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Re: Nippy Sengal

Posted by John on 2/16/06
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    On 2/15/06, Michael L wrote:
    > 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

    Michael L
    Thanks for your input. I will try to do the things that you
    suggested and see if this will help. I have been giving him a
    foot toy when he sits with me as I watch TV. That has help a
    little. thanks again.

    John