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by Melika
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:34 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: is this correct food?
Replies: 2
Views: 262

Re: is this correct food?

Hey guys so i know experimenting with food with your bird causes some level of stress as they aren't used to new things but its been hard finding good food that fills needs for your bird around where im from. my mom purchased this seed mix for parrots so i did some research on health benefits.. and...
by Melika
Tue Jul 04, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Fruit destroyer
Replies: 6
Views: 497

Re: Fruit destroyer

Thank you very much on your answer, you helped me so I'm not that worried anymore! :x On web you just find so many infos, so I didn't knew what is normal and what is not, and it's easy for my to imagine illness for my birds. My family is joking with me that I'm spending more time in observing dropp...
by Melika
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:41 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Fruit destroyer
Replies: 6
Views: 497

Re: Fruit destroyer

Hello dear friends! Thank you on great advices, in last few weeks I learned a lot about these marvelous birds here. My new family member came 1 week ago, he (or she) is around 2-3 months old, not tamed but we have already made progress, so my beautiful birdie is eating from my hand. :x Now I am her...
by Melika
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: "The good oil" mixing advice
Replies: 1
Views: 250

Re: "The good oil" mixing advice

Please explain what you mean?
by Melika
Tue Jun 27, 2017 5:15 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: feeding
Replies: 1
Views: 248

Re: feeding

Yes, it's very normal. Sometimes they like to sort of suck out the liquid and toss the rest. They can be quite piggish but it's difficult for an active bird eating healthy food to actually become overweight so you shouldn't need to worry about it. :)
by Melika
Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:17 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Hand-Feeding and Weaning
Replies: 58
Views: 81842

Re: Hand-Feeding and Weaning

Sorry for the extremely delayed response, but to help others with similar questions... Question: l have 3 baby ringnecks about 3 weeks old . When is a good time to take them from there mum and dad. We handle the babies every day , twice a day. We want to hand tame them You don't have to take them aw...
by Melika
Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Concerned on a 6 week old IRN
Replies: 1
Views: 301

Re: Concerned on a 6 week old IRN

I'm not certain what the question is or what you're seeking help for? Is it possible he got some formula in his eye? It happens sometimes. I always kept a damp cloth or paper towel nearby for cleaning up a chick after feeding if needed. If it were something else, I might have an avian vet take a loo...
by Melika
Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Questions to ask Pet Store/Breeder
Replies: 1
Views: 258

Re: Questions to ask Pet Store/Breeder

Hi everyone, I've been on an IRN waiting list for some time and got the call that there are some babies available at an avian pet store in my area. I'm super excited! I need to be there first thing tomorrow morning to put a deposit down. This will be our first IRN, i'm so excited! We had a bad expe...
by Melika
Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:53 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Baby won't eat!
Replies: 2
Views: 845

Re: Baby won't eat!

This is a really old topic but now it needs an answer for those searching the threads in years to come: I don't think I ever had a baby IRN refuse food unless he was preparing to fledge. I very much disagree that baby IRNs are difficult to feed- the ones I raised were practically pigs in little fea...
by Melika
Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:55 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Weaning Indian Ringneck
Replies: 23
Views: 22554

Re: Re:

Hi Donna. Is that Purity baby food? My babies don't seem to be eating and I'm getting so anxious! I've had them for 5 days. They're straight from the parents, out the nest about 2 weeks. Not sure how old they are. I'd like to try the baby food If it's going to work for them :-? Jessica You can try ...
by Melika
Mon Dec 26, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

I was having a look though the list again and I was wondering if anyone could recommend ways on serving artichoke and radish? My babies are quite picky so I'm trying to work out more ways to serve their food. Also, how often can I give my IRNs fennel? They enjoy a nibble every so often but I've bee...
by Melika
Tue Oct 25, 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: wing fliping and plucking
Replies: 2
Views: 384

Re: wing fliping and plucking

I'm sorry, I know how stressful this can be. What have you tried so far besides the calcium supplementation?
by Melika
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:55 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Household Poisons
Replies: 51
Views: 17359

Re: Household Poisons

My bird loves Apple seeds and he has been eating it for a while first thing that he eats before eating the Apple is its seed. Can someone explain what's the problem with them eating apple seeds, what can go wrong? Shall I stop feeding them? Also same with green chilli he loves the seed not the chil...
by Melika
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:38 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Hane; R.I.P.
Replies: 34
Views: 7094

Re: Hane; R.I.P.

ellieelectrons wrote:So sorry for your loss, Melika. I'm only just seeing this now. :(

Ellie.

Thanks, Ellie.
by Melika
Tue Sep 06, 2016 1:43 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Hane; R.I.P.
Replies: 34
Views: 7094

Finally able to talk about it.

We still don't know what happened to Hane. He was a great bird. He was so spunky and independant, but also capable of showing much affection. I could pet and scritch his head. I think that I will forever wonder if there was something I could do to prevent his early death, just as I will for my dog, ...
by Melika
Tue Sep 06, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: My Pack and non-IRN Flock
Replies: 16
Views: 4704

This has been a bad year.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v94/Melika/IMG_20160817_154720.jpg The hardest part of saying goodbye is knowing you can never again say hello. My wonderful Amadeus recently passed away in July 2016. He was nowhere near old enough. He had sudden liver failure of unknown causes- he likely would no...
by Melika
Sat Apr 23, 2016 3:10 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Nutritional advice please
Replies: 8
Views: 839

Re: Nutritional advice please

I'm not willing to take the risk, they kill mice too, "If in doubt Don't", I doubt birds eat alliums in the wild, That's okay, it's your decision to make. I just don't like the blanket statement that 'such-and-such' is toxic when it hasn't been shown to be so- especially when there is evidence agai...
by Melika
Fri Apr 22, 2016 5:41 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Hane; R.I.P.
Replies: 34
Views: 7094

Re: Hane; R.I.P.

MissK wrote:Melika, I'm so sorry! We all know Hane had excellent care and every advantage. I feel there's nothing I can say to help, other than I care about how you're feeling. I know you're devastated. I'm not there with you, but you're not alone.

My best to you.
Thank you, MissK.
by Melika
Fri Apr 22, 2016 5:30 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Nutritional advice please
Replies: 8
Views: 839

Re: Nutritional advice please

Hi, personally I Never feed leeks, as they are members of the Allium family, i.e garlic, onion, etc, which are toxic to birds. I still have not found any evidence for this statement. As I've said before, this is an assumption made within some parrot communities because of toxicities in dogs, cats, ...
by Melika
Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:02 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Hane; R.I.P.
Replies: 34
Views: 7094

Re: Hane; R.I.P.

Thank you, Imran. It means a lot to me that Hane will remembered by others too. :)
by Melika
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:47 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: When to offer water & food other than formula?
Replies: 1
Views: 378

Re: When to offer water & food other than formula?

KayStar wrote:I'm handfeeding my 32 day old IRN - and am not sure if I am to offer it any water or just the formula? Also, when do I start offering food? Thanks in advance.

This topic should help: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=799 :)
by Melika
Tue Apr 12, 2016 2:45 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Hane; R.I.P.
Replies: 34
Views: 7094

No more pictures for Hane.

Updated title and first post.
by Melika
Sun Apr 03, 2016 3:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Hand Feeding 5 week old IRN need help.
Replies: 3
Views: 652

Re: Hand Feeding 5 week old IRN need help.

