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by jimmyjack
Sat Nov 09, 2013 11:07 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Screaming is getting worse!
Replies: 35
Views: 1701

Re: Screaming is getting worse!

I just posted this into another thread you had started on foraging toys, but sounds like you're getting to your limits with this! Poor thing, I thought Salvador was bad but hes nothing in comparison. In fact, I wish he paid more attention to his other toys, chewing ones etc, I dont know why I even b...
by jimmyjack
Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:42 pm
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!

Another thing my vet suggested when I had the same problem with Salvador getting to clever for his foraging toys. They suggested I DIY the toys slightly. Now, for each toy I use this strategy: - wrap the treat in paper (cupcake trays are cheap and simple!) then place it in the toy - close up the toy...
by jimmyjack
Sat Nov 09, 2013 10:41 pm
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!

Another thing my vet suggested when I had the same problem with Salvador getting to clever for his foraging toys. They suggested I DIY the toys slightly. Now, for each toy I use this strategy: - wrap the treat in paper (cupcake trays are cheap and simple!) then place it in the toy - close up the toy...
by jimmyjack
Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:21 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Introducing a new bird. Need some help :)
Replies: 8
Views: 839

Re: Introducing a new bird. Need some help :)

Ive got the same probably at the moment. A new addition (ringo starr, 10 weeks old) tries to attack salvador whenever he has the chance. Very difficult actually, as he has just learnt to fly and just constantly flies over to be on my shoulder, but then will go out of his way to lunge at salvador on ...
by jimmyjack
Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:15 pm
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?

I got a heap of "sounds of nature" albums which i just press play on, and theyre actually quite nice to come home to and hear the sound of but i think also good as its "natural" sounds and animals (my theory). I think even talkback radio would be good to keep them used to human voices (another of my...
by jimmyjack
Wed Dec 28, 2011 5:10 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: two baby blues need new home
Replies: 1
Views: 516

Re: two baby blues need new home

oops, realised that this should have been in the adoption forum.

Image

merry christmas and happy new year to all.
by jimmyjack
Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:38 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: two baby blues need new home
Replies: 1
Views: 516

two baby blues need new home

hi my hen has successfully had two babies (will post photos shortly) and ive been handraising since theyre eyes opened. They are both extremely friendly and attached to humans, about 8 weeks old have only just learned to fly within the last week and already feeding by themselves (have a night feed a...
by jimmyjack
Sun Dec 18, 2011 1:24 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: is this bluffing?
Replies: 16
Views: 1677

Re: is this bluffing?

hha thanks hockey. well no, it wasnt the beard i think i am going to have to clip his wings again :( its easy enough to say "maintain the relationship" and keep acting as you would, but if he doesnt let you near him to act that way, kinda makes it difficult. i guess i'll clip him this time and then ...
by jimmyjack
Sun Dec 18, 2011 1:20 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: baby irn's
Replies: 3
Views: 390

Re: baby irn's

i had a similar situation with salvador. it took quite a while for him to come around, but eventually one day he just started scrambling toward us rather than away from us. hang in there and keep at it. theyre still just adjusting to you. (ive currently got the inverse problem with the new youngings...
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:46 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: little baby calls...
Replies: 1
Views: 369

little baby calls...

so im feeding my two babies, theyre 5-6 weeks now. chirp like craaaazy when theyre hungry and bob like mad. its soo cute. something that ive noticed is that as they start to get full, their chirp changes pitch, tone and call. becomes a deeper single slow call, rather than successive rapid high ones....
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:44 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Is he unhappy???
Replies: 7
Views: 559

Re: Is he unhappy???

well the fact that someone else is having the exact same results is somewhat relieving :oops: though not really for the right reasons. I can completely relate to what youre saying and feel the same way. Ive been questioning myself aswell, but really im clutching at straws to come up with a 'bad pare...
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 06, 2011 1:40 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: amazing bird tricks
Replies: 1
Views: 356

amazing bird tricks

http://www.videobash.com/video_show/ama ... tricks-320

so im not one for posting up content from other sites (or capital letters, for that matter), but this is MUST SEE
by jimmyjack
Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:13 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Is he unhappy???
Replies: 7
Views: 559

Re: Is he unhappy???

ive had the same thing happen and has been going on for nearly 3 weeks now. has been very bratty and avoiding us completely. not really aggressive but definately a complete overnight change in behaviour (though salvador is a year old now). i never got a reply when i pitched it out to everyone, but n...
by jimmyjack
Sun Nov 27, 2011 2:15 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: is this bluffing?
Replies: 16
Views: 1677

Re: is this bluffing?

sorry to bump this, but im really quite desperate for a response to this???

(one of the posts atleast was an accident, i tried to edit it, but it just posted as another response)

thank you
by jimmyjack
Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:45 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: horny-male syndrome???
Replies: 4
Views: 833

Re: horny-male syndrome???

thanks

any idea how long the breeding season lasts? been about 2 months already
by jimmyjack
Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:47 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Am i being impatient or am i doing something wrong?
Replies: 4
Views: 545

Re: Am i being impatient or am i doing something wrong?

you sound as though youre being quite patient and considerate of his feelings which is definately the best start! putting him in the carry box is possibly causing him stress, and really might not like it. I know my birds love the car and if you take them down, in a small cage, within 5 mins they'll ...
by jimmyjack
Thu Nov 24, 2011 3:37 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Tiki's first training session
Replies: 20
Views: 731

Re: Tiki's first training session

thats great progress! one training session! he'll be pirouetting in no time to get those treats :lol: its best not to take food off them, they have a naturally very fast metabolism eat constantly and poop just the same. It can cause considerable physiological stress if theyre kept from eating. If yo...
by jimmyjack
Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:45 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: horny-male syndrome???
Replies: 4
Views: 833

horny-male syndrome???

this is a copy of a post on the other board. so ive got a slight dilemma with my breeding pair, iggy (hen) and ike (male). They were together 6-8 months before the breeding season, got along quite happily most often ignored each other as iggy hadnt been used to bird company for a while. During the b...
by jimmyjack
Wed Nov 23, 2011 8:38 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: leave the nest
Replies: 8
Views: 1638

Re: leave the nest

are you sure they're splayed and youre not just being an overly-worried parent? (only offering this suggestion as this is what happened to me :lol: ). from all the reading i did, the young just may be getting used to using their legs, and may not be splayed. to may it easier for them to stand, you c...
by jimmyjack
Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:51 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: My baby talked!! I think lol
Replies: 37
Views: 1037

Re: My baby talked!! I think lol

another great site is:

http://trainedparrot.com/

well, the site itself is terrible, but the guy is really good at explaining some tricks. ive picked up a few off there. there are a couple of ones here:

http://parrots.ie/vb/content.php?184-training
by jimmyjack
Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:49 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: is this bluffing?
Replies: 16
Views: 1677

Re: is this bluffing?

i'd really love some help regarding this. im baffled as everything ive read about bluffing says they get quite angry. he's not being aggressive, infact its more the opposite hes being less aggressive and its more frightened if anything. or avoidance issues... but it came on literally with a 90 degre...
by jimmyjack
Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:21 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: is this bluffing?
Replies: 16
Views: 1677

Re: is this bluffing?

anybody help?

he's not being aggressive, its more frightened if anything. or avoidance issues...

but it came on literally with a 90 degree shift???
by jimmyjack
Mon Nov 21, 2011 1:48 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: is this bluffing?
Replies: 16
Views: 1677

Re: is this bluffing?

just thought id add

- in regards to his cage being moved, its been moved several times previously with no concern to him, and he doesnt spend that much time in it anyway.

