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Re: Introducing two Senegals

Postby Laurie Feldman » Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:52 pm

Very helpful info as my first instinct would have been to see if she were eating. Toilet is covered at all times. I will keep the sink DRY!

Yes, he is a good, good boy and we're so proud of him. His early months were not so happy and I'm just glad he's adjusted to be a happy, tranquil, and loving bird. Even after she drives him nuts and I take her out of his cage he seems SO happy and calls me all his sweet names for me ("amore" and "Sweetie pie" and "sweet sweet sweetie").

You suggested using the natural time clock for them. Interestingly enough, as they've gotten to know each other, they are BOTH getting sleepy earlier, as the light fades. He used to be a total CLOCK and it was ALWAYS 9PM that he called to go to the bedroom (other than the few days around daylight savings time). Now, he is calling to go to bed about an hour earlier - when the light fades. So fascinating. She is still wanting to stay up late and cuddle, but I'm limiting that and getting her into her cage shortly after he goes to bed. Before, she would fuss and fuss. Now, she goes right to her sleeping position and fast to sleep. You have been very helpful
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Re: Introducing two Senegals

Postby Pajarita » Sat Sep 07, 2019 8:59 am

Yes, that is exactly what is supposed to happen - and it's soooo cool when you think about it, isn't it? I usually only explain the sexual hormone production or non-production when I recommend the strict solar schedule but, in reality, it's so much more than that because photoperiodism governs both the circadian AND the circannual cycles. The different seasons (courtship, nesting, breeding, molting, resting) fall under the circannual cycle and it relates directly to the different lengths of daylight that happen during the year (longer days after the winter solstice - equal lengths at the equinoxes - and shorter after the summer solstice). But the different spectrum of the light as the sun rises, reaches its zenith and then descends into sunset is what sets their circadian cycle and this cycle also governs their behaviors (or daily routine). As you had already noted, they stop for a nap smack in the middle of the day (sun zenith) but the sunrise makes them hungry and avid for exercise while the waning light of the sun setting first makes them hungry for their dinner and then makes them drowsy. And this knowledge is very useful for us, bird keepers, because a bird that follows a normal bird routine is a content bird.

You are VERY observant and that is an essential quality of a good birdkeeper - kudos to you for that! :thumbsup:
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