AnwarA wrote:Also do you guys have any good guides to the weaning process?
Here's a short guide at the bottom of the first post here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=799

It's not everything, but enough to get you pointed in the right direction. :)
by Melika
Sun Apr 03, 2016 3:15 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

I was curious about pecans? Also I have a bag of cracked organic feenek? It says its a dry roasted green wheat its a hot cereal type of thing? Another question sry I was looking for recipes for treats that will harden that I can hang in my pickles cage? He is a 6 month old irn Pecans are fine. They...
by Melika
Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Nutritional advice please
Replies: 8
Views: 839

Re: Nutritional advice please

Hi He has his head buried in the bowl the moment I serve him. I have had him now for just over 5 weeks initially he would not eat anything other than seed. Now he eats most things. At first I was unsure what size was a portion or even what size to prepare it. I would not give him the same item twic...
by Melika
Mon Feb 15, 2016 6:27 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What brand of pellets do you feed your IRN?
Replies: 25
Views: 9664

Re: Re:

Hi Kyria! May I ask why you are against pellets? I had the same opinion as I always like to think it is more beneficial to fill up with natural goodies (e.g. fruit and veg) than other things but on my recent Vet visit, the avian recommended (and looked at me as if I was mad for not feeding pellets)...
by Melika
Mon Feb 15, 2016 5:12 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

I don't know, but going to the original list, All garlic is a no no!, and parsley is toxic too. I had never heard this before so I looked it up to see where it came from. This is very old information based on myth that was common for years (similar to "all parrots need grit" which we now know is co...
by Melika
Fri Jan 15, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Indian ringneck won't gain weight.. what should i do?
Replies: 8
Views: 1195

Re: Indian ringneck won't gain weight.. what should i do?

Why not try offer seed and nuts? Seeds and nuts provide many nutrients and are a good part of a well-rounded diet.

Macaws in particular often require seeds/nuts to keep their weight up. Perhaps your bird simply has a higher metabolism and needs the extra fat.
by Melika
Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:18 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

Hi all I was wondering about a few things, and maybe y`all can help me out. Oats....Cooked, or not cooked? Kiwis.... Peel on or off? Oranges? Peeling, yes or no? Thank you in advance Oats- either way but they seem to prefer cooked. Kiwis- either way Oranges- either way You may find you have to trai...
by Melika
Sat Jan 09, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: fly in aviary
Replies: 2
Views: 534

Re: fly in aviary

Thank you for sharing! These guys are ace flyers when fledged properly. I bet Nila and Sapphire are VERY happy!
by Melika
Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:44 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Hand-Feeding and Weaning
Replies: 58
Views: 81842

Re: Hand-Feeding and Weaning

Checked links and added a few more about hand-feeding. Enjoy. :)
by Melika
Sat Oct 17, 2015 11:35 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

Updated all links (removed or fixed broken links). Added more links, especially in the Nutrition category.

Enjoy. :)
by Melika
Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:56 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: 35 Day Old Ringneck
Replies: 8
Views: 1120

Re: 35 Day Old Ringneck

Thank you so Much Melika, I really appreciate your advice .... I will Definitely try the soft veggies at first. Are they allowed Bananas? ( just want to make sure for when i start introducing him to Fruits Later on?) Of course. Any of the foods allowed for adult birds can be fed to young ones. I ju...
by Melika
Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:22 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

crazybirdlady9871 wrote:Hey guys! I have just rescued a beautiful male IRN. I was wondering, is it safe to chop up some fruit/veg, then freeze it? and thaw to feed? Only asking as I always see awesome bulk deals :)
YES!
by Melika
Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:22 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: BABY IRN - Diet
Replies: 3
Views: 630

Re: BABY IRN - Diet

You might find some useful information on weaining in the bottom half of the post here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=799 There are great links to lead you through your own research. :)
by Melika
Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:20 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Hand-Feeding and Weaning
Replies: 58
Views: 81842

Re: Hand-Feeding and Weaning

This thread is very informative, thanks Melika I have a pair of IRN's that hatch their eggs but refuse to feed the babies beyond a certain age. Last year I wasn't aware of this issue so when I noticed something's wrong it was too late to save the two chicks. We checked their nest again this morning...
by Melika
Wed Oct 14, 2015 6:16 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: 35 Day Old Ringneck
Replies: 8
Views: 1120

Re: 35 Day Old Ringneck

Thank you SO Very Much. My Baby's name is Richie, He is the cutest little feathered Angel, and already have one huge personality.... I will definitely try your Advice. Can i try to give him like fine grated apple or pears? or would that still be to rough for him to eat? I would also like to know if...
by Melika
Thu Aug 06, 2015 8:20 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Lemon grass can be used as nesting material/bedding ?
Replies: 1
Views: 663

Re: Lemon grass can be used as nesting material/bedding ?

As far as dried lemongrass being toxic, it is not and wouldn't harm in that way. I wouldn't want to put a bunch of fresh grass in, as you could unintentionally grow mold/mildew- but I live in Florida so it might just be a local concern. There is a concern of any chick bedding that is long and string...
by Melika
Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:37 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: peanuts for wild birds safe?
Replies: 4
Views: 736

Re: peanuts for wild birds safe?

I have had no problems with the nuts i have fed him before. Shelled or unshelled. It is just that i wondered if these nuts were any different in how they are handles since they are for wild birds Peanuts for animal consumption (including peanuts in bird food/from the pets store) would be the same a...
by Melika
Tue Jul 21, 2015 10:13 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: peanuts for wild birds safe?
Replies: 4
Views: 736

Re: peanuts for wild birds safe?

You have to make your own decision, based on knowledge of your area, your bird, and his existing diet. Here is a topic that goes in-depth into what the toxicity is and why peanuts might not be as dangerous as the alarmists on the internet try to make us believe... http://www.indianringneck.com/forum...
by Melika
Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:38 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Sprouts & bacteria & questions, questions, questions
Replies: 2
Views: 875

Re: Sprouts & bacteria & questions, questions, questions

I've always loves this article http://www.landofvos.com/articles/sprouts.html and always kept in mind the note "With ordinary measures of safe food handling and hygiene, sprouts will grow without the risk of fungal contamination. If this is of concern to you though, Grapefruit Seed Extract (Citricid...
by Melika
Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

Thank you very much for this thread. Just brilliant! I'm picking up my new baby in a couple of days and it's just finished weaning & seems to have a diet of mostly seeds. I'll have to double check if it's been given any fruit or veg. I've been told it's about 14 weeks old. If it hasn't however, is ...
by Melika
Sat Nov 29, 2014 9:24 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Question on chick sizes
Replies: 2
Views: 558

Re: Question on chick sizes

Are you certain the hatched on consecutive days? Eggs are usually laid every other day and if the hen begins sitting full-time with the first egg, then skips a day or two and lays the others, I would expect the size difference. Even if they hatched consecutively, the size difference isn't abnormal b...
by Melika
Sat Nov 29, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello
Replies: 1
Views: 457

Re: Hello

Welcome to the forum! Have you chosen a name for your new feathered one yet?
by Melika
Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:15 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Day by Day- photo diary
Replies: 7
Views: 1831

Re: Day by Day- photo diary

As always, beautiful birds and pictures. Thank you for sharing.
by Melika
Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Please help
Replies: 3
Views: 573

Re: Please help

How is he? Just keep following your vet's advice. That's your best course of treatment. Did the vet take a swab and find out what kind of antibiotic will work best on whatever is causing the infection? If there has been no progress, then that is a step that needs to be taken. You may also consider e...
by Melika
Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:09 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Guess Whatt!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 1972

Re: Guess Whatt!!!

Congrats on your new little one. :)
by Melika
Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Need Responsible Birdsitter on Oahu, Hawaii
Replies: 1
Views: 439

Re: Need Responsible Birdsitter on Oahu, Hawaii

Wow. I'm sorry I never saw this. My cousin is an animal lover on Oahu. I hope you had a good vacation and found someone to take care of your FID!
by Melika
Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:02 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Parrot Playstand
Replies: 4
Views: 780

Re: Parrot Playstand

Here is a good conversation: http://www.upatsix.com/chats/cockatoo/topic41856.html I knew where my branches where coming from. I usually just scrubbed gently with a wire brush to get any moss/mold and baked them in the sun for a few days. But I live in FL where it actually is possible to bake in the...
by Melika
Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Poopy bum
Replies: 1
Views: 424

Re: Poopy bum

Yes, it could be. What happened when you stopped feeding the kale?
by Melika
Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:52 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Hand Rearing My IRN
Replies: 1
Views: 628

Re: Hand Rearing My IRN

There's a lot of info and resources here on these topics: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=799 Hope you find what you're looking for. :)
by Melika
Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:50 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Treats for Training
Replies: 2
Views: 898

