Thursday, 1 September 2016

Owning An Exotic Pet - George The Senegal

For 8 years now, I've owned an exotic pet. While he isn't as exotic as a lizard or snake he is a massive character that I can't imagine not being in my life but owning an exotic pet isn't easy. With the variety of exotic species now available outnumbering the traditional species, I thought I'd shed a bit of light on what it's like to own one!

Owning an exotic pet


George is a Senegal parrot, part of the Poicephalus parrot which are considered pests in Africa. He is made up of four different colour feathers green, grey, yellow and orange. 

In the wild Senegal parrots live in open woodland and savanna, living off berries, seeds and blossoms and are a very noisy breed of bird. Domesticated Senegal's are just as loud, with his screeching and whistles that can be heard from the street outside.



Senegal's are known to live around 30 years in the wild but it has been known that in captivity they can survive for up to 50. I've only had George for 8 so there's a good chance he'll still be around of many years to come!

While wild caught Senegal's generally do not become tame, we brought George from a breeder in Kent who hand reared him. They are social animals and enjoy being around people and other birds although they are quiet independent and stubborn.

George is a massive character in my household, he whistles, speaks and basically rules the roost. He is a proper cheeky little chappy and will outright refuse to do things he is told. He answers back if you tell him off, bites the dogs while they are asleep, flies off around the house and then calls because he's lost, screams if you don't wake him up at a reasonable hour in the morning and gets a grump on if you wake him too early. 

Being an exotic pet, George has to have a mixed diet of parrot seed, fresh fruit and lots of clean water. When he gets stressed or upset he can loose feathers and become very aggressive. It's like having a naughty toddler that can fly.



He isn't a massive fan of trying new things and utterly hates being given new toys or perches. Everything has to be introduced slowly so he doesn't freak out and get stressed, even replacing a perch can be a mission as it takes weeks for him to get used to something before he'll even consider going near it. However he adores destroying his toys and loves wood based toys best, costing us a small fortune! 

Despite all the work and moods, George is awesome. He's funny, loving and although he can't be left alone for too long, he chews virtually anything and everything and his mood swings are like nothing else, I wouldn't swap him for the world. Who else will call me pretty when I'm sitting about in pjs with no makeup on?!

You can find out more about how to look after exotic pets on the RSPCA website or by using the hashtag #TropicalChronicals 


What pets do you have?

Until next time,
Becca
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    1. My goodness, he sounds like a teenager! I bet he's wonderful to have around the house, I used to have pets but after my last one died I decided I need to wait a few years.I can't give them the attention they need anymore but when I do I'll be rescuing all my pets!
      I'm glad you worked with RSPCA on this! #showsomesupport

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      1. He is basically a flying teenager! I know what you mean while pets are fab they are a tie!
        thank you for stopping by!

        Becca

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    2. George sounds amazing. What a right character he is. We don't have any pets at the moment, but I used to have 2 budgies

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      1. I adore budgies! We used to have one when we first got George and they were like best buddies, sadly he died as he was rather old though!
        Thank you for stopping by!
        Becca

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    3. Loved this post, I think you really showed how awesome parrots can be but firmly made your point that they're not a walk (or fly?) in the park. I would love to own a parrot one day!

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      1. They certainly aren't! They are just as much of a tie as a dog as you can't leave them but totally worth it.
        Thanks for stopping by!

        Becca

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    4. I've always been a bit frightened of birds, but I always love the pictures you post of George! He sounds very cheeky - It's very funny that he bites your sleeping dogs! I've never owned an exotic pet but my mum has two tortoises which are pretty cool.

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      1. I'd love a tortoise! I've always wanted one but always seemed to get a birdy instead. I know so many people scared of birds, it seems to be quiet a common thing cause they are quiet flappy!
        Becca xx

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    5. He's adorable! An ex-boyfriend of mine worked at a pet shop where one of these was and I loved playing with him since I've grown up around birds (I've owned loads of birds including a blue and gold macaw ).

      S .x http://ramblingsofayoungprgirl.blogspot.com

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      1. Omgosh! I adore Macaws when I was house hunting a lady had one and I think I spent more time playing with the parrot than looking round the house - oops!
        Thanks for stopping by.
        Becca x

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