- hes roughly one year old

- ive hand-reared him since he was 4-6 weeks old
by jimmyjack
Mon Nov 21, 2011 12:28 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: is this bluffing?
Replies: 16
Views: 1677

is this bluffing?

so salvador, the neighbourhood's friendliest bird who normally i cant keep off my shoulder has suddenly had a character flip. within a day. its been about six days now, hes not biting, but just very flighty, if i get within 2metres of him, he freaks and bolts around the house. hes not interested in ...
by jimmyjack
Sat Oct 29, 2011 4:01 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: What should I do
Replies: 3
Views: 530

Re: What should I do

im sure you've tested by now, and by the sounds of things. she lay duds. if thats the case, remove them, and hopefully its not too late in the breeding season they will try again with a 2nd clutch. but only once the eggs are removed. make sure your hen has some form of calcium in her diet as she wil...
by jimmyjack
Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:50 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Parents killed first hatchling
Replies: 9
Views: 2143

Re: Parents killed first hatchling

so my eggs have hatched, we had four, dad (ike) killed one on the day they hatched before we could seperate him. It was him as the way i found out theyd hatched was seeing him emerge from the nest with the baby in his mouth and drop it (dead on arrival by the time i ran up there). not sure if he wou...
by jimmyjack
Sat Oct 29, 2011 3:46 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: chicks crying out
Replies: 8
Views: 997

Re: chicks crying out

my turn to ask a question to the audience please, rather than starting a new topic, its in a similar vein, so easier just to pop in here: so my eggs have hatched, we had four, dad (ike) killed one on the day they hatched before we could seperate him, not sure if he would have kept on killing, but do...
by jimmyjack
Sat Oct 08, 2011 11:15 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Finishing off parent raised chicks?
Replies: 4
Views: 656

Re: Finishing off parent raised chicks?

Hi sorry i cant say for 8wk olds, but I took over at 5 weeks, and had a similar reaction. They were very skittish and just huddled and hissed the whole time - i was quite worried, but i think its just the instinctive fear after being raised with the parents so long. Theyve visually and audibly attac...
by jimmyjack
Sat Oct 08, 2011 11:11 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: chicks crying out
Replies: 8
Views: 997

Re: chicks crying out

thanks julie no the egg wasnt from the box she laid 5, 2 hatched 3 still left over in the box. strange eh? re hand rearing.....I would only be able to hand feed morning b4 work and evening after work... would that be sufficient , ....would wet egg and biscuit mix be fine? kind regards Martino. in s...
by jimmyjack
Sat Oct 08, 2011 6:07 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Parents killed first hatchling
Replies: 9
Views: 2143

Re: Parents killed first hatchling

Is this a regular occurance with ringnecks? My iggy currently has four eggs, not sure how old she is, but it is her first time laying. The father is 8yrs old and has produced 4 clutches with another hen - their first clutch were killed by parents, not sure who but all latter clutches we not killed. ...
by jimmyjack
Tue Oct 04, 2011 2:06 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Chewing?????
Replies: 3
Views: 385

Re: Chewing?????

yes my little guy can be a bit of a chewer sometimes. two solutions (i use both) - get a "bird shirt". mine is an old military shirt, thick strong material. great in all weather, whether hot or cold. also has a collar which is good protection when he snuggles right into my neck, also has the lapels ...
by jimmyjack
Sat Sep 24, 2011 2:41 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Talking
Replies: 6
Views: 587

Re: Talking

salvador is about 9 months and is now starting to talk. can dog-call and click, and the other day i caught him telling his bell it was a good boy, but mostly he just mimics the tones of what we say. my friends irn (his older brother) started at about 1.5 yrs
by jimmyjack
Tue Sep 06, 2011 6:02 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Attacking people's faces!! HELP!
Replies: 3
Views: 424

Re: Attacking people's faces!! HELP!

salvador has done this a few times aswell. i had a nice little bite across my eyelid to prove it. It was only for two weeks he was like this (thankfully) and other than that he is an angel. I think its a teething (beaking?) issue, and testing their grounds. However, he sometimes does bite ears, nose...
by jimmyjack
Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:49 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Very disappointed with my new IRN ;(
Replies: 6
Views: 815

Re: Very disappointed with my new IRN ;(

Hi! i know youre probably pretty worried, but you need to keep at it. Birds arent dogs - they are not pack animals and in the wild they are prey, not predators. As such, training is more difficult and time consuming. You have to build a relationship and that takes time. You cant expect him to be obs...
by jimmyjack
Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:28 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Sexing IRN
Replies: 8
Views: 1280

Re: Sexing IRN

hey yvette firstly, your little one is goorrgeous. She seems about the same age as salvador, and hes just starting to speak now - he tries reeeeallly hard its so cute. I cant believe shes talking so much! I had him dna tested, and really glad i did! it was very cheap (about AU$20 including postage) ...
by jimmyjack
Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:20 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: The training stand
Replies: 2
Views: 354

Re: The training stand

if your bird is afraid of the stand, you could try placing the stand next to the cage for a few days, even tie it to the side - this will help adjust to its presence and it should pretty quickly overcome its fear. I had a similar problem when i made salvador a new hanging perch (i have a perch that ...
by jimmyjack
Wed Jul 06, 2011 9:00 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Talking ability?
Replies: 5
Views: 713

Re: Talking ability?

my lil guy is now seven months old and hasnt really started talking apart from an occasional dog whistle. but we havent been too vigilant in teaching him words - theres about 5 or 6 words/phrases we always use, but then also we just chat with him aswell. Ive heard of other people with ringnecks that...
by jimmyjack
Tue Jul 05, 2011 12:27 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: advanced game ideas??
Replies: 3
Views: 341

Re: advanced game ideas??

thats a great idea - seems an adventageous extention of my "c'mon" game. being young hes still a lil independent and is getting the hang of it. how'd you go about it?
by jimmyjack
Sun Jul 03, 2011 9:31 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: advanced game ideas??
Replies: 3
Views: 341

advanced game ideas??

hi so salvador is too smart for his own good, and has nailed all the games we play. i dont feel its a challenge for him anymore. we play: - turnaround - big wave - gimme a kiss - ring ring (grabs and shakes his bell) - getcha ball (run to touch the ball on end of a stick) - c'mon (fly over to our ha...
by jimmyjack
Mon Jun 27, 2011 5:30 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Quick something i have to make sure of
Replies: 2
Views: 550

Re: Quick something i have to make sure of

hi abedkh, at the top of this forum (diet & housing) there is a topic called "what to feed your irn". it includes a comprehensive list of the dos and donts in feeding. theres also another one called household poisons you should have a look at too. fyi sunflowers are a great treat - our birds will do...
by jimmyjack
Sat May 28, 2011 12:33 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: introducing pellets
Replies: 2
Views: 570

Re: introducing pellets

thats a great idea. thanks julie
by jimmyjack
Thu May 26, 2011 4:03 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: introducing pellets
Replies: 2
Views: 570

introducing pellets

has anyone got handy tips? my birds naturally have a fairly varied diet of seed (very little, and further cutting it from their diet), fruit, veg, grains and im now replacing the seed element of their diet with pellets. so far ive: - mixed pellet 75% and millet 25% - mixed in some pellet with their ...
by jimmyjack
Sun May 22, 2011 6:00 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: My IRN is viscous towards the other birds
Replies: 5
Views: 539

Re: My IRN is viscous towards the other birds

welll iggy, the hen, hates nuts, hates showers, and i cant let her near the other bird cos she will kill him given the chance.

she hasnt had as much one on one attention since salvador is around, maybe i'll give that a go.

and i dont really watch tv, so that cancels that out too :lol:
by jimmyjack
Thu May 19, 2011 11:43 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: My IRN is viscous towards the other birds
Replies: 5
Views: 539

Re: My IRN is viscous towards the other birds

im also interested in a response to this. ive had a similar problem for a while now. iggy is a female, unknown age but mature. she was abused and is naturally fairly distrusting. she had a partner until her previous owner killed him by feeding it redbull and mcdonalds chips. i dont think the pair we...
by jimmyjack
Thu May 19, 2011 1:30 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: How Long Will It Take To Tame My IRN?
Replies: 2
Views: 1851

Re: How Long Will It Take To Tame My IRN?

dont worry about the feathers falling out, probably just going through a malt. id suggest trawling through the posts on this forum, especially the ones including the words "please help" and "taming" - there are literally dozens of them. read through the responses to others problems to work out a reg...
by jimmyjack
Tue May 17, 2011 6:55 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: beak health and replenshment
Replies: 0
Views: 389

beak health and replenshment

hi, so i wasnt sure which section to post it, so i decided this one. ive come home to find my two IRNs have been fighting (fortunately throw the cage) and iggy (the agressor) has taken chips from salvadors beak. he doesnt seem bothered by it, and its more taken the first few layers off the beak. is ...
by jimmyjack
Sun Apr 24, 2011 9:13 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1988

Re: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

ive got a little boy about the same age - alas iggy has not yet accepted him, but hopefully this will change toward breeding season/when he matures. ive read it may be due to him being an immature male. hes being gutsy enough to stand up to her now. we'll see. however, i wasnt patient enough to wait...
by jimmyjack
Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:27 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1988

