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by Ed Loschi
Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:05 am
Forum: News
Topic: A very good local event Ya'all might be interested in.
Replies: 1
Views: 1209

A very good local event Ya'all might be interested in.

Hello, If you are in the vicinity of Tallahassee, Florida, USA you may like to come to this event. The 19th Annual Exotic Bird Fair and Festival - August 23-24, 2008: The Big Bend Bird Club hosts an Annual Exotic Bird Fair and Festival in August each year as a fun and educational experience for the ...
by Ed Loschi
Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Mojito 911 Please Help!
Replies: 15
Views: 1585

things sound pretty normal.

Everything you mention sounds very normal. Pellets in the water cup is completely normal; the diet sounds excellant, and the plucking could just be for this molt. Or, as was explained to me once by a skilled bird owner--that the bird is going through a hormonal phase, like a teenager might, and that...
by Ed Loschi
Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:33 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Mojito 911 Please Help!
Replies: 15
Views: 1585

Hey,

Yeah Kyria is exactly correct, ditch the grit.

As for the feather; did your fid pluck it or did it fall out? Maybe your fid is starting to molt hence some of the stress you are seeing.

Good luck.
by Ed Loschi
Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:26 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Minamum cage size
Replies: 1
Views: 674

sounds like a good size cage to me.

Those dimensions sound like a very acceptable cage size. My fid was in a 19''x19''x24 (wdh) for several years before he got the McMansion he's in now.
by Ed Loschi
Thu Jul 31, 2008 9:15 am
Forum: News
Topic: Sharlene is this baby here yet??
Replies: 22
Views: 3915

CONGRATS.

Hey,

Congratulations! Good going. She's a looker.

If you kept her cooking 'til July 28 she and I would have had the same B'day hehehe.

God Bless her and you.

Ed
by Ed Loschi
Fri Jul 25, 2008 8:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: its over
Replies: 115
Views: 9533

VERY GOOD LUCK. And really good news.

Hey, You and Tango are very lucky. The cuts and scrapes she has are from the wild IRN's she tried to get with, she'll heal. You absolutely must bird proof your home; especially the room you keep Tangos cage in. You must figure out how she escaped from her cage and then from the room you had her in--...
by Ed Loschi
Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:14 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Luna after 17 monthes
Replies: 11
Views: 1407

Yes you have and yes it is.

Hey,

You asked:
" Have I lost my mind? or is this a good idea?"

Yes you have, and it is and excellant idea.

Keep the good work going and good luck.

Regards, Ed
by Ed Loschi
Wed Jul 23, 2008 9:03 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: its over
Replies: 115
Views: 9533

You should be making plans to get your bird back.

Hey-- It is probably your bird and you should immediately expend every effort to recapture her. If you do not capture her she will most surely be taken by a predator. If you are clever enough to get her back then you need to carefully assess your cage set-up and fix what allowed her to escape. Don't...
by Ed Loschi
Wed Jul 23, 2008 8:53 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Summarised catchup
Replies: 18
Views: 2972

Hey Kyria.

Hey Kyria,

Nice to hear from you and good to hear that kids, fids and things in general are doing ok.
by Ed Loschi
Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:37 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Help please!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 843

molting/plucking

Hey Harold, I posted this answer to your question in the Photo section also: Hey, Your male is plucking his chest/breast feathers but just sniping off the colored bit of the feather leaving the downy alone. Watch him carefully and you'll catch him. One thing that could be happening too is that the f...
by Ed Loschi
Wed Jul 16, 2008 7:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Luna after 17 monthes
Replies: 11
Views: 1407

Fantastic good news!

Hey,
Absolutely WONDERFUL news.
Good for you and Luna, keep up the great work ya'all are doing.
I always look forward to your progress reports and updates.
by Ed Loschi
Tue Jul 08, 2008 10:03 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Help please!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 892

kinda looks like self plucking

Hey, Your male is plucking his chest/breast feathers but just sniping off the colored bit of the feather leaving the downy alone. Watch him carefully and you'll catch him. One thing that could be happening too is that the female might be allopreening him and doing the plucking. His feathering will c...
by Ed Loschi
Tue Jul 08, 2008 9:41 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: hi VG here
Replies: 6
Views: 878

hey good luck with your fid

Your little fid is beautiful but it is too soon to tell its sex yet using feather color patterns, but you could use dna testing. You have a green IRN, to me that is the wild-type feather color; and it looks like she is begining to molt, noting that loose feather. A green IRN male will have a ROSE co...
by Ed Loschi
Sat Jul 05, 2008 12:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Possible Air Sac?
Replies: 5
Views: 975

It sounds like everything is OK with your fid.

It sounds as if you are noticing the birds crop, and it sounds like everything is normal with your fid. Taking the fid to an avian vet is a good idea; if they just verify that you're seeing the crop then it is a 'well bird' visit, if they find something then you and the fid are way ahead of fixing t...
by Ed Loschi
Wed Jul 02, 2008 7:49 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: untame Indian Ringneck - caught for winter. need advice
Replies: 56
Views: 6738

Congratulations

Congrats on the great irn find, he's a really god looking fid.
I hope you decide to keep him when the spring season comes around.
Good catch.
by Ed Loschi
Fri Jun 06, 2008 8:56 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New to ringnecks, male has a plucking issue
Replies: 12
Views: 1681

How you and your fid get along with this plucking problem.

Hey, My male Irn has been plucking similarly to yours, except that my fid just snips off the colored portion of the feather and leaves the downy white part alone. He started a few years ago with just a small area plucked at the top of his chest, a year later (after a nice healthy molt) he snipped al...
by Ed Loschi
Fri May 30, 2008 9:32 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Amazon?
Replies: 16
Views: 2206

You're doing great, with two new birds,thanks and keep it up

Zero,

You and your stepfather are awesome. What a challenge and a great responsibility taking on these two birds...GOOD ON YOU BOTH.

