Help with my bird please

by rose pike
(hartlepool)

Iv adopted a Senegal parrot we think he is 2-3 years old he does not talk. Will we still be able to teach him or is it to late. Also should he have a mirror in his cage. I have a ring neck parakeet in a separate cage and my Senegal dose not get on with him is this normal and will they ever tend to like each other.

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Apr 04, 2012
Help with my bird please
by: Elizabeth

Hello Rose,
Congratulations for adopting an older Parrot! Usually the people that think if they get a younger parrot, it will bond with them easier. Parrots will usually pick their favorite person, but some will tolerate being passed around to other family members.

With your Senegal about to reach maturity in another year or so, of course it's not too late to teach him to talk, do tricks, and be a wonderful lifelong companion! Putting a mirror in the cage will keep him curious and entertained, they will often rap their beak against the "other" bird that they see in there.

These birds are sensitive, especially as they see it being removed from their original home. They have to learn to trust again. Some have had a hard time or were abused. I rescued 4 parrots,(5 to 8 yrs) both pairs having been abused, neglected. The most abused pair would bite and were terrified of human skin.

After 4 years of owning them, they both fight over who gets to come, up up. and even say, up up is fun, they imitate coughs, say hello, and many words and phrases. They even dance when I sing to them. They are blue crowned conures and have come along way, from the first time I saw them shivering by each other in fear.

The reason I'm telling you about the 2 sets of abused birds is that, with enough regular interaction, love, no expectations on the parrot, anything is possible. The other pair were never let out of the cage by their many previous owners. The poor things were mother and son (8 to 10 years old) they got along fine for a long time, would never step up or say a word (they were Indian Ringnecks) we tried to social them, but to no avail. The mother killed the son, I think he was trying to mate with her. The female is the dominant of the species, and I've heard of many cases of females killing or injuring the male ringneck.

So in answer to your question, should they be put in the same cage, I would advise against it? The Ringneck you have whether male or female is probably territorial about what parrots perceive as their home. Do you allow your birds to fly about, or are they caged?

Lastly, all parrots no matter the breed are individuals having vastly different personalities! All my parrots, even the 4 African Jardines are as different as my children were. As far as acquiring one as a baby they will still at times bite. ALL my parrots were 2 to 10 years old and rarely bit. The 2 month old baby I spoon fed formula every 3 hours, is cranky, loves me but will draw blood as a baby and still at age 2 now. So I don't believe the age of the bird matters, it's the love, interaction, trust, and ability to suck it back when your bird get's naughty or gives a nip.

Thank you for writing to our page, and please let me know how you and your majestic pet are doing! If you have any more questions please let us know and we'll gladly answer them.

Elizabeth

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