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by celtic_aura
Sat Jul 05, 2008 8:07 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Eating out of my hand already
Replies: 1
Views: 890

Hey, that's great! Sounds like you two are bonding. :)
by celtic_aura
Sat Jul 05, 2008 6:47 am
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: Two new additions to our zoo
Replies: 1
Views: 1183

Two new additions to our zoo

About two weeks ago we adopted a 4 and a hhalf week old crow, Ciaran. As if that wasn't enough for me to handle, yesterday we adopted a 7 day old starling, Einstein. Here are some pics. http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh319/celtic_aura/Ciaran%20and%20Einstein/06_27_25.jpg http://i259.photobucket....
by celtic_aura
Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:32 am
Forum: News
Topic: Gigi bird's in love!!!!!!!!
Replies: 0
Views: 1104

Gigi bird's in love!!!!!!!!

Well it seems my little fella has found the love of his life. He will sit and watch his new amour for hours and hours talking and chittering. I don't want to burst his bubble but I'm pretty sure his new love, Ciaran, our baby crow doesn't return the affection. Everytime Ciaran is outwandering around...
by celtic_aura
Sun Jun 22, 2008 8:25 am
Forum: Our Angels in Heaven: Rainbow Bridge
Topic: RIP Russel Crow
Replies: 2
Views: 1545

Thanks lauren :) We've actually adopted a 4 1/2 week old baby crow. Where we are now, we can only have so many animals, so we adopt when one of our current Fids passes on. We're not replacing our old friend, but we figured Russell would appreciate the fact that Ciaran now has a wonderful home.
by celtic_aura
Sat Jun 21, 2008 1:05 pm
Forum: Our Angels in Heaven: Rainbow Bridge
Topic: RIP Russel Crow
Replies: 2
Views: 1545

RIP Russel Crow

We lost one of our crows, Russell, to old age this past Wednesday. Even though he was a wild bird that wouldn't let us handle him, we still loved him and will miss him.
by celtic_aura
Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:49 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Molting Issue
Replies: 3
Views: 696

His head is full of pin feathers. Would I just put the aloe juice in a spray bottle and squirt him? He hates when I do that, but I do it a couple of times a day with warm water. And cranky doesn't begin to describe it! Anytime I try to open his door he lunges swings off of it and tries to eat my hand.
by celtic_aura
Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:45 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New update on me
Replies: 6
Views: 1942

God, Justin, that really sucks. I lost my mother in law to lung cancer almost two years ago and my grandmother in law to breast cancer a month ago and I was with both of them until the end. All I can say is even though the brain cancer has changed who your father is, enjoy the time you have with him...
by celtic_aura
Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:35 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: passion fruit
Replies: 5
Views: 1947

Do they eat ALL the passion fruit? I put half of one on the kabob for Gigi bird and he ate the whole thing, outside and all. Is this okay?
by celtic_aura
Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:26 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Molting Issue
Replies: 3
Views: 696

Molting Issue

Good God how long do IRNs molt for??????? Gi Gi bird has been molting for almost two months now. First it was just the little down like white fluff but now he is losing feathers and his head is all scruffy. But he's unbelievably nasty and attacks me whenever I go near. I'm hoping it's just because h...
by celtic_aura
Wed May 07, 2008 6:18 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Progress
Replies: 8
Views: 1104

Isn't progress wonderful? Baby steps all the way, but God aren't they great steps? I hope you keep making progess. :D
by celtic_aura
Sat May 03, 2008 6:56 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Molting and Napping
Replies: 2
Views: 713

Molting and Napping

Well, Gigi bird is really molting now. When I uncovered him this morning there were feathers all over the bottom of his cage. About 15 minutes after I uncovered him, he took a nap. This is very unusual for him. He woke up when I changed and fed him, but he's napping again. That's two naps in the two...
by celtic_aura
Sat May 03, 2008 6:47 am
Forum: Our Angels in Heaven: Rainbow Bridge
Topic: Rest in Peace My Little One
Replies: 13
Views: 3041

I'm so sorry to hear about your husband Donna. Take care and take comfort in your memories.
hugs
by celtic_aura
Fri May 02, 2008 7:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Lutino died
Replies: 51
Views: 5030

I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My heart goes out to you. It's horrible to lose a loved pet, especially in a way as traumatic as that. Just try to remember all the good time you had with lutino and how much love you shared with him. I know you're in a lot of pain now, but it does get better. ...
by celtic_aura
Fri May 02, 2008 7:08 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: like an excited "puppy"
Replies: 6
Views: 831

inept wrote:2. When I come to him to check his food and water he stretches out his legs and wings, and then poops.