A 50 yo bird, wow, that is something.

Hope the vet gives you good advice and options, no doubt you're doing all the right things.

Good luck.
by Ed Loschi
Thu Apr 17, 2008 8:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Something wrong with my boy
Replies: 21
Views: 2686

Sad to hear of Tajj passing, our prayers are with you.

Hello Greeny,
Tajj passing is very sad news and my thoughts are with you. 11 years is a nice time together but still it is too short. Tajj's vids are really great, and a nice way to remember your fid. Sorry to hear of your loss.
Ed
by Ed Loschi
Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:35 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: How do I train the fid to use a water bottle?
Replies: 3
Views: 783

Thanks for the idea.

Thanks for your replies. Yeah the water bottles and water cups need to be cleaned thoroughly no doubt about it. I will use the finger tapping idea to show him bottle=water. It just so happened that I saw a type of water bottle this morning; it had an attractive (to the fid) red stopper that had to b...
by Ed Loschi
Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:14 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: How do I train the fid to use a water bottle?
Replies: 3
Views: 783

How do I train the fid to use a water bottle?

When I got Kiwi, female, she was water bottle trained. She uses the water bottle to drink and the water cup in her cage to bathe...perfect. The Beeb, male, had never seen a water bottle until I put one on his cage when we got Kiwi. He doesn't bother with that bottle at all, he strictly drinks out of...
by Ed Loschi
Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:51 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: the voice
Replies: 12
Views: 1892

arrkkhh growl sound

My fids do that sound with pinning eys when they are annoyed. I take it as a warning sound meaning 'stop whatever you are doing near me or I'll bite you.' They do the sound without the pinning eyes when I dry them off after a shower ( I put them into a towel and give them a full body ruffled up feat...
by Ed Loschi
Thu Feb 21, 2008 9:03 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: DNA wrong
Replies: 23
Views: 2428

Olivia's sex

I guessed the sex back in January...where's the prize! DNA testing is very unlikely to be wrong, though there is a faint possibility; the sample you sent in might have been contaminated with other DNA. Olivia is going to be all girl and that will be good too. My female Kiwi is much more affectionate...
by Ed Loschi
Wed Feb 13, 2008 10:04 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: check it out ..
Replies: 1
Views: 843

Good videos, Thanks.

Hey Stranger,
Good site for vids of fids. Nice to hear from you too, busy is good.
by Ed Loschi
Thu Feb 07, 2008 8:42 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Its Official!! I adopted Airrick!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1456

Good on you.

Congratulations.

And a great photograph of your new fid.

Good for you and for him and good luck to ya'all.
by Ed Loschi
Tue Jan 22, 2008 11:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Help with cages
Replies: 23
Views: 2550

I vote for the first cage

I think the first cage is better, and I agree with Nil. The fids will naturally want to get to the top most part of the cage so they probably will ignore the porch play area which the second cage has.
by Ed Loschi
Wed Jan 16, 2008 8:47 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: New Oliver Pics! (last pics before dna sexed)
Replies: 116
Views: 10910

I guess female

I got to guess female, especially when you said she has gone through two molts. She's a pretty little fid.
by Ed Loschi
Wed Dec 05, 2007 9:01 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Feather Problems - with pics
Replies: 7
Views: 3364

ditto on Melika's comments

Hey, I gotta say ditto on Melika's comments. The vet should not have clipped blood feathers and should have known not to have clipped them. Let the feathers grow out completely then clip the flight feathers. There are some really good instructions somewhere on this website about the accepted feather...
by Ed Loschi
Thu Nov 29, 2007 11:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Feather Problems - with pics
Replies: 7
Views: 3364

Your fid does look a little raggedy, probably a bad initial clipping, but the new flight feathers look perfectly normal. Birds are always quick to bite when their new feathers are coming in, the sheathed blood feathers actually have nerves in them until they are unsheathed, and so can be tender. You...
by Ed Loschi
Thu Nov 15, 2007 8:41 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Kalle and Oliver
Replies: 15
Views: 2329

Really excellent video of courtship behavior.

What a great video of Oliver (Olivia...heheh) and Kalle. Really interesting to watch their behavior. Thanks for posting it.
by Ed Loschi
Tue Oct 16, 2007 10:01 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: first try at some pics
Replies: 4
Views: 1199

Thanks for the replies

Thank you for the kind words. The fids are fun and they are camera hogs-- putting supermodels to shame.
by Ed Loschi
Thu Oct 11, 2007 9:06 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: first try at some pics
Replies: 4
Views: 1199

first try at some pics

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by Ed Loschi
Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:19 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What brand of pellets do you feed your IRN?
Replies: 25
Views: 11670

Harrisons adult lifetime coarse

We started using Harrisons adult lifetime coarse. The fids really like it and we go by Harrisons feeding and supplements directions.
Oh and seasonal fruits and veggies and sometimes seeds.
by Ed Loschi
Wed Sep 12, 2007 9:45 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Manufactured Food vs Fresh
Replies: 11
Views: 2287

Try Harrisons. My fids took to it instantly.

Hey, I recently went on vacation and for the first time I didn't take my fids. Instead I put them into birdy boarding (or bird camp) for 10 days. The facility they went to was excellant; it is a vet clinic and one of the vets is avian certified and a respected breeder. When I dropped off the fids I ...
by Ed Loschi
Mon Aug 06, 2007 8:22 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: It's getting closer
Replies: 32
Views: 8158

GOOD LUCK ANGIE!!