Re: Treats for Training

Don't have an alex, but- Sometimes the treat changes depending on what your bird loves that day. The best way to figure it out is simply to try using the treats. If the bird stops even trying, then that food isn't motivating him and you try something else. Regardless, you'll typically want something...
by Melika
Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:47 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Baby Ringneck
Replies: 1
Views: 447

Re: Baby Ringneck

Hi All! We live in Zimbabwe and have just gotten our first ever baby IRN. It is a gorgeous bird and as per our pet shop instructions I have been feeding it 2 teaspoons of pronutro with water, 3 times a day. My buddy is loving it! Buddy is about 6 weeks old and i'm wondering about weaning him.. when...
by Melika
Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:43 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: baby ringneck please help
Replies: 1
Views: 389

Re: baby ringneck please help

My grandfather suddenly pass this morning and has left behind a small ringneck chick....I haven't raised one before and I was looking for a guid or advice on what to do should I try and return it to the nest even know I dont know how long it been out Also I dont know the age so help with that aswel...
by Melika
Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:38 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: can anyone help me
Replies: 2
Views: 472

Re: can anyone help me

Please explain what the differences are between the two spaces, how he behaves differently, how you behave differently etc. :)
by Melika
Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:33 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: 7 week old indian ring neck. have had for 1.5 days
Replies: 2
Views: 547

Re: 7 week old indian ring neck. have had for 1.5 days

How is he doing? It is a good idea with any new bird to cover the cage on three sides, only leaving the front open. This can make a bird feel safer in a new environment, giving him/her somewhere to hide. If you are going to "come around the corner" so to speak and might surprise him, you would want ...
by Melika
Tue Nov 25, 2014 8:29 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: How Can I Stop My Young IRN From Biteing!
Replies: 2
Views: 466

Re: How Can I Stop My Young IRN From Biteing!

These questions are always difficult to answer because it all starts with figuring out why he is biting. Is it simply he doesn't know his boundaries? When Hane was young, if he nipped me like that, I would simply shut the cage door (don't say anything, because it can be attention) and turn my back o...
by Melika
Tue Nov 04, 2014 11:39 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: hand rearing
Replies: 3
Views: 388

Re: hand rearing

In that instance, I would probably just let the chick be raised by the parents, and take him/her a few times a day for human interaction. But that's a personal choice. :) I hope that topic helps. If you can, ask a breeder if they can show you how it's done. That's how I learned, and you get lots of ...
by Melika
Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:20 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: African Grey
Replies: 1
Views: 445

Re: African Grey

Every bird is an individual. You won't know until you try. Just keep in mind, if a cockatiel can literally pull the beak off of a budgie, what kind of damage could a grey do to an IRN? Or what might an aggressive IRN do to the toes of a reclusive grey?

So- supervise. Always.
by Melika
Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: 8 week old ringneck care
Replies: 1
Views: 469

Re: 8 week old ringneck care

How long have you had him now? Has his behavior changed since you posted these questions?
by Melika
Wed Oct 29, 2014 2:10 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New Bird Owner General Advice
Replies: 44
Views: 1936

Re: New Bird Owner General Advice

If ear cropping and tail docking are banned here in the UK, and in Scandinavia, why should it still be ok to clip birds wings?. I have bamboo blinds and voile panels, yet Sanjay has never bothered to investigate either he has landed on the blinds for a split second when he has been having a good fl...
by Melika
Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Biting Bird!
Replies: 4
Views: 432

Re: Biting Bird!

I don't dare let Hane near my face. While he has never actually drawn blood, it's too big a risk for me to take. He will pluck hair and put holes in my clothes, so I'd rather it not be my skin. He doesn't seem to do it for any other reason than he simply feels like it. He doesn't get agitated or any...
by Melika
Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:45 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: hand rearing
Replies: 3
Views: 388

Re: hand rearing

Hi all, Our baby is now 4 wks old and i'm going to start hand rearing. Just wondering what's the best time of day to take him out of the nesting box? Also when should first feed after that be and how much each feed? And any others tips would be greatly appreciated :-) I am very surprised- and upset...
by Melika
Wed Oct 29, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Fussy Eater
Replies: 2
Views: 701

Re: Fussy Eater

You can try warming or cooking some of the foods he turns his beak up to. Or chopping into small pieces, etc. Just change how it is presented. Sometimes this helps. If you're trying to get him to eat something new, you have to not give him foods he already likes at the same time. Otherwise, as you'v...
by Melika
Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:57 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Supplements for a new mom
Replies: 3
Views: 788

Re: Supplements for a new mom

There's a lot of argument among breeders about that. Some people increase veggies and some people believe firmly in high-energy pellets. I can't give you a definitive "this is the right thing to do" answer. Sorry. :?
by Melika
Tue Sep 30, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Sleeping Cage
Replies: 10
Views: 1181

Re: Sleeping Cage

Actually, I think it's too short for an IRN.
by Melika
Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:40 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

Does soaked and sprouted sunflower seeds have more nutrients too? Wessel All soaked or sprouted seed will have more nutrients than a dry seed. Sprouted will have more than soaked. But soaked is a step up from dry seed. Lately all seed given to Hane (and even the chickens) is at least soaked. http:/...
by Melika
Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:33 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Feather Plucking Section
Replies: 47
Views: 6541

Re: Feather Plucking Section

Melika do you handle your bird? Could something on your hands be causing it? Lotion, the soap you use, anything. Or maybe he just likes doing it. It's his style. Actually it's just a habit at this point and since he enjoys his habit there's no motivation for him to want to stop doing it. Like, smok...
by Melika
Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:09 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 5228

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

Oh wow, I missed this. Grats on the new bird!
by Melika
Sat Sep 13, 2014 1:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: IRN Beak Color
Replies: 7
Views: 676

Re: IRN Beak Color

I'm sorry for your loss.
by Melika
Sat Sep 13, 2014 12:53 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

ArletaT wrote:Do you guys know if chia seeds are safe?

Yup! Soaked and/or sprouted.

I'm sure they are fine dry, but Hane doesn't like small seeds unless they are at least soaked overnight so that they swell up. Soaked seed is also higher in nutrients, even if not sprouted yet, so it's a win-win.
by Melika
Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:45 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: baby got stuck
Replies: 1
Views: 381

Re: baby got stuck

Just a heads up! I have these little plastic netballs with a bell inside that i normally let my 5 month old cookie play with during the day. Today i had to leave cookie alone for almost a whole day and when i got back i found that she had broke the plastic net ball and got the metal bell out and bi...
by Melika
Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:41 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Feather Plucking Section
Replies: 47
Views: 6541

Re: Feather Plucking Section

Melika, I did not know Hane plucked. I'm really sorry about that! :oops: This disease is so frustrating. I want to get to the bottom of this and find a solution, for Osiris, for me, and for all other bird owners struggling with this. The good thing is that it's never too late to start the process o...
by Melika
Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:19 am
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Sapphire wonder-bird does some tricks!
Replies: 25
Views: 2162

Re: Sapphire wonder-bird does some tricks!

:o As someone who has done this with dogs- AWESOME! I'm trying now to find a way to do this in my tiny home...
by Melika
Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:16 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Gender and Age
Replies: 1
Views: 275

Re: Gender and Age

I saw that this was answered on the other forum, so welcome to this one! :)
by Melika
Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:15 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Greetings from Gilmour :) we're really happy to join
Replies: 1
Views: 219

Re: Greetings from Gilmour :) we're really happy to join

Welcome to the forum! What a beautiful parrot. I'm glad that both he and you caught on to the more subtle, "Stop" and "Don't do that!" ways of communicating, rather than biting!
by Melika
Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 11033

Re: Neko the new guy

Thanks for sharing all your experienced and pictures. I agree, this is a good way to do it!

Do they live in the aviary? -curious-
by Melika
Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:05 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Isolated Plucking Incident...... we hope!
Replies: 11
Views: 1144

Re: Isolated Plucking Incident...... we hope!

