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by Jen&Bug
Thu Dec 26, 2013 2:01 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: A "step up" in research for MissK
Replies: 84
Views: 2644

Re: A "step up" in research for MissK

Oh, after my endorsement of MSA's books I should probably add that neither of my birds are clipped. Researching is just like foraging...some things you eat, other things you just munch on for a while and then let them go...
by Jen&Bug
Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:45 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: A "step up" in research for MissK
Replies: 84
Views: 2644

Re: A "step up" in research for MissK

Great thread MissK! I've also benefited from Mattie Sue Athan's wonderful books and sometimes wondered what else is out there beyond the basic "how to" manuals. I've dabbled in general animal behaviour books, but nothing bird-specific. I work as a researcher (not in aviculture) so I couldn't resist ...
by Jen&Bug
Thu Dec 26, 2013 1:04 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: chattering noises while resting
Replies: 16
Views: 1602

Re: chattering noises while resting

Definitely normal (and extremely cute), and not just confined to IRNs. My budgie used to chatter up a storm with his head tucked under his wing. I often wonder whether it means they're dreaming :)
by Jen&Bug
Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:02 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: It is the season to (Australia)
Replies: 4
Views: 502

Re: It is the season to (Australia)

...'tis also the season to drop in to the forum (it's been a while) and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and terrific 2014! Our little flackily (flock/pack/family) is going fine. I think Bug (IRN) and Rufus (sun conure) will remember 2013 as The Year Jen Bought That Stupid Black Creature, but overall...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Sep 27, 2013 3:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Registering Pet Birds?
Replies: 35
Views: 989

Re: Registering Pet Birds?

Melilott, nobody else has asked yet so I will...if you don't have your bird yet (which you mention in one of your posts), is this the best time to get him? If you're moving in with the family for a while, I'm guessing you're on the verge of a major life change like buying or renovating a house, or s...
by Jen&Bug
Thu Sep 19, 2013 2:20 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Our raging hormonal boy
Replies: 7
Views: 916

Re: Our raging hormonal boy

MissK, do you mean the noise that sort of goes "WrrrrOOOOoooow"?

In our house, we call this the "sultana noise", because we first heard it when Bug discovered what a sultana was for.

It's a very hard noise to write, but I think it would fit perfectly with your pictures!
by Jen&Bug
Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:20 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Pics Required to see how people feed their birds
Replies: 3
Views: 404

Re: Pics Required to see how people feed their birds

Hi, I'm not good at posting pictures, but I found the following picture online: http://jamiesparrothelp.wordpress.com/2009/01/19/parrot-skewer/ This is how I feed my birds fresh fruit and veges, every day. The skewer (or kabob) in the picture is bigger than the ones I usually make. I chop pieces of ...
by Jen&Bug
Mon Sep 16, 2013 7:13 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: New bird to be
Replies: 175
Views: 7588

Re: New bird to be

Softie is adorable...takes me back to when Bug was still sweet and innocent-looking...little did we know what was in store for us... :P
by Jen&Bug
Sat Sep 14, 2013 3:59 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: What to do with Janey?
Replies: 89
Views: 7188

Re: What to do with Janey?

I've just read through this thread...wow Ellie. I was wondering how you were going with spring arriving here in Oz, and it sounds like it's even harder in your house than it is in ours (see my "Spring is here" post). Josie, I believe that for just about all of us, there's someone in the world who co...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:32 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: New bird to be
Replies: 175
Views: 7588

Re: New bird to be

Porkchop - I love it! There's an expression in Australian English "carrying on like a pork chop", for when someone is being silly (don't ask me where it came from, I wasn't born here!) Do you guys say that in the US as well? I'm thinking it might explain the origin of the nickname. Claire, I think w...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:19 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Quinn versus the TP roll
Replies: 3
Views: 484

Re: Quinn versus the TP roll

Oh he sounds so cute! I've heard that chattering is a predictor of talking ability too (makes sense really). Looking forward to a post about his first "human" word :)
by Jen&Bug
Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:15 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Spring is here
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Re: Spring is here

How old is Remy? Hormone-related behaviour change can happen because of age, as well as time of year. Of course there may be other factors besides hormones. Maybe the out-of-the-cage environment is more attractive for some reason. Do you tend to give her treats when she's out of the cage, or when sh...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:25 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Spring is here
Replies: 2
Views: 233

Spring is here

Spring has officially arrived here in the Southern Hemisphere. As happens every year, my birds are reminding me that, even though they are wonderful for most of the year, they're still wild animals when the hormones kick in. Rufus (sun conure) has turned into a small orange fury, viciously defending...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:02 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: My mistake with training.....
Replies: 4
Views: 370

Re: My mistake with training.....