Hey

GOOD LUCK ANGIE!!


You'll do fine and when you do get the job will you help me find a good job in Oz. I'm willing to relocate and will work for food.


Ed
by Ed Loschi
Tue Jul 31, 2007 7:56 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: question
Replies: 6
Views: 1208

Wow what a great pic.

Dang that is a classy photo of an IRN. Excellent.
by Ed Loschi
Mon Jul 02, 2007 7:21 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Last night in the US flying out tomorrow
Replies: 4
Views: 1078

Bon Voyage.

Bon Voyage. Hope ya'll have a safe trip and are able to get over that jet lag.
by Ed Loschi
Wed Jun 27, 2007 8:20 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: The great female debate
Replies: 18
Views: 4294

Experienced older girls.

I got Kiwi August '06; so we have been together 11 months. Her leg band says she was hatched in '00, I got her from foster parents who had her for about six months. They told me her history. She originally was with an older lady, then was adopted to a college age man, then to the foster parents, the...
by Ed Loschi
Mon Jun 11, 2007 8:32 am
Forum: News
Topic: Congratulations Kyria
Replies: 11
Views: 4266

Hear Hear

Hear Hear!

Great to see you as a mod here on theis board Kyria. Great to see the positive changes that have taken place here too. Keep up the good work.
by Ed Loschi
Sat May 12, 2007 8:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Wild fire in FL
Replies: 11
Views: 2110

If you have Central HVAC Kepp the AC on!

KEEP THE AC ON!! Most central HVAC systems use reblower units. The compressor is outside and it sends the cooling fluid into the blower; the compressor does not send in outside air. If you have window AC units then turn them off, they bring in outside air. I'm in Tallahassee, Florida and there are a...
by Ed Loschi
Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Conspiracy among bird owners on this site!!!!
Replies: 18
Views: 4406

Yes it is a conspiracy--and We are tracking you.

Yes. We are a conspiracy and We are tracking you.
by Ed Loschi
Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: tail feather problems
Replies: 9
Views: 1751

clean e'm up!

You need to give ur fid a TT shower, that is a toes and tail shower; it's smilar to a PTA shower for women or a CPA for men.
by Ed Loschi
Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: color changing
Replies: 14
Views: 3716

Yeah probably a boy Irn

Yeah probably a boy Irn. BTW birds have feathers but no hair.
by Ed Loschi
Wed Dec 06, 2006 8:49 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: color changing
Replies: 14
Views: 3716

My birds molt once a year.

My birds molt once a year around the late summer/early autumn here in North Fla. My male, Bebe, had his first molt about 14 months after he hatched and his second molt when his neckring came in beautifully about 10 months after that; since then he's molted regularly late summer/early autumn.
by Ed Loschi
Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:48 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Scratching?
Replies: 1
Views: 627

Good luck, hope ya'll find relief.

Is he scratching only at one place, that is is he concentrating on one area of his body? If so there maybe something localized at that spot which is irritating him. Check hard for lice or fleas and get a positive diagnosis before applying any sprays or soaps to the fid. Plain water showers or fresh ...
by Ed Loschi
Tue Nov 21, 2006 10:32 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello Everyone :)
Replies: 7
Views: 2450

Seventeen years is great.

17 year old Irn is fantastic, you have a special liitle pal and her behaviors and ability to adapt to her new home is going to make her a great companion.
I have always heard that the typical Irn lifespan is 20 to 30y; so in human (American female) years she is about 68yo, good for all ya'll.
by Ed Loschi
Tue Oct 10, 2006 7:59 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bad news
Replies: 7
Views: 3017

Tough way to not get your Irn.

This breeder sounds like a bad one. I suggest you get away from him. Decline his offer and stop doing business with him. Then I suggest that you name him and his business here on this board as well as on other similar boards so that his future potential customers are aware of his business practices.
by Ed Loschi
Tue Sep 19, 2006 12:31 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: babies are due ..
Replies: 14
Views: 5158

Get that nest full of big fat Irn chicks!

You go Angie.
I got a feeling...and it is that you're gonna get a whole nest full of big fat Irn chicks.
The best part is, after the hatch you get to vacation in Florida and your kids get to take care of the fids.
HAHAHEHE.
by Ed Loschi
Thu Sep 07, 2006 9:52 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Is it normal?
Replies: 10
Views: 2399

Good advice and info about yogurt from Cindy.

This is good advice and info about yogurt from Cindy: "Yogurt is ok in small amounts for birds so long as it it plain yogurt...This is a GREAT digestive aid for parrots. esprcially babies! Hope this help....Try a health food store for natural yogurts." I feed yogurt regularly to my Irn and he likes ...
by Ed Loschi
Sat Jul 29, 2006 8:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: building a cage - does size matter?
Replies: 2
Views: 601

Bigger is better!
It sounds like you're building more of a aviary rather than a cage. Good for you and especially for the fid...he's gonna like that new space.
by Ed Loschi
Mon Jul 24, 2006 8:15 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: More tropical-y pics
Replies: 7
Views: 884

Great pics and beautiful colors. Well done.

Great Pics--beautiful colors. Well done.
by Ed Loschi
Fri Jul 21, 2006 8:45 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Help! Ricci keeps attacking me!
Replies: 25
Views: 4770

You got alot of bird training to do.

Clip that bird--and then make her do YOUR step-up commands, first with wood perches and then with your hand/fingers.

Be relentless about the step-up drills.

She'll get it; then you'll have fewer problems with the fid.
by Ed Loschi
Thu Jul 13, 2006 3:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: MAX is GREAT!! :o)
Replies: 5
Views: 562

Hey Sucker...hahaha!

