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by Doodlebug
Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:32 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: New Discovery In Foot Toy/foraging!
Replies: 4
Views: 1122

Re: New Discovery In Foot Toy/foraging!

:D Yay!

He adores this thing! As soon as he sees it he goes crazy, swooping on it straight away. I definitely recommend giving it a try, and I guess as it's purposely made for administering medication, you could use it for that too, if your vet has prescribed a liquid.
by Doodlebug
Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:27 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Jelly Pots
Replies: 4
Views: 756

Re: Jelly Pots

Thanks MissK :) I am on my mobile so forgive me if this link doesn't translate properly... http://www.northernparrots.com You can get sachets of sugar free jelly to make up with boiling water (for humans) but unsure if the ingredients would be safe. After all it'd be silly to spend £10 on something ...
by Doodlebug
Fri Feb 07, 2014 12:01 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Sapphires progress
Replies: 187
Views: 5243

Re: Sapphires progress

Hi Claire, Dudes is doing good thanks, everything seems to take painfully slow but I guess that's the nature of some of our little beasts. I do get disheartened at times but always aware to go at his pace, he just is still going for my hands and fingers so it can be difficult to train at times but I...
by Doodlebug
Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:51 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: biting
Replies: 8
Views: 741

Re: biting

I am having the same thing at the mo. My baby is a biter, he will bite hands and any skin he sees. But he is flying to my shoulder quite a bit now. I know he is really wanting to spend time with me but he isn't at the stage where I can comfortably have him there! So I do what has been suggested to y...
by Doodlebug
Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:45 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Toys
Replies: 8
Views: 787

Re: Toys

not to mention my boyfriends belly button this evening when he lay down without a shirt! Thanks to Sapphire, he has the cleanest belly button ever. :o :mrgreen: No grey fluff in sight then, why is always grey..??! It changes how often I change Dudes stuff round, it can be weekly or fornightly, depe...
by Doodlebug
Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:38 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Jelly Pots
Replies: 4
Views: 756

Jelly Pots

Has anyone tried giving their babies those parrot jelly pots?

And do you think its safe to make your own from human sugar free stuff?
by Doodlebug
Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:37 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: New Discovery In Foot Toy/foraging!
Replies: 4
Views: 1122

New Discovery In Foot Toy/foraging!

Just thought I'd share the neat discovery I made yesterday. Not sure if someone has already said about this so apologies if so! So I was wandering around the house trying to look for things that Dudes would be interested in foot toy-wise. I saw this and thought it was just the right size and has two...
by Doodlebug
Thu Feb 06, 2014 2:29 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Sapphires progress
Replies: 187
Views: 5243

Re: Sapphires progress

Excellent work with Sapphire, She picks up things nice and quick :) On the subject of beaking/aggressive play, I watched the video and I agree with MissK, she looks as though she is playing for the most part, but could easily spill over into the excitement overload thing and start becoming harder an...
by Doodlebug
Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:32 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Update And Questions :)
Replies: 9
Views: 518

Re: Update And Questions :)

Hi MissK, Claire :) MissK- I totally agree with you, I will never allow Dudes to chew me like this, he is obviously doing the whole 'I'm not showing any kind of reaction' thing, which once upon a time I tried too, to see if it would show him biting doesn't get him anywhere..I can tell you this metho...
by Doodlebug
Fri Jan 17, 2014 9:14 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Update And Questions :)
Replies: 9
Views: 518

Update And Questions :)

Hi guys, haven't been around for a while, hope you are all ok! Just thought I'd update you on how things are going with Dudes. I am noticing a fast increase in his bravery. He is now accompanying me to different rooms (on his tabletop perch) and he is getting used to the kitchen, and more recently t...
by Doodlebug
Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:42 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: So... how come I can't find any IRN plushie toys?
Replies: 37
Views: 2205

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

As we say in England, Crikey! Electronegative and Ranechild you two are very creative! We all can appreciate skill and craftsmanship, and also Claire for even attempting to do this, I wouldn't know where to start even if I had the time!! Awesome, can't wait to see the finished products of all your p...
by Doodlebug
Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:37 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: double whammy: a healthy meal and foraging toy
Replies: 6
Views: 850

Re: double whammy: a healthy meal and foraging toy

When I think of spring rolls I think of the ones you get in the local takeaway that have been deep fried. I'm guessing they are just wrapped in the thin Filo pastry and given? Or in some kind of tortilla wrap? I guess to make it even harder you could use some Jute around it too, maybe hang it up? So...
by Doodlebug
Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Very aggressive baby IRN. Need help ASAP
Replies: 5
Views: 383