Melika, thank you. I'm afraid your reply doesn't fill me with happiness because now I'm twice as concerned about disease. I can't get Rocky to sit and pose like Hane. I'm not going to restrain him because I don't think it would be an effective way to look. I guess I can sweat it out and wait or tak...
by Melika
Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:01 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: A Buddy for My Male IRN
Replies: 10
Views: 533

Re: A Buddy for My Male IRN

I wish there was an easy answer! :) You basically summed it up- there isn't one. Hane and his own brother from the same clutch didn't get along! I mean, they could hang out on the same playstand most of the time but definitely couldn't share a cage. That never changed (Hane is just too pushy/aggres...
by Melika
Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:34 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: The evil stink eye
Replies: 2
Views: 352

Re: The evil stink eye

Just like with people, you can't force them to like one another. You might want to think about keeping them separated completely. Maybe someday they will get along (you have years and years), but it could be stressful to be forced to be near a person you just don't like... ;)
by Melika
Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:23 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Isolated Plucking Incident...... we hope!
Replies: 11
Views: 1144

Re: Isolated Plucking Incident...... we hope!

Ah so this is the PM. I hope you don't mind my sharing my response so that others in the future can read? If it's right under the ring in the back, I can't see how it could be plucking. It's the back of their head, so just like you and I, it moves as we rotate our head around and stays behind them. ...
by Melika
Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:08 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Feather Plucking Section
Replies: 47
Views: 6541

Re: Feather Plucking Section

I've really enjoyed following this article. I wish I had noticed Hane's plucking sooner! Perhaps it wouldn't have changed anything, or it would have. I don't think I'll ever know. Nevertheless, I have a spunky little parrot that doesn't scream or bite or any other issue to speak of. I often forget h...
by Melika
Thu Aug 28, 2014 7:47 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: SHE KILLED THEM...WHY???
Replies: 1
Views: 709

Re: SHE KILLED THEM...WHY???

I'm sorry for your losses. It is hard to come home to something like that. We, as humans, have difficulty understanding animals in this way. Simple answer is: she killed the budgies because she wanted to. These are wild animals that we're keeping in cages in our homes and they act as they are- wild....
by Melika
Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:32 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Favorite Toy, Foraging and Play Stand Forum Topic Please
Replies: 16
Views: 1829

Re: Favorite Toy, Foraging and Play Stand Forum Topic Please

Don't worry, as their personality continues comes out you will be able to tell them apart easily! Hane and Tsume were brothers from the same clutch, but completely different birds. They sat, flew, spoke, ate, and even slept differently. Most of the time we could tell at a glance just because of post...
by Melika
Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:26 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: 17-yr-old Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde - help!
Replies: 8
Views: 365

Re: 17-yr-old Dr Jekyll/Mr Hyde - help!

Oh! I thought of something else, in addition to molting, the only other big change in our household is that three weeks ago I went from working at home FT to working at an office again. Perhaps a change in her routine? That could do it. I second the idea of a vet check, just to be sure, and then pr...
by Melika
Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:20 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: ok to leave my ringneck out of his cage 24/7 and help!!
Replies: 7
Views: 924

Re: ok to leave my ringneck out of his cage 24/7 and help!!

My guys are out of the cage all day, but my wife is here with them. At night, they go into the cage by themselves. By about 7:30-8:00 they are both sound asleep in the cage and stay there all night, but I do close and latch the door when we go to bed only because it got up one morning and couldn't ...
by Melika
Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:18 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: showcage design
Replies: 2
Views: 583

Re: showcage design

I think you mean a cage for using at cage bird shows? I'm sorry, I don't know what the measurements would be. You might try contacting the organization you want to show with and ask them, or they might be able to refer you to people who show IRNs.
by Melika
Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:37 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Indian Ringneck Weird Head Feathers HELP!!
Replies: 2
Views: 838

Re: Indian Ringneck Weird Head Feathers HELP!!

Good news, he's not plucking himself. :)

It takes a while for new feathers to grow in. Just be patient and enjoy your new parrot!
by Melika
Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Favorite Toy, Foraging and Play Stand Forum Topic Please
Replies: 16
Views: 1829

Re: Favorite Toy, Foraging and Play Stand Forum Topic Please

Welcome to the forum. :) You might enjoy this topic: http://www.indianringneck.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5663 Sometimes, I know for myself anyway, I only have time for one or two actual posts but read through a lot of them. Things like this, which require some time and research, I will come back...
by Melika
Wed Aug 13, 2014 10:21 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

Asparagus This list shows asparagus as being a healthy food. Recently I saw another list that said it was okay but said not to feed too much of it for whatever reason. Can I get some clarification on this? Is it like spinach in that it's okay but too much can be bad? Good question! This was asked p...
by Melika
Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:38 am
Forum: Plumhead Parakeet
Topic: plummed parakeet
Replies: 2
Views: 2006

Re: plummed parakeet

The beak of a plum-headed parakeet will not turn read. The upper beak will be yellow/orange in colour. :)
by Melika
Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:33 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Relocating Nesting IRN's
Replies: 1
Views: 598

Re: Relocating Nesting IRN's

The best place for this post would be in the breeding section ( viewforum.php?f=1 ). Perhaps a mod will move your post over?
by Melika
Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:31 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: ok to leave my ringneck out of his cage 24/7 and help!!
Replies: 7
Views: 924

Re: ok to leave my ringneck out of his cage 24/7 and help!!

Thanks from what you are saying its changed how i was thinking so keeping him in the cage sometimes is good for him i didmt think of it that way also my irn bites alot is this coz hes still young and new to my home and how long does it take to get to step up ? Its first time i have got a bird alway...
by Melika
Tue Aug 05, 2014 10:25 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Pellets for 4 months IRN
Replies: 9
Views: 1194

Re: Pellets for 4 months IRN

AJPeter wrote:Ah! So there is no excuse not to try pellets? Quick £5 for the best reason.
http://www.rodalenews.com/bugs-food ;)
by Melika
Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:02 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: ok to leave my ringneck out of his cage 24/7 and help!!
Replies: 7
Views: 924

Re: ok to leave my ringneck out of his cage 24/7 and help!!

It is good for a bird to accept being caged- what if there is an emergency or you have to stay somewhere else temporarily where he needs to be caged? So for me, I always have caged time for my birds. But no, it shouldn't make him feel more powerful by simply being out of his cage. When I am home, ty...
by Melika
Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:30 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: How to train your parrot to take medication from a syringe
Replies: 5
Views: 355

Re: How to train your parrot to take medication from a syrin

Thank you! Always handy knowledge to have in your back pocket!

I love how much you dig for information- I don't know how you find the time, but I respect it!
by Melika
Sat Aug 02, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: ok to leave my ringneck out of his cage 24/7 and help!!
Replies: 7
Views: 924

Re: ok to leave my ringneck out of his cage 24/7 and help!!

So things are different for different people and situations. Are you home with him 24/7?
by Melika
Sat Aug 02, 2014 10:56 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Pellets for 4 months IRN
Replies: 9
Views: 1194

Re: Pellets for 4 months IRN

Hello I'm trying to feed my IRNs a balanced diet as I bought them not long ago they are a pair originally kept at a Avery I'm trying to use pellets as well as high quality seeds as they where just used to seed based diet I bought African grey pellets though it says it's suitable for all Africans wa...
by Melika
Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Going out of town... birds to be caged
Replies: 31
Views: 999

Re: Going out of town... birds to be caged

Donovan wrote:This is why we probably shouldn't own larger birds that bond for life with one person. That person has to go away for a day or two and the bird is probably greatly affected, mildly traumatized even.
Some of those birds have actually died from the separation. :(
by Melika
Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:47 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

Hi can anyone please help me out i got a blue male and white female IRN (has all finges but no nails) bought 3 months ago breeder told me they are breeding pair and gave me one of their baby too, they breed in aviary with other ringneck and now they in big cage inside in my sitting room . got 2 que...
by Melika
Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:42 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Fat and Grease
Replies: 7
Views: 876

Re: Fat and Grease

The only problem would be if it was grease on the feathers. As far as ingesting a little, it's no big deal. Besides, their digestive system is so short/quick nothing you feed after would make a difference. :) Given that, would you say a very watery food wouldn't necessarily negate salt intake? Salt...
by Melika
Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Plucking vs Molting
Replies: 4
Views: 2897

Re: Plucking vs Molting

AJPeter wrote:Thanks you Melika, jolly good, is feather plucking due to boredom, a mite infestation or both?
There is no one cause of feather plucking. It could be diet, hormones, parasites, or behavioral or any and all of these. It's a very complex issue.
by Melika
Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:21 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Help about age and sex
Replies: 6
Views: 605

