Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Indiana, USA
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I have a senegal. She was about 6 months old when I got her. She had been hand fed. She doesn't like anyone other than me, but she is pretty nice to me. When she is in the mood, she likes to be "scritched" for several minutes at a time. The best time to cuddle with her is in the evenings. She has fun playing with her toys. I consider she is probably about as loud as the average cockatiel. She becomes frightened easily. She might be afraid of a trash bag, a rope, a comb - any random object. Pois are known to develop phobias, and there are some good suggestions for things you can do while they are growing up that will help with this. I like the book published by Barrons and written by Mattie Sue Athen and Dianalee Deter about senegals and their relatives as well as For the Love of Greys by Bobbi Brinker. Senegals are OFTEN very aggressive toward other birds. They enjoy having them in their environment, but are likely to hurt them if they can reach them. I just keep my senegal on a playstand that is too far away from the other birds if they are out of their cages at the same time. She is good about staying on her playstand. I do NOT hold her at the same time I am holding anyone else. If it is her turn for cuddles, the others either have to be trustworthy to stay on their respective playstands, or I put them in their cages. She is easily taught tricks and seems to enjoy clicker training. She requires a little more "planning" and "training" and "consideration" than my littler birds, but she is worth it.
Last edited by nanay; 04-05-2011 at 07:21 PM.