I agree with Dixie. It's not a good idea to force behaviours like being petted - just be patient, and keep reinforcing any little steps that get you closer to your goal (e.g. rewarding Peanut for letting you put your hand close to her back). Choosing to train something that she actually wants to do ...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:53 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Quinn versus the TP roll
Replies: 3
Views: 484

Re: Quinn versus the TP roll

Super cute! We keep a box of tissues handy for the same purpose, and Bug and Rufus both love shredding them (tissues and box). Did Quinn chatter while his head was in the tube? We've found that Bug sometimes likes chattering in enclosed spaces - our theory is that they act like an echo chamber or an...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:49 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Eating FRIDAY snack, sprouted sunflower seeds:)
Replies: 3
Views: 443

Re: Eating FRIDAY snack, sprouted sunflower seeds:)

Look how many sunflower seeds those lucky birds have got! I am NOT showing this to Bug, he might start complaining about the catering here :lol:
by Jen&Bug
Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:44 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: New bird to be
Replies: 175
Views: 7588

Re: New bird to be

We'll see...Bug's original name was Jali, after a handsome Indian prince in a book I was reading, but he got nicknamed "Bug" (because he was cute as a bug) and it stuck. It actually suits his personality much better than an elegant name! Hilarious that you're going as far as replacing door handles w...
by Jen&Bug
Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Boarding
Replies: 11
Views: 453

Re: Boarding

Don't worry, it's normal to be nervous. If you've found a good place for her, she'll be fine - she may even have more fun than she does at home! And you can look forward to seeing her again...the reunions are always worth the wait. :)
by Jen&Bug
Mon Sep 09, 2013 2:09 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: New bird to be
Replies: 175
Views: 7588

Re: New bird to be

Welcome little Squidgy to the wonderful world of being described, discussed and doted upon on the IRN Forum!

I agree that the name is a keeper :) He/she sounds lovely, congratulations.
by Jen&Bug
Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: birds in the shower
Replies: 27
Views: 2932

Re: birds in the shower

My IRN Bug finds the shower too scary (even though he loves a spray bath on his cage), but when I had a quaker he used to love it. He perched just beyond the main flow of water, so he got the steam and a bit of spray, but not a drenching in hot water. I'm pretty sure it never did him any harm. The f...
by Jen&Bug
Sat Sep 07, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Boarding
Replies: 11
Views: 453

Re: Boarding

We're lucky in Melbourne to have Bird Boarding, which I discovered when I had my quaker. The manager, Nikki, is an avian vet nurse, and extremely knowledgeable about all kinds of birds. When my quaker died, Nikki helped me find Bug and Rufus, so she's known them both since they were fledglings. She'...
by Jen&Bug
Sun Sep 01, 2013 4:59 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Oh my dog!
Replies: 22
Views: 829

Re: Oh my dog!

In case anyone was wondering how the dog saga played out... The birds arrived home yesterday morning. Since then, both parties (birds and dog) have shown almost zero interest in one another. I've kept Lulu tethered on her dog bed when the birds have been out of the cage, and she has just dozed off a...
by Jen&Bug
Sun Sep 01, 2013 4:36 am
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: A Thread For Budgie Fans
Replies: 168
Views: 15705

Re: A Thread For Budgie Fans

Thanks guys :)
by Jen&Bug
Sat Aug 31, 2013 8:27 pm
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: A Thread For Budgie Fans
Replies: 168
Views: 15705

Re: A Thread For Budgie Fans

Ok, you asked for it...six-year-old Jen combining her love of birds and love of words for the first time.... Budge is mine, he is cute He is not a little brute Budge is mine, he's divine And he's so, so kind. It was accompanied by a crayon drawing that did look something like a budgie, although noth...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: A Thread For Budgie Fans
Replies: 168
Views: 15705

Re: A Thread For Budgie Fans

A budgie thread! Cool! I'm another big fan. I first fell for budgies (apparently) when I was two years old, and we went to visit an old man who had a pair of them. My parents said I could have one when I turned six, and I kept reminding them until my sixth birthday! I can still remember the exciteme...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Aug 30, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Adorable candid photo
Replies: 9
Views: 776

Re: Adorable candid photo

Too cute! Thanks for sharing :)
by Jen&Bug
Thu Aug 29, 2013 4:41 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Joey Laughed Today!
Replies: 4
Views: 517

Re: Joey Laughed Today!

