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by ranechild
Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:21 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Brushing up on genetics, picking a mate
Replies: 7
Views: 922

Re: Brushing up on genetics, picking a mate

Babies. Babies/ Babies, babies babies....

DId I mention Babies....? It's springtime and my maternal urges are sending me on thoughts of committing to months of fuss of BABIES! Ones I don't have to give birth to.

We need to catch up Miss K :)
by ranechild
Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:45 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Brushing up on genetics, picking a mate
Replies: 7
Views: 922

Re: Brushing up on genetics, picking a mate

Ah, I see. So a better way to get a violet turquoise pallid would to have a turquoise pallid male (or at least split to pallid) and a violet pallid female?

I imagine a violet pallid female is a less likely bird for me to get my hands on.
by ranechild
Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:24 pm
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Brushing up on genetics, picking a mate
Replies: 7
Views: 922

Re: Brushing up on genetics, picking a mate

OK, I did see on that website with the encyclopedia on mutations a turquoise pallid violet blue hen.... a young one... they do show violet.... Damn that would be a pretty bird to see in person.
by ranechild
Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Brushing up on genetics, picking a mate
Replies: 7
Views: 922

Brushing up on genetics, picking a mate

I know you guys get a lot of stupid questions in this section---I've read a lot in this section over the years to try to understand, but I have no first hand experience.... I have a sf violet male. I was thinking about trying to find him a mate in a year or so. (or more). I like the "rainbow" mutati...
by ranechild
Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:21 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: 1st words today
Replies: 30
Views: 2964

Re: 1st words today

In our Masterbedroom, the bathroom door squeaks something awful. I've asked my fiancee to WD-40 it, but he hasn't. The first thing I do iN the morning is go to the bathroom--and thus make the squeak. So now, when Fats wants me to get up, he makes the squeak. Over and over and over again. It suits hi...
by ranechild
Wed Aug 06, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Börek's video album
Replies: 22
Views: 2524

Re: Börek's video album

Wow! Borek loves scritches more than any other bird I've seen!!!

When she bows her head--that means she wants more. Thats what it mean when my quaker does that.
by ranechild
Mon Aug 04, 2014 11:26 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Someone on facebook was wondering about this mutation
Replies: 0
Views: 501

Someone on facebook was wondering about this mutation

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... 658&type=1

I was guessing a Turquoise cinnamon? But I'm not so good at guessing. She was looking for an example of an adult as hers is still a baby. She was asking because the splotchy green started to some through.
by ranechild
Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Food dunking
Replies: 3
Views: 413

Re: Food dunking

I'm frequently taking balls and blocks out of the water dish. Sometimes I come home and the water is green or purple but there's noting in the dish that would make it that way. I assume he's dipping his chewed popsicle sticks in there to turn it colors.
by ranechild
Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:07 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: my new baby, Cookie
Replies: 3
Views: 1109

Re: my new baby, Cookie

Not to get too serious--but my best advice for someone bringing home a baby is to remember to patiently train the things you want the bird to do. We all end up training the things we don't want our birds to do unconsciously. If the bird starts doing something you don't want it to habitually, think a...
by ranechild
Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:42 am
Forum: IRN Breeders
Topic: Problematic Tail Feather Sheath
Replies: 14
Views: 2989

Re: Problematic Tail Feather Sheath

Well, the thing on my mind is whether this budgie has damaged follicles. Not that I know anything about it, but if he was in a cage with many other budgies at, say, Petsmart, this could be the budgie that got picked on. Maybe tail pulled out by other birds... Maybe damage has been done. Theorizing.
by ranechild
Mon Jun 23, 2014 2:28 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What brand of pellets do you feed your IRN?
Replies: 25
Views: 10297

Re: What brand of pellets do you feed your IRN?

Fats used to eat the fruity zupreem... but he hated the purple, then he hated to the orange too, then he also hated the green... Camo the QP eats Roudybush and likes it quite a alot, so in the in the interest of having only one pellet type Fats now gets Roudybush. I prefer something without artifici...
by ranechild
Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:52 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello From Turkey
Replies: 5
Views: 413

Re: Hello From Turkey

So beautiful. I love the fluffiness :)
by ranechild
Wed Jun 11, 2014 2:17 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: MissK's Photos
Replies: 56
Views: 6795

Re: MissK's Photos

Ahem, Is your family photo album complete?
by ranechild
Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:59 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Pacing pacing pacing
Replies: 10
Views: 913

Re: Pacing pacing pacing

My Fats does this too. often when we are hanging out in the same room as him and he's in the cage. he paces in a triangle around the cage and stops in the same corner, lifts his head, and "Pew Pew" makes his IRN noise. He also does this in the morning. Now you have me worried that his cage truely is...
by ranechild
Wed Jun 11, 2014 1:53 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: HELP MY IRN IS INACTIVE!
Replies: 4
Views: 451

Re: HELP MY IRN IS INACTIVE!

So he's still a pretty young bird. He's probably still getting used to his surrounding and a little scared. That could be part of the inactivity. He's too scared to play. You'll find that cucumbers and watermelon are very high in water content and low in nutrients. on that diet it's no surprise that...
by ranechild
Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Fingernail Polish
Replies: 7
Views: 876

Re: Fingernail Polish

Since this post I have decided that Fats is enamoured with my toes--painted or not. All the birds do try to eat my fingernails when they are painted bright colors. I've toned down the colors I use and they seem less interested now.
by ranechild
Thu Jun 05, 2014 2:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: whose a pretty boy?
Replies: 8
Views: 678

Re: whose a pretty boy?

In Eclectus parrots, incorrectly colored feathers are a sign of a dietary issue. I'm not saying that's what you have here, but I have this dietary issue with my eclectus parrots. Pellets with artificial colors can cause liver issues which manifest in the developping feathers with a lack of pigment, ...
by ranechild
Fri May 30, 2014 9:40 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Eating
Replies: 25
Views: 2202

Re: Eating

The most prized nut in the the house is definately the pistachio. Everybody likes them. Yesterday Fats tried to drink my beer as I brought the bottle to my mouth--ugh. I had to put him away. Camo the QP will drink out of a glass--water, juice, milk. He will stick his head all the way in if he needs ...
by ranechild
Tue May 13, 2014 7:55 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: My baby is growing up!
Replies: 7
Views: 1262

Re: My baby is growing up!

You two :) He was hatched March 21st 2013. that makes him a year and almost two months old. he's only got one little black feather. When I took the picture it still has form sheath on it so it was standing out, but now that it's fully released most the time you can't see it. my little baby is growin...
by ranechild
Tue May 13, 2014 7:44 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 12801

Re: Neko the new guy

I think that photo of the two in the aviary would make a very good rap album cover. It looks confident and violent. That's meant as a compliment
by ranechild
Thu May 08, 2014 3:15 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 12801

Re: Neko the new guy

MissK, Fats says "drink, drink, DRINK!!!" I liked a bird breeders page on Facebook and now everyday i see pictures of baby IRNs. OMG, this morning picture of what must be 8 week old Albino and Blue IRN--- I wanted to scoop them up and listen to their little baby meows. awwwwwwwwwww. Good thing they ...
by ranechild
Wed May 07, 2014 2:28 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: In YOUR own oppinion
Replies: 18
Views: 1789

Re: In YOUR own oppinion

IMO, Rainbows are the best. what are they? I forget, something like Violet something turquiose pallid---some crazy thing. but they are BEAUTIFUL. Btw, Miss K, don't rule out a Tuquiose grey-- Rocky would look alright with one :) Though I do think normal blue is the most basic mutation--I wouldn't ru...
by ranechild
Thu May 01, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: My baby is growing up!
Replies: 7
Views: 1262

My baby is growing up!

