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by jmmercer
Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:25 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Very discouraged...my 10 month old IRN attacking me only
Replies: 10
Views: 8113

Re: Very discouraged...my 10 month old IRN attacking me only

I was curious if there are some birds who simply do not like to be handled, as well. I can deal with that so long as she doesn't attack me anymore.
by jmmercer
Sat Jul 13, 2013 1:23 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Very discouraged...my 10 month old IRN attacking me only
Replies: 10
Views: 8113

Re: Very discouraged...my 10 month old IRN attacking me only

Emerson is a little over a year old and has been exhibiting this behavior for a little while now. She comes in and out of her cage on her own and I put her food in her cage while she's in there. This happens in the morning before I go to work and she gets a little protein from the table (occasionall...
by jmmercer
Sat Jan 05, 2013 12:33 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Grey ends on feathers
Replies: 2
Views: 867

Re: Grey ends on feathers

She is on a very balanced diet right now that is vet reccommended. Curious if this deficiency could be due to her time at the breeder and not with me? Will post a pic when I'm able.
by jmmercer
Tue Dec 25, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Grey ends on feathers
Replies: 2
Views: 867

Grey ends on feathers

Hi All, my little IRN Emerson is 9 months now and transitioning well from her time with the breeder into our new home. I have noticed that the ends of her feathers have grey tips on them. She is a turquoise baby, so these grey tips make her look kind of drab. I'm thinking it's due to a deficiency in...
by jmmercer
Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:30 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 638489

Re: What to Feed your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too

Thank you for the informed responses. This list has really come in handy. =)
by jmmercer
Wed Jun 06, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: HELP!!My IRN attacks me when he knows i'm leaving for work
Replies: 8
Views: 1200

Re: HELP!!My IRN attacks me when he knows i'm leaving for wo

There are a lot of threads that went unanswered. Just scrolling through them.
by jmmercer
Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:04 pm
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: sanjays first trick
Replies: 4
Views: 1561

Re: sanjays first trick

Also, because Emerson came from a bird breeder, we found out she adores marnie on YouTube. If you search for marnie parrot, you should get a bunch of videos. The bird sounds in the background relaxed her a great deal. :mrgreen:
by jmmercer
Mon Jun 04, 2012 6:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Need some help...
Replies: 8
Views: 696

Re: Need some help...

Indeed. :mrgreen: I can't wait until she says her first word or does her first trick. ;) We're just taking things one day at a time.
by jmmercer
Mon Jun 04, 2012 5:58 pm
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: sanjays first trick
Replies: 4
Views: 1561

Re: sanjays first trick

We're doing clicker training. When it's time to come out of her cage we say, "let's go play." She steps onto my hand and I click the clicker, then lots of praise. It's only been a little over a week, but she's doing well. No tricks, though. She discovered her toys today, though. Step in the right di...
by jmmercer
Sun Jun 03, 2012 2:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Need some help...
Replies: 8
Views: 696

Re: Need some help...

Emerson will generally stay on her play top on the top of her cage, but she does occasionally get adventurous. If she's not sure of something, she will look for a way to "get out." I just spend time talking to her and petting her wings. She's getting much better at stepping up and letting me scratch...
by jmmercer
Sat Jun 02, 2012 10:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Ring
Replies: 1
Views: 477

Re: Ring

Emerson has a faint ring. I would imagine it will darken a little but it won't be as striking as the male markings. She's still a beautiful bird, though. :mrgreen:
by jmmercer
Sat Jun 02, 2012 6:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Need some help...
Replies: 8
Views: 696

Re: Need some help...

This is my first IRN, too. I'm just researching like crazy. Lol :)
by jmmercer
Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:28 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Getting a RingNeck soon!
Replies: 11
Views: 1026

Re: Getting a RingNeck soon!