Re: Very aggressive baby IRN. Need help ASAP

Ok sounds a bit like cage territorialism (*sp)

I know birds can get territorial over cages, objects, people etc. I don't really know much about it but if you search using those terms in the top right hand side there are lots of posts about this subject, I'm sure you'll find some good tips.
by Doodlebug
Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:30 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: chattering noises while resting
Replies: 16
Views: 1621

Re: chattering noises while resting

Its so cute when they do this. Nothing to worry about, just a comfort thing in my opinion.
by Doodlebug
Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:23 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Newbie from Aus
Replies: 4
Views: 495

Re: Newbie from Aus

Hi Alicia, Peppermint and Sprite, lovely names by the way!

Welcome to the forum, everyone here is so knowledgable and helpful, I'm sure there is someone here to answer your questions on colours.

Enjoy and keep posting!
by Doodlebug
Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:17 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: breeding my indian ringnecks
Replies: 2
Views: 475

Re: breeding my indian ringnecks

Hello Jason, welcome.

I'm not sure if you have already, but I would post your question in the breeding section where someone with the experience you seek will see it and be able to give you an answer.

Good luck.
by Doodlebug
Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:15 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from London!
Replies: 6
Views: 526

Re: Hello from London!

Hi Tiff and Kari, welcome!

Lovely looking baby you have, its a fantastic forum and everyone's so friendly. Keep posting!
by Doodlebug
Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....
Replies: 51
Views: 1944

Re: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....

Hi Loo, Yes, I did mean literally time you spend together with him, interacting. This may need to increase. When I talk about hormones, I mean the way they may temporarily change at the start of breeding and nesting season. I noticed, for instance, that Rocky gets a bit snippy about me being in his...
by Doodlebug
Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:57 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....
Replies: 51
Views: 1944

Re: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....

Thanks Alpha, and MissK. MissK - to answer your queries; When you say face time, do you mean literally does he see me enough? Or out of the cage time etc? I work my clients breakfasts from 8am til around 1030/11 when I pop home to let him out, I am there til I have to do lunches at 12, I leave him o...
by Doodlebug
Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: New Year Resolutiopns
Replies: 3
Views: 516

Re: New Year Resolutiopns

*Sings* 'For auld lang syne, my dear, For auld lang syne. We'll take a cup o' kindness yet, For auld lang syne' I believe in freedom of speech, but not so far as to voice my opinions that could be taken as offensive. We all differ in our opinions, but everyone is entitled to their say without fear o...
by Doodlebug
Fri Dec 13, 2013 7:01 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: taming my ringneck to like my boyfriend
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: taming my ringneck to like my boyfriend

You can't make your bird stay on anything if it doesn't want to, they are the same as us, if a guy you didn't know asked you to sit on his lap and held you down even though he knew you wanted to get off, you wouldn't like that too much would you? I would give it time, maybe take a step back with giv...
by Doodlebug
Fri Dec 13, 2013 6:51 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....
Replies: 51
Views: 1944

Re: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....

I've spent a lot of time in thinking on buddies for my birds. The sum of it is, make sure if you get a buddy it is a buddy For You. Your bird might give you some indication of how he feels about others if you have some other birds over to visit.... I totally endorse the learning from other birds, b...
by Doodlebug
Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:27 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....
Replies: 51
Views: 1944

Re: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....

What great comments, I will reply in more detail when I'm on my laptop, posting by phone is a bit awkward! Thanks for your posts guys :)
by Doodlebug
Thu Dec 12, 2013 9:17 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: songbird shows off its pipes
Replies: 6
Views: 605

Re: songbird shows off its pipes

Oh that is absolutely adorable! It looked so happy and proud, as I expect the owner is too :)
by Doodlebug
Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:15 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: MissK's Photos
Replies: 56
Views: 7366

Re: MissK's Photos

Lovely to see your Purdy flock and bootiful dogs in glorious techno colour MissK.

Their housing situation and playthings are cool :)
by Doodlebug
Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:10 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Up Sticks And Move
Replies: 13
Views: 754

Re: Up Sticks And Move

The breeder gave us the travel cage he came to ours in, it's a crude small wooden thing painted black and it looks like it's been well used! Room for a single perch and that's it but I guess that's all that's needed really?
by Doodlebug
Wed Dec 11, 2013 7:06 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: How to set up a bird room and minimize mess on the floor
Replies: 7
Views: 721

Re: How to set up a bird room and minimize mess on the floor

I was going to say the same-ish. A bit/roll of Lino, cut to whatever length you like in whatever pattern you fancy to match the room maybe, and pull it out, roll it up and take it away to clean.
by Doodlebug
Wed Dec 11, 2013 4:55 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....
Replies: 51
Views: 1944

Re: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....