Re: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

how old is calippo? if a few years old, then its a girl - but the tails feathers look pretty short - recent molt or still a youngling??
by jimmyjack
Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:16 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Molting or Plucking?? :(
Replies: 1
Views: 483

Re: Molting or Plucking?? :(

oh wow i dont mean to condemn that comment molosses but it definately wouldnt have eased my concern! yoshi, it really doesnt sound like plucking - i had a similar concern when iggy seemed to have more feathers on the bottom of her cage than on her! the big tail feathers, wing feathers, the lot were ...
by jimmyjack
Tue Apr 19, 2011 1:56 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?
Replies: 29
Views: 1988

Re: Can you teach an old bird new tricks?

ive got to say, i am AMAZED at the progress you've made - you should commend yourself. and i am envious of that cage to say the least! you seem to be doing everything right, and for the time being, keep buidling that trust. in terms of taking her out, i found that ive had more trouble with salvador ...
by jimmyjack
Fri Apr 01, 2011 12:56 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: KNUCKLES IS SCARED OF EVERYTHING
Replies: 3
Views: 555

Re: KNUCKLES IS SCARED OF EVERYTHING

when i have time, im going to scroll through and write a lengthy reply. but in short, id say about 3/4 of the topics in this forum are new members joining with the same problem - stressed out, dont know what to do with their bird and worried they'll do it all wrong - a quick scan and you will see! n...
by jimmyjack
Thu Mar 17, 2011 1:24 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: bluffing age
Replies: 4
Views: 673

Re: bluffing age

well maybe it is then - hes beginning to stop weaning (sorry couldnt think of a better way to word that) and though most of the time hes still very affectionate, his biting and growling is becoming quite a bit more apparant. have been following that advice since it started, just ignoring the behavio...
by jimmyjack
Thu Mar 17, 2011 12:27 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: my bird always tries to kiss me
Replies: 3
Views: 481

my bird always tries to kiss me

salvador is always trying to get into our mouthes. he makes a concerted effort, even prying our lips open. its very cute, but my guess is not very hygeinic?

anyone else have similar problem? or know what to do about it, beoynd not letting him on our shoulder?
by jimmyjack
Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:59 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Do males display like females sometimes?
Replies: 7
Views: 1659

Re: Do males display like females sometimes?

ive been told by two irn breeders and my vet that "reading the signs" to determine the sex is as good as flipping a coin - you really cannot tell. im currently looking into dna testing, and not too keen on the feather plucking either. there are blood test kits they can send out, and apparantly you v...
by jimmyjack
Wed Mar 16, 2011 10:52 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: bluffing age
Replies: 4
Views: 673

Re: bluffing age

anyone?
by jimmyjack
Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: LOST PARROT
Replies: 3
Views: 384

Re: LOST PARROT

after an extreme amount of luck, and an amazing rescue mission, salvador is back!

the foturnate events of the find were as telling as those of the loss
by jimmyjack
Tue Mar 15, 2011 4:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: LOST PARROT
Replies: 3
Views: 384

LOST PARROT

bright green Indian ring neck parrot "Salvador" around the north Wollongong area, NSW Australia hes quite tame, primary wings clipped, has very bright red beak and both his parents are tearing their hair out. if you come find him, please contact me on 04XXXXXXXX http://s368.photobucket.com/albums/oo...
by jimmyjack
Tue Mar 15, 2011 6:17 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: introductions with the old maid
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: introductions with the old maid

FIP (fly in peace) today by one of those extremely rare events, just as i open the door to pick some herbs for my dinner, salvador flew to the play perch iggy was sitting on. he land on a rope swing below her and after a second or two of tiffing, he dived through my legs and straight out the door. i...
by jimmyjack
Tue Mar 15, 2011 1:03 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: bluffing age
Replies: 4
Views: 673

Re: bluffing age

thanks! i know they go through mood swings, but what im more referring to is months of absolute sweetness, and now a more tempered attitude and trying to determine if its the telltale initial signs of bluffing, as there is nothing that suggests a relative age to expect this behaviour.
by jimmyjack
Tue Mar 15, 2011 12:33 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: bluffing age
Replies: 4
Views: 673

bluffing age

so i know all about bluffing, and read plenty of other peoples problems when facing this, however ive yet to find when this generally occurs? the reason i ask is my circa 5 month old has been a bit ratty the past week or so, start to be more short tempered than usual, and not enjoying being scritche...
by jimmyjack
Fri Mar 11, 2011 2:26 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Digging and crooning
Replies: 7
Views: 1680

Re: Digging and crooning

if you do get her to stop this behaviour, you'll wish she still did it :D in the iterum, for training maybe try a touch toy - ive seen people use a "magic wand" style stick, with a different colour at the tip, i use a thick skewer with a wooden coloured ball/bead at the end. you can use this for tra...
by jimmyjack
Fri Mar 11, 2011 1:56 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: sleeping spots???
Replies: 3
Views: 841

Re: sleeping spots???

PS

does anyone have a preference (or rather their bird) to birdy buddy or happy hut? or if you havent sampled the two, best for them to have something to sleep IN or sleep WITH?
by jimmyjack
Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:39 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: sleeping spots???
Replies: 3
Views: 841

sleeping spots???

okay, so this is sort of a bridge between housing and behaviour. im going to get some happy huts/hammock sort of contraption. theyre fairly expensive so im sorried that they wont use them. salvador already has a makeshift hammock in his cage for the passed few days now, but has not slept in it at al...
by jimmyjack
Thu Mar 10, 2011 2:35 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Want to make a playstand ???
Replies: 7
Views: 1182

Re: Want to make a playstand ???

a tree sugeon!??

well, by the sounds of it, you wont have to be jealous for long?
by jimmyjack
Wed Mar 09, 2011 3:43 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Want to make a playstand ???
Replies: 7
Views: 1182

Re: Want to make a playstand ???

where are you based? thats going to impact on what you use significantly if you want to source natural branches. ive just finished completely this playstand for the same reason as you. im in australia, and its made primarily from eucaluptus branches. ive used a melamine base, VERY easy to clean. als...
by jimmyjack
Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:48 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: I NEED HELP BECAUSE I'M CONFUSED!
Replies: 6
Views: 519

Re: I NEED HELP BECAUSE I'M CONFUSED!

If you want to "tame" a frightened bird, you can't really avoid stress. It's about making him comfortable around your hands and fingers and later, hopefully, your nose or ears or whatever. And that is something he doesn't want. You coming near his cage, new environment, new sounds and smells and ev...
by jimmyjack
Mon Feb 28, 2011 8:12 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: clip or not toclip?
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: clip or not toclip?

just dont sign up or express interest in chet womach - the emails DO NOT stop. i clipped my birds wings yesterday. hes about 3 months old and a very good flyer. he was starting to become quite cheeky, knowing he could zoom off - getting into things he wasnt allowed, deliberately avoiding us around b...
by jimmyjack
Sun Feb 27, 2011 9:48 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: squiggy has refused his new perch
Replies: 5
Views: 429

Re: squiggy has refused his new perch

thats a really good idea. i'll try that one
by jimmyjack
Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:15 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: squiggy has refused his new perch
Replies: 5
Views: 429

Re: squiggy has refused his new perch

ellies right. salvador was petrified when i offered him a blueberry the other day. i dont think id seen him so freaked out!
by jimmyjack
Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:10 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: worming birds through food?
Replies: 2
Views: 589

Re: worming birds through food?

scrap that. ive just read over lots of details on worming across different sites.

ive decided not to worm, apparently puts alot of stress on a birds body and is not necessary with indoor birds. good to know!
by jimmyjack
Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:16 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: worming birds through food?
Replies: 2
Views: 589

worming birds through food?

hi, so im up for my routine worming (not me...the birds!) and it says to add to their drinking water. the problem is, they really dont drink much water. they will when they have a bath or something, but i dont reallly want them dowsing themselves in wormer fluid. can i add it to some food or a treat...
by jimmyjack
Tue Feb 22, 2011 12:49 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Personalities
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: Personalities

he's such a bright colour! and i wouldnt worry too much - seems like things are going reasonably smoothly in that video. just stick with it! you could always try using a command before you offer the peanut butter, like "come here" or something, so that he associates that with the food offering. i no...
by jimmyjack
Sun Feb 20, 2011 11:05 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Pulling out tail feathers
Replies: 2
Views: 765

