Re: Nippy Sengal
Posted by John on 2/16/06
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
> 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
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.