heh heh. That made me giggle a bit. :lol:
by celtic_aura
Fri May 02, 2008 1:29 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New to the group and new to the IRN world.
Replies: 3
Views: 767

Awwww, Indy looks like a total sweetie! And I love how your hubby spells his name. Welcome. This a great forum and a great group of people. I've had my IRN since December and I have a house full of other animals. I must say I'm jealous about your ducks. My husband and I are buying a house in Decembe...
by celtic_aura
Fri May 02, 2008 12:43 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Major milestone!
Replies: 6
Views: 987

Gigi bird loves playing so much. And I love watching him climb all lver everything, hang off one toy to chew on another. Swing off of anything he can. Such a show boat! Our local pet shop has a table top play area for 35 dollars I've been eyeing. Might get it to put on the roof of his cage.
by celtic_aura
Fri May 02, 2008 12:38 pm
Forum: Our Angels in Heaven: Rainbow Bridge
Topic: Rest in Peace My Little One
Replies: 13
Views: 3041

I'm so sorry for your loss Donna.

Fly high and fly free little Tango.
by celtic_aura
Thu May 01, 2008 10:40 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Major milestone!
Replies: 6
Views: 987

Okay, who is this nice bird and what has he done with cranky Gigi bird? LOL He just played with me in his cage! Some of his lettuce had fallen so I opened his house and grabbed it. Just for the heck of it I held it out to him. He did a little dance to it. Then I started telling him he was a silly bi...
by celtic_aura
Thu May 01, 2008 10:16 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: like an excited "puppy"
Replies: 6
Views: 831

Gigi bird gets covered up at night. As soon as I say "Morning Gigi bird!" and uncover him, he stretches his wings like he just woke up (even though I hear him chittering and walking while still covered). Then he walks over to his closest food dish, looks at it then me as if to say, "O...
by celtic_aura
Thu May 01, 2008 7:46 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Major milestone!
Replies: 6
Views: 987

Thanks. I'm trying to get him to do it more with treats, but if I try more than once every few hours he gets cranky. If a fid could huff and roll their eyes, that's what he'd be doing. :lol:
by celtic_aura
Wed Apr 30, 2008 7:42 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Romain lettuce
Replies: 7
Views: 1775

Thank you so much! Seems they are made in Australia which is great for most of you but not me as I'm in Canada. LOL But I ordered one on ebay. :D It cost 12 bucks with shipping but I know it will be well worth it.
by celtic_aura
Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:40 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Romain lettuce
Replies: 7
Views: 1775

Okay, what are metal fruit sticks and where can I get them?
by celtic_aura
Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:53 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Major milestone!
Replies: 6
Views: 987

Major milestone!

I can harldy believe it. When I opened Gigi bird's cage to clean the fruit and veggies off the bottom, he came right over to the open door. Normally he goes on his corner perch. THEN he sat there and let me give him kisses! I actually had my head part way in the cage. It was so cool. He's really com...
by celtic_aura
Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:50 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Romain lettuce
Replies: 7
Views: 1775

Romain lettuce

So I can't remember who said that they use a clothes pin to secure some romaine lettuce to the cage to let their fid forage, but I gave it a try with Gigi bird. For about two seconds he was scared, but once he realized it was food, well! He chomped on it for about 20 minutes, chittering to himself. ...
by celtic_aura
Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:13 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: something wrong with tango...please help
Replies: 57
Views: 5085

You really, really need to get Tango to a vet ASAP. Even if it something he can't recover from, the vet may be able to give him something to help in case Tango is suffering. He could have been sick for a while and hiding it from you. But I can't stress enough how much this bird needs to be seen by a...
by celtic_aura
Sun Apr 27, 2008 8:47 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Molting
Replies: 1
Views: 471

Molting

Well Gigi bird is starting to molt. Since this is his first molt since we've had him, I was wondering how cranky IRNs get when they are molting. I know some breeds of birds get down right nasty when molting. Others (like my crow) get very sooky and needy. And I know it can vary depending on the pers...
by celtic_aura
Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:15 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: upside down
Replies: 4
Views: 748