Re: Help about age and sex

Legbands have whatever combination of letters and numbers the breeder wanted to use to help him or her keep track of the flock- the numbers and/or letters are not usually of any significance to anyone but the breeder.
by Melika
Wed Jul 30, 2014 5:16 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Say hi to Loki
Replies: 3
Views: 235

Re: Say hi to Loki

Welcome to the forum!
by Melika
Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Tiki Coming home on Friday
Replies: 1
Views: 171

Re: Tiki Coming home on Friday

Hane always preferred his fresh foods in the afternoon/evening anyway. I don't see a problem. And seeds won't hurt, especially as a treat. They do have valuable vitamins- it's just seed only diets that are unhealthy.
by Melika
Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:05 am
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Storm Talking
Replies: 1
Views: 727

Re: Storm Talking

Teehehe so cute! Thanks for sharing. :)
by Melika
Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:04 am
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Janey & Charlie in sync
Replies: 8
Views: 1279

Re: Janey & Charlie in sync

Awesomesauce! It's so fun to see how many people work with their birds- very encouraging!
by Melika
Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:00 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: ALL THE SPAM!!!
Replies: 42
Views: 2000

Re: ALL THE SPAM!!!

I tried it! Thanks Melika. I hate it when my Newbie is showing. :lol: It's okay, don't feel bad. I just got back from Europe (Germany) and my friends there looked at me like I was crazy because I had to ask why toilets had two buttons for flushing. The diplomatic answer was: "The big button is for ...
by Melika
Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:56 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: help with rescue indian ringneck
Replies: 11
Views: 714

Re: help with rescue indian ringneck

That clipping interferes with the bird's abilities in the air is only a tiny bit of it, in my opinion. Other consequences may involve decreased confidence and so increased biting, as well as lack of the exercise they need to keep fit. If you do some detailed study of clipping you will find all the ...
by Melika
Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:37 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Going out of town... birds to be caged
Replies: 31
Views: 999

Re: Going out of town... birds to be caged

I've found IRNs to be rather independent and deal with absences better than other species. Are you finding the same thing? Hane might sulk for a bit and be mad at me when I get back, but otherwise seems fine.
by Melika
Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:34 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Fat and Grease
Replies: 7
Views: 876

Re: Fat and Grease

The only problem would be if it was grease on the feathers. As far as ingesting a little, it's no big deal. Besides, their digestive system is so short/quick nothing you feed after would make a difference. :)
by Melika
Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:17 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: ALL THE SPAM!!!
Replies: 42
Views: 2000

Re: ALL THE SPAM!!!

MissK wrote:Really? How do we do that?
See the little ! button above the quote button on a post? That's your report button. :) If a post has already been reported, it will tell you so.
by Melika
Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Recommended reading for loving parrot owners
Replies: 8
Views: 829

Re: Recommended reading for loving parrot owners

I can see this being a locked sticky in the "Introduce Yourself" subforum. I'm sure a mod could unlock it to allow you to edit when needed. Categories would be great, starting with "Getting started on the forum" and then probably those similar to the subforum titles (Diet, Behavior, etc.). Some addi...
by Melika
Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:38 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Plucking vs Molting
Replies: 4
Views: 2897

Plucking vs Molting

To help ease some worries, here are some pictures to help you see the difference. This is molting : http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v94/Melika/TsumeMolt003.jpg Notice that while some areas can look bad (sometimes a molt can be very heavy!), you can see the new 'pin' feathers coming in. One time wh...
by Melika
Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:17 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: howto post photos
Replies: 3
Views: 795

Re: howto post photos

i cant postany photo plzzzsend a thread plzz I have no idea how to send a pic. Either??? Every time i click "img" it comes up with this... [img][img] New users cannot post any photos, but when you can, ellie has made an excellent how-to post: http://www.indianringneck.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=...
by Melika
Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:01 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: ALL THE SPAM!!!
Replies: 42
Views: 2000

Re: ALL THE SPAM!!!

Personally I report the spam posts, since it should cue them up in the admin panel and make them easier for the mods/admin to find and delete. :)
by Melika
Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:33 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

Coming rather a bit late to it, I'm taking a stab at giving the birds "chop". It was pretty easy to accommodate individual tastes until I added two "new" birds in the month of May. Now I can appreciate the real benefit of just passing out the same stuff to everybirdy. For my first shot at this chop...
by Melika
Tue Jul 01, 2014 7:26 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: New Cage for Sapphire
Replies: 21
Views: 2357

Re: New Cage for Sapphire

Fantastic cage! I love how almost all the bars are horizontal for maximum climbing. Good choice!
by Melika
Fri May 30, 2014 10:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Teaching Your Bird Survival Skills
Replies: 26
Views: 1151

Re: Teaching Your Bird Survival Skills

Hane can fly down stairs, around corners, etc. He's an ace flyer when flighted- can even hover. Hane regularly will fly down to the floor or wherever. He is currently clipped and even clipped he will flap/glide down to the floor. Of course, the floor is the one place I DO NOT want him haha! I don't ...
by Melika
Fri May 30, 2014 10:38 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Sugar ants
Replies: 14
Views: 1228

Re: Sugar ants

Food grade Diatomaceous Earth kills and repels ants, and is non-toxic to the birds. I get it cheaply at the local feed store in 50lb bags and use it in the chicken coop. I also use it to kill/repel mites (they dust bathe in a mixture of sand and DE, and I rub the perches down with it, especially the...
by Melika
Fri May 30, 2014 10:34 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Sleeping Cage? Newbie question
Replies: 9
Views: 1098

Re: Sleeping Cage? Newbie question

Thanks! This is my first bird, so I have no idea what is "right" and "wrong", hence all the questions. :-) "Right" and "Wrong" are often relative. It's like raising children. There are definite things you can and cannot do, but the rest... :) A sleeping cage can be a great idea when needed. Often, ...
by Melika
Tue May 13, 2014 5:54 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Teaching Your Bird Survival Skills
Replies: 26
Views: 1151

Re: Teaching Your Bird Survival Skills

I am thinking teaching my birds that certain insects can be food, like grasshoppers. I don't know if that will work but in the event of an escape it could be valuable information to have. I'm also wondering if there is a way to teach them, from the aviary, to hide from hawks. Mr Bell pays close att...
by Melika
Tue May 13, 2014 5:50 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Hand Feeding 5 Week old parrot
Replies: 6
Views: 1559

Re: Hand Feeding 5 Week old parrot

No, that isn't normal to be doing all the time. Has he begun to shell it yet? Sounds like he is ready to have food in his cage though, and can clearly eat it. He was either really really hungry and swallowed in haste, or missed the stage where he would playing with his food and be learning to shell ...
by Melika
Fri May 09, 2014 4:41 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Hand Feeding 5 Week old parrot
Replies: 6
Views: 1559

Re: Hand Feeding 5 Week old parrot

I believe that according to the link posted above, at five weeks I still fed three times a day. I also had water, millet sprays, and diced veggies offered freely throughout the day. As explained later in that post, I only dropped feedings as the chick began to refuse one. By five weeks they would ha...
by Melika
Wed May 07, 2014 7:43 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Beak issue? a bit concerned. advice?
Replies: 7
Views: 305

Re: Beak issue? a bit concerned. advice?