Thanks for your suggestions Claire, they sound good to me, and if other people don't agree then they could just as easily keep it to themselves? I'm a bit downhearted today, I have come home to let Dudes out as I have to go back to work within half hour and yesterday I couldn't let him out at all. H...
by Doodlebug
Tue Dec 10, 2013 3:42 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Up Sticks And Move
Replies: 13
Views: 754

Re: Up Sticks And Move

Next is a shower! I can't even begin to think that far ahead, I mean UPSTAIRS is a whole new world lol :lol:
by Doodlebug
Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:32 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....
Replies: 51
Views: 1944

Re: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....

Thanks for the explanation MissK. I wonder if anyone would give me a few simple starter things that I could use on Dudes that don't really involve touching? I don't mind trying the flight games however, but how to get him to fly from my arm back to the stand once he has landed on me? Without biting ...
by Doodlebug
Tue Dec 10, 2013 10:25 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Sapphires progress
Replies: 187
Views: 5243

Re: Sapphires progress

Mel, I think it's an age thing. Ellie and I are the youngest by about 50 years or so. :wink: After reading the part in the thread about Parrot Clubs I went on Google to see if there are any in my area. And every one I have come across-which are few and far between, look populated by members who pos...
by Doodlebug
Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:53 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Gabby-my adopted female INR
Replies: 7
Views: 532

Re: Gabby-my adopted female INR

Hi again Robin. I feel for you I really do, my Dudes will come to me yet bite me for no apparent ( that I can tell) too. Very frustrating and I try not to take it personally but it's hard when we are putting everything we have into loving and caring for these birds. All I can say is keep trying, and...
by Doodlebug
Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:56 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Up Sticks And Move
Replies: 13
Views: 754

Re: Up Sticks And Move

Thanks Claire, it did feel SOOO good to know that he wanted me when he was worried. I guess thats something. Yes AJPeter, as usual I was worrying myself stupid for nothing. In fact, its probably the best thing I could have done because he is now getting used to another room, plus I get him on his ta...
by Doodlebug
Mon Dec 09, 2013 9:49 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....
Replies: 51
Views: 1944

Re: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....

Claire that link is awesome. It makes a lot of sense to me :) I wasn't sure what the term 'earthquake' meant but having read further on, it seems that method isn't favoured anyway. I know I definately need to start training him again, I target trained out of the cage but then he started getting aggr...
by Doodlebug
Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:20 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Up Sticks And Move
Replies: 13
Views: 754

Up Sticks And Move

So today when I got home from work I began the process of moving Dudes cage into the Dining room for the festive period. I dragged the cage with him still in it as slowly as I could so not to scare him, he was pretty worried but also looked a bit curious too? Like, where the hell is going with me? I...
by Doodlebug
Fri Dec 06, 2013 8:44 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: introducing us and bit of guidance needed for site & birds
Replies: 3
Views: 325

Re: introducing us and bit of guidance needed for site & bir

Just as i had them to this stage my mate says the ringneck is ready and i hesitantly still grabbed it but worried i would over crowd the cage.. Hi Luke, and welcome. I dont really think its a good idea to house the IRN with your budgies, they can be quite aggressive and budgies wouldn't stand a cha...
by Doodlebug
Fri Dec 06, 2013 12:01 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Human Treat Dispenser
Replies: 4
Views: 269

Re: Human Treat Dispenser

That's funny! Rocky's a clever fella. But he doesn't know that you know that he knows that... Oh where was I going with this..?! Hehe!!

I say treaties too, so does my sister. I need someone to give me treaties, though I'll pass on the sunflower seeds.
by Doodlebug
Thu Dec 05, 2013 11:51 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Nila's Paintings displayed at Ipswich Art Soc. Exibit
Replies: 14
Views: 814

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

I live in Ipswich!

Shame it's the one in the UK :(

Do post some info and pictures if poss, what a clever birdie you have there :)
by Doodlebug
Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:53 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: mirror talk
Replies: 3
Views: 266

Re: mirror talk

Could you cover it sometimes?

I love to listen to birds chatter, I always think it must mean they are happy :)
by Doodlebug
Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:52 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: How old is my bird?
Replies: 4
Views: 429

Re: How old is my bird?