It's funny how the litttle tikes associate certain games and behaviors with their humans. My husband can hold Gigi bird on his back and give him tummy tickles 'til the cows come home, no problem. I can't even get the little bugger to stand on my hand for more than 2 seconds! :)
by celtic_aura
Fri Apr 25, 2008 6:45 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Does he ever stop eating? Petey feeding his face again....
Replies: 9
Views: 1374

Can you buy those metal kebbab things on line? I only have two pet stores where I live and I'm very limited in what I can get. I think Gigi bird would love some fruit kebbabs. :D
by celtic_aura
Fri Apr 25, 2008 6:40 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Chewing feathers?
Replies: 7
Views: 1067

I asked my hubby about this (he knows more about birds and animals than I do) and he says birds will chew on their feathers during a molt to get as much calcium and nutrients out of the shaft of the feather as they can. So if you see your fids chewing feathers, it's a good thing!
by celtic_aura
Wed Apr 23, 2008 1:30 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: FINALLY i caught the mating dance
Replies: 3
Views: 948

I absolutely LOVE the second picture of Billy. He just looks like he's having a blast!
by celtic_aura
Wed Apr 23, 2008 1:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Hiya everyone
Replies: 10
Views: 1467

If you decide to adopt the little fella, you might want to find out a bit more about his past owners and how he was treated. If it was abused or mishandled then you are looking at a slightly different situation. I would still strongly suggest adopting him/her but you just want to get as much backgro...
by celtic_aura
Wed Apr 23, 2008 10:14 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Playing with toys
Replies: 17
Views: 1959

Well, we bought Gigi bird a swing. After a couple of days of looking at it, he finally climbed on! In fact, he climbed right up to the top of it, swung one of his feet onto the toy hanging next to the swing and used the two as a make shift swing. :o Oh well. Maybe someday he'll figure it out.
by celtic_aura
Tue Apr 22, 2008 6:19 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Now this is friendship!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1659

Oooh I want a snow leopard too! And a fox. And a racoon. Oooh and some ducks. I know by this time next year I'll have my ducks. And maybe the racoon. And the fox.......but not the leopard. LOL
by celtic_aura
Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:38 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Now this is friendship!!
Replies: 11
Views: 1659

Amazing story and pictures. Lonley bear only wanted some friends. Now I want a pet polar bear! :D
by celtic_aura
Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:34 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Hello
Replies: 19
Views: 1834

Oh my God! So, I gave Gigi bird a bit of broccoli yesterday. He gobbled it up! Just loves the stuff. It has actually replaced clementines as his favorite food. It's funny to see him devouring something I'll only touch if it's smothered in cheese sauce. :lol:
by celtic_aura
Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:30 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: more pics of general
Replies: 19
Views: 2386

What a beautiful fid!!!!! Looks so proud. Like a, well, General!
by celtic_aura
Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:01 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Hello
Replies: 19
Views: 1834

Broccoli, eh? I'll have to give it a try with Gigi bird, although if he has fruit and veggies together, the veggies all end up on the floor. LOL
by celtic_aura
Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:00 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Chewing feathers?
Replies: 7
Views: 1067

Our baby crow does this all the time. He actually hides his feathers so no one can steal them from him!
by celtic_aura
Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:58 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: No sound?
Replies: 19
Views: 2000

Are you around him all the time? I find Gigi bird will talk his head off if I'm not in the room. I remember reading somewhere that IRNs tend to be "closet talkers" prefering to chatter away when no one is around. Or it just might take him some more time to get used to his new home.
by celtic_aura
Sun Apr 20, 2008 4:37 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Head Banging
Replies: 2
Views: 562

I thought maybe it was a "Yay I'm so excited!" thing since today he did it to an almond. Just kept banging it against his head for about 2 minutes. LOL Or maybe my bird's just mental.
by celtic_aura
Sun Apr 20, 2008 1:41 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Parrot Pellets.
Replies: 2
Views: 1048

Parrot Pellets.