I'm glad yours are warming up. Emerson had a shorter flight from Texas to Wisconsin, but she was clearly ready to leave her crate when we picked her up! She flew right out to greet us. :) She's a very pretty blue/green color with a darker color blue/green on her wings. Beautiful coloring. She's warm...
by jmmercer
Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:06 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Ways to play with IRN chick ... ?
Replies: 3
Views: 635

Re: Ways to play with IRN chick ... ?

How have you been working with him? I've been trying to teach mine to dance, but she just looks at me as if I've got three heads. =P
by jmmercer
Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:40 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Ways to play with IRN chick ... ?
Replies: 3
Views: 635

Re: Ways to play with IRN chick ... ?

My Emerson is 3 months. I work with her a couple of hours a day, sharing food, teaching her step up, and getting her used to my hands being close to her. It's been steadily progressing. Just because the bird eats out of your hand doesn't mean it trusts you, or so I've been told. It just takes time a...
by jmmercer
Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:34 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Smelly fish breath!?!?
Replies: 1
Views: 1555

Re: Smelly fish breath!?!?

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10443
This thread talks about bad breath. Might be worth a look. :)
by jmmercer
Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: sanjays first trick
Replies: 4
Views: 1561

Re: sanjays first trick

Hah! So cute. :mrgreen:
by jmmercer
Fri Jun 01, 2012 6:26 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: What temperature is best for the birds
Replies: 1
Views: 475

Re: What temperature is best for the birds

If the heat in my apartment is below 75 F, Emerson fluffs herself up like she's wearing a big winter coat. :mrgreen: She's young, though. Only three months.
by jmmercer
Thu May 31, 2012 7:04 pm
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Is this cleartail a normal green or dark green?
Replies: 6
Views: 756

Re: Is this cleartail a normal green or dark green?

I would say normal. Beautiful bird. :)
by jmmercer
Thu May 31, 2012 3:47 pm
Forum: Polls
Topic: Hi, my name is Nacho and I have a problem....
Replies: 7
Views: 4893

Re: Hi, my name is Nacho and I have a problem....

Deborah, or the bird lady as she's called online, is an awesome breeder. She's in Texas. We had our bird shipped to Wisconsin and she arrived safe and sound. I would reccommend her. :) I found her on bird breeders dot com. :)
by jmmercer
Thu May 31, 2012 3:40 pm
Forum: Polls
Topic: The best pellet?
Replies: 26
Views: 12144

Re: The best pellet?

I use exact all natural from kaytee. Emerson adores it!
by jmmercer
Thu May 31, 2012 1:37 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: talking
Replies: 1
Views: 790

Re: talking

Congrats! :D I'm working with my little girl to see if she can pick up "hello" and "pretty girl". Maybe someday! How long did you work to get Minka to talk?
by jmmercer
Thu May 31, 2012 1:32 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: HELP!!My IRN attacks me when he knows i'm leaving for work
Replies: 8
Views: 1200

Re: HELP!!My IRN attacks me when he knows i'm leaving for wo

I've heard that reacting to your bird in any way when it bites you will be seen as attention by your bird. You should never raise your voice or "tap" your bird, and chaining the bird up just sounds cruel. Perhaps a forum expert could better help you with this problem. :/
by jmmercer
Thu May 31, 2012 1:27 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: talking
Replies: 1
Views: 408

Re: talking

Some birds talk nonstop and pick up words quickly, others might never talk at all. I know a few people who didn't work with thier birds at all, but the bird picked up words from thier conversations. My little girl isn't talking yet, but if she never says a word her companionship will be enough. ;)
by jmmercer
Thu May 31, 2012 1:24 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Broken Beak!!
Replies: 3
Views: 734

Re: Broken Beak!!

