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
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
I couldn't ask for any two nicer birds and enjoy both of these