He's getting his ring!
https://flic.kr/p/nb1CjL
by ranechild
Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:15 pm
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Olly talking while being stroked
Replies: 1
Views: 1134

Re: Olly talking while being stroked

Love that little voice!
by ranechild
Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Is it safe to handle birds if you are sick?
Replies: 1
Views: 366

Is it safe to handle birds if you are sick?

Are particular kinds of illness worse than others for handling birds? I ask because I woke up this morning with an eye infection. If I'm going to be home all day, I'd like to handle the birds....
by ranechild
Wed Apr 09, 2014 7:01 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Maybe I should build an aviary?
Replies: 1
Views: 479

Maybe I should build an aviary?

I was thinking just now... I have a little sun room off the back of the house with windows. I am thinking... If I make an aviary off the back of the sunroom, I could bring the birds in and out through the sunroom window, then there wouldn't be a chance they'd get away--unless they eat through the av...
by ranechild
Fri Apr 04, 2014 10:37 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: I drew his birdiness!
Replies: 41
Views: 1887

Re: I drew his birdiness!

What a great picture! the drawing is great, but I love how both the birds are looking at the camera like they are saying--we don't do that!
by ranechild
Mon Mar 31, 2014 1:26 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Nila is a genius
Replies: 36
Views: 1370

Re: Nila is a genius

I think Sapphire might be really good at glass blowing...
by ranechild
Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:30 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Help wanted real BAD!!
Replies: 7
Views: 636

Re: Help wanted real BAD!!

Remember, your bird needs to gain your trust. Remember that. Think about gaining her trust. You may offer her a delicious treat, but she doesn't know what will happen if she comes up to your hand. Eventually her tummy will tell her to give the treat a try. Still it'll take many tries for her to star...
by ranechild
Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:47 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 553686

Re: What to Feed your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too

Melika... wow you are well informed. OK, here's something I didn't find in the list... horned melon, AKA African cucumber, AKA Kiwana. I read that they were a superfood for eclectus-- I am guessing they would also be ok for IRNs? BTW, I thought it tasted pretty good. The texture is all gel-like and ...
by ranechild
Thu Mar 27, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Seed sprouting....
Replies: 14
Views: 1233

Re: Seed sprouting....

I did read that black turtle bean are indigestible and even if you sprout them, you should still cook the sprouts for digestive purposes. The sprouting mixes I bought online are very nice. Oats and lentils and chickpeas and sunflower seeds. everyone likes the oat sprouts and I hear they are some of ...
by ranechild
Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:18 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Three types of Bites?
Replies: 38
Views: 994

Re: Three types of Bites?

SkyeBerry, after you figure out all the different kinds of bites, come back and tell me why my bird keeps biting my toes! grabs a whole toe width-wise in his beak and chomps!!!! Cannot help but react to that!!!
by ranechild
Tue Mar 25, 2014 1:08 pm
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Fats videos
Replies: 15
Views: 1402

Re: Fats videos

Fats was being cute/annoying this morning...
http://youtu.be/BWi_07Gzjqc
by ranechild
Thu Mar 20, 2014 6:43 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: IRN pinched me??
Replies: 2
Views: 263

Re: IRN pinched me??

He is testing you and exploring. He will be doing this to your fingers, toes, ears, etc for the next few months as he explores and tests his boundaries. I would strongly discourage him from biting your cheek. If you can predict when it's about to happen, do something to stop it before it happens--of...
by ranechild
Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:03 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Can you Guess the age/male or female?
Replies: 12
Views: 1132

Re: Can you Guess the age/male or female?

is it an african ringneck? Here's what I see... the eyes are almost all black and the head is still smallish and round. I'm thinking this bird is pretty young. Unless there wasn't alot of light in these photos and his eyes were just dialated because he couldn't see... The beak is largely black/dark ...
by ranechild
Mon Mar 10, 2014 9:05 am
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Fats videos
Replies: 15
Views: 1402

Re: Fats videos

Bump... I haven't been videoing Fats for a while, but yesterday I got some prime sleep talking :)
http://youtu.be/542pnZAkvJo
by ranechild
Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: The darn corn.
Replies: 7
Views: 565

Re: The darn corn.

OH the split peas stuck to the bottom of my feet!!! I have found a MUCH better solution to buying a new vacuum cleaner. Change the bird food. Fats would dig through his food and splash it everywhere in order to pick out the safflour seeds. I know that's what he has been doing. This is the main reaso...
by ranechild
Mon Mar 10, 2014 8:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: too sweet for comfort
Replies: 1
Views: 261

too sweet for comfort

Has anyone else in the northen hemisphere noticed their male IRN being extra cute and loveable? It was like a switch a few days ago. He hasn't even tried to nibble my toes. I'm highly suspicious of this extreme cuteness.
by ranechild
Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:31 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Flights are coming in!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1137

Re: Flights are coming in!!!

So, Fats has been taking flights for the last few days. He usually starts on his cage and flys through the living room to the kitchen where he abruptly is stopped by a wall. (He usually hits it fairly gently, no injuries yet). Saturday I took him to Rentzel's Bird Farm in Red Lion Pennsylvania. Nice...
by ranechild
Mon Mar 10, 2014 7:22 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Seed sprouting....
Replies: 14
Views: 1233

Re: Seed sprouting....

I made a little rack to hold my sprouting jars... pictures to come. I started sprouting some of the sproutable things I already have at the house: quinoa, navy beans, safflour seeds, and bean mix (the 15 bean mix soup that I cook up for the birds). The quinoa is sprouted in less than a day. I starte...
by ranechild
Fri Mar 07, 2014 11:03 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: The darn corn.
Replies: 7
Views: 565

The darn corn.

I need a vacuum cleaner that will pick up the dried pieces of corn off the carpet. And the lentils. And can get these things away from the baseboard and the feet of the bird cage without me having to bend down or get on my hands and knees. One that is battery operated might be awesome so I don't hav...
by ranechild
Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Seed sprouting....
Replies: 14
Views: 1233

Re: Seed sprouting....

someone had on their webstie to add citrus seed extract to the sprouts... It's supposed to be antimicrobial
by ranechild
Thu Mar 06, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Seed sprouting....
Replies: 14
Views: 1233

Seed sprouting....

With the addition to our family of two eclectus parrots, I have been further looking into a variety of fresh foods for the birdies... Sprouts. I found this website--these people seem pretty knowledgable about sprouts. https://sproutpeople.org/ I ordered some large bird mix to sprout. I already have ...
by ranechild
Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:21 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Possibly a growing family?
Replies: 13
Views: 1238

Re: Possibly a growing family?

Please do. I hear they are 5 to 7 years old. From the pictures they look VERY well cared for. Their names: Green and Yellow. I don't know which one we'll keep because we haven't met them yet, but the Bfriend seems to think that one will be enough. We are going to get them Saturday. I hope they aren'...
by ranechild
Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:06 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Possibly a growing family?
Replies: 13
Views: 1238

Re: Possibly a growing family?

It is official, this weekend our family will be growing by two eclectus parrots! We will probably try to rehome one after some period of time.

We are buying their cage too--a 40 by 40 King's cage! Now I really have to get to that furniture rearrangement!!!
by ranechild
Tue Feb 25, 2014 8:26 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: 5 months old Wild IRN taming help
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: 5 months old Wild IRN taming help

Talking: It's really too soon for him to be talking. My little guy was precocious and he said something very mumbly at 7 months. You can look for my thread of Fats videos in the video section of the forum. There are comments as to his age and his proficiency. Petting: This could take some time. My g...
by ranechild
Mon Feb 24, 2014 7:55 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Possibly a growing family?
Replies: 13
Views: 1238

Re: Possibly a growing family?

