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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-23-2012, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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Rescue vs handfed baby ?

I recently found a rescue senegal thats 7 years old but he is not a bird with any past problems. Currently he is very social and is not a 1 person bird. He is very independent but LOVES to cuddle. You can just pick him up and handle him anyway you want to without any fear of bites. He Almost never bites and loves to interact with people. So basically he is the perfect bird for me that i wanted. Only thing is that he is 7 years old so he basically is an adult or near adult and i feel like i will have missed out on a lot from not having a baby bird. The baby hand feds i have access to from bird stores are lovely as well but they are babies so they are all lovely and knows to step up. But are there any things i would miss out on by getting the rescue? What are the pros and cons from getting a awesome rescue bird with no issues vs getting a hand fed baby sennie. And is 6.5 years too old? And the price i would have to pay is around 900 (thats including new toys/new cage/new play tree/shipping/vet check/food/carrier/toys/perches (the bird is 400)).

So whats everyones thoughts?

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Please remember that birds are long lived.
Not all birds behave the same when they grow up as they do as babies.
IRN are a good example of this.
If this Senegal is well socialised then you're onto a winner already.
What if you get a baby and it turns into a screaming one person diva!
Of course with the correct training this wouldn't happen.
People often pass up rescues as they are older.
I have never had a bird from a baby.
I think it has Been more rewarding to have rescues.
Babies find a home easily but older birds have a harder time.
I'm not saying its wrong to get a baby and give it a good home.
7 is not old for a bird.
You need to meet the bird and see if you like each other.
You know if you find each other. It'll just click.
whatever you decide, its right for you and the bird.
I hope you get your dream bird soon.


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Take the rescue they can make just as good pet and they need a good home.
Sorry I am biased

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That bird sounds like the perfect sennie. I would rather take that home than a hand fed baby. You wont have the behavioural issues you get when hormones kick in except for maybe in the breeding season but that is to be expected. Providing the bird is well vetted, well fed and looked after then it has many years to come. Taking home a rescue is far more rewarding knowing you have helped out. Yes baby birds can be absolutely darling and amazing to have around, but an adult bird is just as wonderful and this one sounds brilliant for you

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I don't think 7 is old at all and he seems like an awesome bird I hope you choose the rescue let us know what you decide

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