I think that calls for a vet visit... :/ maybe some experts on the forum can help. I would take my bird to the vet right away, though.
by jmmercer
Thu May 31, 2012 1:22 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: irn feeding
Replies: 1
Views: 690

Re: irn feeding

I found out that my little IRN is crazy for spaghetti squash. She also loves corkscrew pasta. Once she was comfortable with my hands being close to her, I worked with her for about two days on step up and giving her pets, I started offering her food. Just because your bird eats out of your hand does...
by jmmercer
Thu May 31, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Talking only in cage
Replies: 2
Views: 424

Re: Talking only in cage

My IRN will make noises in her cage, but not outside her cage. I think it might be due to being in a new environment with new people. Glad your bird is talking. Some birds never talk at all. :P
by jmmercer
Thu May 31, 2012 1:16 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: stuck to his cage
Replies: 1
Views: 274

Re: stuck to his cage

My IRN is very young and likes being on the play top on her cage. She will do step up, but ultimately will go back to the top of her cage. Ours is young and new to our home, so I think she will get more used to us as time goes on.
by jmmercer
Thu May 31, 2012 1:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: New here! Looking for a pair of plum heads. Can anyone help?
Replies: 1
Views: 415

Re: New here! Looking for a pair of plum heads. Can anyone h

The bird lady in Texas breeds those, I believe. Her name is Deborah. You can find her online if you search for her. She's got rave reviews and beautiful birds. ;)
by jmmercer
Thu May 31, 2012 1:11 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Pellets
Replies: 4
Views: 612

Re: Pellets

I feed mine exact all natural from kaytee. Vet reccommended. Lots of veggies, too, and only a little seed. ;) I have mine on a cockatiel seed mix. I give one half tablespoon of seed and three of pellets. Eventually, I want to get her away from seed, but she's young, yet. ;)
by jmmercer
Thu May 31, 2012 1:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Need some help...
Replies: 8
Views: 696

Re: Need some help...

My baby eats a lot, too. She also raises one foot and yawns. I asked my vet and he told me that it was normal and not to worry. If there is discharge or anything you should contact your vet. Any experts around the forum might be able to give more insight. Keep working with your baby, after about thr...
by jmmercer
Thu May 31, 2012 1:03 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: bar spacing?
Replies: 2
Views: 594

Re: bar spacing?

My IRN is three months and it works for her. :)
by jmmercer
Thu May 31, 2012 12:50 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 638489

Re: What to Feed your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too

Thanks, Ellie. There aren't any of the unsafe foods in there. I think I will try Emerson on it tomorrow and see how she likes it. ;) I also wanted to know if grapefruit is okay. I've heard that the bird shouldn't have fruit high in acidity, but I've also heard that it's good for them to have a littl...
by jmmercer
Fri May 25, 2012 10:59 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 638489

Re: What to Feed your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too

I read somewhere that this is okay, but would like a second opinion. Thanks!
by jmmercer
Fri May 25, 2012 9:48 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Getting a RingNeck soon!
Replies: 11
Views: 1026

Re: Getting a RingNeck soon!

I am actually from WI, so that would be a bit of a trek...but it seems to me she's a pretty amazing lady. :)
by jmmercer
Thu May 24, 2012 10:23 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 638489

Re: What to Feed your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too

Great stuff! I'm bookmarking this one. :D Quick question. I bought baby food for my IRN to mix in with her rice or pasta. It's the all natural baby food from gerber and contains no preservatives at all. Is this okay to occasionally mix in? Obviously it wouldn't be an everyday thing, just as a treat ...
by jmmercer
Thu May 24, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Getting a RingNeck soon!
Replies: 11
Views: 1026

Re: Getting a RingNeck soon!

Yes! I am getting mine from Deborah. Isn't she lovely? :D We decided on Emerson because I'm a fan of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Are you expecting males or females? We are getting a female.
by jmmercer
Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:14 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Getting a RingNeck soon!
Replies: 11
Views: 1026

Re: Getting a RingNeck soon!