Hey Sucker,

What do you feed the baby Swifts? Mashed up insects?

Good for you raising up Swifts, hopefully when they grow up they'll hang around your home.
by Ed Loschi
Thu Jul 13, 2006 2:59 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Please aproove or disaproove fruit/veg mix
Replies: 13
Views: 3531

That's a menu that I'd like to eat, yumyum. It is a great variety of foods that you got for your fid and it is a healthy variety too, so good for him and for you. Irn's like most parrots (actually birds in general) are omnivorous, that is they can eat most anything. In the wild the parents would sho...
by Ed Loschi
Tue Jul 11, 2006 9:11 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Birdtalk article
Replies: 3
Views: 1947

Flowers are great additions to the fid diet

Flowers are great additions to the fid diet. I let my fid crawl around on the plants on the porch. Growing in pots out there is Christmas Cactus (flowers NOV-JAN), Rosemary, Basil, Habanero peppers, and some unidentified orchids. All these bud out and flower at some point in the spring or summer--th...
by Ed Loschi
Thu Jul 06, 2006 9:51 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Baby flew the coup
Replies: 11
Views: 2144

Very tough break. Hope you get her back.

Very tough break. Hope you get her back.

Can you scout around where you last saw her and start sounding off so that she will sound back to you?

And drop posters around everywhere.

Tough lesson about wing clipping.

Good luck.
by Ed Loschi
Wed Jul 05, 2006 8:21 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Night fright????
Replies: 5
Views: 1842

hope you can get a fix for it

Yeah you got a tough prob going on there, I hope you can get a fix for it. I've never seen those sorts of night frights or panics in a bird. Your idea of cleaning the cage and rearranging perches in it is good; maybe try out a different location for the cage too; and maybe more (or fewer) toys and s...
by Ed Loschi
Mon Jul 03, 2006 7:48 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: New Pics.
Replies: 7
Views: 994

Excellant. Very nice pics.

Excellant. Very nice pics.
by Ed Loschi
Mon Jul 03, 2006 7:37 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New IRN Member ... Need HELP!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1151

Gloves not a good tool to use for step-up training.

This maybe a an old legend that may have little merit but I have heard from numerous long standing bird owners that using gloves is not good for training purposes and are generally bad to have on when handling birds. The only time gloves are needed are when handling predatory birds with wicked stron...
by Ed Loschi
Wed Jun 28, 2006 7:41 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: HELP!!
Replies: 20
Views: 2996

What does the poop look like?

What does the poop look like? This is not as dumb as it sounds; the first thing to use in determining bird health and for diagnosing problems is the poop. Generally an occasional regurge isn't too big of a deal but with your liitle guy and his recent setbacks this may be important. Maybe leave seeds...
by Ed Loschi
Tue Jun 27, 2006 4:27 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New IRN owner (sorta!)
Replies: 18
Views: 3047

Wow!! Good catch!

Wow!! Good catch!
by Ed Loschi
Mon Jun 26, 2006 8:38 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Prayers for Gina-Bird
Replies: 17
Views: 2046

Best of Luck.

Best of Luck. You got good advice about your fid. When you mentioned that the vet said "crystals" I immediately thought kidney probs too; slightly acidic foods and fluids (LOTS of fluids: drop of apple cider vinegar water, cranberry juice--get some whole cranberries also, citric juices) help allevia...
by Ed Loschi
Thu Jun 22, 2006 8:01 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: He sounds like a chicken!
Replies: 7
Views: 1399

What is going on around your Irn when he is exhibiting?

What is going on around your Irn when he is exhibiting the behavior? My Irn does that too. He has an extreme version (Head arched and bowing kind og showing the ring but with head feathers sleeked down , body streached, wings unfolded, right leg extended eyes pinning and a big click/cluck--all in on...
by Ed Loschi
Wed Jun 21, 2006 8:51 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: when would i expect my IRN to molt?
Replies: 5
Views: 785

His molt should be starting right now.

Your Dude still has his fledgling feathers. His next molt should be starting right now and continuing for a few weeks. You ought to be seeing more downy feathers and countour feathers on the floor and feeling more pin feathers on the bird, and his neckring should start becoming much more evident. My...
by Ed Loschi
Wed Jun 21, 2006 8:18 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Bed for your bird
Replies: 12
Views: 4187

Try one out and see how it works.

Hey. Some brands are called 'Birdy Buddies' (here in US) some are called 'Happy Huts' (AU). Or you can make your own. My little guy really likes his, but it did take him about a month to get used to it; but now it's his night time roost. When The Beeb hooks into the sides of it he's completely out o...
by Ed Loschi
Fri Jun 16, 2006 9:02 am
Forum: News
Topic: zazu has gone
Replies: 9
Views: 3864

Good luck, you'll get him soon

If you can hear him you can find him and when you find him you can capture him; and if he has been out for this long he's ready to come home and he's good at staying away from predators.

Good luck, you'll get him soon.
by Ed Loschi
Fri Jun 16, 2006 8:22 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Does your IRN scream??
Replies: 19
Views: 4340

The Beeb coos, clicks, chirps, whistles, growls. No screams

Bebe coos, clicks, chirps, whistles, growls, does a funny vocalization (with an eye pin/flash a body stretch and a wing flutter) when a bird of prey, or a plane passes overhead or a loud sound such as a lawn mower or truck passes; but he doesn't scream or screetch.
by Ed Loschi
Tue Jun 13, 2006 3:34 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Ballo the macaw :D
Replies: 10
Views: 1488

great photographs, really nice macaw

What great photographs, really nice macaw...congrats and thanks.
by Ed Loschi
Thu Jun 08, 2006 8:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: runny cere
Replies: 1
Views: 398

Did you consult with the Vet about the runny cere?