Re: Pulling out tail feathers

i think its an aggressive thing - one of mine always tries at the others tail when irritated. possibly because its an easy target. you're not alone but unfortunately i cant offer anything more than that - would love to hear some possible details from someone with experience about this behaviour./
by jimmyjack
Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:24 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: QUACK?
Replies: 3
Views: 357

Re: QUACK?

trying to use the same phrase constantly. repetition is the key. so eg, stick with "hey buddy", rather than mixing it up each time with hi, hellos etc :lol: you kinda have to train yourself too when i was younger, my mother used to teach our budgies to talk by recording a phrase and having it on rep...
by jimmyjack
Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:20 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: online australian toys?
Replies: 8
Views: 798

Re: online australian toys?

im impressed with the prices on parrot rescue. theres some great foraging toys for $10-15

thanks!
by jimmyjack
Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: introductions with the old maid
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: introductions with the old maid

thats great ellie, your knowledge is more than mine :D ive not yet had a DNA test, yet after having both salvador and his sister queenie (we had her for a few weeks for our friend) im positive hes a male. though i still want the test done, queenies nature was very similar to iggy, her gestures, call...
by jimmyjack
Wed Feb 16, 2011 6:06 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Personalities
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: Personalities

absolutely, and i was never even implying you were a bad owner. i really hope it didnt come off that way. i mean, youre on a bird forum trying to get info on what to do, really, what bad owner goes to that kind of effort :lol: . and theres only one way to get experience right - even im still learnin...
by jimmyjack
Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:13 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: introductions with the old maid
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: introductions with the old maid

actually, i just remembered. before she came to me she had a partner, a green male. both were housed in same cage and from what i know lived well together without fighting. the male was killed by the past owner. but it does show that she is not incapable of being with another bird maybe? or maybe as...
by jimmyjack
Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:04 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Personalities
Replies: 6
Views: 571

Re: Personalities

if its happening everytime you approach, it could be something in how youre approaching him. especially since you have other birds and are comfortable with their behaviour and have a bond with them, it may be a subtle difference in his nature that you are accidentally overlooking. i recently took in...
by jimmyjack
Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:43 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: probably been done before
Replies: 6
Views: 520

Re: probably been done before

:lol: thats great melika! ive found women with nailpolish are an irresistable target!
by jimmyjack
Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: introductions with the old maid
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: introductions with the old maid

thanks ellie!
by jimmyjack
Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Help!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 482

Re: Help!!!

melika is right - dog training is very different. dogs have a pack mentality and this is at the core of training with them - establishing the alpha, etc. good on you for giving it a go, but until NBC create the bird whisperer i suppose we all just do our best :lol: one applicable training book is a ...
by jimmyjack
Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:25 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: introductions with the old maid
Replies: 10
Views: 626

Re: introductions with the old maid

yes iggy, the hen, is mature - yet i have no idea how old she is. she was a rescue bird and we have no details of her past. salvador on the other hand is about 3 months old. once salvador moved into a cage, we at first kept the cages in seperate rooms for 3 weeksish, then opposite ends of the same r...
by jimmyjack
Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:42 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: probably been done before
Replies: 6
Views: 520

Re: probably been done before

as i read this, i have my two 4-month olds doing the very thing. one is, at first gently then more insistantly, trying to pull one of my nails off, the other is nibbling my toe. you're not alone. though im speaking from an amateur point of view, the behaviour is quite different to aggressive behavio...
by jimmyjack
Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:04 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: is she screaming at me or the birds outside?
Replies: 1
Views: 249

Re: is she screaming at me or the birds outside?

yeah most probably. birds are naturally at their noisiest during morning and afternoon. some of the calling might be attention from you, but id say definately she is communicating with those birds outside, either establishing her territory or some similar nature. iggy does a similar thing when perch...
by jimmyjack
Mon Feb 14, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: introductions with the old maid
Replies: 10
Views: 626

introductions with the old maid

so, its been over 2 months, and salvador is growing quickly. ive done everything as recommended when it comes to introducing him with iggy. eg - gradually moving the cages close together from seperate rooms, introductions in neutral space, giving her all the attention. but iggy just wont accept salv...
by jimmyjack
Mon Feb 14, 2011 9:53 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Constant screaming
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Re: Constant screaming

ive heard that time out as suggested by skyes mom can be a useful method. if already in the cage, then covering it over for 10 mins or so. its a hard behaviour to manage seeing as youre not around when your noisy baby is screaming. have you done much in the way of foraging? there is currently a topi...
by jimmyjack
Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:50 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: online australian toys?
Replies: 8
Views: 798

Re: online australian toys?

argh damn i missed that ellie - i guess it pays to check everyday. if you go anytime soon, im just after some neat foraging toys really. ive been well into the crafts lately, making toys and playstands that have been instant successes. just made a stand that looks way better than one of the ones of ...
by jimmyjack
Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: is my girl a boy?
Replies: 12
Views: 1274

Re: is my girl a boy?

hi ellie,

my blue girl, iggy, is similar and we thought she might have been a young boy when we first got her, due to the "partial ring" but id have to put my guess on a female too.

i'd say janey can stay a janey :)
by jimmyjack
Sun Feb 13, 2011 2:47 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Escape ringneck will live or die?
Replies: 7
Views: 1698

Re: Escape ringneck will live or die?

id have to say it would depend on where you are. being an aviary bird might give it a better chance, however, it will still have a largely reduced skills at foraging and finding food, and defence against native birds - we have some particularly dominant and aggressive ones around here. im sorry for ...
by jimmyjack
Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:13 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: umm I think i may be my birds toy
Replies: 2
Views: 257

Re: umm I think i may be my birds toy

bahahaha! the things they do!

my little salvador loves to shower with me! if hes out, he'll fly into the bath room and start running along the shower rail and jump on my head to come under the water - but only when its cold water (thank god its summer!)
by jimmyjack
Mon Jan 31, 2011 3:45 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: advice or tips to gain trust
Replies: 17
Views: 4296

Re: advice or tips to gain trust

what has to be remembered is that their cage is their safe haven. though some people see it as a quasi-prison, they come to see it as their territory, a place they can feel safe and secure and they know exactly what to expect when their in there. when suddenly a human starts placing their hand in th...
by jimmyjack
Mon Jan 31, 2011 12:47 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: online australian toys?
Replies: 8
Views: 798

Re: online australian toys?

ah yeah, i checked that site out - couldnt figure out how to buy! there were not prices or anything in the product list, and not too much else - maybe i'll shop around and figure out what i want, and give them a call. thanks ellie! im south of sydney, so unlikely i'll be making it to brizzy :P maybe...
by jimmyjack
Sun Jan 30, 2011 3:40 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: online australian toys?
Replies: 8
Views: 798

online australian toys?

does anyone have a good website to buy foraging toys and bird supplies?

not sure if this is the right section for this post, and if its not, then "oops"

thanks
by jimmyjack
Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:59 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: foraging
Replies: 25
Views: 4970

Re: foraging

sorry ellie havent seen these anywhere either.

thats some patience but soo cute. will have to give it a go! and i agree, that other method you suggested of pulling the hand away does sound a little counterintuitive. i'll see if i can pick up on the action!
by jimmyjack
Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:02 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: foraging
Replies: 25
Views: 4970

Re: foraging

actually just looking through your youtube videos - how do you train a wave?
by jimmyjack
Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:59 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: foraging
Replies: 25
Views: 4970

Re: foraging

hey ellie thats great! ps your setup looks wicked! i was also looking at one of those maze things today actually...wasnt sure if theyd be any good. and howd you go about training 'go to bed'? once they get the hang of tearing, they really get the hang of it. ive had to start putting treats in toilet...
by jimmyjack
Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:17 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: foraging
Replies: 25
Views: 4970

Re: foraging

also found this site, may be of some use: http://www.creativeforagingsystems.com/ Foraging Trees - Place a large branch from a tree in a Christmas tree stand and tuck various foods in and on the branches. You may already have a play gym type stand that you can do this with. Be creative. Make the foo...
by jimmyjack
Mon Jan 10, 2011 9:08 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: foraging
Replies: 25
Views: 4970

Re: foraging

great to hear improvements ellie! thought i'd update as well, i scarcely had time to finish wrapping the bonbons now before they lunge at them (as i read your post, i heard one of them finally get through the paper and seeds spill out. ive started using thicker paper, and hiding them a little (doubl...
by jimmyjack
Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:50 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Bonded ringnecks
Replies: 7
Views: 595