Describe 'rotting away'. Do you mean turning black? Or is it like an outer layer of beak has chipped off?
by Melika
Wed May 07, 2014 7:41 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Nails
Replies: 2
Views: 368

Re: Nails

Here is a decent article about nail clipping: http://www.birdmania.com.br/uk_nailswings_nails.htm Hane has many different perches including the one that seemed to make the most difference, the Sandwalk perch by Polly's Pet Products. I used a concrete perch before but didn't like how cold it was all ...
by Melika
Wed May 07, 2014 7:32 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Bar space
Replies: 2
Views: 511

Re: Bar space

This was actually recently discussed viewtopic.php?f=3&t=19129
by Melika
Wed May 07, 2014 7:30 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Temperature-Handling
Replies: 8
Views: 2181

Re: Temperature-Handling

As to your side note: birds DEFINITELY can poop while flying. Most definitely. As anyone who has ever been pooped on by a seagull can attest. I am not certain how you put the blanket on the cage, but I wouldn't wrap the entire cage if it is inside at your living temperature. I would cover the back a...
by Melika
Wed May 07, 2014 7:20 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Hand-Feeding and Weaning
Replies: 58
Views: 81842

Re: Hand-Feeding and Weaning

Oh wow, sorry this got missed. I'm sure you're well beyond this point now! For others reading in the future: there is a difference between gavage feeding (or tube-feeding) and feeding with a syringe. Gavage feeding is not necessarily wrong. Most of the problems with gavage feeding are created by the...
by Melika
Wed May 07, 2014 7:14 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Issues with 6 wk. old baby irn hand feeding!
Replies: 2
Views: 404

Re: Issues with 6 wk. old baby irn hand feeding!

Sounds like she's preparing for flight. She's entered a phase and is a now a "fledgling". Young birds preparing for flight often begin refusing meals so they can lose some weight. Please explore this section of the forum for more information: http://www.indianringneck.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=1 The...
by Melika
Wed May 07, 2014 6:59 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

what about italian salad dressing?.. when I make my birds a salad.. can I drop in a little flavor too? As was mentioned, you would have to look at the ingredients. Most people put way too much dressing. As you described, if you do add something, it's just for a smattering of flavour, not a salad-dr...
by Melika
Thu May 01, 2014 6:44 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: hello from newbie
Replies: 2
Views: 200

Re: hello from newbie

I had to look up 'turk parrot' and did a d'OH! What a pretty little avian family you must have.

Welcome to the forum!
by Melika
Thu May 01, 2014 6:41 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: hi everyone!
Replies: 4
Views: 203

Re: hi everyone!

Welcome to the forum. :)
by Melika
Thu May 01, 2014 6:40 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: More advice please
Replies: 3
Views: 225

Re: More advice please

Hi i would be grateful of some more advice please, I have 2 indian ringnecks male and female I am told but I had the female in January thought she was lonely so had male to keep her company in March, she will not accept him in the cage or let him play with the toys but this is fine that's not my pr...
by Melika
Thu May 01, 2014 6:24 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to feed my baby IRN
Replies: 12
Views: 1473

Re: What to feed my baby IRN

If he really IS too full, won't the food come back up? Right. There is a point where they just can't eat anymore. Keep in mind that a bird's digestive system moves fairly quickly, so eating over a period of hours means the food IS being digested even as they are eating. Hane and Tsume both ate like...
by Melika
Thu May 01, 2014 6:13 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Frozen veggies and fruit
Replies: 12
Views: 769

Re: Frozen veggies and fruit

Sometimes it's also sensationalism spreading over from the human-health fads. We also have animal-health fads. There was widespread panic a few years ago about aspergillus in nuts, because it relates to aflatoxins which are a carcinogen. The alarmists suggested that it only occurred in bulk nuts (wh...
by Melika
Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:13 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Frozen veggies and fruit
Replies: 12
Views: 769

Re: Frozen veggies and fruit

Thank you Melika, I had read that thread, but it took a second read to intake all the information :D So if I understand this right, as long as I feed human grade peanuts to Clyde and give him a healthy diet enriched with vitamin A. I should at least be on the right path when it comes to feeding him...
by Melika
Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:10 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to feed my baby IRN
Replies: 12
Views: 1473

Re: What to feed my baby IRN

i'm gonna do a minor hijack here..... a 3 month IRN.. how much should it be eating?... mine seems to be fixated on food to the point i've had to cut him off twice. I've only had the bird for about 24 hours at this point but he seems to love anything labeled 'food' Why cut him off? If a bird wants t...
by Melika
Tue Apr 29, 2014 9:07 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Urgent! bird chipping paint off
Replies: 12
Views: 675

Re: Urgent! bird chipping paint off

I have never heard of collidal silver is that like quick silver? Quicksilver, as I know it, is the nickname for mercury, which is toxic. Colloidal silver is a natural anti-bacterial. It is silver suspended in a colloid. I wouldn't make it at home or take too much- doing so can have amusing side-eff...
by Melika
Tue Apr 29, 2014 8:55 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: hibiscus stems n leaves?
Replies: 3
Views: 875

Re: hibiscus stems n leaves?

From what I can find, leaves and flowers are edible. There isn't anything toxic in stems, but I doubt anyone would eat it. Probably just chew it up/destroy.
by Melika
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:49 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: What other animals do you have?
Replies: 36
Views: 2471

Re: What other animals do you have?

Well, one less. Persephone passed away last week, unknown cause. No one has any idea how old she was when I adopted her, but the adoption was YEARS ago. So now Hane is my only parrot.

Still have Amadeus (silly SPCA aussie), along with the chickens and my fish tank though. :)
by Melika
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:26 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Percy has an infection
Replies: 33
Views: 627

Re: Percy has an infection

At last!! We gave Percy his last dose of antibiotics and it couldn't be happier. He is doing just fine and his foot looks good as new. He still favors and picks at it a little, but the vet said that this is possibly a behavior now, sort of a habit. If it persists, I'll take him back to the vet for ...
by Melika
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:18 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: largest bar spacing? - looking at cage Thurs so kinda urgent
Replies: 10
Views: 1187

Re: largest bar spacing? - looking at cage Thurs so kinda ur

Referencing an ollllld post: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8597&hilit=+bar+spacing+#p58899

Hane absolutely cannot fit his head through his bars, which have 1" bar spacing.
by Melika
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:06 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to feed my baby IRN
Replies: 12
Views: 1473

Re: What to feed my baby IRN

And more information on weaning here: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=799

Congrats on the little one and welcome!
by Melika
Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:05 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: hibiscus stems n leaves?
Replies: 3
Views: 875

Re: hibiscus stems n leaves?

Hmmm.. the flowers are indeed edible but I haven't heard of eating the leaves and stems before. Though I know someone who made a bath to treat her skin condition with the leaves and flowers...

I will do some research.
by Melika
Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:57 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Frozen veggies and fruit
Replies: 12
Views: 769

Re: Frozen veggies and fruit

Thanks Molossus :P I did read about the peanut shells carrying some bacteria that can be very harmful to my bird, but I did not read about the pumpkin seeds, so thanks for that. :P With the peanuts, I just took out all the shell peanuts from his feed and only hand feed ones that I had bought with d...
by Melika
Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:34 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Percy has an infection
Replies: 33
Views: 627

Medicating your parrot or hand-feeding

For future reference. When hand-feeding chicks with a syringe, the same consideration applies as giving medications when it comes to aspiration. Here is a good diagram showing how to prevent aspiration when using a syringe. http://www.avianweb.com/images/BirdGlottisTracheaNEW.jpg From: http://www.av...
by Melika
Tue Apr 08, 2014 6:26 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Need help advice
Replies: 4
Views: 419

Re: Need help advice

What time to feed [their] main meal and how much [please]... Both of these will have to come from your observation. What time do your birds seem to eat the most? That is the time you would feed the most. How much? However much they will eat. Take time and observe them and you will be able to figure...
by Melika
Thu Apr 03, 2014 6:50 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Choosing a New Cage
Replies: 80
Views: 2288

Re: Choosing a New Cage

"Be informed and make your own decision based on that information." I thought this was a good suggestion for galvanized wire, thoroughly and carefully brushing with a stiff wire brush to remove any 'chunks': http://europepmc.org/abstract/MED/1624342/reload=0;jsessionid=c9q5egJnEU004qOPNi4m.20 A com...
by Melika
Tue Apr 01, 2014 7:13 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Choosing a New Cage
Replies: 80
Views: 2288

Re: Choosing a New Cage

Sorry, I didn't mean to sound as if I was censuring you. :( Taking things out of context happens a lot on forums, and to people reading, they might think the galvinization industry is horrid and should be stopped- toxic to all! But perhaps they would be forgetting how much waste would be produced wi...
by Melika
Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:54 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Mixed species aviary?
Replies: 3
Views: 483

Re: Mixed species aviary?

