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by Ebony_Dusk
Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1990

Re: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

According to it's old owners, Calippo was born at the very end of October in 2010, so he/she is still just a baby :)
by Ebony_Dusk
Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:54 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1990

Re: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

Thank you very much, jimmyjack. One day I'll look into taking her into the house. If I do get brave, I'll let you know what happens :D After doing a lot of research, my family and I let Calippo into the main cage... and for the first few hours Princess ignored him. She was too distracted by her food...
by Ebony_Dusk
Tue Apr 19, 2011 12:25 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1990

Re: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

Sadly we've never been game to take Princess out of her cage, since her wings are not clipped. Instead we just play with her in the aviary, which is probably for the best anyway, the other animals are afraid of her. But I'd still love to read about your experience! I might be able to pick up a few h...
by Ebony_Dusk
Sun Apr 17, 2011 8:59 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1990

Re: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

Today my family adopted a second bird, a little yellow IRN. We don't know it's gender, because it hasn't shown its ring yet, and we haven't had it tested (are there any other ways of telling if it's a boy or a girl? I read that the boys are supposed to have a squarer face, but after staring at the b...
by Ebony_Dusk
Fri Apr 15, 2011 9:06 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1990

Re: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

Thanks Bec, she's a bit of a nutter, but she truly is a wonderful bird. Here are some pics of her that were taken quite recently. In the first picture I was wearing an old fishing shirt over my jacket in an attempt to teach her that different clothes are ok, but in the end she pretty much pulled the...
by Ebony_Dusk
Sun Apr 03, 2011 9:02 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1990

Re: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

Thank you guys so much for your help! After following all of your instructions my family and I have finally convinced Princess not to bite us (well, she still chews and nips us, but it's in a playful way, i.e. she doesn't draw blood). With the exception of Dad, Princess gets along well with everyone...
by Ebony_Dusk
Sat Mar 13, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1990

Re: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

Thanks for the reply Bec, For the time being my family has decided to keep her as an 'only bird', between the five of us she seems to get plenty of attention, even though we don't let her out of her cage. Yesterday we cut a few small holes in the wire of her cage to see if we could pat her properly ...
by Ebony_Dusk
Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1990

Re: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

As well as wanting to know about where or not we should get Princes a companion there was one other thing that I was wondering about. Princess has developed an odd habit of licking people. She'll still half try to bite us but if we pat her on the beak she'll often sort of crouch down and start licki...
by Ebony_Dusk
Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:40 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Creative ideas?
Replies: 61
Views: 17588

Re: Creative ideas?

These are such awesome ideas! When my family and I went looking for toys we were shocked at how pricey they were (between $20 and $80!), so this thread has been a total life saver. Princess (our bird) now loves playing with milk and cordial bottle caps tied to ribbon and strips of poplin, and becaus...
by Ebony_Dusk
Fri Feb 26, 2010 12:30 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Bird is really nervous
Replies: 3
Views: 539

Re: Bird is really nervous

I don't have a great deal of experience with birds but when my family adopted our current IRN she behaved in a very similar way. Try finding a treat that she really loves, and see if you can bribe her with that. If you ever eat near her cage (e.g. have breakfast or coffee where she can see you) look...
by Ebony_Dusk
Sat Feb 20, 2010 9:30 pm
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Can anyone tell me what mutation this is?
Replies: 3
Views: 961

Re: Can anyone tell me what mutation this is?

I'm new to IRN's, but this site is pretty good for mutations http://home.wanadoo.nl/psittaculaworld/ ... rameri.htm
It's almost like a pale 'grizzle', or maybe it's weakly pied...I can't really tell from the pics XD
by Ebony_Dusk
Sat Feb 20, 2010 5:29 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1990

Re: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

Just thought I'd post an update. Princess is still biting, but not as hard, and I'm back at the stage in which I can feed her a treat through the wire without losing half my hand, but she'll still nip if she's given half a chance i.e. if your shoulder or back gets too close to the cage, or if Prince...
by Ebony_Dusk
Tue Feb 02, 2010 4:49 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1990

Re: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

Thanks again Bec. I couldn't find the right sort of spoon but I'll bend an old tablespoon and give it a shot today. According to her old family she is at least two (which is hopefully too old for bluffing?) so I'll just be patient and I'll try to work out if there's anything different about what I w...
by Ebony_Dusk
Tue Feb 02, 2010 12:09 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1990

Re: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

Thanks for all of your help Bec, I'll try and track down the right sort of spoon and give that a shot, and thanks for your advice about not going to her when she squawks, by the sound of things my family and I were accidentally teaching her a bad habit! But I am very relieved to hear that she's just...
by Ebony_Dusk
Sun Jan 31, 2010 9:51 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1990

Re: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

My family now officially owns the bird and my mother has named her princess. She is now taking food from people, but only through the wire (If anyone has their hand actually in the cage she still won't come near us), and she let's us clean her cage and change her food and water without attacking us....
by Ebony_Dusk
Tue Jan 12, 2010 1:15 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1990

Re: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

Thanks for the advice Pounamu! My family is looking at building a large aviary for the bird (who only has a pale ring around it's neck, so I think it's a girl), so I'll suggest building it somewhere relatively out of the way. I'll also try to hand feed her a few of her favorite treats when/if she se...
by Ebony_Dusk
Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:49 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1990

Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

Hi there, My family and I are currently taking care of a beautiful Indian ringneck (who we may end up adopting because it was an unwanted gift to it's current family) but we have encountered a few problems. Although the bird was hand-raised it hasn't been handled for many years and he/she (we don't ...