent a good bird!

It seems they have attitude...

Would this be the same pet store that still tries to sell GRIT to new parrot owners?!
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:12 PM
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Re: Bird store claims senegals arent a good bird!

Quote: Originally Posted by Birdman666 View Post
It seems they have attitude...

Would this be the same pet store that still tries to sell GRIT to new parrot owners?!
Lol really a store tries to sell grit to new parrot owners??? Now that's different!
The store is family owned, the sister is really nice, but the brother is always a little more.... Not as smiley and friendly as such. Lots of info to give out, just not on the friendliest and happy way so to speak.
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Old 09-01-2014, 11:22 PM
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Re: Bird store claims senegals arent a good bird!

Sennies make great pets. No, they aren't for everyone and certainly there can have plenty of attitude, but so can a lot of birds, like green cheeks or zons.
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Old 09-02-2014, 12:26 AM
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Re: Bird store claims senegals arent a good bird!

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Sennies make great pets. No, they aren't for everyone and certainly there can have plenty of attitude, but so can a lot of birds, like green cheeks or zons.
Exactly what Karen said .

No, they are wonderful pets Jaz. That is that man's personal experience with them, and I'm sorry, he hasn't had enough experience (with 2 unsocialized ones) to be able to say what they're like as a whole species!

Plenty of Senegals out there will lay on their back in their owner's hand, cuddle and snuggle forever, give kisses as well as be independent. About the attitude, sure they do, and they have a pretty large beak for their size too... But as Karen said about GCC's or Amazons, does attitude deter people from them? No!

Believe us Jaz, don't believe the bird shop guy who doesn't know what he's talking about..... BUT you know, he could be right and WE could be lying... LOL
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Re: Bird store claims senegals arent a good bird!

I guess it depends on the person as well as the bird. Senegal's aren't for everyone, but same goes for just about any species of parrot. Sennies are temperamental. Some are really lovie dovie and hands on, some aren't. But isn't that true for all parrots? Rio, loves me, but on her bad days there are times when she really tests my limits. I know what she likes and what she doesn't like. She hates it if I try and play with one of her toys. So if I don't want to get bit I don't play with her toys, and I respect her space. Rio can be a handful at times and very loving at other times. I did lots of research before I got a Senegal. And I am still learning because she is still young (20 months) and won't fully matured until 3 years. With all that said... She is still learning too. Finally, she's realized she likes to be on her back and know how to roll over on cue. She can also turn around and she loves to hang upside down like a bat. She makes all sorts of sounds, clicks , whistles, and words. We will laugh at her and she will laugh back. For the people who gave up on thier Senegal at a year shouldn't really own any bird. I gave up on my Myers a long time ago, for probabully the same reason those people gave up thier Senegal's. I regret it to this day. It took me years to get another bird. I had a canary, and when he died I gave up again on birds. Then I got my parrotlet and Senegal. I wouldn't change a thing.
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Re: Bird store claims senegals arent a good bird!

hahaha Ravens your right you could be lying! But, i know your not

Their attitude i think should be quite funny, any bird with attitude sounds funny and cute to me Lol.

Ah well, funny bird store. I do really dislike the fact that they judged the whole species on two experiences only, infact i dislike that ALOT, especially when they are a dedicated bird shop!
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Re: Bird store claims senegals arent a good bird!

I never owned a Sennie but I have known people that have them. The lady I got my cockatiel from back in 1991 had wildcaught senni and meyers that lived in the same flight cage. They were not tame and only tolerated her. They were very skittish because they were wild parrots.

While I was a member of our local bird club I was asked to sit on a panel that had owners of different kinds of parrots. We each talked about the ups and downs of living with the particular species then allowed the members to ask questions. On my right was an African Grey owner and my left sat a Sennie owner. She was still in high school and she saved for over a year to buy her parrot. Very responsible owner who went out of her way to make sure her Sennie was happy and healthy. Her bird LOVED her and she could do anything to him. I remember her telling me when she visited her mom in Florida she would have her Sennie hide in her hair during the flight down. She never used a carrier for him and seemed to always get away with doing that. I was surprised of the success of her traveling with her Sennie but I also understood why a high school kid could not afford to pay for her bird to travel with her and this was way before airports tightened up security and became more restricted.

What I have learned over the years is people that have pois LOVE their African parrots. I have never met anyone who had pois regret getting their babies. For a bit I did contemplate looking into the African parrots and the Jardines which is a lot like a Poi but for me I am a macaw person through and through.

With Valentino constant attention needs I think the next parrot I add should be a more independent bird. It will probably create a better balance for us and help prevent having two parrots hanging off my person constantly. LOL. I know if I was not living alone I would LOVE to have a BTM but they are so similar to my RFM I think I would slowly go insane with both their care.

If you can try to locally see/handle some Sennies and see if you connect with the species. I learned by talking to owners and experiencing the species I am interested in helps me understand if they are the parrot for me.
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Re: Bird store claims senegals arent a good bird!

Thanks Noblemacaw, what a sweet story of the young school girl and her sennie! I can't believe she never got caught with the bird in her hair on the plane Lol. my Lori loved to hide in my hair when it was long enough, and in the hood of my jumper, but he wud always stick his head out to check what's going on so I wouldn't have succeeded taking him on a plane hehe.
Well, I feel back to normal happy get a sennie again after hearing the responses :-)
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Re: Bird store claims senegals arent a good bird!

Gizmo is an 7 month old Sennie and I wouldn't trade her for anything! She is feisty and independent but also very loveable when the mood strikes her. My husband and I worked hard at socializing her and she is happy to interact with us both, though my hubby is the clear favourite �� Don't let anyone tell you they are terrible pets... Having one in the home is such a joy!!
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