How many of you feed your IRN pellets? And how often. And what is the tastiest kind? I have some pellets here, but Gigi bird refuses to eat them. Is there a trick to getting them to eat them? And does he really need them? I guess I'm just looking for as much information on pellets as I can get. I re...
by celtic_aura
Sun Apr 20, 2008 10:49 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Head Banging
Replies: 2
Views: 562

Head Banging

I've noticed that sometimes when Gigi bird has a treat or toy in one of his feet he beats the toy repeatedly with his head. I know when he does this at night, usually along with growling, it means he's over tired and wants to be covered. But lately he's been doing it during the day and not growling....
by celtic_aura
Sun Apr 20, 2008 10:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: did he have to learn to say that?
Replies: 3
Views: 688

Heh heh. My starling used to whine like my shephard mix then tell her, very politely to "shut the f___ up. " Dufus also used to tell the girls to sit and then tell them they were good girls. LOL Gigi bird has started saying "Sweet Pea" Since no one EVER says this I am assuming it...
by celtic_aura
Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:41 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: did he have to learn to say that?
Replies: 3
Views: 688

Heh heh heh. Too funny. When our baby crow was starting to talk, he was trying to say Hello, but it sounded more like Help. Not thinking I started to say Help to him all the time. Well, three years later and the only word he can say? You guessed it. Nothing like being in a diffferent room and hearin...
by celtic_aura
Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:37 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: PET SHOP STAFF SH@! ME TO TEARS
Replies: 13
Views: 1763

My husband's uncle has Siamese that he traid to fetch his smokes! He'd just say "Elmo, smokes!" and the darn cat would go to the pack, open it and pull out a cigarette. It's the weirdest thing. We have German Shephard Husky mix that is the bigest baby in the world even though she's a fairl...
by celtic_aura
Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:31 am
Forum: Our Angels in Heaven: Rainbow Bridge
Topic: ember
Replies: 7
Views: 2299

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Sometimes these things happen when we love all animals. It's nice that family and friends are pitching in to help your daughter get through this.
by celtic_aura
Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:27 am
Forum: News
Topic: hes here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i brought my baby home today
Replies: 9
Views: 2356

That's so exciting! He sounds like just a little sweetie bird.
by celtic_aura
Sat Apr 19, 2008 4:50 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: PET SHOP STAFF SH@! ME TO TEARS
Replies: 13
Views: 1763

It's weird how people think that a certain type of bird will be nasty because of the breed. Kinda how some people thing ALL pitbulls are nasty dogs and ALL Siamese cats are the devil. I think very little has to do with the breed of bird/dog/cat and more with how they are raised and how people handle...
by celtic_aura
Wed Apr 16, 2008 10:34 am
Forum: Polls
Topic: Birdie on the shoulder
Replies: 50
Views: 16825

Gigi bird is allowed on my shoulder as long a he behaves. He doesn't bite but will walk right over to my ear, stick his beak in and screech. LOL If he only does it once, it ok. Just him saying hello. More than once and I feel like my head is going to explode and off he goes!
by celtic_aura
Tue Apr 08, 2008 7:34 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Playing with toys
Replies: 17
Views: 1959

Heh heh. I"ve only seen him do it the one time, but I have the feeling he's swings his little brains out when I"m not home. My hubby gets in on the 21st and I think we're going to buy him a nice big swing.
by celtic_aura
Mon Apr 07, 2008 3:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: never quiet
Replies: 15
Views: 2149

Gigi bird tends to be a screamer and can scream for hours on end, so I understand your frustration. I usually try to give him his bell so he'll ring it instead of screaming. If that doesn't work, I cover him. Once covered I can hear him beak grinding, cooing and chittering away. With Gigi bird I thi...
by celtic_aura
Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:06 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New bird - trembling....???
Replies: 5
Views: 898

A slight trembling can be part of their grooming. They do it to readjust their feathers, particularly chest feathers. I know when Gigi bird does it he almost looks like he's cold and breathing a bit harder.
by celtic_aura
Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: how do you tell if hes just molting
Replies: 7
Views: 1290

Sounds like your Monkey is starting to adjust to his new family. :)
by celtic_aura
Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:35 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: strange things afoot?
Replies: 8
Views: 1049

That is so cute bec! I am slowly teaching Gigi bird the command house. When he's out on top of his cage I want to be able to say "House Gigi bird" and get him to go in. He actually did it for me once today. Hoping it's not a fluke. But to have him go in on his own and closed the door? That...
by celtic_aura
Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:31 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Wierd Animals...
Replies: 53
Views: 9497

The snakes are gorgeous! I used to be deathly scared of them, but if I'm in a pet store and one is out, I can pet it now. But I'm with Ryelle on the spiders! I had a European starling Dufus who passed away from cancer at Christmas time. He used to talk non stop, had a vocab of over 100 words and noi...
by celtic_aura
Sun Apr 06, 2008 7:22 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Gigi Bird and Nintendo Wii
Replies: 14
Views: 2763