That's awesome! Laughing was the first noise Bug learned to imitate too. He seemed to have some notion that it was associated with doing something cheeky or silly, so he would do something (like throw a toy) and then go "nyuk, nyuk, nyuk". He still does sometimes and we love it every time :D
by Jen&Bug
Thu Aug 29, 2013 1:40 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Oh my dog!
Replies: 22
Views: 829

Re: Oh my dog!

Thanks everyone, I'm appreciating the balance of optimism and caution coming through in the comments :) We'll definitely keep everyone well supervised when the birds are out of the cage. When we're at work, we're thinking of closing off the birds in the study, until we ascertain whether Lulu's likel...
by Jen&Bug
Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:06 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: My IRN refuses to spend time with me...
Replies: 5
Views: 359

Re: My IRN refuses to spend time with me...

Nice work MissK for refocusing on how the bird is behaving rather than how it might be feeling . We humans do tend to mix the two up, don't we? I did a similar thing with (new dog) Lulu at Puppy School yesterday ("She's not listening! She doesn't love me!") and got a stern reminder from the trainer ...
by Jen&Bug
Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:49 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Crazy Story... Harsh Reprocussions.. Pls Help me guys!
Replies: 3
Views: 251

Re: Crazy Story... Harsh Reprocussions.. Pls Help me guys!

I wouldn't worry so much...you will have seen that the forum is full of birds with different personalities, including lots who don't like being touched. Beau clearly has accepted you and trusts you, using you as a perch and following you around, and that's something to cherish IMO. It just sounds li...
by Jen&Bug
Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:07 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: I drew his birdiness!
Replies: 41
Views: 2133

Re: I drew his birdiness!

I'd just like to add my wholehearted agreement with all the compliments already given...even the gushy ones :)
by Jen&Bug
Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:44 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: HELP PLEASE
Replies: 33
Views: 1962

Re: HELP PLEASE

Aww first moults are cute. Save those feathers somewhere! We keep an envelope with major feathers from Bug and Rufus's moults, which have served different purposes over the years. When we got married, my mum took the feathers we had saved at the time and made a little wreath for me to carry with my ...
by Jen&Bug
Tue Aug 27, 2013 4:33 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: On happy momma
Replies: 5
Views: 360

Re: On happy momma

Your boy is growing up...make sure you take lots of pictures so you can remember how cute he was when he was little!

Bug started getting his red ring at about the same time we got Rufus the sun conure. We used to tease him that he was turning into a conure...thankfully this didn't actually occur :D
by Jen&Bug
Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:31 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Oh my dog!
Replies: 22
Views: 829

Re: Oh my dog!

Thanks MissK - we do have a long period of learning ahead I know. I'm still finding out about the birds after five years! The Bird Boarding team are very professional and wouldn't do anything to endanger our birds. They have a large window in the bird playroom, so we thought they could start just by...
by Jen&Bug
Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Oh my dog!
Replies: 22
Views: 829

Re: Oh my dog!

Thanks Melika. I feel a little sick at the thought of a massacre - those poor cats! Here in Melbourne they test greyhounds before adoption with different kinds of animals, and adoption agencies make sure no dog is adopted to a home where there are animals it's likely to harm. With birds it's a littl...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Aug 16, 2013 9:10 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Oh my dog!
Replies: 22
Views: 829

Re: Oh my dog!

The good news about the Australian muzzle law is that you can get an exemption if your dog has been through the 'green collar' training program. If they graduate, they get a special green collar which means they don't have to wear a muzzle. I booked Lulu in for the program the first day I got her, b...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Aug 16, 2013 4:02 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Oh my dog!
Replies: 22
Views: 829

Re: Oh my dog!

Thanks guys, I knew I could rely on the forum for some good ideas. MissK, I understand what you say about the greyhound prey drive - this is why greyhounds in Australia are required by law to be muzzled and on-lead in public at all times. Having said that, we sought advice about a suitable breed of ...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Aug 16, 2013 5:10 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New Janey and Charlie videos
Replies: 24
Views: 622

Re: New Janey and Charlie videos

Thanks Ellie, that's helpful. We might try this again once I have my boys back home again (see Oh my dog! post).

I must say, it's eerily quiet here in a birdless house...jJust as well I have your videos to get a dose of IRN entertainment.
by Jen&Bug
Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:47 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Oh my dog!
Replies: 22
Views: 829

Oh my dog!

