I'm seriously thinking of adding a Senegal parrot to my family.

This past weekend in my travels to my favourite pet store, there was a whole slew of babies (tiels, budgies, lovebirds, linnies & a couple of greys) being handfed, among them a Senegal chick as well as a Brown-head baby. I was also interested in the Brown-head, but it was already sold.

This chick is being handraised/handfed and he looks just wonderful. He will be ready to go to his home in a few weeks' time. Does anyone on this newsgroup own one and, if so, can you share some personal insights on this bird? I've been interested in the Poicephalus family for a long time now and they seem to make ideal pets from everything I've heard and read. I'm looking for some feedback from owners or people familiar with this species. Thanks in advance for any comments, insights, opinions, etc.

LindaA
I'm seriously thinking of adding a Senegal parrot to my family.

Great little guys(don't tell them they are little) I have a male thats about
6 yrs old an he's a real character. I picked him up after I had Zeke U2 putdown from PDD.I happen to be in a local bird store Parrot Express and they had an aquarium on a table with a clutch of baby Sennies in it. I put my hand in and Booboo came running over and hopped right up needless to say he came home with me. He's very bright and a real acrobat/clown. He's quiet for the most part except when he wants something or gets in a screaming match with Molly the YNA.

Volume wise he eats twice what Molly eats. He's not picky about what he eats but he will shred/crush pellets just for the hell of it. He has a large vocabulary and sounds like a little old man when he chooses to talk and does so in context. Check with Wheeler I think he breeds the buggers. Ya can't go wrong with getting one or two or..

Dave, Booboo and Molly
I'm seriously thinking of adding a Senegal parrot to my family.

Great little guys(don't tell them they are little) I have a male thats about 6 yrs old an he's a ... I think he breeds the buggers. Ya can't go wrong with getting one or two or.. Dave, Booboo and Molly

~~Hi Dave: Thanks for the information. Booboo sounds absolutely delightful! From everything I've read/heard, senegals are supposed to be fabulous little birds. I also like the fact that they're reputed to be rather quiet ... for parrots. I was told they're quieter than quakers which is good, because I own a quaker, Kato, and sometimes his yelling drives me nuts. As I mentioned before, I was also interested in the brown-head parrot but it was bought very quickly.

The store that I frequent gets sennies and browns only once in a very blue moon, so that's why I have to decide soon if I do, in fact, want one of these little guys. I didn't know that Bob breeds sennies. I read a few parrotlet lists and he posts a lot on them because he breeds many varieties of parrotlets. The only thing is that I'm in Canada, so shipping is really not a great idea .. it makes me nervous thinking of a bird flying on a plane from one country to another.

The baby sennie is going for $800 which is about average for this area. Most of the store's birds are bred at H.A.R.I. (Hagen Avicultural Research Institute), so I know that the birds are going to be very healthy. Anyway, I really appreciate the feedback ... thanks.
LindaA
Stopped breeding them a few years ago. They are dynamite little critters though and I keep two on the place just for grins and giggles. Some have been reported to get a bit phobic in their early maturity but if you are willing to wait them out they revert to the goofy little buggers we love.

Bob W

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You can not ship over national lines without tons of paper work if at all. Wow $800. would have kept me breeding the little buggers, we see $250-300 down here in the middle of the Americas.
Bob W

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You can not ship over national lines without tons of paper work if at all. Wow $800. would have kept me breeding the little buggers, we see $250-300 down here in the middle of the Americas. Bob W

Hi Bob: Yeah, I know .. in general, things are always cheaper in the good old U.S. of A. When I hear some of the prices Americans pay for their birds ... in addition to the great selection of cages, accessories and so on .. I'm rather envious.

Just to give you an idea of what the general prices are .. greys are about $1,500-1,600, lovebirds go for about $150 each, cockatiels a little less, quakers are anywhere from $350-400, blue parrotlets are $300, greens are $200 (I've seen them at $250), canaries are about $100-125, budgies are $20 for plains, $25 for lutinos, pieds, etc. and $50 for handraised budgies. You can just imagine the prices for the much larger parrots . These prices are routine in the big pet stores, but the mom-&-pop shops will sell for less and you can bargain a little. I had friends who owned a pet store for many years, and I would get great prices on many items. Unfortunately they've sold their business so now I'm a "victim" of the big stores. Oh well, such is life!

I read all your posts on ParrotletsPlus and ParrotletsAndFun. You and William make a great team. Your PPlus #11451 post from yesterday "The reruns/Bob" was soo funny! You had me in stitches! Maybe you should record all those answers on a tape-recorder and just play them over and over when you go to shows and expos ... it would save you a lot of time, trouble and oxygen ... LOL !!! Take care, Bob.
Linda
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