Did you consult with the Vet about the runny cere?

The Bebe is in good health (TG) and I've heard of a runny cere but not seen or experienced one with Bebe so I'd like to hear what the Vet might have said about your fid's runny cere.

Could it be just a bird Cold, like humans get?
by Ed Loschi
Sat Jun 03, 2006 11:29 am
Forum: Polls
Topic: Is your Irn Lefthanded or is it Righthanded?
Replies: 28
Views: 11880

Is your Irn Lefthanded or is it Righthanded?

Is your Irn a Lefty or a Righty?
by Ed Loschi
Thu Jun 01, 2006 4:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: O/T and embarrassing...
Replies: 14
Views: 1263

I want to find a good water filtration system.

Hello, Angie, you said, "the water we drink is filtered in a stand alone ceramic urn (three candles), very "cottage house" looking, best investment." What is this thing you are describing? I'm very interested in treating/filtering my tap water. I live in N Florida and we are blessed with good and ab...
by Ed Loschi
Thu May 25, 2006 7:31 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Kalle and Curre (new fly pics and some on Curre)
Replies: 19
Views: 1569

WOW. Great pics, fantastic. Thanks.

WOW. Great pics, fantastic. Thanks.
by Ed Loschi
Tue May 23, 2006 8:36 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Breeding Alexandrines to Ringnecks
Replies: 31
Views: 18959

Reason for creating hybrids.

Hello, Just for the "heck of it" might be the less valuable reason for creating hybrids. I kind of like Jeremy's thoughts about what plan or genetics experiment you are working on and if there is none then why are you undertaking the hybridizations? The genetics and creation of hybrids is well known...
by Ed Loschi
Mon May 22, 2006 7:46 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: do ringnecks feel the cold?
Replies: 17
Views: 10593

Every warm blooded animal feels the cold.

Every warm blooded animal feels the cold and they have really good metabolic, circulatory, and behavioral adaptations to protect themselves from harm due to cold. This subject got covered on this board recently, here is the reference to that first inquiry: Posted: Sun Apr 23, 2006 6:34 pm Post subje...
by Ed Loschi
Mon May 22, 2006 7:29 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: I DON'T KNOW IF IT IS A HE OR A SHE
Replies: 12
Views: 1862

I got to vote for female.

I got to vote for female; although 24 months would be only be one molt so the fid would only have juvenile feathering but still as far as I remember my liitle guy showed a ring by then.
by Ed Loschi
Thu May 18, 2006 7:46 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Eddies Rainy day adventure
Replies: 9
Views: 2818

Post a video of Eddie driving that dirt bike

Forgot to add.

Post a video of Eddie driving that dirt bike.

And I'm honored by his name. I almost named my guy Eddie Jr. HEHEHE. But that would have been too weird even for my friends and family.

Regards, Eddie Loschi
by Ed Loschi
Thu May 18, 2006 7:42 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Eddies Rainy day adventure
Replies: 9
Views: 2818

Great story and pics!!

Yeah,

Great story. I love epic poetry especially with pics. HAHA!

Well done.
by Ed Loschi
Thu May 18, 2006 7:34 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: CAN ANYONE ANSWER MY "ORNALYTE" QUESTION?
Replies: 4
Views: 1323

look at the ingrediaents list and do a google search of them

I can't say I know anything about the product. Can you start researching it ? Maybe look at the ingrediaents list and do a google search of each of them and also talk with an avian vet and with long standing bird owners about the product. I lean to not using meds on me or mine--prefer talk, heavy pe...
by Ed Loschi
Wed May 17, 2006 8:26 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: a bad day today
Replies: 8
Views: 942

Tough break, but a good lesson nevertheless.

Tough break, but a good lesson nevertheless. I got robbed several years ago. I was on a cross country trip. stopped for gas, had my wallet on the dashboard of my car. left the car to go into the station to get a softdrink got back into my car drove off 400+ miles later I neede to get fuel, opened th...
by Ed Loschi
Wed May 17, 2006 8:14 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Very small moths...
Replies: 18
Views: 4158

seed moths have infested my apt and it's getting ugly.

The seed moths have infested my apt and it's getting ugly. My apt got invaded when I brought in some millet spray--two seasons ago--that must have had moth eggs. I can't get the damn things out and they are getting EVERYWHERE in the apartment. I've completely disinfected the entire set-up and the ca...
by Ed Loschi
Wed May 17, 2006 8:04 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: A NEW BIRDIE BREAD THAT SHE LOVES
Replies: 4
Views: 1125

Now you got me inspired to do some baking experiments.

You got me inspired to do baking experiments! I'll let you know how they go. Sounds like anything can go into the bread...this oughta be fun.
by Ed Loschi
Fri May 12, 2006 10:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Suggestions needed
Replies: 14
Views: 1218

Build that T-stand!

Build that T-stand!

Build that bad-boy!!

You won't regret it and it'll be fun and you'll see what attracts your fid to it and you can keep on enhancing it.

You can get the stuff you need and put one together in a week end.

Build that sucker.
by Ed Loschi
Wed May 10, 2006 8:15 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: WATER BOTTLES?
Replies: 7
Views: 1443

I never really liked bottles for watering; they're harder to clean, don't let the fid bathe, but they do add an intellectual challenge for the bird. I don't know that I'd use a bottle for just one pet in its own cage.
by Ed Loschi
Wed May 10, 2006 8:08 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: re: new bird questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1609

Let him fly/flop and crash. Irn's are nearly indestructable.