Wii. PSP, Xbox (moded), GP32(Janenese handheld). Treo 650 cell phone moded to play games......oh yeah and a PC and laptop. Way I figure, at least when he's gaming I know where he is. The livingroom. LOL Gigi will follow the remote we are using with the Wii when we bowl or play tennis. He's such a li...
by celtic_aura
Sun Apr 06, 2008 12:45 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Gigi Bird and Nintendo Wii
Replies: 14
Views: 2763

Gigi Bird and Nintendo Wii

Well, hubby and I bought a Nintendo Wii last month. As Gigi bird's cage is in the livingroom across from the TV I wasn't sure how this was going to go. Well, we set it up and started bowling. Gigi bird LOVED it. Everytime we play, he presses himself up against the corner of his cage and stares at th...
by celtic_aura
Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:12 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Name change suggestions..
Replies: 14
Views: 2041

Careful with naming a pet with a name you like but your mate doesn't. I always loved the name Breagha (Bree-ah) for a girl but my hubby said no. Got a pooch and named her Breagha. Name grew on hubby and now he likes it as a name for a child! But no way I'm going to have a baby girl and name her afte...
by celtic_aura
Thu Apr 03, 2008 2:24 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Playing with toys
Replies: 17
Views: 1959

Last week, at about 9 in the morning, I was awoken by this ungodly banging. I pop my glasses on and low and behold, Gigi bird has managed to get the bell loose from a toy that has been in with him since day one that he had never bothered with before. He was shaking his head to get the bell ringing a...
by celtic_aura
Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:07 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: cheap but interesting toys
Replies: 7
Views: 1526

I go to the local cobbler to buy pieces of leather. The I hit the pet store and buy small rawhide bones and also seed blocks. Tie them all up with the leather and hang them from the ceiling and Gigi's perch. He loves trying to untie them! And there is no way for him to eat the raw hide as it's a sol...
by celtic_aura
Mon Mar 17, 2008 2:01 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Coconut monster
Replies: 10
Views: 2074

Now that Gigi bird seems to have gotten over his fear of toys, I'm going out tomorrow to buy a coconut!
by celtic_aura
Mon Mar 17, 2008 1:59 pm
Forum: Polls
Topic: does ur irn have a bedtime?
Replies: 51
Views: 23382

If 8:30 comes and Gigi bird isn't covered he grunts and hits himself repeatedly in the head with his foot until I cover him. I can usually hear him moving around and chittering around 9 am, which is when I try to uncover him. He sometimes naps off and on during the day, but I believe he is starting ...
by celtic_aura
Thu Mar 13, 2008 4:38 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Playing with toys
Replies: 17
Views: 1959

Playing with toys

Finally, finally, finally! Gigi bird started playing with his toys yesterday. I was so happy. I have some wooden toys tied with leather from his ceiling and I've hidden treats in them. After a few days of looking at them, he finally latched on and started trying to get the treats out. He even untied...
by celtic_aura
Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: New cage and play area for Gigi bird
Replies: 4
Views: 703

Gigi bird LOVES his new digs. And it seems to have snapped him out of his crazy breeding/cage attachment stage. He's back to being his goofy self and now I can really start some training with him.
by celtic_aura
Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:33 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: obssesion
Replies: 3
Views: 723

I had the same problem with Gigi bird and he became Satan. So I took the mirror away.... then he started regurgitating all over his cage, especially the shiny knobs on the doors. So I agree with Lauren. Taking kitty away will probably just have him searching and finding a new mate in one of his toys...
by celtic_aura
Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:24 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: wolf whistle
Replies: 5
Views: 942

Gigi bird doesn't whistle, but he will yell "WHOOOHOOOO!". Kinda nice on days I feel ugly. LOL
by celtic_aura
Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:23 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Talking
Replies: 12
Views: 1571

Gigi bird only said "what are you doin" before he came to us a few months ago(he's seven). He has now started saying sweetie, which is what my husband calls him. He will also from time to time, mimic one of our cats. LOL And he has a slew of sounds: car alarm, whoohooo! and several differe...
by celtic_aura
Tue Feb 26, 2008 11:57 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Dog Attack
Replies: 56
Views: 5622

Poor little fella. And poor you! You must have been so scared. If it were me, I'd just be patient with him and love him bunches (which I'm sure you are doing). Also keeping his routine as normal as possible should help him too.
by celtic_aura
Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:27 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: New cage and play area for Gigi bird
Replies: 4
Views: 703