I will be sacrificing the large tv to the basement and bringing up the smaller tv to mount over the fireplace. I loose my TV stand, but gain an entire corner of my living room. I will have to look up to the TV, but that's not so bad. I'll have to get some shelves to go against the wall to replace th...
by ranechild
Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:54 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Possibly a growing family?
Replies: 13
Views: 1238

Possibly a growing family?

My boyfriend and I have dicussed getting an eclectus parrot before. When I was just learning about birds before Camo the Qp came to live with us, he talked alot about Ecletus and how he's always wanted one. This may be our chance. I found some very reasonably priced birds--2 males, 5-7 years old-- w...
by ranechild
Mon Feb 24, 2014 1:48 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Alex is sick :(
Replies: 11
Views: 1025

Re: Alex is sick :(

So sorry to hear. Peace be with you. He's waiting for you over the rainbow bridge.
by ranechild
Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:27 pm
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Baby alexandrine
Replies: 24
Views: 3000

Re: Baby alexandrine

hmmm, today I found a video on youtube of an Alex named Cyrano talking... there were kids talking in the background... the id of the poster had something to do with the Jonas Brothers.... Is that your Cyrano?
by ranechild
Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:17 pm
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: Sexually Dimorphic Birds
Replies: 5
Views: 1016

Re: Sexually Dimorphic Birds

eclectus?
by ranechild
Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:57 pm
Forum: IRN Breeders
Topic: IRN breeder in Pennsylvania
Replies: 6
Views: 1570

Re: IRN breeder in Pennsylvania

She's confirmed that she has a few IRN breeding pairs and that she'll have babies soon...
https://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/PoconoAna

sorry for the repetitive posting--she has 20 breeding pairs!
by ranechild
Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:43 pm
Forum: IRN Breeders
Topic: IRN breeder in Pennsylvania
Replies: 6
Views: 1570

Re: IRN breeder in Pennsylvania

Ana with one N. she's in east stroudsburg.
by ranechild
Thu Feb 20, 2014 2:42 pm
Forum: IRN Breeders
Topic: IRN breeder in Pennsylvania
Replies: 6
Views: 1570

Re: IRN breeder in Pennsylvania

I know of Anna's parrots... she has a facebook site and I know she has a ringneck breeding pair, but not sure if she's got eggs.
I got my birdie through a broker in Brooklyn NY who got hte birds from Alabama. If you want her info, message me.
by ranechild
Thu Feb 20, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: no noise
Replies: 3
Views: 310

Re: no noise

None? None at all? not even a squeak?
He could have a physical problem making him unable to vocalize. I have no experience in that, but I find it hard to believe he would never make a vocalization and have a working voice. A Vet would be able to tell you if you care that much about it.
by ranechild
Thu Feb 20, 2014 10:02 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: birds in the shower
Replies: 27
Views: 2707

Re: birds in the shower

We take our IRN and Quaker in the shower with us. ONe sits on a suction cup perch, the other on the curtain rod (they don't behave well enough to share the perch). After I'm done washing in the water that is hot enough for me, I add cold water to the stream. It stays warm enough that I don't feel to...
by ranechild
Tue Feb 04, 2014 10:17 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Is this the start of his ring coming in?
Replies: 3
Views: 481

Re: Is this the start of his ring coming in?

That looks like a male ring coming in. It would be the right time frame for it. I have heard that females can have a faint ring too--but based on how gray that is, salsa is probably a boy.
by ranechild
Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Parrot did WHAT?!?
Replies: 19
Views: 2446

Re: Parrot did WHAT?!?

I change Fats' water every morning. It's in a little pyrex dish on the floor of his cage. Every evening when I come home, there is a ball in the water dish. If it is a dyed vine ball, the water will be some exotic color. Twice this week, I have come home and found not-a-ball but his seed dish in his...
by ranechild
Tue Jan 28, 2014 10:36 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New owner. Heisenbird won't allow us to get close to him.
Replies: 73
Views: 2926

Re: New owner. Heisenbird won't allow us to get close to him

I highly recommend the napping idea. I feel as if I made the most progress with my birdies after they saw me sleeping.
by ranechild
Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:47 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Flights are coming in!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1137

Re: Flights are coming in!!!

Flights are not coming in. I think I might have been confused. I have seen one of the clipped feathers fall out though. Fats has been practicing his flapping more. Can't wait till he's flighted. It going to be like having a toddler.
by ranechild
Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:45 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Birds and crying
Replies: 1
Views: 372

Birds and crying

I had a funny moment yesterday amist a sad day. Yesterday morning my grandfather died. I am a wreck. I have been on and off crying since then. Last night I decided to make a fire in the fireplace, pull up a chair and spend the evening knitting and listening to the fire. Fats and Camo were hanging ou...
by ranechild
Thu Jan 23, 2014 4:11 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: windows
Replies: 26
Views: 780

Re: windows

Our Quaker, Camo, flew into a window a few months ago. He is an agile flyer, can navigate through a door only open a foot wide-- super crazy good flyer. He was in the basement with my boyfriend and he nibbled a little too hard on my boyfriend's ear. Boyfriend reacted and scared Camo. Camo didn't kno...
by ranechild
Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Louie my African Ringneck
Replies: 8
Views: 2192

Re: Louie my African Ringneck

Absolutely adorable. I love puffy birds!!!
by ranechild
Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:09 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Alex is sick :(
Replies: 11
Views: 1025

Re: Alex is sick :(

Maybe it didn't get all the way cleared up. Sorry you are going through this. Thinking of you and Alex.
I guess you'll need to have another trip to the vet.
by ranechild
Thu Jan 09, 2014 3:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: irn colour question...
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Re: irn colour question...

Are there any toys in her cage that have been dyed blue? My IRn likes to drop pieces of her blue, red, orange or whatever vine balls into the water dish and turn that water blue. If she was wet and brshed up against a toy she might turn blue. If the toy got wet, or the toy got in water which she got...
by ranechild
Thu Jan 09, 2014 10:44 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Fireplace catastrophie
Replies: 9
Views: 1184

Re: Fireplace catastrophie

Actually, the house doesn't smell to bad right. Only the fabric things still have a lingering smell. I put out dishes of vinegar and baking soda. we'll see how things are tonight. I am going to have to wash the blankets on the couch and the coats that were hanging, but it looks like I might now have...
by ranechild
Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:29 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Fireplace catastrophie
Replies: 9
Views: 1184

Fireplace catastrophie

last night, just as we were putting the last two logs on the fire (finally warm after a day of 8 degree F weather), the smoke stopped going up the chimney. It came in the house. We were in the living room wathcing TV and it got worse and worse. we've had the problem sometimes when the wind blows har...
by ranechild
Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:45 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: escapee
Replies: 17
Views: 1090

Re: escapee

basketball court sounds like a great idea. maybe once Fats can fly I could make something like that happen. I think it'd be fun for both of us. My fence climbing when Fats got away does not sound nearly as dramatic as this fence climbing. I probably would have passed out from panic. Good job getting...
by ranechild
Tue Dec 24, 2013 2:20 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Should I leave my ringneck home alone
Replies: 7
Views: 759

Re: Should I leave my ringneck home alone

He should be ok for one night. make sure he has more than one water dish if he has any habit of knocking his over. you could also put a radio on a timer if you are worried about him being lonely. We have to leave our birdies home. one's a Quaker parrot and he's not allowed in pennsylvania ( or jersey)
by ranechild
Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: So... how come I can't find any IRN plushie toys?
Replies: 37
Views: 1766

Re: So... how come I can't find any IRN plushie toys?

