Why Has My Senegal Stopped Eating His Harrison’s Pellets?

Barbara is concerned about her Sennie:

 

My 23 yr. old Senegal has stopped eating his Harrison’s pellets which he has been eating most of his life. 

 

He is eating fruit, veggies, Nutriberries & Avicakes. 

 

Should I be concerned? 

 

Should I try a different pellet?  Thank you for your help.

 

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I Can’t Believe How Many Dangers Are in My Bird’s Cage!

From: Donna L.

 

Subject: Dangers found in toys and Oops, wrong Donna?

 

Hi Mitch,

 

I received your informative lesson about the dear little budgie?  (Sorry, tiny strokes-no memory)

 

I couldn’t stop reading.  So happy I found you! 

 

I started to dismantle my sweet little 21-year-old Meyer’s parrot’s toys to DIY new ones. 

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A Readers Advice for Patrick’s Biting Senegal

Lynn H. replied to Patrick B.

 

I have a 27-year old Senegal.  

 

I was reading your post (below) and thought I would offer a few suggestions to you.

 

First, as Mitch said, try clicker training.  

 

It is basically positive operant conditioning.

 

Birds do not understand the word “no” and yelling at them will teach them how to scream. 

 

So please give it a try. 

 

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How Do You Rehabilitate a Biting Senegal Parrot?

The following is in response to our feathered community member Patrick.

Hi Patrick B,

I have a 27-year old Senegal.  I was reading your post and thought I would offer a few suggestions to you. First, as Mitch said, try clicker training.  It is basically positive operant conditioning.  Birds do not understand the word “no” and yelling at them will teach them how to scream.  So please give it a try. 

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Cages, Short Toenails, Freezing Pellets, Are Eggs Bad ~ Answered!

Editor’s note: sometimes we combine several answers into a post to make for more interesting and efficient reading endnote

 

Hi Mitch,

 

In response to the comment about travel cages, I have found a solution.

 

My Senegal parrot (Gonzo) did not like to hang out in a smaller cage.

 

So I got her a reasonably-sized cage that I can use for her travel or if she needs to stay with someone.

 

I can drive with it and strap the cage into a seat belt.

 

I set it up in another room and left the cage door open. She has started playing inside it and seems to like it.

 

Now, with COVID-19, I am working from home, and need it to be quiet when I’m on the phone.

 

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In Response to “Do You Serve Your Pet Bird Chop?”

Sherry L. comments:

Yes, my birds are fed ‘chop’ (Arlo the grey, calls it ‘bobbity’) This is a new term for what I have done for 28+ years.

Chop is chopped veg, grains, and sometimes, a tiny bit of seed sprinkled on top or a bit of walnut, or something.

I used to cut the vegetables larger because Arlo was pretty accepting of lots of things, and I didn’t have a food processor.

I also (now) feed Arlo a pelleted diet, along with the chop.

She also gets a small amount of fruit, and sometimes about an inch square of chicken breast (baked) or some steamed scallop (yum).

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How Best Do We Transition Our Birds to a New Home?

Joe S. seeks an answer:

 

I am looking for advice on how to best transition our birds to our new home.

 

We are moving into a new house next week (not long-distance, just across town).

 

We have a 6 yo Senegal and a 5yo parrotlet who have only lived at our current home.

 

I know that birds can be very stressed by changes like this, and I want to make this move as easy as possible for them.

 

“Appreciate the advice and love reading your blogs!”

 

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What is a Good Quality Seed Mix to Feed 4 Species of Pet Birds?

I’m looking for a good quality seed mix for my 4 birds

 

Darryl Z. asks:

 

Hi.

I’m looking for a good quality seed mix for my 4 birds – a CAG, a Yellow-Shouldered Amazon, a Meyers, and a Caique.

 

I’m currently using Vita Parrot by Sun Seed but it’s become really filthy over the years.

I actually, pick out the papaya because it’s so filthy and looks so gross, I don’t want my birds eating it.

 

So that’s where I’m coming from and I wonder if you could please recommend a few of your top mixes.

 

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Why is It So Critical to Know Different Pet Bird Species?

Why is it so important to understand the differences between bird species?

 

I’m not ashamed to say we get more deliveries from Amazon (like most Americans) then we care to talk about.

 

This week a new Amazon driver “Patrick” handed off an envelope then said “I’ve never been here before – this place looks cool.”

 

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Are Ionized Air Purifiers Safe for My Bird and More Answers for You

More specifically

Are ionized air purifiers safe for my lovebird?

Absolutely not! (MitchR)

​Although marketed as being able to “scrub the air”, these “ionizers” do not remove airborne dust to a significant degree but do generate ozone, an unstable oxygen molecule (O3). Read more: (more…)

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