Re: Bonded ringnecks

good luck and let us know how you get on!
by jimmyjack
Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:29 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Already have IRN's, Want a tame one though...
Replies: 3
Views: 334

Re: Already have IRN's, Want a tame one though...

ellie that must have been horrible! i dont know what else i can say. i have to agree with sheena - it seems the logical conclusion. youve got the birds, make it happen! you'll save money, and it wont affect your bird's wellbeing. AND it will be more special to you as you know the parents! (my theory...
by jimmyjack
Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:23 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: splayed legs?
Replies: 9
Views: 1120

Re: splayed legs?

i suppose the same way human children kick and crawl before walking. gotta start somewhere! i was just soo freaked out, because when i went to look up about it, all i saw was about splayed legs, no mention of "your bird may just be scooting as it learns to use its legs" :P may have been helpful. plu...
by jimmyjack
Sun Jan 09, 2011 2:19 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Breeder Tamed to Pet?
Replies: 2
Views: 351

Re: Breeder Tamed to Pet?

if you get an older bird that isnt used to human contact, it just might be more difficult to tame them and get them used to human contact than if it was hand raised from a baby. it might also never achieve the same level of bond as the latter. thats not to say you couldnt do it or shouldnt. alot of ...
by jimmyjack
Sun Jan 09, 2011 1:48 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: coninues to suprise
Replies: 21
Views: 1436

Re: coninues to suprise

maria i wasnt attacking you and apologise for it seeming that way :oops: things are so easily misread over the internet and i only had the interest of your pets at heart. i wasnt speaking out of anger or judgement. there is no doubt in my mind that you love your birds, otherwise you wouldnt be on th...
by jimmyjack
Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: sexing/feather pulling
Replies: 2
Views: 302

Re: sexing/feather pulling

yeah i could imagine its painful...not something i really want to do
by jimmyjack
Mon Jan 03, 2011 11:43 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: I have an IRN in love with me, but shes not my bird!
Replies: 2
Views: 236

Re: I have an IRN in love with me, but shes not my bird!

i see only two solutions: - get your mum to give the same treatment that worked for you initially, whilst you stay out of the picture a few weeks, include ample treats, training/bonding sessions and all the works OR - buy your mum another bird whilst you, the "other woman" end up with your lover... ...
by jimmyjack
Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:53 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: coninues to suprise
Replies: 21
Views: 1436

Re: coninues to suprise

i have to agree with SCB - as harsh as it sounds, if you cant care for a pet properly, you shouldnt have them, no matter how much you love them. i'd suggest: - the bigger cage, as soon as possible - seperate cages - a play stand (this you can get your creative juices on and build quite cheaply yours...
by jimmyjack
Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:40 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: splayed legs?
Replies: 9
Views: 1120

Re: splayed legs?

hey was raised with the parents for 4 weeks and was the dominant of the litter - the other looks markedly less developed. all is well however. we now have a fully walking, flying, happy healthy and attached new friend
by jimmyjack
Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: sexing/feather pulling
Replies: 2
Views: 302

sexing/feather pulling

ive looked at the DNAtest sites. they suggest quickly pulling a feather out. has anyone done this? im quite apprehensive about doing this. do they have to be pulled. could they not just be cut (as with wing clipping)?

suggestions?
by jimmyjack
Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:28 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Really need help with bluffing
Replies: 13
Views: 617

Re: Really need help with bluffing

if he hasnt learnt to fly/land properly yet, i'd be considerably cautious about wing-clipping. though your situation sounds terrible (and i hope little salvadore doesnt go through this soon!) whilst learning to fly they develop important motor skills and coordination. by clipping their wings too ear...
by jimmyjack
Sun Jan 02, 2011 3:18 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: foraging
Replies: 25
Views: 4970

Re: foraging

by foraging, they are essentially playing with toys, but by maximising their intellectual potential they are kept further stimulated and recieve rewards at the end of it. sure you can have the toys in one place and food in another - they go hear to nibble at the toys, get hungry and go down for food...
by jimmyjack
Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:42 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: IRN grinding its beak?
Replies: 4
Views: 2536

Re: IRN grinding its beak?

Thankyou that is great to know! I was starting to think he was preparing himself for his bluffing stage lol. Thanks a lot :) haha, i can just invision him sitting there, sharpening his beak like a centurian with his sword, thinking "just you wait...bwahahahaaaa" im glad for both of you that your li...
by jimmyjack
Fri Dec 31, 2010 7:39 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: foraging
Replies: 25
Views: 4970

Re: foraging

no they wouldnt eat the kitty litter. essentially its just recycled cardboard, hence the ellie's punctuation of the recycled paper. the birds have a good sense of taste, and wil often pick out what they dont like (you'll notice this regularly when mixing in vegies they dont like - like bratty childr...
by jimmyjack
Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Hello my ringneck is biting HELP...
Replies: 11
Views: 2177

Re: Hello my ringneck is biting HELP...

with training, i'd start by sitting him on a T-bar (just a small simple T-shaped stand) infront of you. you could try a similar approach to this, teaching him first to accept you hand, and then once successful, stepup and such.
by jimmyjack
Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:20 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Hello my ringneck is biting HELP...
Replies: 11
Views: 2177

Re: Hello my ringneck is biting HELP...

this may be a useful read - sorrry about the lengthy reply positive fallout of trick training by *** noeth Three years ago I raised a male Red Bellied parrot. He was fairly unpredictable right from the start. I figured all would be well when he went to his new home but that wasn’t to be. Ultimately,...
by jimmyjack
Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:12 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: foraging
Replies: 25
Views: 4970

Re: foraging

first step a raging success! so after reading this, and the foraging section on parrot enrichment, i started out with the approach taken there. as my birds (one still a baby) havent had much opportunity to forage before, i started with something easy. now, call me tight, but i'd rather not pay a lud...
by jimmyjack
Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:16 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: harrisons food
Replies: 2
Views: 445

Re: harrisons food

no i would never consider a one food diet. theyre getting fresh food everyday. by the way - dont subsitute the sweet potato with pumpkin. they still love it as much, and is good for them. but it stains EVERYTHING! i was just thinking of getting harrisons to replace the seed in their diet - just use ...
by jimmyjack
Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:13 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: good size for cage.
Replies: 9
Views: 1210

Re: good size for cage.

oh melika! see i dont have that problem :P though i do have to clean the occasional poop off the carpet (one level unit - i dont have a choice). iggy uses the top exit to the cage more than the front. i just hate that toys have to be right in the middle on the top, or along the side, not as much fle...
by jimmyjack
Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:07 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Ok lets try this again, Maybe i will get qa response.
Replies: 5
Views: 502

Re: Ok lets try this again, Maybe i will get qa response.

i'd dont know about that - havent heard anything about peanuts associated with plucking??? from what ive heard its usually related to bored, stress and/or sexual frustration. is he getting lots of attention? playing with toys? or is he left mostly to himself? read the post "foraging". a great idea t...
by jimmyjack
Thu Dec 30, 2010 4:02 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Taming an IRN that has not been handled in over a year.
Replies: 10
Views: 530

Re: Taming an IRN that has not been handled in over a year.

yes grapes are an absolute favourite. ive also found kiwi fruit, apple, corn and sweet potato to be the easiest foods to give them. make sure she sees you putting the treat in. give it a few more days, then try the steps i suggested - do things close to the cage. you could try and move her to the fa...
by jimmyjack
Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:56 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: How to get my irn to trust me.
Replies: 8
Views: 936

Re: How to get my irn to trust me.

thats a very crafty little trick!
by jimmyjack
Thu Dec 30, 2010 3:50 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: baby games
Replies: 2
Views: 630

Re: baby games

yeah the step up im fine with. hes gotten to using his wings and flying and is learning to land on hand when we put it up in the air for him. he has toys with with a variety of textures - paddlepop stick, beads, wood chews, leather, rice crackers, plastic chain and rope. the spoilt thing has made a ...
by jimmyjack
Thu Dec 30, 2010 1:44 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: bobbing?
Replies: 5
Views: 372

Re: bobbing?

i had a dream the other night that she finally said 'hello, whatchu doing' and then she said she was the devil and she was going to kill me and my bf well lets hope it doesnt come to that :P if its the younger/smaller one thats bobbing then my explanation may be why - especially if it hasnt learnt ...
by jimmyjack
Wed Dec 29, 2010 7:36 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: good size for cage.
Replies: 9
Views: 1210