Now don't all ya'all get onto me too hard but IMHO Irn's are practically indestructable. I clip my guy and he's had some great--I mean spectacular (all successful and safe) crash landings. He's got the hang of no flight feathers and has now become a fine acrobat. He gets on our second story porch an...
by Ed Loschi
Wed May 10, 2006 7:46 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: taming my bird
Replies: 13
Views: 1295

You gotta solve the step-up behavior.

You gotta solve the step-up behavior and get your fid to step-up the way you want it done on your command. And the only way to do that is to drill, drill, drill, and then do some more drills for behavioral reinforcement. Oh you gotta take some bite hits too...but not such that your fingers are rippe...
by Ed Loschi
Tue May 09, 2006 8:42 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: help help
Replies: 16
Views: 1331

Did the vet say "craw" or crop?

Did the vet say "craw" or crop? The crop is basically a sac in which food can be stored and the digestive process started. It should get big when the fid is chowing down and small when it is empty--but there should never, not ever, be a solid mass in it that lasts longer than your birds digestive cy...
by Ed Loschi
Thu May 04, 2006 2:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: help help
Replies: 16
Views: 1331

Good luck and best wishes.

It is difficult to imagine what this mass could be. I hope you are able to get it checked out by a avian vet and have it resolved happily. When you get an anomaly like that on the skin of a bird douse the general area with alcohol to wet it down and to flatten the downy feathers so you can get a rea...
by Ed Loschi
Wed May 03, 2006 9:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Violet IRN
Replies: 17
Views: 2737

Price comparison for Irns ?

The price UR being quoted for Irn's in Australia and NZ are sick.

Has anybody actually done a price comparison for Irns by color by world location?

Heck, I may become a breeder/importer/exporter.
by Ed Loschi
Wed May 03, 2006 8:59 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: very moody thing
Replies: 10
Views: 1306

Kick his little feathered a$$

He won't step up? Kick his little feathered arse! Do three or four, or more, sessions per day of 50 rep step up drills with the little meanie. Do the reps in quick succession. A whole session might take a minute and a half at most. He'll catch up with your commands real quickly. If he looks like he'...
by Ed Loschi
Wed May 03, 2006 8:32 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Bird Toys
Replies: 21
Views: 3580

find good cheap stuff DownUnder.

I'm with you Angie. Here in FL there is a culture of 'Garage Sales' (or Garb Sales as in Garbage as my ex GF used to say) practically every weekend. There is all kinds of whacky stuff at these sales like costume jewelry, fabrics, and whatever else you can think of for Pennies! I got two silver Chris...
by Ed Loschi
Tue May 02, 2006 9:05 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Bird Toys
Replies: 21
Views: 3580

toys can be built and assembled at home

Hey, What toys are there for sale that can't be built and assembled at home by you? Bird toys are simple to figure out and design and you can be 100% confident that the parts you use are safe and non toxic. For coloring fiber and wood use food coloring undiluted, straight from the bottle. Nearly any...
by Ed Loschi
Mon May 01, 2006 8:22 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: G'day
Replies: 9
Views: 2260

Is a 'Happy Hut' a 'Birdy Buddy' too?

Hi, I have a dark green male named Bebe he's great fun and a good pal. I'm not sure what a 'Happy Hut' is but I'll assume it is similar to a 'Birdy Buddy'. I made a BB out of an old face towel and attached it to a little bottom frame. The thing is draped over/through the bars of the cage; it is 9in ...
by Ed Loschi
Sat Apr 29, 2006 9:56 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Setting up cage
Replies: 4
Views: 1272

Three stainless steel or heavey ceramic food cups work best.

I'm also interested in hearing what folks here on this board say about housing two birds together. IMHO, three stainless steel or heavy ceramic food cups work best. One a dry cup for pellets and only pellets; a second dry cup for seed/grain/nut mixes; a third wet cup for fresh veggies and fruits. Of...
by Ed Loschi
Sat Apr 29, 2006 8:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Dust bath anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 471

Dust bath anyone?

Hello,

Does anybody get their Irn fid to take dust baths?

Is a dust bath just a behavior for non caged (in the wild) birds?

What kind of set up, type of dust, etc. would be used, is there an upside/downside to it for the fid?

Thanks.
by Ed Loschi
Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:09 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: I will soon have my first IRN
Replies: 5
Views: 940

At least a full molt cycle.

Hello, Thats a good question. My little green guy snipped his green contour feathers from around his shoulders but kept the white downy feathers. It looks like he's wearing a white turtle neck sweater or a white dickey when he streaches himself out...but I'd rather he wore the green feather coat he ...
by Ed Loschi
Tue Apr 25, 2006 9:06 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Just thought I would introduce my crew to you.
Replies: 26
Views: 5555

The one of Indy. It's got a Goth feel to it.

Great pics, Thanks.

I particularly like the one of Indy. It's got a Goth feel to it; looks like he's perched on a skeleton of some poor critter he just ate up. HAHAHa!
by Ed Loschi
Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:44 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Clipping bird's nails
Replies: 8
Views: 2657

Owners must be capable and confident enough to groom.

The tool that Julie showed is perfect in size and shape for all Irn grooming needs: beak, feathers, and nails. I have one just like it. But first I was shown how to properly hold and clip my bird by an avian vet during a well bird visit. I have a friend who has been able to get his Macaw to raise up...
by Ed Loschi
Tue Apr 25, 2006 8:25 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Do u?
Replies: 22
Views: 6051

seems to prefer being covered

Bebe gets covered at night. He seems to prefer being covered. When he's covered he sleeps on a specific perch in his cage. On the rare instance I don't get the cover on him he sleeps in a 'birdy buddy' like thing I made out of an old towel.
by Ed Loschi
Mon Apr 24, 2006 11:35 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: I'm crying like a baby right now...
Replies: 42
Views: 22504

A happy ending...good on you.