I don't know much about toy eyes, are they like buttons with a shank on the back, a bead, screw back? how do they get on there?
by ranechild
Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: So... how come I can't find any IRN plushie toys?
Replies: 37
Views: 1766

Re: So... how come I can't find any IRN plushie toys?

How big do you think the eye would need to be for the size plushie toy you are making electronegative?
by ranechild
Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:09 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: So... how come I can't find any IRN plushie toys?
Replies: 37
Views: 1766

Re: So... how come I can't find any IRN plushie toys?

I suppose that was an "in" for a shameless plug...

Here's a link to my so so website. None of the real fancy beads are up there...
http://www.jenniferfahnestock.com
by ranechild
Mon Dec 16, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: So... how come I can't find any IRN plushie toys?
Replies: 37
Views: 1766

Re: So... how come I can't find any IRN plushie toys?

wow--well done. It does look juvenile, but that's ok.

It anyone needs custom ringneck eyes, I could give it a shot. I am a glass worker specializing in beads. I could try to make some ringneck eye buttons.
by ranechild
Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Sapphire scores a goal.
Replies: 8
Views: 1279

Re: Sapphire scores a goal.

So sweet! the pool table is a great soccer field!
by ranechild
Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:15 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: New fid - Oliver
Replies: 2
Views: 720

Re: New fid - Oliver

Male bird tail bite too!!! I know that for certain!
by ranechild
Mon Dec 16, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: so my birdie is bleeding
Replies: 5
Views: 524

Re: so my birdie is bleeding

Poor birdie!!! I hope he's doing alright. What has the vet done?
by ranechild
Wed Dec 11, 2013 3:46 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Up Sticks And Move
Replies: 13
Views: 614

Re: Up Sticks And Move

That's a great idea to put the bird in the travel cage to go up to the shower... Fats LOVES the shower. Maybe this would have helped him with his travel cage fear.
by ranechild
Wed Dec 11, 2013 12:16 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: MissK's Photos
Replies: 56
Views: 6795

Re: MissK's Photos

That's it MissK... Photobucket is blocked at work :cry:
But yes, I can say with all certainty that Rocky and the Budgies and the Canary and the Dogs are all very lucky to have MissK!!!
by ranechild
Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Who's bird is beginning to moult?
Replies: 11
Views: 542

Re: Who's bird is beginning to moult?

Come to think of it MissK, Camo moulted in January of last year very lightly and then has had this tremendous ongoing moult this summer.
The guy who owns the bird store in Columbia, MD mentioned that twice a year is not uncommon.
-Jen
by ranechild
Mon Dec 09, 2013 12:24 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: This could make a fun toy...
Replies: 3
Views: 355

Re: This could make a fun toy...

Leather cord?
by ranechild
Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:28 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: This could make a fun toy...
Replies: 3
Views: 355

This could make a fun toy...

I think doing this with some jute or cotton would be a cheap and fun climb for the birds... what do you think?

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB1 ... 0554732336
by ranechild
Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: MissK's Photos
Replies: 56
Views: 6795

Re: MissK's Photos

I don't know why I sometimes can't see photos... in this case I can't see any of yours. hmm.
by ranechild
Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:18 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Nila's Paintings displayed at Ipswich Art Soc. Exibit
Replies: 14
Views: 654

Re: Nila's Paintings displayed at Ipswich Art Soc. Exibit

I would LOVE that! We'll coordinate.
by ranechild
Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:47 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Nila's Paintings displayed at Ipswich Art Soc. Exibit
Replies: 14
Views: 654

Re: Nila's Paintings displayed at Ipswich Art Soc. Exibit

Can I commission "a Nila"? I'll pay postage plus some extra to buy Nila some oat groats :)
And if Sapphire gets into it... I'll commission one from her as well. I love art
by ranechild
Fri Dec 06, 2013 9:41 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Escape artist...
Replies: 11
Views: 1240

Escape artist...

I came home last night to a dark house--my boyfriend had gone to happy hour and I was the first one home. I open the door and go in the living room and say hi to the birds so they know I'm going to turn on the light... But I look over at Fats' cage and see his silohoutte on the perch on the OUTSIDE ...
by ranechild
Thu Dec 05, 2013 4:26 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Sapphires progress
Replies: 187
Views: 3862

Re: Sapphires progress

Yeah, pointy baby bird nails are terrible for the skin... My bfriend and I use the cuticle cutters that they use in the nail salon. We haven't found anything else that we like as much. They cut through finger nails and have an angled tip. they have thin blades so it allows me to just clip the very t...
by ranechild
Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:59 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Bird Love
Replies: 14
Views: 961

Re: Bird Love

Ugh, I don't know why, but sometimes i can't see pictures... and this one I can't see... But I wanna see it!!! Wah!!!!
by ranechild
Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:58 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Flights are coming in!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1137

Re: Flights are coming in!!!

Hmmmm.... funny thing.... His flights have not made much progress since I last posted. I wonder what they are waiting for? I might take a picture later. His old cut flights are still there. I'm waiting for those to fall out. I don't know whether to expect them to fall out before the new flights get ...
by ranechild
Mon Dec 02, 2013 1:00 pm
Forum: Polls
Topic: Polls
Replies: 30
Views: 3538

Re: Polls

Was there a question in here somewhere???
That was a question... :roll: :D
by ranechild
Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:58 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Help with my 6 weeks old baby Dante!
Replies: 48
Views: 3759

Re: Help with my 6 weeks old baby Dante!

Chin up. Hopefully he'll be ok.
Good of you to take this baby under your wing.
Try to stay positive :)
by ranechild
Mon Dec 02, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Travel cage fear
Replies: 15
Views: 411

Re: Travel cage fear

Thanks a bunch MissK! Fats actually enjoyed the trip. He met his first dog--which he got used to after a while. He met some budgies.... He actually kind of enjoyed the car ride. He talked into his food dish, spent alot of time with one foot on a ring shaped swing and the other on the side of the cag...
by ranechild
Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: watery poo
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: watery poo

yeah, those are all high water content things. You could go for some grains or beans or carrots for a less watery meal.
by ranechild
Wed Nov 27, 2013 12:06 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: How Long Is Too Long?
Replies: 3
Views: 254

Re: How Long Is Too Long?

In my house, too long is defined as sharp enough to cut my hands while handling. In fact that's the case right now. I get little cuts on the back of my hands or little dimples where his nails have pricked me.
by ranechild
Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: watery poo
Replies: 7
Views: 388

Re: watery poo

what kind of fruits and veggies?
by ranechild
Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:12 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: My worst day i dreaded the worst
Replies: 6
Views: 1115

Re: My worst day i dreaded the worst

Where did I read this.... I don't know but I believed it... Bird can suffer shock in a similar way to humans. Human shock treatment involves lying with feet above the heart and covered in blankets for warmth. Turn on the side for shock related vomitting. I read that a bird that has flown into a wind...
by ranechild
Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:59 pm
Forum: Our Angels in Heaven: Rainbow Bridge
Topic: Rest in Peace Mango :(
Replies: 3
Views: 1050

Re: Rest in Peace Mango :(

Good flight Mango.
condolances.
by ranechild
Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Travel cage fear
Replies: 15
Views: 411

Re: Travel cage fear

I'll pop over tonight... I'd bring Fats for a visit, but he doesn't like his travel cage :)
by ranechild
Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: my ringneck sqauwks while trying to sleep
Replies: 4
Views: 220

Re: my ringneck sqauwks while trying to sleep

Babies in particular have been known to sleep 'talk'.
by ranechild
Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: A "step up" in research for MissK
Replies: 84
Views: 2168

Re: A "step up" in research for MissK

Silly!