It was way easier that I thougt! I got him on my shoulder and walked him over to the new cage. He looked at it for a few minutes, then climbed onto the side. Scrambled right in and went over to the dish I had filled with apples and clementines ( yes I bribed him with food). He's been in there ever s...
by celtic_aura
Sat Feb 23, 2008 4:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: DNA wrong
Replies: 23
Views: 2365

Ahhhh giving kisses? That's sweet. I wouldn't worry about female vs male. I have other birds that we have no idea if they are male of female. We don't care, though. We just love them because they're our baby birds. :D
by celtic_aura
Sat Feb 23, 2008 8:09 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Gigi bird and his new cage
Replies: 2
Views: 596

It's a rawhide ball full of seeds. And Gigi bird isn't eating it, he's throwing up on it. LOL He thinks it's his mate. I went to give him a cashew and he tried to make me give it to the ball. Needless to say, when Gigi bird went to bed last night, so did the ball. (In a nice little garbage can). He ...
by celtic_aura
Fri Feb 22, 2008 5:45 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Gigi bird
Replies: 5
Views: 845

We actually buy those boxes at Walmart. They are full of seed. He just loves them.
by celtic_aura
Fri Feb 22, 2008 4:03 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: More pics of Sami!
Replies: 3
Views: 692

I love the second picture. So curous!
by celtic_aura
Fri Feb 22, 2008 3:07 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Gigi bird and his new cage
Replies: 2
Views: 596

Gigi bird and his new cage

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh319/celtic_aura/Gigi_bird_new_cage006.jpg http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh319/celtic_aura/Gigi_bird_new_cage005.jpg http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh319/celtic_aura/Gigi_bird_new_cage004.jpg http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh319/celtic_aura/Gigi_bird...
by celtic_aura
Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: New cage and play area for Gigi bird
Replies: 4
Views: 703

I put the play area together and he's scared of it. LOL I am sure he will be scared of the cage to. Any ideas on how to get him not to be scared of his new home?
by celtic_aura
Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:57 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: An Aussie bird
Replies: 7
Views: 1377

So cute! It looks like Einstein with the feathers on it's head!
by celtic_aura
Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:59 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Gigi bird
Replies: 5
Views: 845

here's a few more pics of Gigi bird http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh319/celtic_aura/Gigi_bird008.jpg Post bath. http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh319/celtic_aura/Gigi_bird005.jpg This is also right after he's had a big bath. http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh319/celtic_aura/Gigi_bird026.j...
by celtic_aura
Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:43 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Gigi bird
Replies: 5
Views: 845

Gigi bird

Here's a pic of my Gigi bird.

Image

Before he went into breeding mode this was his favorite thing to do: groom his Mom.
by celtic_aura
Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:23 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Soaking stuff in the water dish! Naughty Lovy!
Replies: 10
Views: 2203

Gigi bird likes to give his toys a bath. Last week he spent a good ten minutes dunking one of his balls in his water dish. 'Course, he also talks to his food. he's a bit of an odd duck. :D
by celtic_aura
Wed Feb 20, 2008 8:11 am
Forum: News
Topic: Mackay Flood
Replies: 7
Views: 2096

So sad to see the pics of all that water in your house, but thankfully you and your birds are all safe and sound.
by celtic_aura
Tue Feb 19, 2008 12:28 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Talking
Replies: 12
Views: 1571

Talking

I was just wondering how much everybody's IRNs talked? I'm not sure if it's because he's in breeding mode or not, but Gigi bird talks/sings/yells/makes noises non stop! He will chitter to himself for 5 or 6 hours straight. I don't mind, unless I'm on the phone or trying to watch TV. Then it's a bit ...
by celtic_aura
Tue Feb 19, 2008 9:48 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Your birds name?
Replies: 19
Views: 2298

Gigi came with his name (yes Gigi is a boy! I guess they thougth he was a girl) But I call him Gigi bird or G bird. All my animals have names AND nicknames. It's hard to name a baby animal, because it takes a while for their personalities to shine through. That's why all mine end up with nicknames. ...
by celtic_aura
Mon Feb 18, 2008 1:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: New cage and play area for Gigi bird
Replies: 4
Views: 703

New cage and play area for Gigi bird

So we went ahead and ordered a new cage for Gigi bird. He's still in breeding mode and cracked the tray in his current house. We wanted to get something a bit bigger for him anyway. And we also ordered a play area for him. Both should be coming in the next week and I am so excited! Here is a link to...
by celtic_aura
Wed Feb 13, 2008 9:41 pm
Forum: Polls
Topic: Where are you from?
Replies: 82
Views: 23578