Are the eyes dilating yet? If no, then less than 6 months. If they are just starting to lighten around the edges of the iris than maybe 7-8 months. If they can completely dilate, than over 9 months. My male said his first word at around 5 months. If they are talked to a lot it is possible. But coun...
by Doodlebug
Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Sapphires progress
Replies: 187
Views: 5243

Re: Sapphires progress

Vet starts clipping away to the quick. I reiterated that I only wanted the point trimmed, vet trims next nail even further, right into the quick so it bleeds. I had this done to my first IRN, it makes you so mad doesn't it? They had to use a pen to stop the bleed and it didn't stop for ages. Makes ...
by Doodlebug
Thu Dec 05, 2013 10:42 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....
Replies: 51
Views: 1944

Re: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....

I can see the above photos. Can someone let me know if you can see them too? I may only be able to view them because I'm logged into facebook? Ellie. I can see them too, how cool are they?! I would never have thought of doing anything like that but seeing them now it makes perfect sense and include...
by Doodlebug
Wed Dec 04, 2013 9:27 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....
Replies: 51
Views: 1944

Re: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....

Thats a really nice idea, do you think real trees have been treated with pesticides etc?
by Doodlebug
Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:43 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Do you allow your bird to see the mirror?
Replies: 9
Views: 814

Re: Do you allow your bird to see the mirror?

At the moment I can't get near mine without a nip so will leave that experiment for another day! If someone can try it though, do let me know the findings :)
by Doodlebug
Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:56 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: I'm over the moon!
Replies: 14
Views: 793

Re: I'm over the moon!

Nice one Ash, you must be on cloud nine right now! Every little milestone brings such happiness, feels like our hearts burst with pride :)
by Doodlebug
Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:49 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Are we prepared to look after our birds right into old age
Replies: 12
Views: 792

Re: Are we prepared to look after our birds right into old a

What a dedicated and caring owner she is, taking the Galah in and adapting its surroundings when needed to ensure better quality of life. Heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time.
by Doodlebug
Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Do you allow your bird to see the mirror?
Replies: 9
Views: 814

Re: Do you allow your bird to see the mirror?

I am wondering about this issue myself. Dudes will attack his quite a bit. On rare occasions he will look at himself quite sexily, pin his eyes and do the boy wing thing, regurgitate sometimes but hasnt yet pasted the mirror with it, but for the most part he seems aggitated looking in the mirror. So...
by Doodlebug
Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....
Replies: 51
Views: 1944

Re: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....

Hi everyone, sorry to bump this. I have so far been resisting the glove thing. As I said he will sit on my arm with sleeves, but the other day he bit through the sleeves. So its one step forward and three backwards still at the moment. In a few days I am going to transfer his cage into the dining ro...
by Doodlebug
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:54 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Found indian ringneck hissing
Replies: 5
Views: 993

Re: Found indian ringneck hissing

Hi Sof, I'm afraid I can't really help with answering what age they hiss or if both sexes hiss, but mine does this too at times (I'm sure he's a boy as he does the male wing display thing but he is unsexed so don't know for sure) If he is feeling particularly aggressive he makes a sort of hiss noise...
by Doodlebug
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Sapphires progress
Replies: 187
Views: 5243

Re: Sapphires progress

Wow am I ever jealous! :mrgreen:

You are such a natural with birds, the next Barbara Heidenreich :)
by Doodlebug
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:46 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Breakthrough!
Replies: 4
Views: 302

Re: Breakthrough!

Well done!

Doodlebug can be snatchy too sometimes still. I will hold the treat just far enough away that he has to stretch to get it, so he can't snatch. You never know if they want the treat or your fingers the best!!
by Doodlebug
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi and thanks
Replies: 13
Views: 1130

Re: Hi and thanks

Welcome Achilles and Percy, good luck with your co-habitation troubles-hope it all settles down soon and peace and harmony can resume!
by Doodlebug
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:41 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 5
Views: 364

Re: Newbie

Welcome aboard Angelcake and Eka :)
by Doodlebug
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:39 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Great Site
Replies: 3
Views: 407

Re: Great Site

Welcome to the forum to you and Tallis :)

Sorry to hear you were unsuccessful breeding, there are lots of knowledgable people on here that can help, there is a breeeding section too which would probably benefit you by posting in there, hope you have better luck next time!
by Doodlebug
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:36 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello We are SHonna, and Micah!
Replies: 18
Views: 1279

Re: Hello We are SHonna, and Micah!