But yes, MissK, consider compiling a book. You could get published with a book speaking to American IRN owners and the particular flora and fauna suggested for them here.

Extra income for buying more budgies?
by ranechild
Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:14 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Travel cage fear
Replies: 15
Views: 411

Re: Travel cage fear

Honestly, I was going to ask if you have a cage that I could see if Fats doesn't hate. I'll call tonight.
by ranechild
Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:35 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: This is SOO true!!!!
Replies: 12
Views: 971

Re: This is SOO true!!!!

Yeah, the other day my boyfriend gave up trying to keep the bowl of apple and pomegranate away from Fats. He got a pomegranate and shook it... on the wall, on his feathers, on my boyfriend's glasses...
by ranechild
Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:28 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: New additions to the family...
Replies: 1
Views: 236

New additions to the family...

And they aren't birds! My boyfriend helped save the day for a saltwater aquarium. His best friend's brother is moving and could not move his 55 gallon saltwater aquarium. So he gave it to us. Saturday was filled with lugging buckets of salt water and aquarium rocks to re-make the home for two clown ...
by ranechild
Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:17 pm
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: A Thread For Budgie Fans
Replies: 168
Views: 13390

Re: A Thread For Budgie Fans

So cute! Someday I will get a budgie too... In the distant future.
by ranechild
Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Travel cage fear
Replies: 15
Views: 411

Re: Travel cage fear

So, the day is drawing near for the big trip and I'm still uncomfortable with the cage situation. My boyfriend has determined our course of action--I just hope it works. Camo doesn't mind going in Fats' travel cage. Fats doesn't mind going in Camo's cage. When we get to North Carolina, there will be...
by ranechild
Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Travel cage fear
Replies: 15
Views: 411

Re: Travel cage fear

Poor Fats. He turns into a scared and untame bird anytime he sees that cage. My boyfriend put him in it once this weekend and Fats just panicked. Last night I brought the other cage out to the dining room table so he could see it. He went beserk and started thrashing in his regular cage. He wouldn't...
by ranechild
Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:26 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Travel cage fear
Replies: 15
Views: 411

Travel cage fear

This morning I was hanging out with Fats a little before work. He was talking and responding to me and having fun on the top of his cage. I had to convince him to step up with an oat groat... it's because he knows I'm going to put him in the cage and go to work. so i thought, let's take him somewher...
by ranechild
Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:37 am
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Fats videos
Replies: 15
Views: 1402

Re: Fats videos

In this one, Fats tries to woo Camo. Poor guy, he doesn't know that quaker parrots bob their heads for no reasons at all--not as a sign that they want to be fed.
We've got a regular Pepe La Pew here.
http://youtu.be/VtIROoIY0m8
by ranechild
Sun Nov 10, 2013 8:32 am
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Fats videos
Replies: 15
Views: 1402

Re: Fats videos

New goal = set.
by ranechild
Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: The little bird at the pet store
Replies: 12
Views: 693

Re: The little bird at the pet store

I was planning to do just that :) He might be bestowed an almond tonight.
by ranechild
Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:12 am
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Fats videos
Replies: 15
Views: 1402

Re: Fats videos

Upgraded chit chat from Fats:
http://youtu.be/OpWn-z3Rems
Catching him on this video was the first time I ever heard and understood him to say 'baby' :)
by ranechild
Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: The little bird at the pet store
Replies: 12
Views: 693

The little bird at the pet store

I was curious about this guy... I thought grey was a dominant color... is this grey turquoise? http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3713/10717903736_5c514d8b3b_z.jpg http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3780/10717881304_7fc515aac0_z.jpg http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3784/10717875194_c3ea6e5dba_z.jpg This little b...
by ranechild
Mon Nov 04, 2013 7:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: My little Ricky is sick...
Replies: 39
Views: 2332

Re: My little Ricky is sick...

Get well soon Ricky!!!

You are so very dedicated. Wishing you all the best. It does sound like he's on the mend!
by ranechild
Thu Oct 31, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: New bird to be
Replies: 175
Views: 5345

Re: New bird to be

Absolutely beautiful. Little Miss Squidgette Tamaryn Star has such lovely color on the wings! I look forward to reading all about her development.
by ranechild
Wed Oct 30, 2013 1:32 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: moulting, & wing clipped feathers
Replies: 9
Views: 999

Re: moulting, & wing clipped feathers

Just as a matter of record against the old posts, My baby in Baltimore lost his two tail feather at about 5-6 months old in the middle of summer along with feathers on the head and top of wings and down feathers. At 7 and a half months old, his flights are growing in over his clipped primary flights...
by ranechild
Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:37 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: If your parrot bites you, you need to read this!
Replies: 47
Views: 3268

Re: If your parrot bites you, you need to read this!

The first bite when you slept in sounds like fear. Something in his daily routine changed-- someone else uncovered his cage and you weren't there. He could have been a little put off by that. The second sounds like you might be teaching him the agression, fear, or territorialism. Or maybe he just ha...
by ranechild
Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:57 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Flights are coming in!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1137

Re: Flights are coming in!!!

HAHAH funny you said that... already when Camo takes off, Fats will fly off the top of his cage. I bought him an extra long ladder so if he gets to the floor he can climb back up by himself :) Maybe soon he'll be able to just fly up!
by ranechild
Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:46 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Flights are coming in!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 1137

Flights are coming in!!!

I'm so excited! My boyfriend pointed out that he thought he saw some new flight feathers coming in. Fats was clipped when I got him at 4 months old. One flight feather probably got knocked out and grew in all the way. He's been waddling around with his one flight feather for months!!! Today I stretc...
by ranechild
Tue Oct 29, 2013 6:37 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: -Your- Bad Habits?
Replies: 12
Views: 768

Re: -Your- Bad Habits?

Yeah---Um--- I don't clean the cage as much as I would want to. I wake up the birdies now that it's always dark before I get home. I usually don't get home til after 7 and if my boyfriend has band rehearsal that night (one of 3 nights a week) the bird might not get any human/out of the cage time. I ...
by ranechild
Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:01 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: what is he doing?
Replies: 10
Views: 453

Re: what is he doing?

Sorry to hijack the thread--I'm dying for opinions. So, I guess it's coming into mating season in Baltimore... Fats regurgitated last night for Camo the Quaker. Camo didn't seen impressed, but they were bonding a little bit. It was funny, I had one bird on each shoulder as I was playing games on my ...
by ranechild
Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Hormonal feather color and Fats' birdy love
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Re: Hormonal feather color

Um... so Fats just regurgitated for Camo. While he was on my chest and Camo was on my shoulder. Camo did not accept the offer. I guess that's what the back and forth chicken neck thing was. Vomit. Omg. Is it OK for Fats to fall in love with Camo? Do males ever regurgitate for males? We don't know Ca...
by ranechild
Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Hormonal feather color and Fats' birdy love
Replies: 2
Views: 178

Hormonal feather color and Fats' birdy love

At the Bird show in Baltimore last weekend there was a blue violet ringneck in the showcase judging. He was mature with his ring in and everything. His color was so much more vibrant than Fats' color. I noticed this particularly on his head. So related to this, I have noticed the color of the feathe...
by ranechild
Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: My little Ricky is sick...
Replies: 39
Views: 2332

Re: My little Ricky is sick...