Pardon the pun in the topic header....but we have a dog! Lulu the retired racing greyhound joined our household on Saturday. She's the first dog I've ever owned, so I'm learning fast about bonding with a new kind of animal. We chose her from the adoption program because she's been well looked after ...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:31 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New Janey and Charlie videos
Replies: 24
Views: 622

Re: New Janey and Charlie videos

Awesome tricks Ellie! What approximations did you reinforce to get them to learn the basketball trick? I've tried to teach Bug to drop his whiffle ball into a cup, but only got as far as him learning that I wanted him to throw the ball - so now he throws it away as soon as I give it to him, and look...
by Jen&Bug
Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:13 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Scared IRN
Replies: 4
Views: 328

Re: Scared IRN

Hi, welcome to the forum. The forum has lots of questions from new IRN owners who want to establish a good relationship with their bird. Have a look at some of the previous topics and you'll probably find some helpful advice for your situation - this will be easier than me trying to summarise all th...
by Jen&Bug
Sun Aug 04, 2013 1:37 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: IRN or QP?
Replies: 1
Views: 434

Re: IRN or QP?

That's hilarious! My IRN Bug imitates my sun conure, but (fortunately for us) can't get the ear-piercing scream exactly right...it's like he's speaking Conure with an IRN accent! :lol:
by Jen&Bug
Sat Aug 03, 2013 10:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Indian Ringneck Size?
Replies: 7
Views: 868

Re: Indian Ringneck Size?

What a little cutie! The crab toy is cute too. When Bug was last weighted, he was just over 125 grams, and was diplomatically described by the vet as a 'quite a lot of bird'. I don't know exactly when he stopped growing, but I'm sure it would have been much later than 4 months. I used to have a male...
by Jen&Bug
Sat Aug 03, 2013 2:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: MY INDIAN RINGNECK CANNOT TURN HIS HEAD TO THE LEFT -
Replies: 12
Views: 618

Re: MY INDIAN RINGNECK CANNOT TURN HIS HEAD TO THE LEFT -

Hi vesprada, can you ask your vet about this? I don't know what's happening with your bird, but if he seems ill then a vet is the best person to talk to - the sooner the better.
by Jen&Bug
Sat Aug 03, 2013 4:38 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Chi and Rascal
Replies: 26
Views: 1580

Re: Chi and Rascal

Wow, I thought I had the only bonded IRN/sun conure pair on the forum! I got Rufus (SC) when Bug (IRN) was six months old. They fought each other at first, so I accessed some professional help from our local bird guru, and they've been living happily in the same cage for the last 4.5 years. Rufus ha...
by Jen&Bug
Sat Aug 03, 2013 12:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Foraging toys - we need more and could use your help!
Replies: 44
Views: 3131

Re: Foraging toys - we need more and could use your help!

Bug loves his paddle wheel toy too: http://www.myparrotshop.com/bolt-on-toys/foraging-paddle-wheel/prod_822.html Bug was similar to Janey - when he first figured it out, he sat there for ages wistfully turning the bottom wheel, hoping that something would drop out of it. Now he'll give the top wheel...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Aug 02, 2013 11:18 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: How long did it take you and your irn to bond?
Replies: 5
Views: 586

Re: How long did it take you and your irn to bond?

I've had Bug for five years and I would say we've bonded :) Bug was only just weaned when I got him, so it took a few months for the bond to develop, as he was still getting his head around the whole business of being a bird. It was lovely watching his confidence grow, and have him reveal his person...
by Jen&Bug
Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:32 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: King Parrot in my backyard
Replies: 9
Views: 666

Re: King Parrot in my backyard

I have a friend on Mount Dandenong (just outside Melbourne) who gets heaps of king parrots at her place. She puts seeds on her balcony, and even the adults are quite confident having people nearby when they come and eat them. I agree with you Ellie, it's always a special thing to see them, and I alw...
by Jen&Bug
Tue Jul 09, 2013 4:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Parrot-related damage
Replies: 21
Views: 763

Re: Parrot-related damage

Wow, thanks, that's really helpful and has given me a few ideas about what our next home might look like. The concept of a chillout space for the birds is a good one, especially if our family gets bigger when we move to a bigger home (kids maybe - dog definitely!) I especially like the reading chair...
by Jen&Bug
Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Parrot-related damage
Replies: 21
Views: 763

Re: Parrot-related damage

Hmmm, a 'bird room' you say... We're looking at upsizing our home in the not-too-distant future, and I've been pondering what kind of layout would work best for the birds. We've previously favoured open-plan designs, which means the birds can go anywhere, but the obvious drawback is that everywhere ...
by Jen&Bug
Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:27 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Flight harness
Replies: 8
Views: 528