Welcome Shonna and Micah! Lovely bird you have there :)
shonnaboyd wrote:I figured there had to be a way around not being able to post links and such yet, so i quickly scanned through my profile for a way:)
I have been trying to upload an avatar for months but can't seem to do it!! Any tips??
by Doodlebug
Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:33 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Introducing Flash and Crash
Replies: 29
Views: 1732

Re: Introducing Flash and Crash

Welcome to Flash and Crash! They are gorgeous :)
by Doodlebug
Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: PLEASE help, I think Dudes might be ill?
Replies: 16
Views: 643

Re: PLEASE help, I think Dudes might be ill?

And thank you to Kimma, I'm not sure what's happening to Picasa but it's annoying, just when I got the hang of it! I feel so old, today my 73 year old dad comes over, and he knows more about laptops than I do, oh the shame. Especially when it was me who talked him into buying one and sat and showed ...
by Doodlebug
Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:39 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: new.mumma!
Replies: 3
Views: 400

Re: new.mumma!

Welcome Em, and to your babies Mushu and Willow! :D
by Doodlebug
Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:27 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Persimmon, an Instant Win
Replies: 4
Views: 413

Re: Persimmon, an Instant Win

Ahh now you remind me of one I had in the fridge a little too long that I couldn't give it to Dudes. He's never tried one and neither had I, but I cut it in half just to have a sniff and see what it smelled like, and it smelt yummy! So I'm definately going to buy more, and he might be kind to me and...
by Doodlebug
Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:23 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Grape vines etc
Replies: 2
Views: 406

Grape vines etc

I read here somewhere that some of you use grape vine for their IRNs to climb on etc, I'd love to get hold of this or at least something like it, but living in the UK I'm not sure how I'd go about it. Can anyone help or recommend a substitute that I can easily get hold of? Id either like to put some...
by Doodlebug
Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:17 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: PLEASE help, I think Dudes might be ill?
Replies: 16
Views: 643

Re: PLEASE help, I think Dudes might be ill?

Consider making him his own special cup? Actually I think my partner finds me a bit crazy when Dudes does the whole 'yawn, neck stretch I'm thirsty' thing, I jump up, get his special egg cup and fill it with a drink for him! For some reason it doesn't seem to occur to Dudes he can go home whenever ...
by Doodlebug
Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: How Long Is Too Long?
Replies: 3
Views: 310

How Long Is Too Long?

I notice Dudes claws are quite long yet he's still quite young. I use sanded perch covers on some of his perches to keep them down, but as he is still so scared of hands, I don't really want the trauma of either taking him to the vets for a trim, or do it myself because he'll obviously hold it again...
by Doodlebug
Wed Nov 27, 2013 3:00 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New untame bird - my diary
Replies: 96
Views: 2761

Re: New untame bird - my diary

she got grumpy at him again. He showed her all his toys and how to use them. Every time she lunged at him he would retreat to a toy and play with it until she edged closer then he'd try to approach her again. I know how he feels lol. I have been toying with the idea of getting Dudes a buddy next ye...
by Doodlebug
Wed Nov 27, 2013 2:55 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: PLEASE help, I think Dudes might be ill?
Replies: 16
Views: 643

Re: PLEASE help, I think Dudes might be ill?

Thanks guys for all your suggestions :) I'm not a fan of mint tea so thats a no-no, but I've not tried camomile. Soya milk is a good idea, that way we can all still enjoy the same taste :)
by Doodlebug
Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:14 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: PLEASE help, I think Dudes might be ill?
Replies: 16
Views: 643

Re: PLEASE help, I think Dudes might be ill?

Thanks so much for your reply! I had no idea that milk was that bad :( But now I know I shan't be letting him have any more. Boy is he going to miss drinking my lukewarm tea, as soon as I come into the room with my mug he goes crazy lol. The silver lining to my panic cloud was getting to stroke him ...
by Doodlebug
Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:41 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 639040

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

I was just wondering, I have heard that IRNs are lactose intolerant but there is yogurt on your list? Thank you all for your advice Teresa They aren't really lactose intolerant, they simply do not digest lactose. The bacteria that makes the yogurt also eats the lactose leaving a very nearly lactose...
by Doodlebug
Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:44 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: PLEASE help, I think Dudes might be ill?
Replies: 16
Views: 643

Re: PLEASE help, I think Dudes might be ill?

Yep he definately won't let me touch him again, I just tried lol.