Thanks so much for the warm welcome. :) Once I am able, I'll post pictures of my new feathered companion. I've found a great breeder in Texas and I'm getting my bird around the 16th of May. I'm very excited! :mrgreen:
by jmmercer
Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:11 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can all IRN'S talk?
Replies: 8
Views: 709

Re: Can all IRN'S talk?

Thanks. :) I noticed the "s" sound. I've also heard of ways to get around speech issues like using softer sounds on certain letters.
by jmmercer
Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Getting IRN on May 16.
Replies: 11
Views: 840

Re: Getting IRN on May 16.

Thanks for all the links. I will definitely check them out.:) My partner and I just got done buying foraging toys, brightly colored rattles, some toys that he can eviscerate, and a spiral shaped perch. I think Emerson will enjoy these greatly. Ebooks are always great. I was looking for some just tod...
by jmmercer
Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:19 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: 1st time IRN owner- need help plz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 565

Re: 1st time IRN owner- need help plz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sure there are some great people on this site that can help you, too. Do not lose hope! :)
by jmmercer
Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:02 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: 1st time IRN owner- need help plz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 565

Re: 1st time IRN owner- need help plz!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I've been doing a lot of research lately and recently came across this site. My ringneck arrives from my breeder on the 16th of May, so I'm trying to get up to speed. =) I've been Googling like crazy and also asking my breeder a ton of questions. Just type in "taming indian ringneck". I got a ton of...
by jmmercer
Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:45 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can all IRN'S talk?
Replies: 8
Views: 709

Re: Can all IRN'S talk?

I'm curious if there are certain words IRN's are unable to say. I've tried searching the net for information about this, but I've come up empty. I want to name my bird Emerson (after Ralph Waldo Emerson), but i don't know if that's a word he will be able to say..? Is there a resource/list out there ...
by jmmercer
Sun Apr 15, 2012 3:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Getting IRN on May 16.
Replies: 11
Views: 840

Re: Getting IRN on May 16.

NP. Yeah, I'm just curious. I've been surfing around the web looking for the best food etc. :D
by jmmercer
Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Getting IRN on May 16.
Replies: 11
Views: 840

Re: Getting IRN on May 16.

Also, what about heated perches?
by jmmercer
Sun Apr 15, 2012 2:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Getting IRN on May 16.
Replies: 11
Views: 840

Re: Getting IRN on May 16.

I've found a few great resources on bluffing, so I guess I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. :) What kind of seed/pellet will you have your little one on once he/she is weaned? I'm leaning towards the Kaytee natural line (it's free of dyes and artificial additives). It seems to have good revie...
by jmmercer
Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Getting IRN on May 16.
Replies: 11
Views: 840

Re: Getting IRN on May 16.

Also, that's about four weeks from now. Not sure how long it takes to wean them..?
by jmmercer
Sun Apr 15, 2012 1:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Getting IRN on May 16.
Replies: 11
Views: 840

Re: Getting IRN on May 16.

Thanks for the speedy response. =)
Emerson will already be weaned by the time I get him (the breeder is doing that right now). Not sure on an exact age, but keeping the perches low is a good tip (one I wouldn't have thought of!) and the cage we have for him does have smaller bars.
by jmmercer
Sun Apr 15, 2012 12:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Getting IRN on May 16.
Replies: 11
Views: 840

Getting IRN on May 16.

Hi all! Quick question. I have my new IRN coming on the 16th of May and I was just curious what I should have ready for him when he arrives? I have a super nice cage, two bowls (food/water), one wooden perch, and a play area on top of the cage with two bowls and a wooden perch. What else should I h...
by jmmercer
Wed Feb 08, 2012 9:27 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Getting a RingNeck soon!
Replies: 11
Views: 1026

Getting a RingNeck soon!

I have wanted a bird for awhile now. I'm definitely one of those "bird people". I am 31, a student at Cardinal Stritch, and I work a little catering on the side. =) I'm also an "animal person". I have two cats and two dogs. Also a fresh and a saltwater fish tank. My partner and I love our animals de...