The poor thing... I think you are doing great. I would say that I wouldn't stop the metri-whatever-it's-called, quite so soon though. If he's turning around I would keep going with it till he gets back looking more normal. The cat/dog liver stuff you could probably replace with another vitamin. For ...
by ranechild
Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:20 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New Ringneck saved from another owner, questions
Replies: 14
Views: 518

Re: New Ringneck saved from another owner, questions

Here's one of the first questions that any of the regulars on this forum are going to ask.... where are you from? Females in particular can have mood changes at particular times of year--breeding season. That could be part of the reason for a sudden change of behavior. Do a search on the forum for "...
by ranechild
Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:06 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Crazy Crackers bad behavior, please help!
Replies: 5
Views: 252

Re: Crazy Crackers bad behavior, please help!

It's a she right? No black ring? I'm guessing it is a she because she exhibits alot of the charachteristics of females that are discussed repeatedly on this forum. Crazy is certainly acting in a normal female way for her circumstance. Ellieelectrons has a thread or two where we discuss wackadoodle f...
by ranechild
Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Music?
Replies: 26
Views: 1930

Re: Music?

I wonder if they like Ferraris as much as i do?
BTW, I don't know the release schedule of the movie, but when you get the chance to see "Rush" about two formula 1 race cars drivers in the 70's (directed by Ron Howard) you MUST see it. So good! and I think the birds will love it too!
by ranechild
Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:27 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Fats is talking!
Replies: 15
Views: 1262

Re: Fats is talking!

oh yeah... i guess he got distracted :) He's making progess on 'touchdown' :) So he's been chopping up phrases and recombining them alot lately. Many a "good cute" He's also making full sentences instead of phrases... "You're a good boy" This weekend we had the front door open (screen door in place)...
by ranechild
Tue Oct 15, 2013 1:41 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Building a play gym
Replies: 7
Views: 525

Re: Building a play gym

so, although I went to the hardware store and bought some pine to constuct the play gym, after reading the story of Hazel last week I am filled with overwhelming self doubt and am afraid that if I bought something that is not what it was advertised to be, Fats will be flying over the darn rainbow br...
by ranechild
Fri Oct 11, 2013 3:08 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Timeline of your birds progression
Replies: 13
Views: 776

Re: Timeline of your birds progression

Fats is 7 months old today and i can say with certainty that teaching whistles first won't prevent talking. Also, Fats does not like to have scritches. I'm getting closer to encouraging him though. One time and one time only, after his bath, he let me work on some of his pin feathers on the back of ...
by ranechild
Fri Oct 11, 2013 3:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: New play stand
Replies: 48
Views: 2193

Re: New play stand

Nothing like going pro.
by ranechild
Wed Oct 09, 2013 3:58 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Mass Escape
Replies: 4
Views: 608

Re: Mass Escape

One thing can be counted on... IRNs are little piggies!
by ranechild
Wed Oct 09, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Scratch my head now!
Replies: 8
Views: 381

Re: Scratch my head now!

Fats will never get THAT comfy.
I was able to touch his head twice last night without him running away or growling. He might have even liked it....
Camo is our scritches bird. He flies over and puts his head down asking for scritches. he'll take them for hours on end.
by ranechild
Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:05 am
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: A Thread For Budgie Fans
Replies: 168
Views: 13390

Re: A Thread For Budgie Fans

I have seen said cage in action and dude, Riff Raff and the Doctor are going to have a new Kingdom!!! it's a fabulous cage.
by ranechild
Tue Oct 08, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: New play stand
Replies: 48
Views: 2193

Re: New play stand

maybe i can find a maple tree out back. That would be easier. I do have several Sassafrass trees, but I don't want to cut them down!!! They are too awesome! Maybe I will sacrifice one for the basement. What about rubbing alcohol? I was reading that the vitacritter dye gets diluted in rubbing alcohol...
by ranechild
Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:38 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: New play stand
Replies: 48
Views: 2193

Re: New play stand

Oak is ok right? We just had a bit of a storm the other day and there is a decent sized oak branch in the front yard... How do we sterilize these again?
by ranechild
Tue Oct 08, 2013 7:39 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: leg/foot problems
Replies: 9
Views: 1512

Re: leg/foot problems

ugh. I just read this thread today. Right from the beginning I was thinking tumor. Darn it.
So sorry for your loss. He doesn't have any pain now. May your memories be sweet.
by ranechild
Mon Oct 07, 2013 3:11 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Fats is talking!
Replies: 15
Views: 1262

Re: Fats is talking!

He now talks to Camo. He says "Come here, Camo", "gimmie a kiss, Camo", "hi Camo"

He is also saying Hi Fats!

I am now working on "I love you Camo" and "touchdown!"
by ranechild
Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:30 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 12
Views: 645

Re: Introduction

I like birdies named after jazz legends :) I think we now have a Billie Holiday, a Charlie Parker, and a Fats Waller.
by ranechild
Mon Oct 07, 2013 2:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: New play stand
Replies: 48
Views: 2193

Re: New play stand

That is great. maybe this is what I need to do in my basement.

I need a good tree though :?
by ranechild
Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Building a play gym
Replies: 7
Views: 525

Building a play gym

Even before I got Fats I was thinking about buying a play gym to put in the basement rec room so the birds would have an independent place to hang out while my boyfriend and I play computer or video games. But a play gym is more expensive than I can muster to splurge for right now. I saw in one yout...
by ranechild
Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Eyes? Yes eyes!
Replies: 4
Views: 281

Re: Eyes? Yes eyes!

Fats is just short of 7 months and he doesn't show much white around his eyes... though I've noticed more than there used to be.
by ranechild
Fri Oct 04, 2013 9:30 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Cruelty Free Feathers
Replies: 0
Views: 326

Cruelty Free Feathers

I can't remember whether I've posted this before or not... If you have many many beautiful parrot feathers that your bird moulted and you do not plan to use, you can donate them to http://www.crueltyfreefeathers.com/ where they will be cleaned and sold to designers. You could also go there to buy fe...
by ranechild
Tue Oct 01, 2013 4:24 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Sometimes being at work
Replies: 3
Views: 210

Re: Sometimes being at work

I've been thinking about putting up a camera so maybe I can hear and/or record Fat's cute talking :) And watch him during the day :)
by ranechild
Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Sometimes being at work
Replies: 3
Views: 210

Sometimes being at work

I miss Fats. I go on the forum here and see the pictures of the other ringnecks and I want to go home and get kisses from Fats. The day seems so long before I can go home and give him some apple. Or try to give him scritches while he bites me. Or watch him throw all his blocks and balls off the top ...
by ranechild
Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:28 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: My Peanut is a MALE............
Replies: 2
Views: 508

Re: My Peanut is a MALE............

Cute pic... it's like he's saying "Oh my gosh!"
by ranechild
Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Screaming is getting worse!
Replies: 35
Views: 1308

Re: Screaming is getting worse!

Do you play music for her while you are away? Perhaps getting her into some classical music radio will mellow here out? Chamomile tea too? Just trying to think of ways to slow her down.
by ranechild
Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Diet Questions
Replies: 13
Views: 1934

Re: Diet Questions

I felt kind sick to my stomach reading the part about letting them fly outside after 2 weeks. well, more like sick with infuriation... Fats, my 6 month old ringneck, gets boths seeds and pellets everyday--though I know and it is to be expected that he will want seeds more. He's young and very active...
by ranechild
Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:20 am
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Violet IRN scritches
Replies: 6
Views: 920

Re: Violet IRN scritches

She is so pretty! Oh how I wish my bird liked scritches! How cute!
by ranechild
Fri Sep 27, 2013 7:12 am
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Fats videos
Replies: 15
Views: 1402

Re: Fats videos

A new Fats video. He says so many things at 6 and a half months old!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3F4M91 ... ata_player
by ranechild
Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:17 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Attempt at first bath ?????
Replies: 17
Views: 1979

Re: Attempt at first bath ?????

i have heard that birds generally don't like to bathe too close to bedtime. I usually go for the morning or afternoon.
by ranechild
Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:11 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: What's your motivation?
Replies: 13
Views: 426

Re: What's your motivation?