You won't ever know until something goes badly. Every bird is an individual. Maybe they will get along, maybe they won't. Personally I am wary, because of the damage that can be done. A cockatiel can rip the beak off of a budgie- imagine what a mad IRN could do??? They are wild animals in a cage. We...
by Melika
Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:46 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

Very informative, thanks :D I'd heard that avocado was no good for sparrows and mynahs as it could be toxic; does the same apply to IRNs? Avocado has been found to be toxic, especially in caged birds. I don't know of any bird-keepers that feed avocado, instead preferring to play it safe. http://www...
by Melika
Thu Mar 27, 2014 1:15 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

Melika... wow you are well informed. OK, here's something I didn't find in the list... horned melon, AKA African cucumber, AKA Kiwana. I read that they were a superfood for eclectus-- I am guessing they would also be ok for IRNs? BTW, I thought it tasted pretty good. The texture is all gel-like and...
by Melika
Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:48 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Choosing a New Cage
Replies: 80
Views: 2288

Re: Choosing a New Cage

Don't get any of that galvanized stuff. I read that you could wash it to get the toxic powder off but someone, maybe Melika, advised me that more powder would happen... Right. The powder is simply what happens as it oxidises. Basically it's rust, but in the form of zinc oxide. It isn't considered a...
by Melika
Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:33 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: What other animals do you have?
Replies: 36
Views: 2471

Re: What other animals do you have?

19 Chickens (four of which are roosters named Prince Edward, Rockstar, Frederick, and Gimpy) Your pets poop sadness. Mine poop breakfast. XD

Amadeus, canine, aussie shep.
Persephone, avian, cockatiel.
by Melika
Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:28 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New law prohibits hand-rearing of parrots in The Netherlands
Replies: 6
Views: 1642

Re: New law prohibits hand-rearing of parrots in The Netherl

I wonder if this will help in putting the large-scale unscrupulous breeders out of business- the ones that don't spend time with the chicks and just stuff their throats as quickly as possible while trying to make a profit. Similar to puppy mills. The smaller breeders wouldn't be affected as much sin...
by Melika
Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:12 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Seed sprouting....
Replies: 14
Views: 1050

Re: Seed sprouting....

Hold off on the 15 bean mix until you do some research on that. My memory banks have a warning label on raw beans. Raw beans certainly, but sprouts are a whole new thing. :) Here is a caution taken from http://www.landofvos.com/articles/sprouts.html "NOTE: Many people have fed all of the beans in t...
by Melika
Thu Mar 27, 2014 11:53 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

Nice to have so much info in one place. A couple people mentioned canned - FYI - cans are lined with Bisphenol A unless marked Bisphenol A free. I would really avoid this stuff. If it is bad for humans and especially human babies, I cannot imagine it would not build up quickly in a bird. Besides, f...
by Melika
Tue Mar 25, 2014 11:38 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

Smart human baby! Once you use up that stash you can feed something better. Nothing wrong with baby food, MissK. :) Sally Blanchard's famous "Glop", for instance https://companionparrotonline.com/Diet.html features it. The objections to jarred baby food (puree with no added thickeners- thickeners w...
by Melika
Fri Mar 07, 2014 9:00 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Lots of peppers.. a lot
Replies: 3
Views: 479

Re: Lots of peppers.. a lot

First of all, are a bird's taste preferences seasonal? (this is why i asked about older birds or people with more birding experience than I have) Secondly, I know peppers are good for them, but is it okay to eat them everyday while ignoring cauliflower, broccoli, radishes, collard greens, carrots, ...
by Melika
Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:55 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Seed sprouting....
Replies: 14
Views: 1050

Re: Seed sprouting....

ranechild wrote:someone had on their webstie to add citrus seed extract to the sprouts... It's supposed to be antimicrobial
Right, grapefruit seed extract. Great stuff. This is probably my favourite Ekkie site, http://landofvos.com/eclectus.html
by Melika
Fri Mar 07, 2014 8:52 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

I have found a good way to trick picky eaters into eating healthier is to make a basic wholegrain "bird bread" use pureed baby food in place for some of the liquid and throw various fruits and veggies in there. I use 3 cups whole wheat flour pour 5-6 jars vegetable baby food (I use mostly orange co...
by Melika
Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Alex is sick :(
Replies: 11
Views: 928

Re: Alex is sick :(

Glad to hear he seems to be better. What's the update now?
by Melika
Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Household Poisons
Replies: 51
Views: 17359

Re: Household Poisons

No l don't think Melika is making it up just puzzled. AJPeter Don't worry, AJPeter, I know what you mean. How can a company put something on the market that they know is unsafe? Perhaps the oil is only unsafe digested in certain amounts. I don't know. All I know is that it is considered toxic. How ...
by Melika
Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: High Calcium Content in Water
Replies: 12
Views: 563

Re: High Calcium Content in Water

The type of calcium would also be a factor. Not all types of calcium will be used by the body.
by Melika
Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:21 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Nila's Paintings displayed at Ipswich Art Soc. Exibit
Replies: 14
Views: 526

Re: Nila's Paintings displayed at Ipswich Art Soc. Exibit

Hey! I missed this, grats Nila!
by Melika
Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: The Images on This Site
Replies: 5
Views: 445

Re: The Images on This Site

Hane's favourite colour is green- I believe because he himself is green. So anything green he tends to love, and he loves ANYONE wearing the colour.
by Melika
Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Parrot safe air fresheners:
Replies: 18
Views: 1603

Re: Parrot safe air fresheners:

Thanks Melika! So, you're saying essential oils ARE safe for use around birds? If so, all of them or just specific ones? I knew artificial ones were generally considered unsafe, already tossed out all my wallflowers :| Again, I don't have a problem with my house smelling weird, it just doesn't smel...
by Melika
Wed Dec 11, 2013 2:13 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: New Diet!
Replies: 12
Views: 603

Re: New Diet!

The idea that grit is bad came from some cases of crop impaction from birds eating the grit when not needed or eating too much and causing crop-impaction and death. Especially cockatiels. Even birds that require grit can kill themselves if they just eat it constantly. It was generally concluded that...
by Melika
Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Parrot safe air fresheners:
Replies: 18
Views: 1603

Re: Parrot safe air fresheners:

I'm not convinced the commercial air-smellifiers are safe for humans in the long run, much less our birds. Febreeze actually has a warning on it saying not safe to used around birds. Some of the compounds in artificial "fresheners" are suspected carcinogens while others are known to damage organs or...
by Melika
Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:09 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Pasta & White Bread??
Replies: 6
Views: 737

Re: Pasta & White Bread??

Greenpitbul1113 wrote:a small amount of bread is like the size of the finger nail so as to use it as a treat?
That's just fine. Sometimes Hane will grab more and run off with it. I'm not completely paranoid about it- relax and enjoy food time with your FID. :)
by Melika
Tue Dec 10, 2013 7:00 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

I made a bunch of Hane and Tsume's Sweet Potato Mash the other day and have it frozen in ice-cube size blocks ready for when my birdies arrive. It's such a great idea. Thanks so much for posting it Melika. But how much should I give them? Do you find one block per bird per day is the right amount? ...
by Melika
Tue Dec 10, 2013 6:53 am
Forum: Polls
Topic: Have you tried your pet's packaged food?
Replies: 21
Views: 1887

Re: Have you tried your pet's packaged food?