Re: Flight harness

The harness is definitely a good idea. I know from experience that even a clipped, well-trained bird who gets a fright outside can be off into the sky and out of earshot before you have a chance to react. The risk of her feeling left out is much less serious than the risk of her getting lost or inju...
by Jen&Bug
Mon Jul 08, 2013 2:06 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Parrot-related damage
Replies: 21
Views: 763

Re: Parrot-related damage

Thanks MissK - the voice of wisdom as always. Looks like another case of the owner needing training more than the parrot. I appreciate the sympathy, and will try to lift my game in parrot-proofing the apartment. It isn't fair on Rufus to end up being an extremely bad birdie when he's just...well...b...
by Jen&Bug
Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:35 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Parrot-related damage
Replies: 21
Views: 763

Parrot-related damage

Ok...I'm taking a deep breath...I'm setting aside the folder I carefully prepared for work tomorrow that has just been shredded by my beloved sun conure...and I'm just going to ask the question... How do you stop your birds from destroying your stuff? I'm not really talking about IRNs here, because ...
by Jen&Bug
Sun Jul 07, 2013 5:09 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: IRN and iPhone
Replies: 17
Views: 667

Re: IRN and iPhone

LOL at all the posts on this one - clearly when we humans fill our lives with electronic devices, we do so for the entertainment of our IRNs! A couple of thoughts: Firstly, the 'parrot app' idea is awesome. My mother-in-law has iPad apps for her cats (e.g. pictures of fish swimming around that they ...
by Jen&Bug
Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:00 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Another video of the genius -playing connect 4
Replies: 53
Views: 1762

Re: Another video of the genius -playing connect 4

Ellie - Good idea about the xylophone, thanks. If we both had the same experience with the piano, I'm thinking it's not going to work, at least until Bug has learned the concept with something less fragile. Claire - LOL about the 'delicate ringneck ear'. One of Bug's favourite toys is a squeaky dog ...
by Jen&Bug
Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: !*!*ADD YOUR INPUT*!*! _.- Home Made With Love -._
Replies: 56
Views: 13847

Re: !*!*ADD YOUR INPUT*!*! _.- Home Made With Love -._

I love it! Bug and Rufus have a tree now too which looks kind of similar. I like hiding nuts in the toys hanging in the branches and watching them forage...I think they think the tree 'grows' treats :) There's something special about seeing them exploring a 'tree', isn't there? I guess because it ju...
by Jen&Bug
Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:05 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Another video of the genius -playing connect 4
Replies: 53
Views: 1762

Re: Another video of the genius -playing connect 4

Thanks, I understand that 'properly' will take time to establish, I just like the idea of having a response somewhere between 'good boy!' (which means he got it right) and 'no' (which means he's miles off). My birds are not training superstars by any means - due to my laziness rather than any lack o...
by Jen&Bug
Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:18 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Another video of the genius -playing connect 4
Replies: 53
Views: 1762

Re: Another video of the genius -playing connect 4

What a great thread, thanks everyone. I'm definitely going to give the 'properly' cue a try - hopefully it will help break the impasse that Bug and I have reached with his birdy piano. He's figured out that I want him to do something with the keys that will make a sound come out, but he's not sure e...
by Jen&Bug
Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:05 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: RiSi is still not my closed friend :-((
Replies: 3
Views: 321

Re: RiSi is still not my closed friend :-((

MissK is right, it takes much longer than that for a relationship to develop, especially if your bird has lived elsewhere and is adapting to his new environment. It sounds like he is getting comfortable with you, if he's starting to play with objects like your mobile phone. Let him explore and watch...
by Jen&Bug
Sun May 26, 2013 5:04 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: I know--it's not a ringneck, but OMG!
Replies: 8
Views: 598

Re: I know--it's not a ringneck, but OMG!

