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I just got a baby Senegal from a breeder about a week and a half ago. She is doing great, loves to be held now and lets us know when she wants us to hold her, eating great.

I was gone for the day yesterday, and when I came home she seemed depressed. I don't think that she has ever been alone that long in her life, so I thought that maybe that was the reason that she seemed subdued.

Today, she seems a little bit off. Her energy level seems a little bit lower than usual, her feathers, while not puffed up, seem less sleek. And when her feathers seem a little bit ruffly, she seems to be trembling very slightly, giving her feathers the appearance of slow vibration.

Is this something to worry about? She is eating well and drinking.

Could it simply be stress? Usually she doesn't ask to be held until evening, but this morning she wanted me right away, as soon as I got up, and stayed on me for a very long time- long enough that I know that she must have been really hungry.

She seems to eat more nuts than pellets. She also eats a lot of thawed but uncooked, frozen peas and some other veggies and fruits. Should I be limiting her nuts, in order to force her to eat more pellets?
 

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It could be stress, but I would arrange a vet visit just in case. It could be a yeast or bacterial infection setting in due to her stressed out state and change of diet.
 

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Roni sits around a lot with a not really puffed look making her feathers look like they are vibrating. I don't know what it means, but when I first got her it scared me. It doesn't frighten me any longer because it is normal for her.

However, I'm not seeing your bird, so I don't really know if that is what you are describing or not. If you are worried about her I don't want to stop you from seeking medical attention for her. If you really think something might be wrong, don't delay getting her to an avian veterinarian because birds hide symptoms of illness until they are very, very ill.

I personally do not feed more nuts than pellets. I only feed nuts to equal about the size of one large hazelnut per day. I think her volume of vegetables and fruits is larger than her volume of pellets on many days, but pellets are concentrated, and she is shredding and dropping parts of everything, so I'm not certain how much of anything she is consuming.

All that having been said, IF Eko is ill, I wouldn't try to change her diet until she is well.

I hope Eko is fine, and keep us posted.
 

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Okay, I have an appointment made for her. The earliest that they could see her is next Tuesday afternoon.

Could she be cold?
 

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Oh okay, thank you again Nanay! I will cut down on the nuts, I have been just giving her some assorted (raw, and mostly organic) nuts in one cup, a similar amount of pellets in another cup, water in one, cut up assorted fruit in one and veggie (mostly peas so far) in the last.

She seems to do the vibrating/slightly fluffy thing, then fall asleep. Maybe she's just tired, I'm sure that yesterday was stressful for her.
 

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Ok,

Roni usually does that right before she falls asleep, too. In fact, she just got done playing like a maniac and has gotten tired and is doing it now.

I would still recomend keeping the appointment, though. Stress like she has recently undergone can cause parrots to develop latent infections that they would otherwise have been able to fight off. (I mean her flight home and adjusting to a new environment, not the fact that you were gone for a day. She will learn to adjust to the fact that some days you have more time for her than others.)
 

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How is your sennie doing?

I agree with nanay: definitely keep the appointment, especially if she didn't have a well-bird exam yet.

Please keep us posted!
 

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She is doing great! I'm keeping the appointment, but in the meantime she seems fantastic.

Today, she indicated that she wanted to come out, so I got her (at that point she was on top of her cage nibbling on a millet spray) and she went up to my shoulder. I had some groceries to put away, so she rode along (just in the pantry, no unusual dangers like a refrigerator or a stove). She learned very quickly that I don't want her to ride on my ponytail.

She steps up readily for most people now, including my friend's husband who she has never seen before (that was yesterday). She steps up onto my 3 year old's arm when I help and guide his arm, although she then gently climbs up to his shoulder and over his head to get back onto me :rofl:

Anyway, she rode around on my shoulder for about 3 hours today, until I realized that she had been on me for that long with only a few snacks, and put her back so that she could eat and drink. She seemed very happy, and bathed (in her water dish, and didn't know what to make of the dish of water that I put in her cage) and played for the first time.
 

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Oh, and she has learned (again, very quickly) that biting my ear is not what I want. She lets me know when she is hungry, if she is on my shoulder, by pressing the side of her closed beak against my ear.

I reward this behavior as quickly as possible each time, because I want her to keep it.
 

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She sounds like SUCH a cutie :)
 

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What a wonderful report! Thanks for the update.
 

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AWW! She sounds like a total ham! :)
 
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