Re: good size for cage.

i have a cage what is 60x50x100 with a dome roof and came with a stand. i got it very cheap on ebay (i think $25-30). it would have cost several hundred in a petshop, as ive seen them retailed. i did alot of research and it was the above the "minimum requirements" and it seems ample space for her ne...
by jimmyjack
Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:54 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: harrisons food
Replies: 2
Views: 445

harrisons food

does anyone use this or have tried it? if so, how do you find it?
by jimmyjack
Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:32 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Bonded ringnecks
Replies: 7
Views: 595

Re: Bonded ringnecks

i agree with the suggestion of one on one training - short 10-20 minute sessions (but no longer!) several times a day if you can manage it. breaking barriers is tough and takes time. it must be so much harder when you have two of them! can you handle them yet? like are they at all comfortable sittin...
by jimmyjack
Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:14 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Taming an IRN that has not been handled in over a year.
Replies: 10
Views: 530

Re: Taming an IRN that has not been handled in over a year.

if youve just got her, give her a week or two to settle into the home and new surrounding before you try to handle her. but it takes alot of time and commitment. its very small steps in reducing the comfort barrier. try scrolling through a few pages on here, there are scores of posts of similar ques...
by jimmyjack
Wed Dec 29, 2010 6:07 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: bobbing?
Replies: 5
Views: 372

Re: bobbing?

sometimes the two babies together can inspire it more often - think in wilderness terms of the dominant and the runt. my vet had two baby owls, one clearly bigger than the other. the other still required hand feeding and the big one wasnt so interested when by itself, it would hold and play with the...
by jimmyjack
Wed Dec 29, 2010 12:40 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Yoshi has been sneezing.. a lot. I'm really scared.
Replies: 4
Views: 2296

Re: Yoshi has been sneezing.. a lot. I'm really scared.

i found this from an avian vet's website: Birds are masters of disguise when it comes to hiding their illnesses, disabilities and pain. This is probably a survival mechanism. Obviously sick birds are quickly attacked, killed and eaten in the wild. Most people can recognise that a bird that is fluff...
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:37 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: foraging
Replies: 25
Views: 4970

Re: foraging

that was great. thanks! after reading it, i'll think i'll change tactics too. ive felt the same thing - you see some fantastically elaborate ideas out there, even the simple ones you think 'where would i get that, is it really that necessary'. this was a great read as ive recently been re-invigorate...
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:19 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: is 10 years too old to train?
Replies: 1
Views: 261

Re: is 10 years too old to train?

its never to late to try... it wont be easy, as they learn most when theyre younger. if you just want help with talking, and you have already taught him some things, you might be lucky. my friends bird, coco, picks up and drops new sayings often and hes about 6 or 7. the trick is repetition, use the...
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:10 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Really need help with bluffing
Replies: 13
Views: 617

Re: Really need help with bluffing

i just read this exert from the bluffing page:

Keep in mind that this stage can last several days or weeks. Some get a severe case and it may last a few months. I’ll say it again and again, ignore any bluffing and you’ll get through this stage fine.
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:04 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Yoshi has been sneezing.. a lot. I'm really scared.
Replies: 4
Views: 2296

Re: Yoshi has been sneezing.. a lot. I'm really scared.

i'd advise seeing a vet. salvadore had a some very heavy breathing shortly after we got him. we thought at first he was huffing because he wasnt used to us, but it was clear that it was more than this. a quick trip to the vet and avery inexpensive antibiotic helped out :)
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 28, 2010 4:58 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Really need help with bluffing
Replies: 13
Views: 617

Re: Really need help with bluffing

mine wasnt actually going through bluffing. she was a rescue bird and severely mistreated by her past owner, so im sorry i cant tell you about the duration - but i'll be where you are very soon! i have another little angel thats nearly 2 months
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:32 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Update I have a Bored IRN
Replies: 3
Views: 346

Re: Update I have a Bored IRN

that is sad, and i pity you for the bill!

good luck with the toys, and atleast she'll play a little bit with them - teamwork and treats will help encourage her/him. the road might not be so long.
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:29 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Really need help with bluffing
Replies: 13
Views: 617

Re: Really need help with bluffing

i was foolish enough to endure the bites, and still have scars along both thumbs. i suggest you dont - despite your best efforts, its impossible not to freak out and get your heartrate up when the blood starts to flow. plus the mess it makes. try a good sturdy pair of gardening gloves, like the leat...
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 28, 2010 1:03 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: baby games
Replies: 2
Views: 630

baby games

what are some good games to start playing and way to start training with a babyt? ive read through the parrot enrichment, but not sure how to get going. im doing things like step up and such, but want to get him to start playing with toys and such? and whats a good age to start training. hes about 7...
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:14 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: How to get my irn to trust me.
Replies: 8
Views: 936

Re: How to get my irn to trust me.

try small gradual steps. it would be better to have several sessions per day, like four sessions of even ten minutes rather than one long one, but whatever you can manage. taking her to your avian vet to have her wings clipped may help with the process aswell. Although you may not be able to handle ...
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 21, 2010 9:04 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: freaked out bird
Replies: 2
Views: 230

Re: freaked out bird

right. so im now thinking shes jealous of the new baby. though the two havent been properly introduced, the behaviour started when the new one started getting bigger, calling out,etc. im trying to give her attention but she doesnt want anything, even her favourite treats are being thrown away when i...
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:30 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Screeching whilst in her cage.
Replies: 2
Views: 267

Re: Screeching whilst in her cage.

people say the same thing about their children - they should be seen and not heard. :D

in the words of cat stevens:

from the moment i could talk, i was ordered to listen
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 21, 2010 4:18 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Bored IRN
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: Bored IRN

i downloaded the parrot enrichment books a few weeks back because theyre great for toy ideas. this is an extract from the second book that i only read last night and am definately going to try and begin training again. but on this note, ive looked and cant find how to start some training activities/...
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:36 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Bored IRN
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: Bored IRN

iggy is the same. it depends upon how they grow up, not all birds play with toys so dont worry too much. ive yet to find a solution to ours, but possibly treats on hanging toys (like with the "bobbit" i think its called?) or natural branches and such, but be careful of mites if putting outside branc...
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 21, 2010 12:32 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: new bub - feeding help
Replies: 19
Views: 1719

Re: new bub - feeding help

okay, great! thanks melika. i thought it contradictory to everything else i'd heard, but thought best to ask.

ive also started mixing fruit baby food into the formula - he eats twice as much!
by jimmyjack
Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:58 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: freaked out bird
Replies: 2
Views: 230

freaked out bird

so my girl, iggy, came from a bad home and ive talked about it before. we've had amazing progress with her, but every now and then she relapses and has an 'episode' of freaking out. anyway, she had one the other day, and its now been about 3-4 days shes been really nervous around us and obviously lo...
by jimmyjack
Mon Dec 20, 2010 8:20 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: new bub - feeding help
Replies: 19
Views: 1719

Re: new bub - feeding help

so all is well, ive moved onto a spoon, and hes gobbling and bobbing away at feeding. a nice change and i think hes warmed alot to us now. hes also started picking at food, at now ive come to another road block. ive been giving him fruit and veg to pick at which he has been devouring. theres also mi...
by jimmyjack
Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:43 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Household Poisons
Replies: 51
Views: 20767

Re: Household Poisons

Some modern gadgets - phones, PDAs are being coated in TEFLON as a premium product feature. It's done to prevent fingerprints etc on the gadget. A good example is the 'HTC Hero' phone. my friends lost their bird from it being near the iron when they were using it. small particles of teflon coating ...
by jimmyjack
Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:19 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Birdie Beverages
Replies: 18
Views: 4463

Re: Birdie Beverages

by the way, i couldnt help but reading this forum and thinking 'its amazing what we do for our babies...'

if this is how i get with my pets, imagine me with my own child :P and im sure im not alone
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:55 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: baby housing
Replies: 6
Views: 794

Re: baby housing

thanks for the responses. ive gone for a similar setup to melika's suggestion. Ive lined the base with towel and overlayed the towel with paper towel, which is the same setup i had in the black box. i change the towel each day and the soil paper whenever i have a nosey. i was using a type of bark-mu...
by jimmyjack
Sun Dec 12, 2010 6:10 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Birdie Beverages
Replies: 18
Views: 4463