My first bird was a budgie, and he had an incredible vocabulary too! He'd just sit there for hours on end running through his repertoire, mixing up words and syllables and keeping everyone laughing. I love budgies - they're not be underestimated! Ellie, Bug goes crazy when I play bird videos on YouT...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Apr 05, 2013 5:06 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Desperate screaming problem please help
Replies: 3
Views: 345

Re: Desperate screaming problem please help

Good article Claire - there are also a few topics about screaming on the forum already which might help. Here's one: http://www.indianringneck.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=16299 In my experience, positive reinforcement for non-screaming behaviours can work really well (my sun conure has benefitted ...
by Jen&Bug
Mon Apr 01, 2013 11:44 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Talking
Replies: 3
Views: 394

Re: Talking

I love it! What a clever little guy :P
by Jen&Bug
Sat Mar 30, 2013 4:36 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Bug's 'tree'
Replies: 2
Views: 959

Re: Bug's 'tree'

OMG, Rufus (sun conure) just spent the last half an hour vigorously ripping small branches and leaves off the top of the tree! He has made an incredible mess and is looking very pleased with himself. They do say the best parrot toys are the ones that end up in pieces...I guess that solves my problem...
by Jen&Bug
Thu Mar 28, 2013 2:49 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Target training
Replies: 9
Views: 466

Re: Target training

Haha, I know what you mean about being the 'second best' human. When Bug was little, he used to attack my husband (who was my boyfriend back then), but after we all moved in together he decided my husband was the best thing in the universe. When my hubby talks to him he goes all chirpy and won't tak...
by Jen&Bug
Thu Mar 28, 2013 4:09 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Target training
Replies: 9
Views: 466

Re: Target training

That's great, it is kind of special to pet a bird, isn't it? Remember though that she might not feel the same way...Bug doesn't really like being handled, and I know on the rare occasions when I pet him that he's tolerating it rather than enjoying it. This forum has an amazing mix of pettable ringne...
by Jen&Bug
Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:08 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Bug's 'tree'
Replies: 2
Views: 959

Bug's 'tree'

I'd been feeling guilty recently about not adding much new stimulus to Bug and Rufus' environment. Things have been busy, and the poor little things have been making do with a lot of established routines and not much new stuff. Like most folk, when I feel guilty, I feel compelled to over-compensate ...
by Jen&Bug
Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:33 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Sneezing
Replies: 8
Views: 863

Re: Sneezing

That's what I thought...I can't remember where I read that birds don't sneeze, but it must not have been a very credible source. When Bug first sneezed with discharge, I wondered if he might be sick, but he's been doing it from time to time for years, so now I don't worry. He does love water, so it ...
by Jen&Bug
Sat Mar 23, 2013 3:10 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Losing control, time to clip?
Replies: 5
Views: 523

Re: Losing control, time to clip?

Bug has gone through a couple of phases similar to what you describe. He's normally really good at going back in his cage, but there have been some periods, one lasting for several weeks, when he's decided that he just doesn't want to. I know how frustrating it is to be chasing a contrary bird aroun...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:31 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Sneezing
Replies: 8
Views: 863

Re: Sneezing

On the subject, I have a question about sneezing... I read somewhere that birds don't actually sneeze, they just imitate human sneezes, like in your case Ellie (too cute!) When Bug sneezes, it's definitely the real deal. I know this because I often end up doused with parrot 'snot', which is fine bec...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:21 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: too much stimulus
Replies: 9
Views: 1055

Re: too much stimulus

Ellie, I loved what you said about the importance of 'mindfulness' when dealing with your birds. I've found that almost all of the problems I've had with my birds come from me rushing around (as I tend to) and not really taking a moment to look at a situation from their perspective, and think how it...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Mar 22, 2013 2:10 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Target training
Replies: 9
Views: 466

Re: Target training

I agree with subodhhire's advice. Bug was exactly the same when I started target training him. He took to targeting like a duck to water, and seemed to be so excited about 'getting it right' that he would bite whatever I was using as hard as he could. I still rewarded this because it showed he was l...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Mar 22, 2013 1:14 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Biting faces
Replies: 1
Views: 278

Re: Biting faces

Hi, Bug can get bitey sometimes too, in similar situations. I ran a thread on this a while back and the problem still hasn't gone away completely. We're just managing it by reducing situations in which a bite is likely to happen, especially up-close contact near the face. Yes it is sad not to have '...
by Jen&Bug
Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Should I get a second IRN or a different species?
Replies: 5
Views: 821

Re: Should I get a second IRN or a different species?

I have Bug (IRN) and Rufus (sun conure). Athough this is only one person's experience, owning two different birds has certainly taught me a lot...hmm, where to start? I'll start with an expert opinion, albeit second-hand. I was recently talking about this with Nikki, proprietor of the wonderful Bird...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: toy bells
Replies: 4
Views: 375

Re: toy bells

Haha, whoever said bells were just for ringing? Bug likes chattering to the inside of his bell - I think he likes the sound it makes in the enclosed space, like a little echo chamber (he does this with his feed dish too). My budgie used to like sitting under his bell, so the clapper scratched the to...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:29 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Has anyone...
Replies: 5
Views: 393

Re: Has anyone...