Was it the milk? He doesn't usually drink the milk but today for some reason he enjoyed quite a bit of it.
by Doodlebug
Tue Nov 26, 2013 4:36 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: PLEASE help, I think Dudes might be ill?
Replies: 16
Views: 643

PLEASE help, I think Dudes might be ill?

So earlier I popped home between jobs to let Dudes out. He came out normally, flew to me for some cornflakes and drank a bit of milk out of my bowl and immediately lost all his energy? He suddenly sat very still, I thought he was listening to something. He just sat there and sat there, fluffed himse...
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:51 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: new member from Oz
Replies: 1
Views: 188

Re: new member from Oz

G'day to you, and welcome :)

I love it here too, so friendly and knowledgable :)
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 25, 2013 12:03 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: need some advice
Replies: 11
Views: 459

Re: need some advice

Apologies AJPeter if I have offended you, I am merely letting my personality shine through in my posts, just as you have done. I am only here for the banter and the birds, not to win any popularity contests! 8) I think Ash's suggestion is a good one, if there is somewhere else outside the cage she c...
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:57 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....
Replies: 51
Views: 1944

Re: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....

Hi guys and thanks for your replies. Claire he first bit me when I was holding the step up stick upto the cage door when he was coming out. He rushed up the stick to bite me lol, and he's done it ever since when he sees skin. He's absolutely fine on me if theres no skin he can see. I 'think' hes bec...
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:46 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: I need answers on taming
Replies: 12
Views: 1014

Re: I need answers on taming

Surrey-20131121-01434.jpg she's gentle and randomly will let me hold her or give her a scratch PS. Also if any one knows some names for a male green ringneck that would help I'm stumped ThankYou You have no idea but his is a great start! I have NEVER been allowed to scritch my baby and hes 7 and a ...
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:38 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Moody IRN
Replies: 8
Views: 386

Re: Moody IRN

I am aloso having the trouble with my Dudes coming to me and biting. I suspect he just doesn't know what else to do when he gets on me if any of my skin is showing. He's fine with being on me if there isn't any skin lol.

Lovely bird by the way :)
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:36 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Ringneck attacking her foot
Replies: 6
Views: 497

Re: Ringneck attacking her foot

I agree with Claire.

Is she chewing on her foot, breaking the skin? Sometimes they do this when they have mites. If you think this might be the case, are you registered with a vet?
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: my ringneck sqauwks while trying to sleep
Replies: 4
Views: 289

Re: my ringneck sqauwks while trying to sleep

Hi Serine. Are you using a cover at night? In my opinion they prefer to be covered, it reassures them and blocks out lights and some sounds that prevent them relaxing.

Maybe something startled him?
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: has anyone tried clicker training?
Replies: 20
Views: 689

Re: has anyone tried clicker training?

Clicker training is very effective, I would definately recommend giving it a go Steph. It also helps the bond between you and your bird when you work together you spend time together and thats what is important with taming. To start with I used an ordinary pen for the clicker, and a long thin piece ...
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: The Taming of Aero
Replies: 35
Views: 1703

Re: The Taming of Aero

Well done Alpha! Things are really moving along :)

I think if you have enough time, start target and clicker training? It took awhile but I finally got Dudes comfortable enough to come out of his cage using this method.

Keep up the good work :)
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:16 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New IRN owner.
Replies: 7
Views: 484

Re: New IRN owner.

Welcome Liljo and Roscoe, great name by the way. Roscoe the rascal! :lol:
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 25, 2013 11:14 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New owner of a 5 month nervous IRN
Replies: 5
Views: 364

Re: New owner of a 5 month nervous IRN

Hi, welcome Smad.

IRNs are known to be scardie-birds, even though they can be reared 'hand tame' they will still not have known you before and certain breeders will state they are hand tame yet only have handled them minimally.

Do keep interacting and handling, you will soon get there. Good luck :)
by Doodlebug
Thu Nov 21, 2013 12:23 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....
Replies: 51
Views: 1944

Re: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....

Thanks Alpha :) He is nearly 8 months old now, I'm at the end of my tether trying to figure out whats wrong. Take heart, accidents do happen. Just the other day I shut Dudes poor little foot in his cage door. I was like 'why is he making such an awful racket?' He was swearing like crazy. Then I real...
by Doodlebug
Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:57 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: 5 months IRN help needed
Replies: 5
Views: 441

Re: 5 months IRN help needed

they where given to me in a travel cage with a black bin liner :shock: Dear lord. Poor little mites. In answer to your query regarding our weather in the UK MissK, it is turning frosty. I wouldn't put them near open windows right now, in fact not til around May next year lol! Syed, if you keep givi...
by Doodlebug
Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:37 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: I HAVE A NEW BROTHER!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 523

Re: I HAVE A NEW BROTHER!!!

