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
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
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