What a great story with a happy ending...good on you! I can't believe I just caught up with this thread today. I'm all about clipping and even more so now after reading your story. The Bebe dude is an amazing flyer and I do wish I could see him in full flight maneuvering and darting around, it would...
by Ed Loschi
Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:37 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: New pics of Jia
Replies: 15
Views: 2000

Very pretty and eyes so big.

kosejentan,

Your Jia is very pretty. I've never seen eyes so big.

And the cage you built is great. Good work.

When you get the chance would you show a couple of views of the main cage and of the travel cage you mentioned...I'm thinking of building a travel cage too.

Thanks.
by Ed Loschi
Mon Apr 24, 2006 9:24 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Help a new ringneck lover, please?
Replies: 10
Views: 4555

why they'll take over the world someday.

Irn's can adapt to a very wide range of physical conditions. There is a BIG (~2000 individuals and ~700+ mated pairs last I heard) and growing population of Irn's in London, England that came to exist because of escapes many years ago. There are pictures of wild type Irn's in the snow foraging for f...
by Ed Loschi
Thu Apr 20, 2006 12:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Off Topic - But Hey it's FREE Ben & Jerry's ice cream!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 674

Too bad for people who can't get B&J's ice cream.

Too bad for people who can't get B&J's ice cream. I just sent a freebie cone too all my contacts; B&J is going to get alot of email addresses for their database for sure.

Thanks for the link!!
by Ed Loschi
Thu Apr 20, 2006 11:32 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Floor?
Replies: 8
Views: 908

He has yet to leave his corner empire.

Bebe has the run of the house if he wants. His empire is in the center of action at my apartment. It has a cage on a stand in a corner with a rope bridge to a playpen on a stand, placed in front of a glass window with good views of the outside. His cage is always open except at bed time. There is a ...
by Ed Loschi
Thu Apr 20, 2006 11:15 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Squash & Kiwi
Replies: 4
Views: 1085

All foods are acceptable to Irn's except chocolate, avacado

All foods are acceptable to Irn's except chocolate or avacado skin, [Prove me wrong only with verifiable facts not hearsay please]. But not all food will be acceptable to your bird.

Squash is great.
by Ed Loschi
Thu Apr 20, 2006 11:04 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: bird toys
Replies: 14
Views: 1751

loves toys that generate a sound

From reading these posts and knowing my pal irn for three years it is more and more evident to me that these birds show a very wide range of behavioral patterns. They all have unique characters and amazing adaptability...it is great to watch and learn. When I got Bebe his cage didn't have anything i...
by Ed Loschi
Fri Apr 14, 2006 12:23 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Sigs
Replies: 126
Views: 74929

you got some great pics

you got some great pics. some of the pics on http://www.zoonen.com/perzoonen/galleri ... gid=575896
that showed flight were really nice...I'll vote for one of those. One doesn't usually see pics of pet birds in full feathered flight; you were able to take some nice ones.
by Ed Loschi
Fri Apr 14, 2006 12:10 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Datsuns beak and random pics
Replies: 18
Views: 2074

Your pics are really good...how do you get such good closeup

I'd never try to diagnose anything about a bird so if your concern is getting worse you gotta see a vet. Now, looking at your pics [Your pics are really good...how do you get such good closeups?] frankly I can't see anything that would make me upset. She looks to be in good feather. Could she be pol...
by Ed Loschi
Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: `Going on Holidays
Replies: 6
Views: 957

I have always traveled with the Bebe and he is a great companion and travels well. However, there are certain times he isn't going to get to go with me. Though I haven't yet done this and it'll kill me to do it, I intend to bring him, his cage and foodies to our Vet who will birdsit for a nominal fe...
by Ed Loschi
Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:37 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Peppers
Replies: 5
Views: 1474

They seem to be wicked picky about their food. My little guy used to throw out grapes!!! for a few weeks before he started chowing them down. Now there is no going back.
by Ed Loschi
Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:29 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Will Ringneck kill other birds in home?
Replies: 16
Views: 10055

The evil soul of a muderous assassin.

Irns, yes even my little Bebe, have deep in their Being the evil soul of a muderous assassin. It is good they are small otherwise all of humanity would be in great danger! Which is why I have no fear that should he escape (and that won't happen 'cause he won't see a primary flight feather for as lon...
by Ed Loschi
Fri Apr 14, 2006 11:14 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Gina-Bird :o)
Replies: 10
Views: 1225

G.R.I.T.S.

Here are the ways fine GRITS should be savored. Sometimes topped with nice sweet butter and brown sugar and sometimes 'Jamaican Style' sprinkled with bacon bits and chile pepper. Or maybe the best way to have GRITS is just let the latent heat melt a nice piece of cheese on top and nibble around at t...
by Ed Loschi
Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:03 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: question about carpet cleaning
Replies: 9
Views: 1342

Commercial carpet cleaning uses really nasty solvents.

Yeah. Don't do a commercial carpet cleaning, they use some really nasty solvents, but they do a good job cleaning a carpet. OxyClean and a steam cleaner is the way to go.
by Ed Loschi
Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:18 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: toenails
Replies: 21
Views: 3437

Very sorry to hear of such a loss.