My boyfriend and I bought a house together and he was finally able to bring his Quaker parrot Camo to come live with him. He had always been concerned that the noise wouldn't be favorable in an apartment complex and with it just being him living there that Camo would get bored and lonely (apparently...
by ranechild
Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:54 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Meet Gracie Bleu
Replies: 4
Views: 478

Re: Meet Gracie Bleu

Puffy Gracie Bleu! What a cutie!
by ranechild
Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:52 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Fats' new sleeping perch
Replies: 2
Views: 365

Fats' new sleeping perch

Don't ask me how he does it... Since I put in this new gigantic toy, he has discovered that it is actually the highest perch in cage... albeit a swinging one. He chooses to sleep here, on the swinging perch, on one leg. http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2852/9915893694_9c5099098c_z.jpg And I really have...
by ranechild
Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:25 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Attempt at first bath ?????
Replies: 17
Views: 1979

Re: Attempt at first bath ?????

I found that Fats would not go for misting with a spray bottle, would not tolerate a bath in a baking dish, but went directly for the shower. I use my hand to deflect some of the spray horizontally onto him. he LOVES it. Stretching out those wings and rubbing his beak on my hands. It is time consumi...
by ranechild
Mon Sep 23, 2013 3:19 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Music?
Replies: 26
Views: 1930

Re: Music?

Both birdie seem to like piano music. Piano concertos and such. I KNOW that Camo does not like David Bowie. One day early on I had had a bad day and just really wanted to sing at the top of my lungs in the bathtub to David Bowie... Camo was not having it. Maybe it was just my singing. Also Camo like...
by ranechild
Mon Sep 23, 2013 8:11 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Fingernail Polish
Replies: 7
Views: 876

Re: Fingernail Polish

Well, there is no difference in the attention paid to my feet with new nailpolish.
Hands however... I have had a few extra bites to my fingernails and finger tips. At first Fats was reluctant to step up... he's over it now.
by ranechild
Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:06 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Fats is talking!
Replies: 15
Views: 1262

Re: Fats is talking!

We also have a "tickle tickle" and a "you're welcome" this morning.
by ranechild
Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:44 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Fingernail Polish
Replies: 7
Views: 876

Fingernail Polish

So I have had a tiny bit of orange polish left on my big toenails from a pedicure some unmemorable time ago. Fats loves to go after my big toes when we are on the couch. I think it's the polish that attracts him--it certainly isn't the smell. I was thinking about going to get my nails done today.......
by ranechild
Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:46 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Best recipe Contest
Replies: 57
Views: 2101

Re: Best recipe Contest

OK, this is a late entry too, not super creative but the birds LOVED it. Both of them. They never both like the same thing. I had tried to get them to eat eggs before but Fats was NOT interested... this changed everything. Yummy Eggs: Coconut oil 1 egg diced red pepper flax seed scramble the egg in ...
by ranechild
Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:38 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: New bird to be
Replies: 175
Views: 5345

Re: New bird to be

Softie will be ok alone a couple of mornings a week. It'll be good for him and build his character. Leave a radio on for him... Classical music--soothing. My birds particularly like piano music. Hmm, nicknames.... Boo Boo Birdie is Fats. (Fats hasn't even tried to say his own name... just everything...
by ranechild
Tue Sep 17, 2013 4:23 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Fostered IRN Beak Abnormality
Replies: 9
Views: 472

Re: Fostered IRN Beak Abnormality

Poor little guy. At least he is in good hands now. With any luck his owner will come through so you can have room to get your budgies :)
by ranechild
Mon Sep 16, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Fats is talking!
Replies: 15
Views: 1262

Re: Fats is talking!

He now also says, gimme a kiss, good boy, come here good boy, silly bird (although the word silly sounds like scratching records), all of his previous words have gotten rather clear. He's also making alot more kissy sounds. He plays and kisses his java branch and says "you're so cute", he kisses his...
by ranechild
Mon Sep 16, 2013 11:51 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Another one bites the dust....
Replies: 27
Views: 2209

Re: Another one bites the dust....

What a cute picture :) I bought a whole mess of popsicle sticks at the craft store. I also got a toy that is all popsicle sticks of different colors threaded onto a piece of leather. Fats is LOVING it. He likes to play with loose paddle type sticks. he is too cute just holding it in his beak before ...
by ranechild
Fri Sep 06, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Can finally post my beautiful babies!!:)
Replies: 4
Views: 403

Re: Can finally post my beautiful babies!!:)

they are gorgeous. How old are they?
by ranechild
Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:00 pm
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Fats videos
Replies: 15
Views: 1402

Fats videos

Here is a baby talk video of Fats from early June:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yr2moW9 ... ata_player

Fats this morning practicing. Its far away but you can hear peekaboos, an I love you, good boy...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPqxYfC ... ata_player
by ranechild
Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:50 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Bobby IS a male :) and is doing so well
Replies: 3
Views: 415

Re: Bobby IS a male :) and is doing so well

crueltyfreefeathers.com
by ranechild
Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:46 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Bobby IS a male :) and is doing so well
Replies: 3
Views: 415

Re: Bobby IS a male :) and is doing so well

Depending where you are, there are organizations that sell "hurt-free" feathers that you can send the feathers to. They sterilize them and sell them to designers so they don't buy feather that we taken forcibly.
by ranechild
Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:40 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Fats is talking!
Replies: 15
Views: 1262

Re: Fats is talking!

I'm uploading a video tonight! This morning Fats was having a little practice session between the time my boyfriend left for work and I got my lazy self out of bed... I video'ed him from the other side of the room. The video itself is crap, but you can hear all kinds of interesting chatter. And for ...
by ranechild
Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:28 am
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Apollo's Baby Video [compilation video]
Replies: 2
Views: 759

Re: Apollo's Baby Video [compilation video]

I saw it last night. What a cutie! (I'm subscribed to your youtube to get Apollo videos!)
But I didn't know it was just a compilation when I saw it... I was afraid the whole time it was some sort of eulogy. the music seemed kinda sad. I'm glad it wasn't!
by ranechild
Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Fats is talking!
Replies: 15
Views: 1262

Re: Fats is talking!

Fats is only 5 and a half months old! Now I admit, they aren't all as clearly said as I am hioping for, but they all are distinguishable. He's been practicing his Peekaboo alot this weekend. I need to get a decent camera so i can show you guys.
by ranechild
Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:58 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: I drew his birdiness!
Replies: 41
Views: 1887

Re: I drew his birdiness!

LOVE IT!!!
by ranechild
Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:54 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Baby
Replies: 30
Views: 1685

Re: Baby

$275 for a violet blue! I paid $675! Though regular blues were like $200.
by ranechild
Thu Aug 29, 2013 9:45 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Fats is talking!
Replies: 15
Views: 1262

Fats is talking!

So being home sick yesterday I got to hear all the words Fats has been practicing! He said: You're so cute, Thank you, Good boy, What doing?/Whatcha doing?, Peekaboo, and he's working on Cute cute cute cute cute cute cute (a la Marnie). He's also been working on whistling Happy and you know it. When...
by ranechild
Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:51 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Adorable candid photo
Replies: 9
Views: 624

Adorable candid photo

I was home sick yesterday with the tissues by my side. Fats pulled one out, chewed a whole in the middle, got caught up in the tissue and ended up with his head through the hole. Geez he's cute...
Image
by ranechild
Thu Aug 29, 2013 8:41 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Another one bites the dust....
Replies: 27
Views: 2209

Re: Another one bites the dust....

