Congratulations on your new fid, SouthernGirl! I have 6 parrots and one of them is a DNA sexed male senegal. In my experience, senegals tend to be very strong willed and often bond to one person in the family. (Ours only allows my 18 year old daughter to care for him, even though we have had him since he was just weaned) Harley is very loving to my daugher and calls out "I love you, baby boy" as soon as he hears her voice. We had decided to let his wings grow and to allow him to be free flighted about few months ago, but he soon became a little tyrant and began to dominate everyone in the house! He looked down from his play stand at us in disdain as if we were inferior beings because we could not fly. He began to bite everyone, including my daughter. We began asking advice from other senegal parronts and they told us of similar experiences and advised a wing clip. It made all the difference in the world when he realized that his human family was a bit more important in his life than he thought! lol You will have to decide for yourself if you want your fid to be free flighted. To clip or not to clip is a much debated issue!
As far a food, we feed Harley and all our fids, a premium pelleted food. There are several on the market, but we feed our parrots Harrison's pellets. We also give everyone a good assortment of fresh and frozen vegetables once a day. We offer fruits in small quantities such a apples, oranges and bananas. (no apple seeds!)
In the evenings, they all get a parrot treat mix called Tropi mix (contains nuts fried fruits and pellets) and a small amount of a good seed mix. We usually offer any human quality food in small amounts if it is good for us...no sugar or high sodium foods
(junk food) There are several foods that are a no no....onions, cafeine, chocolate, avocado are a few! Harley is our biggest eater and devours more than even my grey babies!
Be extremely careful when using any sprays or chemicals in your fids proximity and also of cooking fumes. Any Teflon when heated at high temps is fatal to birds. Their bones are hollow and anything that they inhale goes directly into their system.
Love your fid and give him/her the same affection as you would any furry animal. Parrots are extremely intelligent. (I don't know how much experience you have with companion birds, but you will be astounded at your fids abilities!) Parrots need attention, love and toys to occupy their minds just as a human baby. They love to chew, so toys made of wood are especially apprecated. Always buy bird safe toys and even if a toy is made for a parrot, you have to look at it closely and determine if it looks like it would be safe for your baby. Parrots are curious and are constantly looking for things in which they can get into trouble, so never leave your fid out of the cage and unattended. Our world is a death trap to a curious bird....open toilets, a pot of boiling water and poisonous plants are just a few!
A parrot is really like a spoiled child and even the most loving and cared for fid will occasionally give a nip if they don't get their way. My male grey will always give my hand a little bite when I put him back in his cage, as if to say, "bad hand...I don't want to get back in my cage!"
Your bird, being a little more mature, will probably need some time to settle in and get to know his new surroundings and family. Just ba patient and you will win his trust and love quickly. (providing he has come from a loving home)
Parrots need sleep just like all us humans. Cover the cage in the evenings and allow him get a good 10 hours of night time.
(would be nice if us humans could do the same) lol
Again, congratulations on your fid. He will give you many years of fun, companionship and laughter and they are well worth the mess they make! lol
I would advise you to buy a good book on parrots and just seek information from others if you need help. I've had birds since the year you were born and I still find that I need to ask questions every now and then!
I am also a girl in the south. (Georgia)