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Re: Senegals and Red Bellies

Posted by Michael L on 3/07/05
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    On 3/07/05, p wrote:

    > Michael - thanks for the information. I had considered a grey,
    > but I was afraid that my house is not that "routine" and I didn't
    > want him/her to get upset and pluck feathers, etc.
    > Are the Senegals and/or Red Bellies the type of birds that
    > generally like to be cuddled and touched?

    Very much so...especiall the hand fed babies. But to further
    expand on how wonderful they can be, let me tell you this quick
    story.
    I have a Senegal hen by the name of Berta. She spent more years as
    a breeding bird, or I should say, attempting to breed. I'm not
    familiar with all of her history, but I bought her from a friend
    who bought her from a friend, etc. She hated any male that she was
    put with and her history for producing chicks was virtually nill.
    Everyone though she was a 'breeder' and would handle her with
    gloves or a net.
    Well, when she came to live here, I did try to put her with a
    another male Sennie. Hate at first site. I put her in her own
    cage and decided that she could be content to live out her days
    without a mate. Within a couple of days, I noticed her behaviors
    were very gentle and kind. I could put my hand in the cage and she
    never attempted to bite me.
    One day I my hand came close to her and she attempted to step up.
    I let her and took her out of the cage. IMMEDIATELY, she started
    bobbing and swaying back and forth on my hand and started to
    chatter with what appeared to be words. This bird didn't have a
    mean bone in her body and was as gentle as they came.
    I guess she never had the opportunity to show anyone what she was
    capable of doing?
    Today she lives as one of my pet birds in a cage along side of the
    Red Bellied.
    I couldn't ask for any two nicer birds and enjoy both of these
    girls tremendously.

    Michael L