Prince Edward Island, Canada. Any other Canucks besides me???
by celtic_aura
Tue Jan 29, 2008 8:59 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: all balot tango recentlu...seeking for advise
Replies: 26
Views: 2303

I know here in Canada you can buy a device that emits a very high frequency sound that we can't hear but drives rodents crazy! People who live in the country or have cottages in my province use them. I don't know what it's called but it just plugs in an electrical outlet. Has anyone else heard of th...
by celtic_aura
Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:40 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: hi,the wing is the culprit?
Replies: 10
Views: 1314

When we went to get Gigi, his wings weren't clipped and he was a little menace. The rescuer clipped his wings and he was like a different bird. If your fella can still fly, you may need to clip them a bit more.
by celtic_aura
Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:38 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: all balot tango recentlu...seeking for advise
Replies: 26
Views: 2303

My understanding is that when they regurgitate food on you it means they consider you their mate. At least that's what I've been told.
by celtic_aura
Thu Jan 24, 2008 8:26 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New behavior.
Replies: 5
Views: 680

Yeah he's a 7 year old former breeder who realy, really wants to breed right now. I still can't go near his cage but at least now I know why.
by celtic_aura
Wed Jan 23, 2008 5:36 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New behavior.
Replies: 5
Views: 680

Well I feel a bit stupid. I spoke to the rescuer I got Gigi from and it seems Gigi is, well, feeling a wee bit frisky. Because he was a breeder, he's grown attached to his mirror. And then I took it away and he was mad at me. Now that I've put the mirror back, he seems quite content to flirt with it...
by celtic_aura
Wed Jan 23, 2008 4:17 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New behavior.
Replies: 5
Views: 680

Okay, now he is trying to attack me everytime I go near his cage! Is this just normal, moody IRN behavior? I'm trying not to freak out, but I am a bit. He's also beating his beak against teh bottom of his cage. :roll:
by celtic_aura
Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:02 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New behavior.
Replies: 5
Views: 680

New behavior.

Hi everyone. Yesterday Gigi started hanging out on the bottom of his cage. He eats treats he's dropped and rips newspaper. But when he's on the floor of his cage and I come near, he goes into an aggressive stance: head lowered, eyes pin pointing, wings splayed. I didn't realize this is what he was d...
by celtic_aura
Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:55 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Bird vs Boyfriend LOL
Replies: 11
Views: 1901

I'd say Brett is the silly one, but I'm partial to birds. :D
We had a European starling that used to say my hubby's full name. "Hi, this is Jason McKie" cracked me up every time!
by celtic_aura
Wed Jan 23, 2008 7:11 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Multi-tasking
Replies: 3
Views: 1376

Multi-tasking

This morning when Gigi woke up, he did his usual flirting with his mirror. In the middle of his little dance, he did his favorite move: holding on to his perch and putting his headback and staring at it with one eye. Well, seems he caught sight of his food dish with the other eye because the next ti...
by celtic_aura
Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:52 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Constant calling
Replies: 22
Views: 2272

I didn't want to put the mirror in at first because I had heard he would pay more attention to the "new bird" than me, but the opposite is true! Since I gave him his mirror he's very curious about me and what I'm doing. He seems to be more curious about his surroundings, too. Now that coul...
by celtic_aura
Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Your IRN's favorite tunes.
Replies: 1
Views: 472

Your IRN's favorite tunes.

Hey everyone. Iw as just curious if there was a particular genre of music or artist that your IRN loved to listen to? Gigi doesn't seem to be very particular yet about what he listens to or even if there is music playing. I listen to mostly folk and rock though so I was wondering if I should be tryi...
by celtic_aura
Mon Jan 21, 2008 9:06 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: The Use of Clicker Training
Replies: 27
Views: 3332

I think what Donna means is that clicker training is not a blanket solution for every bird problem. (Correct me if I'm wrong, Donna!) I believe some of this debate started over my post "Constant calling" where someone pointed me to a clicker training site. For me, in my situation, clicker ...
by celtic_aura
Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:33 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: What a silly bird I have.
Replies: 4
Views: 1812

I also own dogs who chew doggie treats on thecouch, so I cover it with a sheet. Iwent to change the sheet today and threw a bright yellow one on. Gigi screeched his head off, came out of his cage and challenged the blanket! I didn't know the whole birds and bright colors, but I took it off anyway. G...
by celtic_aura
Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:23 pm
Forum: Polls
Topic: ringnecks and the vet
Replies: 12
Views: 5400