Chopsticks are brilliant! I have a whole mess of them!
by ranechild
Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:23 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: HELP PLEASE
Replies: 33
Views: 1745

Re: HELP PLEASE

Make that two tail feathers!
Image

Here's a dry picture---having trouble staying still :)
Image
by ranechild
Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: HELP PLEASE
Replies: 33
Views: 1745

Re: HELP PLEASE

I'll get dry ones tonight... I just happened to have wet ones available right now :)
by ranechild
Mon Aug 26, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: HELP PLEASE
Replies: 33
Views: 1745

Re: HELP PLEASE

Here are two pictures of Fats after his tubby. They have flash, but he still looks green-ish in real life when he's wet. When he's dry, you can see a little tuft of white on his belly... I felt a big pin feather on his back near the rump. http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2831/9601934364_fcbea81603_z.jp...
by ranechild
Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:24 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: HELP PLEASE
Replies: 33
Views: 1745

Re: HELP PLEASE

So, Fats was hatchd March 11th... He here is a picture of the feathers I picked up from his cage and on the floor in the last 5 days.... Um, he lost a tail feather! http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7435/9600797660_1b6b0dafa6_z.jpg \ I also wanted to ask about the dark spot in the end of the tail feathe...
by ranechild
Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:33 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: I want you to go to there...
Replies: 3
Views: 353

Re: I want you to go to there...

That's great. I think I will put his cage wheels in the dishes.

Though the ant like his pan.. It might take a while to get the ants "off the island"
Thanks ladies!
by ranechild
Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:16 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: I want you to go to there...
Replies: 3
Views: 353

I want you to go to there...

This morning I let Fats out of the cage while I changed his pellets, seed, and water. He wanted to get on my shoulder... I put him on top of the cage. After everything was fixed up (I had to move the seed from a dish on the bottom of the cage to a hanging cup because we are currently experiencing an...
by ranechild
Tue Aug 20, 2013 1:47 pm
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: A Thread For Budgie Fans
Replies: 168
Views: 13390

Re: A Thread For Budgie Fans

I know Camo the QP can survive at 55 degrees. We had some cold times last winter.... One morning I woke up and the door had blown open-- 48 degrees in the living room.
Budgie... Dunno
by ranechild
Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:41 am
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: A Thread For Budgie Fans
Replies: 168
Views: 13390

Re: A Thread For Budgie Fans

Just now I was reading another thread...
Right now there is NO room for any more birds. That's what hubby said. But I still think there's room if I just wiggle two cages a bit closer and don't worry about opening the closet in that room
Hmmm... I wonder who said that....
by ranechild
Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:37 am
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: A Thread For Budgie Fans
Replies: 168
Views: 13390

Re: A Thread For Budgie Fans

I've been looking at English budgies... there are a bunch of babies at the Bird store 10 minutes from my work... admittedly, sometimes I go down there in the middle of the day to coo over babies. (There are also a whole bunch of cockatiel babies and I want one. They are SO SOFT!!!) But my boyfriend ...
by ranechild
Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:58 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: 1st words today
Replies: 30
Views: 2964

Re: 1st words today

So, question... When your birdy said his first words, were they clear? Fats has started "talking" but we can only recognize phrases vaguely and by the intonation of the phrase. Pretty sure I hear 'pretty bird' or 'pretty boy' yesterday. Kinda think I've heard "thank you" but Fats makes really good k...
by ranechild
Thu Aug 15, 2013 10:05 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: HELP PLEASE
Replies: 33
Views: 1745

Re: HELP PLEASE

So, you know how alot of people are wearing feather jewelry... Would it be creepy to take Fat's feathers and make earrings or something?
by ranechild
Thu Aug 15, 2013 7:14 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: HELP PLEASE
Replies: 33
Views: 1745

Re: HELP PLEASE

So, out of curiosity... Fats has molted a little bit here at 5 months... you say there is a big one at 12-14 months... does that include their flights? His wings were clipped when I got him and I've been waiting for his clipped flights to molt so he can fly.
by ranechild
Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:41 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: That place on your back where you cannot reach...
Replies: 10
Views: 346

Re: That place on your back where you cannot reach...

That's a good question. I'm going to start trying to take him to different places. Sometimes it's into the shower for a "tubby", sometimes to the back of the couch for TV time. I'm going to be more conscience of not always putting him in the cage. Interestingly enough--he stepped right up today. I w...
by ranechild
Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:38 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: 1st words today
Replies: 30
Views: 2964

Re: 1st words today

I was in another room at the time, but last weekend I'm half sure that Fats said peekaboo in the exact way our Quaker says it. Camo the QP was on my shoulder at the time, so I think I would have noticed if it was him. But it could have been just a squeak.
Oh they are so much fun!!!
by ranechild
Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: IRN claw missing.
Replies: 3
Views: 218

Re: IRN claw missing.

Bright side... One less nail to trim!
by ranechild
Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:32 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Plucking collar/spray??
Replies: 23
Views: 2639

Re: Plucking collar/spray??

BTW, you now have me a little bit worried. We have noticed Fats preening and letting out little shreaks like he just pulled out a feather. maybe it's time to go buy popsicle sticks in bulk.
by ranechild
Wed Aug 14, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Plucking collar/spray??
Replies: 23
Views: 2639

Re: Plucking collar/spray??

For you Miss K, I recommend lavendar oil mixed with baking soda and honey. Mix into a polstice. Also, use Biofreeze when you can't sleep. I got stung by a yellow jacket twice...it had crawled into my bed so the place it stung me was not pleasant. It's gonna itch for weeks. But that solution is for h...
by ranechild
Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Query About Alexandrines
Replies: 10
Views: 1610

Re: Query About Alexandrines

Good looking bird!!!
by ranechild
Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:15 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: That place on your back where you cannot reach...
Replies: 10
Views: 346

Re: That place on your back where you cannot reach...

Update... This is still going on. Fats is 5 months old now... I've had him for 2 months. He still goes to the back of my shoulder. But now, I hold a piece of walnut at the front of my shoulder and my hand for step up in between. This usually still takes 1 or 2 minutes of encouragement to step up to ...
by ranechild
Tue Aug 13, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Plucking collar/spray??
Replies: 23
Views: 2639

Re: Plucking collar/spray??

come to think of it... over on the quaker forum I've heard of adding aloe to bathwater to help soothe the irritation. I've also heard of giving camomile tea (no sugar, straight camomile with no actual tes in it) to mellow birdies out and curb anxiety... come to think of it, I think I'm going to go h...
by ranechild
Tue Aug 13, 2013 1:56 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from Long Island NY
Replies: 8
Views: 357

Re: Hello from Long Island NY

I like you perspective Loo :D
I'm in Bmore too. I actually went to Brooklyn to get my IRN. (He was shipped into JFK from Alabama I think).
Welcome!
by ranechild
Tue Aug 13, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Plucking collar/spray??
Replies: 23
Views: 2639

Re: Plucking collar/spray??

I don't have much advice, but I've heard a full spectrum light can help improve birdie's mood.
by ranechild
Mon Aug 12, 2013 2:57 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Eating little'beak trama and falling of perch
Replies: 13
Views: 728

Re: Eating little'beak trama and falling of perch

I don't have any advice, but I'm wondering if you took him to the vet. What did the vet say??