Our Senegal lived at least 34 years

by Lee
(Beecher, Wis, USA)

We got our Senegal from a lady that was poking at him with a stick so she could feed him. It had been her son's bird, but he left for college and lost interest in the bird. Our teenage daughter named him Miller as in Miller High Life. Miller was never vicious with us; he loved to cuddle. One day he was lost. We looked and looked for him and found him inside our daughter's coat that she had tossed on her bed. Miller was very friendly. One of the times we boarded him at a pet shop, the owner said, "Oh boy, now I won't be getting any work out of my employees. They will all be petting Miller." He loved it there. After a few years we added a Quaker to keep Miller company. They were in identical cages next to each other. We had Miller for 34 years. We did not know how old he was when we got him. The Quaker called Miller's name for several weeks after Miller passed.

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Nov 26, 2012
Our Senegal lived at least 34 years
by: Robin

I am sorry to hear of your loss. What a wonderful story you tell. How fortunate your family and Miller had each other. You will have many memories. Thanks so much for sharing.

Nov 26, 2012
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by: Anonymous

Hi there, just read your story, WOW, your senegal must have been young when you got him to live that long. It is wonderful to know that he spent the rest of his life under your care! We hear some horror stories from time to time. I am sure your Quaker misses Miller too. Would have been nice to see a photo of Miller. Sorry about your loss. Was this recent? Did you buy another Parrot to pair up with your Quaker?

Nov 26, 2012
Our Senegal lived at least 34 years
by: Linda

So sorry for your loss, and so happy you had such a good, long relationship with Miller! That is a long time for a Senegal to live, and that means you were doing the very best for him on all fronts which is commendable in this day and age where people do less instead of more for their birds and other pets.

It would be a great idea to clean up Miller's cage and find another companion bird for your Quaker. Bird's grieve just like humans and sometimes they end up refusing to eat or getting sick from the stress. If you do get another bird, make sure he has been examined for infections or other physical issues BEFORE he comes home because infections are highly contageous, and you don't want the already stressed Quaker getting sick. Find an Avian Vet if you have not already to examine new bird before he comes home. Birds coming from pet shops and some breeders are already sick from being exposed to another bird's infections. It's always a good idea to have them examined. If new bird has an infection, board him at the Avian Vet's not the pet shop. In fact, never board birds at pet shops because of the danger of infections from other birds. Always either have a pet sitter or an Avian Vet board your bird's. Just taking a bird into a pet shop to have wings and nails clipped compromises their health, so have avian vet do that as well.

Thanks for sending us this lovely message about your relationship with Miller, and keep us posted on a new bird.

Linda

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