Congratulations to you and your family Alpha, whats the little guys name and how is he getting on?
by Doodlebug
Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:16 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: need some advice
Replies: 11
Views: 459

Re: need some advice

Hey there, I also work zero hour contract, its a right pain in the @r$£ isn't it? The hours are so awkward, and I find myself cycling home (I'm a carer and look after people in their own homes) letting Dudes out and spending half hour with him, then having to bugger off back out again to make more c...
by Doodlebug
Thu Nov 21, 2013 11:01 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....
Replies: 51
Views: 1944

To Glove Or Not To Glove? That Is The Question....

Hi guys. I know y'all must be pretty sick of hearing about my troubles but would like your opinions on using a glove if your IRN are scared/aggressive towards your hands. I really didn't want to go down this route as it kinda defeats the object of getting him used to my hands. But I'm starting to th...
by Doodlebug
Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:39 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi Guys From Paradise Birds Australia
Replies: 2
Views: 311

Re: Hi Guys From Paradise Birds Australia

Welcome Daniel and Melissa, enjoy the site and good luck in your new business :)
by Doodlebug
Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: new to irn ownership
Replies: 4
Views: 333

Re: new to irn ownership

Welcome to you both Deosil :)
by Doodlebug
Thu Nov 21, 2013 10:37 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Gencal1.3
Replies: 1
Views: 197

Re: Gencal1.3

Hi there, welcome, I would post these sort of questions in the Mutations/genetics section where the people who are best suited to your question might see it and give you an answer.
by Doodlebug
Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:07 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: If your parrot bites you, you need to read this!
Replies: 47
Views: 4142

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

Very interesting read this. I'm just wondering if Doodles maybe just like the feel of your skin. And aren't you going too fast, you seem impatient to tame him. But I must say you are very brave to take such hard wacks to leave you bleeding. I really admire you. This is the thing, I'm not impatient,...
by Doodlebug
Thu Nov 07, 2013 12:00 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: How To Get The Parrot Back In The Cage and other stories :)
Replies: 5
Views: 417

Re: How To Get The Parrot Back In The Cage and other stories

Hi all, and thanks for your suggestions. We haven't had a very good day today Alpha. He kept flying to me, like he wanted to be with me. He comes to my lap, I say hello, whatcha doing baby? He looks up at me, I look down at him, and smile. He's gorgeous. I keep my hands where they are, one either si...
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:31 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: scared irn
Replies: 8
Views: 440

Re: scared irn

Ok. One step at a time! I think the reason it takes you so long to get her back in the cage is because you need for her to be comfortable being around you first. IN the cage. She is throwing herself to the bottom because she is in a panic. She tries to get away from you because she is scared you are...
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:03 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: If your parrot bites you, you need to read this!
Replies: 47
Views: 4142

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

New thread made, thanks guys :) I hate to flood the forum with my troubles but I am becomming an obsessive, trying to find out what I could be doing wrong or what I can do to help my little green Dudes :?
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 04, 2013 11:00 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: How To Get The Parrot Back In The Cage and other stories :)
Replies: 5
Views: 417

How To Get The Parrot Back In The Cage and other stories :)

As MissK and Alphawolf requested, I have started a new thread on my troubles, I shouldn't want to hijack the other thread or bore you endlessly with all this but you guys are my only sounding board about this! Hi Loo, Did we talk about using a lure? Bring me up to speed on Doodlebug's reaction to lu...
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 04, 2013 10:45 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: does it matter what age to start training?
Replies: 21
Views: 9930

Re: does it matter what age to start training?

I'm not really sure if older birds are 'harder' to train as such, but as they have learnt to be afraid for longer, maybe it will take more patience and time. I'm sure the other members on here will have their opinions on this too. Whoever is taking care of her while you are away needs to be consiste...
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 04, 2013 9:13 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Bonkers For Conkers? Or Not So Sweet For A Parakeet?
Replies: 10
Views: 1681

Re: Bonkers For Conkers? Or Not So Sweet For A Parakeet?

Hi!

Agreed, Dudes LOVES them too, tried them on him Saturday. He went crazy for them! Didn't think about boiling them though, will have a go-they're probably much softer that way :)
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:53 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: does it matter what age to start training?
Replies: 21
Views: 9930

Re: does it matter what age to start training?