Bug doesn't do cuddles either. Occasionally he lets me tickle him under his chin, but I think he's tolerating it rather than enjoying it. I agree with dorfmunder though, that there are pros and cons of having a cuddly bird. My sun conure is a shameless snuggle-bunny, but he doesn't play and interact...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Jan 11, 2013 1:18 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: toy bells
Replies: 4
Views: 375

Re: toy bells

IMO there's nothing to worry about. My birds spend their days reducing their toys to smaller and smaller pieces, and none of those pieces have ever ended up in their throats. I expect your bird will test the object to see whether it's edible by turning it over in their beak, and when they find it is...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Jan 11, 2013 12:54 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: What is your bird's favorite kind of music?
Replies: 12
Views: 1028

Re: What is your bird's favorite kind of music?

My birds like classical music best too, so I sometimes play Classic FM for them. They seem indifferent to pop/rock, and object strenuously to metal. I fear my birds may have more sophisticated tastes than I do! :D They also love it when I sing to them, which sometimes happens when no-one else is hom...
by Jen&Bug
Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:15 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Sanjay stroked for first time!, wahoo!
Replies: 3
Views: 449

Re: Sanjay stroked for first time!, wahoo!

Yep, my Bug considers it well beneath his dignity to be petted (unlike sun conure Rufus, who laps it up shamelessly).

I can sometimes sneak a little tickle on Bug's neck when he's busy with his mirror though... :)
by Jen&Bug
Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:38 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: IRN screaming, any ways to stop i?
Replies: 6
Views: 920

Re: IRN screaming, any ways to stop i?

Sorry...she! :oops:
by Jen&Bug
Mon Jan 07, 2013 4:37 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: IRN screaming, any ways to stop i?
Replies: 6
Views: 920

Re: IRN screaming, any ways to stop i?

See my comment on the previous thread - you could try training him to use another sound to call you. Wait until he makes a noise you're happy with (could be a word, or even just a different kind of parrot noise), and then reinforce it with attention and praise. Ignore everything else, particularly t...
by Jen&Bug
Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:08 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Suggestions please!
Replies: 10
Views: 814

Re: Suggestions please!

I wonder if you haven't already sussed the problem I agree, you seem to have figured out the cause, but the cure is harder. Here are a few thoughts: Your immediate problem seems to be your neighbours. Rehoming Giji would be extremely traumatic for everyone, especially Giji, so you might want to ass...
by Jen&Bug
Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: could i give melogold for irn??
Replies: 6
Views: 1924

Re: could i give melogold for irn??

Haha, us Aussies have learnt something! I've never seen them either, but they just seem to be variety of grapefruit. They should be fine then, unless you are medicating your bird (grapefruit apparently interferes with medication), and probably only small pieces and not as an everyday thing, as they ...
by Jen&Bug
Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:15 pm
Forum: Polls
Topic: Are your Irn's wings clipped?
Replies: 46
Views: 16974

Re: Are your Irn's wings clipped?

I did buy a harness because I thought it would be the only safe way to takes my birds outside, but I haven't had much success with it. Bug (IRN) hates being handled, so the idea of putting something over his head was way too much for him. After several weeks of attempting to get him to tolerate it, ...
by Jen&Bug
Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:07 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Finally playing
Replies: 1
Views: 1087

Re: Finally playing

Cool story, thanks for sharing. I'm sure your baby will have tons of personality, now he has the chance to let it shine.

LOL that he's named after Kevin in 'Up' - I loved that movie, and I remember thinking that Kevin had a few things in common with our IRN! :lol:
by Jen&Bug
Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Opinions between IRN's and Cockatiels! I feel so silly!
Replies: 13
Views: 3793

Re: Opinions between IRN's and Cockatiels! I feel so silly!

OMG, if it's not too late, I'd like to advise you NOT to get a sun conure if you're likely to live in an apartment. I can say this because I do have a sun conure in an apartment. We've managed to make this work, but it's been a huge challenge. We had to carefully consider acoustics when choosing our...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:26 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: I am the worst owner in the world....
Replies: 4
Views: 1058

Re: I am the worst owner in the world....