Yep. Only dry foods though, depending on the smell. I remember Hane's pellets that I used to get smelled like candy. They most assuredly did not taste like candy!
by Melika
Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

I was just wondering, I have heard that IRNs are lactose intolerant but there is yogurt on your list? Thank you all for your advice Teresa They aren't really lactose intolerant, they simply do not digest lactose. The bacteria that makes the yogurt also eats the lactose leaving a very nearly lactose...
by Melika
Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:13 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Household Poisons
Replies: 51
Views: 17359

Re: Household Poisons

AJPeter wrote:Smallworld wrote that Tee tree oil was posinous but Johnson's sell a plumage spray that contains tea tree oil which encourages preening, it smells nice but is it really posinous?
AJPeter
Tea tree oil is considered to be toxic.
by Melika
Thu Dec 05, 2013 12:04 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: How long do you leave your IRN alone in its cage all day?
Replies: 25
Views: 4828

Re: How long do you leave your IRN alone in its cage all day

It is good for them to let them out of their cage. At a training session I went to, the presenter, Pamela Clark recommended a minimum of 4 hours out of cage time split between morning and afternoon/evening. I aim at that but don't always get there... and of course some days they get more. Ellie. Th...
by Melika
Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:58 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Raw meat
Replies: 24
Views: 1132

Re: Raw meat

For the most part, our meat here isn't safe enough to be eaten raw even by people. Hard to know how fresh it is and the source... but poultry and pork should never be eaten raw anyway. Beef is another matter. Fish too, if you want to call it meat. And even still it carries risk for humans. But parro...
by Melika
Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:48 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Pasta & White Bread??
Replies: 6
Views: 737

Re: Pasta & White Bread??

White bread is basically sugar when processed in the body. That really goes for all grains, but the more processed, the less nutritive and the more quickly is becomes sugar. Birds eat grains in the wild, but live and unprocessed. So it basically should be limited to a treat. It's not going to harm t...
by Melika
Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Unhealthy???
Replies: 12
Views: 804

Re: Unhealthy???

For everyday cleaning, before changing the papers I'll spray mist with a vinegar/water solution over the floor grate and through to the papers. This minimizes dust while changing the papers, as it is moist and won't fly away easily. It also softens any droppings on the grate, which I can wipe with a...
by Melika
Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Fitting out a cage
Replies: 12
Views: 1207

Re: Fitting out a cage

It looks like a great cage. I am always changing stuff around in the bird cages, I have these great ideas, try them out and find most of them are completely impractical once I put the bird in :lol: I'm not too sure about placing cages by window's. I have read some mixed reports on that, some people...
by Melika
Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:28 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Are we prepared to look after our birds right into old age
Replies: 12
Views: 516

Re: Are we prepared to look after our birds right into old a

Thanks for posting this! It's full of wonderful ideas to spark the imagination when the time comes for making all these changes. I still have years and years with Hane before these become real issues, but good to prepare the mind in advance. Told my husband how old Hane was recently, and he was happ...
by Melika
Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:40 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Fitting out a cage
Replies: 12
Views: 1207

Re: Fitting out a cage

What a nice large cage! Fitting it out is really going to end up depending on your bird's preferences. Having a few larger perches like you have will be good exercise for your bird's feet- as long as the wood is rough so he can't slip and fall off. :lol: I like to have all sizes for optimum foot hea...
by Melika
Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: -Your- Bad Habits?
Replies: 12
Views: 650

Re: -Your- Bad Habits?

Oh man...I have a seriously long list here. I show favoritism towards a certain big beaked sweetie so he gets a large portion of my attention. I couldn't stand changing paper every day out of the cages so I switched to corn cob that I can scoop out the clumps every other day. I get lazy sometimes w...
by Melika
Tue Nov 05, 2013 7:00 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: He laid an egg!!
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: He laid an egg!!

Congrats on your free 'dna sexing', the only type that can never be wrong. XD Definitely leave the egg. Wait until she stops clutching and shows no interest in the eggs. If you remove the egg and she wants to lay more, then she will replace it which, if done continually, will deplete her calcium sto...
by Melika
Tue Nov 05, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: If your parrot bites you, you need to read this!
Replies: 47
Views: 2790

Re: If your parrot bites you, you need to read this!

I agree that I don't think it is necessary for them to step up to get put of the cage. However I remember reading articles saying you should do this many years ago. Loo, I've also had bites when offering my hand to get out of the cage (not recently - when Janey was younger). The way we do it now is...
by Melika
Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Better life cleaning products.
Replies: 6
Views: 350

Re: Better life cleaning products.

You can use regular vinegar too. I clean my bird cages with a vinegar solution. The smell fades relatively quickly. :)
by Melika
Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:36 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Seed Mix {PIC HEAVY}
Replies: 1
Views: 634

Re: Seed Mix {PIC HEAVY}

I fine Hane prefers the larger seeds, with the exception of millet sprays. I think he's just lazy and doesn't want to spend time on little seeds. ;)
My cockatiel has a hard time with anything larger than a sunflower seed- actually took her years to eat a sunflower seed.
by Melika
Tue Nov 05, 2013 10:31 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Collapsible / foldable cages
Replies: 5
Views: 380

Re: Collapsible / foldable cages

Avian Adventures cages snap together, no bolts or screws, and thus are easy to take apart. But any parrot cage is quite the investment. What about a dog kennel/crate? They're much cheaper and foldable. I've used them in the past as temporary housing. Also I have a budgie/tiel cage, which is fine for...
by Melika
Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:05 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Feeding
Replies: 1
Views: 264

Re: Feeding

Once she can move around pretty well and has most of her feathers, I would offer water in a SHALLOW dish. Something she could get out of easily and not drown in.
by Melika
Wed Oct 30, 2013 9:02 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Homemade Aviaries or Breeding Cages
Replies: 15
Views: 2772

Re: Homemade Aviaries or Breeding Cages

If you can find a way to build a frame with pvc or plastic then it'll last alot longer. My cage is only 6 months old and I can already see the non treated wood starting to decay. Most of the cheap PVC piping and plastics won't hold up after a few years of harsh sunlight. So if anyone else here is f...
by Melika
Wed Oct 30, 2013 8:35 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: The Orgreenic pan
Replies: 2
Views: 226

Re: The Orgreenic pan

If the pan is truly just a ceramic coating over aluminum, then it seems safe. I couldn't find any definitive answer to what exactly the 'non-stick ceramic coating' is. Perhaps if you can contact the company and ask them, and the reason why you ask, you might get a good answer.
by Melika
Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 471927

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

I have a question or two. Can I give my birds frozen mixed veggies? During summer I think it would be a nice cool snack. I was thinking like the frozen veggies you get from the supermarket in the freezer section. I ask this as I do not have a car and it is hard for me to go to the supermarket to ge...
by Melika
Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: -Your- Bad Habits?
Replies: 12
Views: 650

Re: -Your- Bad Habits?

Hrm. Bad habits? Probably not cleaning the cage often enough. Sometimes it can go a week or two if things are busy. Granted, I don't feed him veggies/fresh foods often in his cage (if I did, I would HAVE to clean it daily to keep bugs/moisture away). Every once in a while, things will be nuts and I ...
by Melika
Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:13 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Homemade Yogurt/Fermentation
Replies: 4
Views: 432

Re: Homemade Yogurt/Fermentation

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v94/Melika/Ferments/currentferments10-23_zpsa78c5681.png From left to right: lacto-fermented pickles, purple/green (PINK) cabbage sauerkraut, green cabbage kraut, beet kvass. DH also raised a kombucha scoby and is currently brewing, but I didn't get a picture. That...
by Melika
Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Homemade Yogurt/Fermentation
Replies: 4
Views: 432

Re: Homemade Yogurt/Fermentation

Here's the second batch of sauerkraut, this time both red and green cabbage. Nothing else was added except salt. The first batch (green cabbage) was so TASTY!

Image
by Melika
Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: information on the web ?
Replies: 11
Views: 270

Re: information on the web ?

Wellington zoo lost some rare kiwi chicks to aspergillosis in their bedding material this week. Exactly why focusing on peanuts is so strange when it comes to aspergillosis. One article about the kiwi chicks said, "It is thought the birds' weakened immunity from the nematodes [worms] made them susc...
by Melika
Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:47 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Pellets
Replies: 71
Views: 5125

Re: Pellets

Dandelions. I keep hearing how good they are for birds.. are these the same dandelions growing in my backyard... the ones that make the fuzzballs that little kids like to blow into the air? How did this question end up in this topic? Anyway- yes. Dandelion greens are very edible by both you and you...
by Melika
Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:12 am
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: A Thread For Budgie Fans
Replies: 168
Views: 11832

Re: A Thread For Budgie Fans

I used to feed the aviary birds from an outdoor bird feeder. I had it sitting on the floor of the raised aviary, but I don't see why you couldn't hang it and give them a perch or two to stand on and feed. I didn't want to make them try and land on the rim of the feeder, since the space was so narrow...