Very sorry to hear of such a loss, my condolences. Get another bird from the guy and then take the bird for a well bird checkup to an avian vet; get the vet to show you how to trim the beak, nails and feathers. Buy the special shaped scissors and start doing the trims yourself. It is very easy and t...
by Ed Loschi
Thu Apr 06, 2006 10:05 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: worms????
Replies: 16
Views: 3883

No ill effect from snipping and pruning the Christmas Cactus

I let Bebe investigate everything on my porch. That includes the plants, he loves climbing up and down Spider Plants, and it is great when he hangs out and roams around in the Rosemary, afterwards he smells great. We have alot of Christmas Cactus' that he investigates and snips when he feels like th...
by Ed Loschi
Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:35 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: My home town and surroundings
Replies: 17
Views: 2730

WONTHAGGI

What a great name. Your pics of your homeland are lovely; and thks for the link too. Are you in the Chamber of Commerce?
by Ed Loschi
Tue Apr 04, 2006 10:22 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: worms????
Replies: 16
Views: 3883

Let'em eat earthworms and dandelions.

Why can't your irn eat earthworms or dandelions? The fertilizer issue must be solved but if you are 100% sure that the food is safe from fertilizer (or other toxics) then I think it is safe to at least introduce those foods. Let your bird tell you what it will and will not eat. It helps me to rememb...
by Ed Loschi
Sat Apr 01, 2006 8:56 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: picture from my trip to the mountain
Replies: 10
Views: 904

Great! Great pics, thanks.
What is the name of the mountain range that you were skiing in? I caught your extra pics on the link you provided, is that sun setting at 3:30 pm!? What time is sunrise there?
by Ed Loschi
Tue Mar 28, 2006 11:00 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Visit with Patty
Replies: 26
Views: 5919

The adelaidebirdclub. Wow you have a nice site.

I just checked your link to the adelaidebirdclub. Wow you have a nice site and a great aviary...good going.
BTW I see now that Patty is an Eclectus (Now I understand Ekkie's...haha).
by Ed Loschi
Tue Mar 28, 2006 10:54 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Visit with Patty
Replies: 26
Views: 5919

Patty is a beautiful bird. Is Patty a King Parrot?
by Ed Loschi
Mon Mar 27, 2006 12:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Hemp
Replies: 16
Views: 1275

Hemp seeds are OK in a bird diet. I have heard that hemp seeds, like sunflower seeds can be fatty and should thought of as treats and make up a small proportion in the seed mix, just as sunflower seeds should be a small proportion in the overall mix.
by Ed Loschi
Sat Mar 25, 2006 1:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Beak this...
Replies: 14
Views: 1053

It is really simple But... I do it alone. But first Bebe and I visited the local vet for a well bird visit and asked him to show me how. It is easy. He had a helper and used a towel. Bebe was wrapped up like a burrito held by the helper, the vet exposed the claws and snipped the nail...he went too c...
by Ed Loschi
Fri Mar 24, 2006 9:51 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: How much is too much? HELP
Replies: 7
Views: 1393

Why are grapes getting such a bad rap? Grapes have water, fructose, bulk (roughage), and good vitamins, and seeds. And in the wild world for a parrot the grape would fruit at a certain time in the season, the birds would concentrate their feeding on the grapes at that time, demolish it and then turn...
by Ed Loschi
Thu Mar 23, 2006 10:26 am
Forum: IRN Breeders
Topic: Cannibal King Parrots
Replies: 6
Views: 3623

Did I read that correctly, your King Parrot's are catching and eating rats and mice?!?!?! Get out of town. How do they do that', swoop down like an owl or something, stomp on them like a hawk? Do they regurge hair and bone pellets? Do you feed them small rodents? I always knew Parrots were oportunis...
by Ed Loschi
Thu Mar 23, 2006 10:11 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: My IRN Baby :D
Replies: 14
Views: 2272

Great pics thanks. First time I ever saw a baby Irn. Interesting that they have orange beak (top and bottom). You have a nice plump, handsome little guy.
by Ed Loschi
Thu Mar 23, 2006 9:06 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: What precautions to take?
Replies: 11
Views: 1044

Thank you Mazziemom for all the info and links these are going to be very helpful. I'm going to find out more about amantadine from my local bird groups and an avian vet. My concern is for my fid (that is a nice word to use) not me; personally I think, should the N5H1 become a human virus, I'll be a...
by Ed Loschi
Wed Mar 22, 2006 10:20 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: What precautions to take?
Replies: 11
Views: 1044

What precautions to take?

Hello, What precautions are people taking, that maybe I should be taking too, because of impending H5N1, Avian Flu. This flu is expected to be in N. America next migratory season, which would be our winter this year. I think I heard of the mega poultry farms vaccinating their flocks. Is there a safe...
by Ed Loschi
Mon Mar 20, 2006 1:22 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Garlic
Replies: 16
Views: 4084

This is great news about garlic. I LOVE cooking with it and eating it raw in salads but had heard that it was bad for birds and simply accepted that as a fact...oops! Bad on me. My little guy is going to have a whole new culinary world opened up to him. BTW, is it unusual to have an IRN that is a st...
by Ed Loschi
Fri Mar 17, 2006 11:42 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello & introduction...
Replies: 5
Views: 921

Hello, I just registered on this site a couple of days ago seeking and receiving good advice about moulting. You asked about what it was like to meet my IRN. I met Bebe a couple of years ago. Bebe was originally bought by one of my neighbors, Missy, who had him for a couple of months but couldn't ke...
by Ed Loschi
Wed Mar 15, 2006 10:53 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: question on molting
Replies: 1
Views: 303

question on molting

Do IRN's molt in patches? I've noticed my goomba, named Bebe, a male ~3yo seems to molt in patches. Two molts ago the feathering on top of his head got really thin and I thought I was petting/rubbing him too much; during last years molt the feathering at his crop region was really thin and the Vet s...