I live in PEI, Canada and we don't have an avian vet here. The closest one is two provinces over. When my starling had cancer, we had to drive him four hours to Halifax to be operated on. Thankfully the rehabber we got Gigi from is very knowledgable, as is another vet that is only an hour away. But ...
by celtic_aura
Sun Jan 20, 2008 9:12 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Attachment to cage
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Yeah we've had the honeymoon period already. When we first got him it took us two days to get him to do step ups, let us pet him, he was all nice...then he got comfortable with me around the same time my hubby headed out West for work and now when I try to get him to do step ups he screeches and jum...
by celtic_aura
Sun Jan 20, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Attachment to cage
Replies: 5
Views: 763

I actually had a break through with him and his cage! He let me put my hand in and he took little bites from a piece of clementine I was holding. I think from now on the only time I'll give him that favorite treat is when I put my hand in his cage.
by celtic_aura
Sun Jan 20, 2008 7:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Help with cages
Replies: 23
Views: 2515

I like the second one. The gym on the lower part looks awesome. In fact, I think my hubby and I are going to save up and buy it!
by celtic_aura
Sun Jan 20, 2008 6:16 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Coconut monster
Replies: 10
Views: 2074

I saw in a parrot magazine where they had cut a coconut in half, drilled a hole in the top and hung it upside down with a piece of leather that had knots in it. Kinda a toy they can hang off of and eat too! If gigi wasn't still scared of anything new in his cage, I'd love to try it out.
by celtic_aura
Sun Jan 20, 2008 3:45 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Male dance question?? Help!
Replies: 11
Views: 2424

God I am so new to all of this and the terminology. Male dancing.....what does it mean? My newly adopted 7 year old does what I thought was manic pacing from one of his perches to the side of the cage and back. Also does back and forth and side to side head movements. Does this mean he's feeling, um...
by celtic_aura
Sun Jan 20, 2008 3:36 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: hai......<*-*>
Replies: 7
Views: 1204

Hello! I"m new too and so far everyone has been super helpful. Great place to get advice.
by celtic_aura
Sun Jan 20, 2008 3:34 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Attachment to cage
Replies: 5
Views: 763

Attachment to cage

Gigi is very, very attached and protective of his cage. I can't put my hand inside it without him freaking out. The same goes for when he's on the outside of his cage. If I approach him he goes running in the other direction, unless I have something sweet in my hand.(A bird after my own heart!) Is t...
by celtic_aura
Fri Jan 18, 2008 9:59 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Constant calling
Replies: 22
Views: 2272

He LOVES food! The only toys I have been able to get him to play with are foraging toys and only on the top of his cage. But sicne I've put the mirror in, he's calming down. Even lets me walk up to the cage without him freaking out. I LOVE the earplug idea.
by celtic_aura
Fri Jan 18, 2008 8:03 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Constant calling
Replies: 22
Views: 2272

I think some of his calling has to do with boredom, but unfortunately he's scared of every toy I put in with him. Yesterday evening I attached a mirrow to the side of his cage. He has been talking to it and trying to feed it ever since. So hopefully I'll be able to add some more toys over time. He's...
by celtic_aura
Thu Jan 17, 2008 8:11 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Constant calling
Replies: 22
Views: 2272

Thanks! That's basically what I've been doing. He was coming around but seemed to start all over when my hubby went back to work. I just wanted to be sure I was on the right track. And I am unfortunate to have amazing acoustics in my house. LOL
by celtic_aura
Thu Jan 17, 2008 6:20 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Gigi bird
Replies: 4
Views: 935

Gigi bird

Hey everyone. I am so, so happy to have found this site! My hubby and I have recently adopted a 7 year old Indian ringneck with a sad past. He was hand raised and sold to what was supposed to be a loving home. He was quickly sold again to a breeder who hated birds, so for around 3 or 4 years he was ...
by celtic_aura
Thu Jan 17, 2008 6:12 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Constant calling
Replies: 22
Views: 2272

Constant calling

Hey everyone. About two weeks ago my husband and I adopted a seven year old Indian ringneck that was unfortunately used as a breeder for about 3 or 4 years. I am slowly working on getting Gigi to trust me but I have a question. His high pitched ear splitting call that he does. Is there anyway to get...