Re: Birdie Beverages

i would suggest absolutely NOT giving your bird dairy. dairy contains bacteria and other properties that we as humans can barely tolerate (and alot of us can't!). It would be unwise and risky to feed this to your bird. caffeine does kill birds. when with her last owner, my irn's partner was killed w...
by jimmyjack
Sat Dec 11, 2010 11:00 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: splayed legs?
Replies: 9
Views: 1120

Re: splayed legs?

no, that was just for that photo. on towel or carpet its even more exaggerated. however, thanks for the confidence boost.

worried parent syndrome!
by jimmyjack
Sat Dec 11, 2010 12:05 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: HELP! advice needed
Replies: 3
Views: 271

Re: HELP! advice needed

definately a play perch is in order i think. ive got a table top (its actually the vivarium for my bearded dragon) and have converted the top into a bird play ground. very easy to do. natural branches and a bit of creativity. there is actually a sticky post about creative toys in the diet & housing ...
by jimmyjack
Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:49 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: splayed legs?
Replies: 9
Views: 1120

splayed legs?

so my little baby is still a few weeks old, at most five. nearly has full plumage but still quite a few feathers to grow, and big gawky feet. her preferred habit of head down bum up is maintained even when she tries to walk, so that she kicks her feet out behind her, looking more like a penguin slid...
by jimmyjack
Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: baby housing
Replies: 6
Views: 794

Re: baby housing

well, we're not quite at seven weeks yet, however, im more concerned with substrate as ive read some very conflicting responses on what to use/ not use. ive read that bark chips are fantastic and what would naturally be in the nest in the wild, and is good for maintaining temperature and comfortabil...
by jimmyjack
Fri Dec 10, 2010 10:05 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: new bub - feeding help
Replies: 19
Views: 1719

Re: new bub - feeding help

well, we have two sounds... the first being the infamous "bugger off!" squawk my other IRN would make whilst plowing into my thumb when i first got her. the second was a gorgeous few chirps i could only interpret as "give me attention" of "feed me"... both were made when approaching the home, on sep...
by jimmyjack
Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:44 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: baby housing
Replies: 6
Views: 794

baby housing

whats the best way to house a several week old baby. ive read through posts and sites and cant find anything significant? images would be great too!
by jimmyjack
Fri Dec 10, 2010 1:41 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: new bub - feeding help
Replies: 19
Views: 1719

Re: new bub - feeding help

the little one - salvador - is still more interested in hiding from us than in feeding, so its necessary to use the syringe instead of spoon for the time being. thats fantastic advice melika, and thank you for teling me. i havent been putting the syringe down the throat more just sitting it in the b...
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:41 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: baby behaviour
Replies: 2
Views: 264

Re: baby behaviour

and i have an adult. she saw the baby in my lap the other day. its not the mother, but she is insanely curious of the little one. would it be undesirable for an introduction yet? as the little one is still so young? the mother has not had experience with other birds, however shes tried to fight the ...
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 07, 2010 11:33 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: baby behaviour
Replies: 2
Views: 264

baby behaviour

so this is more about my behaviour than the bird. our new baby salvador is 4-5 weeks old. he came out from the parents nest 4 days ago and has been feeding well. im doing my best to accustom with him and nuture, trying to reduce stress. would it be okay to nurse him for extended periods, ie, while i...
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:23 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: When is the right time to take out of the cage.
Replies: 2
Views: 347

Re: When is the right time to take out of the cage.

i would suggest leaving in the cage for atleast a week, until you can see they have calmed down and adjusted to the new environment, and your rhythms around the house. try eating meals, breakfast or even a snack, in front of the cage as this will help adjust. when they seem interested after a few da...
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:20 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: help! wing is bleeding
Replies: 4
Views: 1148

Re: help! wing is bleeding

to say again as the others, take him to the vet immediately. and dont go back to that pet shop.

be careful and patient, but you may have a difficult time on your hands, as nopalito may not be hand reared, so taming may take time.

good luck and your choice of name is beautiful
by jimmyjack
Tue Dec 07, 2010 4:16 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Is this normal
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Re: Is this normal

charlie is still young and all hope should not be lost. persistance is the key. ellie got it right, there are far too many sources recommending not to let your parrot accustom to your shoulder, as it gives them a power position. in saying that, my iggy has never been a problem on my shoulder. parrot...
by jimmyjack
Mon Dec 06, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Affraid of contact and lowland
Replies: 1
Views: 200

Re: Affraid of contact and lowland

hi ferkiz. dont be too worried. keep up the persistance, and try a slow progression - try to hold your hand near the bird to the point where it seems uncomfortable, hold your hand there for several seconds, then remove it with lots of "good boy" words and praise. continue this for about 20 mins a da...
by jimmyjack
Mon Dec 06, 2010 12:41 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: new bub - feeding help
Replies: 19
Views: 1719

Re: new bub - feeding help

i'll give that a go with the rubbing. im in eastern australia. right now ambient temp is low 30's so from what ive read about temps to keep them at, its not necessary. i definately wouldnt want to be much hotter right now! (though give it another month and it will be...). had a bit more luck today, ...
by jimmyjack
Sun Dec 05, 2010 3:58 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: new bub - feeding help
Replies: 19
Views: 1719

Re: new bub - feeding help

and as for the reluctance? is that just a need to adjust and adapt to humans?

how often should this guy be eating? am i right in judging by whether there is food in the crop or not?
by jimmyjack
Sun Dec 05, 2010 1:57 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: new bub - feeding help
Replies: 19
Views: 1719

new bub - feeding help

so ive just got a new baby, about 4 weeks old. still a baby only a parent could love. its been feeding with its mother until now, and ive only just got him yesterday. Needless to say, he's still frightened of us, and doesnt call for food or seek it when we try to feed. is this just safety mechanism ...
by jimmyjack
Thu Dec 02, 2010 8:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: losing feathers
Replies: 2
Views: 257

losing feathers

hi. so its coming into summer, and my IRN has been losing her feathers - its mostly been the small down underfeathers - finding them all over the house! however, a few feathers from her wings and now a tail feather have come out. She doesnt seem to be pulling them out, moreso theyre coming of their ...
by jimmyjack
Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:28 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: indian ring necks and other birds?
Replies: 15
Views: 3888

Re: indian ring necks and other birds?

a good thing to think about with this sort of situation is to look at ecological scenarios. as humans, we love to have happy notions that by mixing animals they will bond and become friends, such as may be the case with some domesticated animals, such as dogs with us. but this simply is NOT the case...
by jimmyjack
Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:17 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: a bird. a crawl space. hours of love.
Replies: 3
Views: 255

Re: a bird. a crawl space. hours of love.

thanks ellie. i cant see a problem in letting her lay eggs if its the natural thing to do. ive got a couple of books but they dont really cover this topic well, more focused on male behaviour. i doesnt seem like a negative behaviour so i cant understand why it should be stopped, i cant really see HO...
by jimmyjack
Thu Oct 14, 2010 9:02 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: a bird. a crawl space. hours of love.
Replies: 3
Views: 255

a bird. a crawl space. hours of love.

so im really just curious as to this behaviour. recently iggy pop (actually now a girl!) has taken a particular fancy with the underside of a cabinet in the loungeroom. everytime we let her out, she now immediately dives under there. and then will potter around the floor, go up to her window-side pe...
by jimmyjack
Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:49 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Why is Gizmo behaving like this..is he unwell...?
Replies: 9
Views: 434

Re: Why is Gizmo behaving like this..is he unwell...?

amjaid, my female went through these similar things. i thought it was a male because of signalling, and hadnt developed his (her) ring yet. however, turns out it is a female, has started signalling in a very female way and alot of the behaviour is female. she runs back and forth along her perch too,...
by jimmyjack
Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:26 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: TOTALLY BIZZARRE!
Replies: 3
Views: 333

Re: TOTALLY BIZZARRE!

no, i dont think its totally bizarre. or bizzarre even. your little one should get over the behaviour. mine went through a similar period, i think most do, as others have commented. if you still want to safely handle during this stage, you can got to a linen/craft shop and get a scrap piece of leath...
by jimmyjack
Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:33 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New ringneck, completely untame
Replies: 14
Views: 1400

Re: New ringneck, completely untame

actually i think anything corn is the trick...mine is almost as mad for the stuff as he is for sunflower seeds!
by jimmyjack
Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:22 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: strangely submissive
Replies: 8
Views: 599

