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Re: Senegal May Be Mine (Again)

Posted by Michael L on 1/31/06
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    On 1/31/06, Amy wrote:
    > Hi. About 2 1/2 years ago I had to sell my Senegal that I
    > had for about 6 months. The other day my friend had me
    > look at the classified ads to see a bird she was going to
    > buy and the ad right underneath it caught my attention
    > because it read so much like the one I had placed 2 1/2
    > years ago. Well, turns out it's him! I am considering
    > buying him back since I always felt bad about having to
    > sell him, but now he "may need some work". What to do you
    > guys think the chances of rehabing a Senegal are? I have
    > done it with a grey - but don't know too much about the
    > Senegals since I only had him a short time. Just wanted
    > some advice. Thanks!

    Sounds like this was meant to be if you ask me.

    I have a Senegal that I purchased as a potential breeding
    mate for a single male that I had.
    When I went to purchase her, knowing she was a breeding bird,
    I was not concerned when the former owner caught her in a net
    and handled her with gloves. At this point, I was there to
    buy it and bring it home.
    After the usual quarantine and such I tried pairing it with
    the potential male mate and it was a disaster. She was not
    receptive to him and both would have eventually killed or
    hurt each other.
    I put her in her own cage and cared for her as I would any
    other bird, but not a a pet as she had never been handled.
    I tell you all of this for a reason. This bird was always in
    a breeding situation although she didn't do very well.
    I talked to her as I do all of my pet and breeding birds.
    One day when I was tending to her feed cup she came towards
    me and I had no idea why. I've been bitten before but
    thought I'd give this a chance. It was almost a subconscious
    thought as I really didn't have much time to think about it.
    She walked towards me on her perch and put her foot up as if
    to say "I want to step up." And she did. She started to
    make soft chortling noises and lowered her head to have it
    scratched. From that day forward she became a pet bird of
    She is one of the sweetest birds that I have and to this day
    she has never bitten me or even attempted to bite.
    She was close to 12 years old by the date on her band.

    The bird you're asking about has a very good chance of doing
    well if it was to come home and live with you. It's already
    in a home situation and was kept at a pet.
    Anything is possible.

    Michael L