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Re: Nippy Sengal

Posted by Michael L on 2/15/06
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    On 2/15/06, John wrote:
    > I got my Senegal at the end of January. Hatch date was
    > Nov.12th,2005. Told she was weaned. But would not eat. So
    > started to hand feed again. I am giving her 2 feedings a
    > day. One in the morning and one at night. Also veggies 2
    > times a day, pellets and some seed. My problem is she is
    > very nippy. Is this normal? And will it stop when she is
    > weaned. Michael L told me before they wean at 12 to 15
    > weeks. Also should I go down to one feeding a day. And when
    > should it be day or night. Were I bought the bird closed up
    > so I can't talk to them that is why I had to pick up the
    > bird by Jan.27th. Any way I can try to get her to stop
    > being nippy. Thanks John


    Sorry to hear that you're having issues with your new bird.
    I recall this being your first bird if I'm not mistaken.
    A real shame that you were thrown into hand feeding this way.
    Senegal's, along with any other bird, should be allowed to
    wean at their own pace. My statement was simply a guide to
    give you an idea of what is often times the normal weaning
    time. It certainly could take longer, depending upon the
    bird.
    I wouldn't go to one feeding a day until you see your bird
    starting to really become interested in solid foods. He will
    let you know if he's not interested in taking the formula any
    longer. As far as which feeding the "one" should be will be
    up to you, your schedule and if the bird appears content.
    The nippiness certainly could be a result of having to change
    hand feeders mid stream. Senegal babies go through stages as
    they develop and one of those is fear, which might be why
    he's being nippy with you. Without actually observing the
    bird, it would be hard to give an exact assessment as to why
    he's biting. At this juncture, I would be more concerned
    with establishing a bond with the bird and reassuring him to
    build confidence.
    As a diversion you could hand him a foot toy or something to
    chew on when he decides to bite. You want to create a
    diversion from his interest in biting you.
    Hope this goes well for you, John. Senegal's can make great
    companion birds with proper weaning and socializing as well
    as maturing.

    Michael L