Re: strangely submissive

so apparantly nothing to be too worried about. ive taken him to the vet, and hes in very good health - an unusual amount of a single type of pollen in his excrement, which indicates it may have just been a digestive problem from some vegetable he hasnt really had before, akin to a "meat and three ve...
by jimmyjack
Fri Jun 25, 2010 1:16 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: wing clipping to help with taming
Replies: 2
Views: 365

Re: wing clipping to help with taming

when i got my IRN, he already had his feathers clipped. we've been training him alot, and now his wings have grown back and he is able to fly, he tends not to unless necessary, but is really quite happy to cruise around on our shoulder or hand. personally i think its a good idea, at least once initi...
by jimmyjack
Wed Jun 23, 2010 10:53 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: strangely submissive
Replies: 8
Views: 599

Re: strangely submissive

well he doesnt move around much, but i put it down to a safety thing. he came from a home where he was (undersized) caged constantly, and ive heard its very common for birds like that to become quite attached to the cage, so i havent found it worrying that he has a preference for his perch. but than...
by jimmyjack
Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:57 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: strangely submissive
Replies: 8
Views: 599

strangely submissive

im not sure if its something to worry about, but i would really like some feedback from anyone about this. sorry to really only post when theres a problem! we've been making fantastic progress with our IRN iggy, he will now fly short distances to land on our hand, loves stepping up and cruising arou...
by jimmyjack
Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:48 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Sshhhh!!! The birds are stunned !!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 427

Re: Sshhhh!!! The birds are stunned !!!!

this seems like a typical predator/prey response. though you may not have seen a cat, something may have been nearby that you couldnt detect - something they heard or could smell perhaps...
by jimmyjack
Tue Jun 15, 2010 3:38 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: bad behaviour from my IRN help needed!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 457

Re: bad behaviour from my IRN help needed!!!

you could place a cage in the aviary for him, so that he is still interacting with the other birds but segregated still.
by jimmyjack
Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:18 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: great games
Replies: 4
Views: 523

great games

i'm interested to know if anyone has some great games they play to interact with their parrot to help build bonds but also test their intelligence and stimulate them.
by jimmyjack
Fri Jun 11, 2010 11:13 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: strange (lack of) behaviour
Replies: 6
Views: 403

Re: strange (lack of) behaviour

well its coming along really well. i was worried for a few weeks but once again we're improving each day. he still wont drink water from his water bowl, but will happily drink from a glass, but most of all enjoys licking it from cracks in my fingers. i, or rather he, has discovered wooden pegs aswel...
by jimmyjack
Sat Jun 05, 2010 7:44 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: strange (lack of) behaviour
Replies: 6
Views: 403

Re: strange (lack of) behaviour

okay yep so great technique! have a look at the timing between this and my last post (maybe 2 minutes) i went to try it straight away, took one sip from the glass. he immediately stepped up and at first put his beak in, then continually about half of his head! needless to say, i needed a new glass o...
by jimmyjack
Sat Jun 05, 2010 7:40 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: strange (lack of) behaviour
Replies: 6
Views: 403

Re: strange (lack of) behaviour

yes hes coming along really well. he stepped up onto my hand yesterday without a food treat, so thats a big improvement. he's eating alot of fruit and veg, i was giving it to him mid-late afternoon until early morning, and seed during the day, but im thinking of swapping the cycle from all the benef...
by jimmyjack
Fri Jun 04, 2010 3:02 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 635920

Re: What to Feed your FID (feathered kid)

as for rhubarb - this should be added to the avocado and caffeine list of NEVER FEED YOUR BIRD rhurbarb is actually toxic, even for humans. we cook it in particular ways to cook out the toxins, but for your bird it can be lethal. why you would try to feed your bird something like this is beyond me, ...
by jimmyjack
Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:56 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: strange (lack of) behaviour
Replies: 6
Views: 403

strange (lack of) behaviour

two things ive noticed with my IRN - he never plays with toys - he never drinks water he was a mistreated bird by his past owner, and both of these things were generally absent from his cage (disgusting i know, but yes, he never had toys, and often left without water) but he never seems to do either...
by jimmyjack
Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:41 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: coco's screeching is killing my life!!
Replies: 32
Views: 1598

Re: coco's screeching is killing my life!!

mine makes an ungodly screech that i could hardly call cute. i think he picked it up off the local natives! but there are other sounds he occasionally makes which definately are. i hope yours stick to the cute ones!
by jimmyjack
Fri Jun 04, 2010 2:38 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New ringneck, completely untame
Replies: 14
Views: 1400

Re: New ringneck, completely untame

from doing a quick scan when i first joined the forums, plenty of the topics seem to be "help, my bird is crazy" or some variation there in with the taming process. read read read. i think thats the best advice ive got to give, as im new to this myself, and its worked for me. scoure through the topi...
by jimmyjack
Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:42 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: tips and help
Replies: 17
Views: 969

Re: tips and help

his feet yes do have a yellowish/light brown tinge to them. i had no idea about foot colour! ha yes he's taken a swipe at my lip before. fortunately ive got a mop of a fringe, and he tends to prefer pulling my hair through his beak...except for that one time :roll: but thats a good technique, havent...
by jimmyjack
Mon May 31, 2010 9:13 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: tips and help
Replies: 17
Views: 969

Re: tips and help

ohok. long stick. thats a good measurement thanks. i was thinking 'long' like a metre or so. well, after quick progress, we've been a bit stagnant for a few weeks. no new developments. does anything for food, though still cautiously jumps on our hand and hops off as soon as the foods gone. so im thi...
by jimmyjack
Mon May 31, 2010 8:56 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Please Tell me is it a breakthrough?
Replies: 8
Views: 544

Re: Please Tell me is it a breakthrough?

ive had mine a few weeks now. ive discussed the progress in a different post, but havent really made any in the last 2 odd weeks. im starting to feel ive done something wrong.
by jimmyjack
Mon May 31, 2010 8:51 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: almost a week
Replies: 6
Views: 475

Re: almost a week

im new to this myself, but food seems to be the trick. If my lil one gets out and doesnt want to go back in, i just leave him for a short while. if you're worried about them pooing, you can make a few lil perches around the room, with a catch tray underneath. they tend to view their cages as a point...
by jimmyjack
Thu May 20, 2010 9:21 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: tips and help
Replies: 17
Views: 969

Re: tips and help

okay yeah thats a great idea. ive tried getting him onto a stick before, but he more often just gets freaked out at it. i suppose thats what the term 'persistance' is for...
by jimmyjack
Tue May 18, 2010 5:12 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: tips and help
Replies: 17
Views: 969

Re: tips and help

well ive had some progress so far. thanks for all your advice - unfortunately towel was not one of them, and i have the wounds to prove it! haha, though i have found it is the most stress free method to get him back in the cage when hes been out a while. so ive been slowly approaching by hand, and t...
by jimmyjack
Tue May 18, 2010 4:54 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: chet womach
Replies: 3
Views: 540

Re: chet womach

thanks for the link! just as i suspected, i think i'll stick to the good old forums!
by jimmyjack
Sat May 15, 2010 1:45 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: chet womach
Replies: 3
Views: 540

chet womach

has anyone actually purchased the chet womach training videos? im curious to find out if its a bit of a scam or if its a worthwhile purchase?

cheers
by jimmyjack
Mon May 10, 2010 7:45 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: tips and help
Replies: 17
Views: 969

Re: tips and help

thank you! well im skeptical of the towel-wrapping method. im worried it could lead him to distrusting me? im curious as ive read a bit in the forums about it, but what do level of progress do you achieve from it? does it encourage them to be in your hands? do they feel comfort from being wrapped up...
by jimmyjack
Mon May 10, 2010 6:50 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: So hard to tame!
Replies: 8
Views: 630

Re: So hard to tame!

DivineDomain wrote:tried holding him in a towel and rubbing his head and offering treats
is this method recommended by other people in dealing with an untamed bird. im cautious as i dont want to put a foot wrong in dishonouring my IRNs (slowly) growing trust, or do anything counter-active.
by jimmyjack
Mon May 10, 2010 4:11 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: tips and help
Replies: 17
Views: 969

tips and help

hi, ive recently taken in a blue indian ringneck that has been badly mistreated by its previous owner. im not sure whether it is a female or possibly a juvie male, but has a grey/dull black ring around its neck with very faint pink on the back of the neck. ive done a bunch of reading and research in...