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I've been thinking for a long time about adding an African Poi. family member to our household.

I have it between a Meyers & Senegal. I've always wanted one & more so the Meyers but it's easier here to get a Senegal.

Anything anyone can add as of pros & cons? I've read so much but want to know your experiences. :lovehearts:
 

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My Meyers is probably about the worst case scenario, having been anti-social for 10 years before I took him in, and even he's great.
Compared to other parrots it's mostly pro's. If they're healthy and at ease in their home, they're quiet, apart for a few daily calls.

Cons would be they vary in talking ability. Never as good as the best talkers, but some can be decent talkers. Not much of a con, IMO.
Also, they seem to bite harder than similarly size or even slightly larger parrots. The counter-Pro being they're not as likely to bite.

Just give a Senegal or Meyers attention and it should be less demanding than some of the other birds. My Meyers is very funny, loves examining things and wants to cuddle. Mine's still a work in progess. A bird of this type coming pre-tamed and hand-friendly must be a dreambird of sorts. :)
 

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The worst case in a Poi that I've ever seen is that they can be painfully shy, and would much rather run away from you than come after you in aggression. Like Joe, to me, there are very few cons to them. They're so full of personality but are independent enough they aren't clingy and overly-needy. However, they form very strong bonds with their owners. Really, the only con I have to the Senegals and Meyers to a lesser extent is that, without proper socialization, they can be one person birds. Again, not much of a con to me since my boyfriend isn't a bird person :giggle:
 

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Jenny maybe there's a drug you can give him :biggrin5: Or maybe he needs his own bird.. then he'll be hooked. :)
 

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The worst case in a Poi that I've ever seen is that they can be painfully shy, and would much rather run away from you than come after you in aggression. Like Joe, to me, there are very few cons to them. They're so full of personality but are independent enough they aren't clingy and overly-needy. However, they form very strong bonds with their owners. Really, the only con I have to the Senegals and Meyers to a lesser extent is that, without proper socialization, they can be one person birds. Again, not much of a con to me since my boyfriend isn't a bird person :giggle:
Jenny my husband is a cat person (poor man) and swears he dislikes birds. It was his idea to adopt our senegal. Our GC was supposed to be his but it chose our 4 year old. He just needs to get "hooked" right!:rofl::giggle:

Anywhoo... lol.

I have heard nothing but great things about the poi family. I will in a weeks time be able to give a better opinion on them however after our senegal joins us :)
 

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We hve had our Senegal a week now. He is 5 1/2 yrs. old. We are his 4th home! He is an amazingly well adjusted guy. He is quieter than our 3 green cheek conures. He does have a loud call but only periodically. He is loving and smart. He talks quite a bit when he feels like it as he came with a list of pre learned words and sounds, including a smokers hack! He has been picking up new words daily. He likes to be scratched and held, and be on his own. He is a on person bird. I have read they are usually. I know each has their own personalities. We are pleased with Cayenne, even though he is a one person guy. When I'm not home my fiancee does interact with him, form outside the cage! He suckered him into a scratch the other day, then bit him, and laughed! He does have a twisted sense of humor I guess!
 

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I have a Senegal, she likes to be scritched, She likes my husband the best and does not like my son. She does try to nip us sometimes, but most of the time she is a good girl and like to sit on her stand and she says my dogs name and my sons name. she says give me a kiss and kiss kiss and other words and sounds. She mimics the phone. She mimics my other birds, she really sounds like a cockatiel.
I am glad I got her.
 

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My senegal is almost 2yrs old and they are very much so one person birds. It is not always the case of poor socialization. Kayto, from the time he we brought him home, has been around the whole family and introduced to guests and so on and he still has chosen me. Not all senegals are like this, but just be prepared for this though. If you were wanting a family bird i would not recomend a senegal, i have heard Meyers, and even red bellies were better with being pleasent to others. Also my senegal is obsessed with head scratches, he normally only tollerates me, but if they're giving him a head scratch then he will tollerate anyone; mind you he often trick people and turns on them as soon as they go near. Neither are great talkers however they are known to be great at mimicking sounds. For instance, Kayto can mimic the telephone, kissing noises/smooching noises, and various other sounds. Oh also he does copy the other birds like Linnielover mentioned about hers, Kayto does the same and makes cockatiel sounds too.
 

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Thank you Meghan for being honest with me. I have read all about this & with my luck, I'd get one that would bond to just one person. I do want a Meyers more, they're harder to get here but not impossible so I may just wait. I've heard lots of pros & cons & have researched & joined Senegal groups etc.
 

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Question...would any of you get more then one of the Poi family birds? I mean to house totally separately etc. :)
 

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I would, if I had the space! :lol: I would love a Jardine's and a Cape. I would get ones which are different enough from each other that they're not the same bird, yet are similar, ya know?
 
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