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"I purchased my 13 year old Senegal about 4 years ago in an Oklahoma City pet store. I paid $250 for both the him and the cage. He was to be a companion to the miniature Hans Macaw my husband has. Plus, since our macaw was completely attached to my husband and would bite me any time I got near him, I wanted a bird of my very own. As soon as "Pierre" saw me in the store he started to flirt with me...scratching his little head and purring in a cute little voice "hellllooooo". I took him home but he didn't talk for about 2 months. The only thing he would say is "bye-bye" (I guess he was afraid I would leave him). Since then his vocabulary amazes me. He asks questions, joins in on conversations as if he's a person too, yells at the dogs and cats, and swears like a truck driver (I swear I didn't teach him this). He is very social (never bites unless startled) and will let just about anyone hold him. He is very affectionate with me and my husband (he calls me "mommy" and calls my husband "daddy"). Almost every week he says something new or does something else that is funny. Our macaw loves Pierre too and they are a great comfort for each other when mom and dad aren't around. At night we cover the backs of their cages with light blankets but leave the front of the cage open. We then push the cages together so they can be close while they sleep. They are both pretty loud birds at times, but if you've got the patience to deal with this, having parrots is loads more fun than having a dog! I feed them both a seed mix daily, along with a variety of fresh or frozen veggies, fruits and nuts. They both adore cheese, scrambled eggs, meat, pasta, and granola bars. I try to limit their intake of foods containing salt or sugar when giving them treats. I read this is not good for exotic birds and can negatively impact the health and lifespan of a parrot. I had one bird store owner tell me he never gives his parrots seed mix...only real fresh food that is nutritious (they eat when he and his wife eat)...weird, huh? I learn more and more about these cute little furry critters every year and it's usually from bird owners like myself. "
"Dawn Combs"

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