Home > Bird and Parrot Pictures > "JJ" and "Sofie" Senegals

"JJ" and "Sofie" Senegals


When Jack (formerly known as JJ) came to our attention he lived in a very stressful home where he was yelled at and constantly teased. His cage was hit by the family kids who thought it was such fun to scare the bird, and the adults didn't stop the abuse. Jack had been imported and was not a handfed tame Senegal. He would bite and bite hard, and in his terror, he drew blood with his bites. In his mind, humans were very bad things. They hunted him and caught him in his native wild, transported him roughly to an alien world of cold hard cages and delivered him to humans who terrorized him. A witness to the ongoing abuse asked if we would take him if she could get him. It didn't take her long to get him because after all he wasn't a very nice bird. So in 1986 Jack came to live with us. He was totally terrified of everything.

A few years later we purchased a little female Senegal who had been attacked by other Senegals in a breeding flight cage. She was left to die by the breeder, she didn't die, but she wasn't "right" either so she was no good as a breeder in his opinion. We never hesitated and Sophie began her long recovery to health under our care. Her head constantly tilted to one side and she was always losing her balance, but special perches and caging kept her from injuring herself. It was almost 3 years before she could fly again but eventually, her balance returned and she only tilted her head now and then to view us at that particular angle and not because she had to. Our Avian Veterinarian had felt she suffered brain damage and might never recover as she had many head injuries extending from the top of her head over her eyes, sinuses and into her nares and beak area. But our Sophie defied the odds. Although Sophie is also an imported Senegal, she is a sweet gentle bird and she has helped Jack's fear of humans become manageable for him. They share a cage and Jack is the light of Sophie's world. We believe Jack has quite a soft spot for Sophie as well. To this day Jack still exhibits great fear when approached and freezes where he stands as if holding his breath, but he no longer thrashes himself against his cage bars trying to flee the tormentor.

How to calculate your Shipping - Click Here

Please note that most bird toys are non-returnable items for health reasons, so if you have questions about a toy, or need help selecting one for your feathered friend, please feel free to e-mail us or give us a call at our bird store.

Why Buy from The Nature Chest Bird Shop?

Most US orders ship within 24 hours of being received during the week.
We protect your privacy, always.
Our site provides you with safe and secure shopping or order by phone.

The simple truth is we love parrots.
We are uncompromising in our efforts to provide the most reliable, nutritional, and safest toys, foods, and products for our customers.
We focus on finding as many bird toys and products made in the U.S.A. as possible for sale on our site. Safety is always a priority for us.
Our retail store has been in business since 1996 with over 35 years experience with many different species of parrots to help you choose the best products for you and your bird.
Proceeds from sales in our store to to help provide medical treatment and care for many unwanted and abused birds.
This would not be possible without our many great customers.

We are a full line bird store located in Decatur, Alabama. If you would like more information about ordering from us, please visit our Information Page. You may also contact our store toll free at 1-800-816-2324 Tuesday through Friday between 10:00 and 4:00 central time if you need help placing an order.

Cage Skirts * Bird Food * Dshes - Water Bottles: * Treats: * Gifts * Toys: * Vitamins & Supplements: * Terms of Service and Return Policy: * Customer Care Center

Copyright The Nature Chest Bird Shop © 2018 - All Rights Reserved
The Nature Chest - 401 14th St. SE, Suite 8A - Decatur, AL 35601
All Trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Nature ChestShop By Category
Shop By Brand
Shop Feathered Fun

Join our mailing list for Store Updates & Special Sales and we PROMISE to never share your info with anyone else

* indicates required
Secure Shopping