Oh no, poor little multi-coloured bird! :shock: If you've given Evie a good drenching bath, hopefully you've washed off any excess that she might ingest while preening. I have no idea whether the remaining dye would be enough to be dangerous - probably not, but I can see why you're worried. The affe...
by Jen&Bug
Thu Dec 27, 2012 3:16 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New IRN Owner
Replies: 5
Views: 548

Re: New IRN Owner

This is all really good advice. When Bug was new, I bird-proofed the house and just let him find his own way out and about. He would eventually go back into the cage of his own accord, and over time we introduced the food-lure process. I know it may not be best-practice bird training, but it (almost...
by Jen&Bug
Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:51 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: discussion about biting
Replies: 7
Views: 921

Re: discussion about biting

OK, no-one has said that their bird does anything similar...so it probably isn't a typical IRN behaviour. This got me wondering: why does Bug do it, if no-one else does? I had (possibly) a breakthrough on this today. Bug lunged at me when I was just chatting to him on top of his cage, without even d...
by Jen&Bug
Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:59 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: !*!*ADD YOUR INPUT*!*! _.- Home Made With Love -._
Replies: 56
Views: 13847

Re: !*!*ADD YOUR INPUT*!*! _.- Home Made With Love -._

I'm also not much of a handyperson, but I managed to create a playstand that works pretty well. I used a tripod shape, with a long bird ladder and two branches leaning together, tied in the middle like the frame for a teepee. I used a tray from an old cage as the base, to catch mess and give the bra...
by Jen&Bug
Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:43 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Finding an Avian Vet Near You and Why You Need One
Replies: 9
Views: 6554

Re: Finding an Avian Vet Near You and Why You Need One

I've just found this thread and for some reason the link for Australia (Victoria) doesn't list the West Brunswick Vet Clinic, which also offers avian-specific care. I've taken birds there, and have also tried the Burwood Vet Clinic in the past. Both have amazing knowledge of birds, although I found ...
by Jen&Bug
Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: posting photos
Replies: 21
Views: 5521

Re: posting photos

Thanks for the tips, here's another post from me to get me one step closer to being able to post a photo...
by Jen&Bug
Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:08 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Right on Cue
Replies: 2
Views: 915

Re: Right on Cue

That's super-cute Sarah! Laughing was the first sound that Bug (my IRN) learned to imitate, and he also seems to associate it with doing cheeky things, like pushing something off the table or stealing something we're trying to use. This means that when he does something naughty, my husband and I wil...
by Jen&Bug
Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:52 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Christmas Miracle!
Replies: 2
Views: 680

Re: Christmas Miracle!

That's wonderful news MissK, I hope you have many more such miracles ahead! And the great thing is that you now have a gorgeous little budgie in your life as well :) They are lots of fun, and seem to have an innate optimism and love for life that will complement your IRN's sensitivity nicely. Have a...
by Jen&Bug
Tue Dec 18, 2012 12:27 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: First Time IRN, exp in budgies
Replies: 7
Views: 1098

Re: First Time IRN, exp in budgies

I'm sorry that things aren't going better for you and your bird. It's good that you're a patient person - don't give up! Your mood will affect how the bird feels, so try to stay cheerful, confident and relaxed when you're around the cage. If your bird reacts badly, try telling him calmly that it's n...
by Jen&Bug
Mon Dec 17, 2012 4:34 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: discussion about biting
Replies: 7
Views: 921

Re: discussion about biting

Thanks for responding Ellie. Bug is about five years old and I'm in Melbourne so yes it might have something to do with the time of year. I think you're probably right...training Bug not to do the mating dance is going to be hard but probably the only way to guarantee that the biting stops, as it do...
by Jen&Bug
Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:10 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: First Time IRN, exp in budgies
Replies: 7
Views: 1098

Re: First Time IRN, exp in budgies

Hi, congratulations on your new arrival. I don't claim to be an expert but I have had different kinds of parrots, including a budgie who died aged 14 and now an adorable ringneck that I've had for about five years. I can say that although your experience with (and love for) birds will help you with ...
by Jen&Bug
Sat Dec 15, 2012 3:34 pm
Forum: Polls
Topic: Are your Irn's wings clipped?
Replies: 46
Views: 16974

Re: Are your Irn's wings clipped?

I used to get Bug's wings clipped, but now I don't. He has been the same happy little bird, both clipped and unclipped, although now he can do some more acrobatic flying around the house which he seems to really enjoy. IMO the clipping debate really depends on the bird's owner and environment. If yo...
by Jen&Bug
Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:38 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: discussion about biting
Replies: 7
Views: 921

Re: discussion about biting

Hi everyone, I'm new to this site...hoping you can help me... I've had Bug, my green ringneck, for about five years. He's always enjoyed doing the mating dance for his favourite humans (as well as for mirrors and other objects around the house). We've never worried about this because it's seemed har...