Hi there and welcome. I'm sure your little birdie isn't a nasty one, she is just reacting to the things happening around her. She needs to be able to get to trust you or those who are caring for her, slowly. The only way to do this is by spending time with her each day, giving treats and making her ...
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:44 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New untame bird - my diary
Replies: 96
Views: 2761

Re: New untame bird - my diary

InTheAir wrote:Side note: she looks very good in tupaware
:lol: This cracked me up! A dedicated follower of plastic fantastic fashion!
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:40 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New untame bird - my diary
Replies: 96
Views: 2761

Re: New untame bird - my diary

I'm sure everyone is bored of hearing about my squidgette every 5 minutes Never! My goodness how fast is your progress! I can't believe it and would be lying if I was to say that I'm not jealous in the slightest! Thanks so much for posting your diary, its good for people to know how the process is ...
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: G'day from Perth, Western Australia.
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: G'day from Perth, Western Australia.

Welcome Beatrice and well done for rescuing those poor little things. Have you given them a name yet? It might be an idea to register with an avarian vet near to you just in case you get concerns with their health after all theyve been through. Go gently and quietly about your day, sit in the same r...
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:30 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Toys/Diet/Activities/Tricks
Replies: 15
Views: 3696

Re: Toys/Diet/Activities/Tricks

Hi Gayle and Chicken Hawk, welcome to the forum :)

Our IRNs certainly know what they want and don't want, and I am honoured to be the one serving my Dudes!
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:27 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: The stork is coming to Brandon, MB today!
Replies: 12
Views: 576

Re: The stork is coming to Brandon, MB today!

Welcome Socket, and to your new addition :)
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:26 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: HELLO! From salem OR!
Replies: 1
Views: 217

Re: HELLO! From salem OR!

Welcome Jessie and Flygon-nice name by the way! Sorry you got lied to by the person that you got him from, but you have the benefit of knowing his sex, and you have years and years with him so its not all bad news :) I would suggest using the search bar at the top and put in trick training, or words...
by Doodlebug
Mon Nov 04, 2013 8:20 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: If your parrot bites you, you need to read this!
Replies: 47
Views: 4142

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

Hey everyone, thank you for your replies, I really appreciate them. I am now letting Dudes come out without having to get onto the step up perch, but i do have to use it for going back in or else he would never go! Sorry Alpha but I haven't took pictures of any bites, he has only bit me a few times ...
by Doodlebug
Fri Nov 01, 2013 11:16 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: If your parrot bites you, you need to read this!
Replies: 47
Views: 4142

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

I have had little sleep and less coffee, so pardon if this turns out to be all pooey, but this is my morning thought on this issue. You made perfect sense, and thank you for your perspective! I don't know that it is necessary to step them up to leave the cage. I agree that I don't think it is neces...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:27 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: hi all :)
Replies: 3
Views: 299

Re: hi all :)

Hi, and welcome. I would suggest reading/posting the Breeding section, there are a few threads there about hand rearing and weaning, and to use the search function at the top of the page? I'm not clued up about formula feeding but there are a lot of experts on here that will be more than happy to he...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:22 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: scared irn
Replies: 8
Views: 440

Re: scared irn

alexander6 wrote: i have tried some of the things people have advised on the forum but doesnt seem to be working
What have you tried so far?
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:19 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: IRN is only friendly towards one person
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Re: IRN is only friendly towards one person

She is being territorial over he cage. Her cage is her home, the place where she feels safe, so if you invade that place she will defend it. The same goes with playstands, and people, they form attachments and will attack if they think their stuff or their special person is under threat. I think the...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 31, 2013 4:13 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: If your parrot bites you, you need to read this!
Replies: 47
Views: 4142

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

Thanks guys, I just have no clue what I'm actually doing if I'm reinforcing the bite with something... The only thing I can think of is that he has learnt a bite gets me to leave him alone i.e removing him from my chest or shoulder when he has landed there. But then I haven't forced myself on him in...
by Doodlebug
Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:39 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Weird Behavior
Replies: 6
Views: 463

Re: Weird Behavior

he was mostly sweet unless we did something he did not like which I understand. About a week ago he started to get mean to me. If i try to take him from his cage or playstand or even touch anything near it he rushes to me and bites me. I agree, sounds like he's being territorial. I would avoid thos...
by Doodlebug
Wed Oct 30, 2013 5:14 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: If your parrot bites you, you need to read this!
Replies: 47
Views: 4142

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

Hi everyone, thanks for all your input, I shall try addressing it all one at a time. Unusually today, when I got Dudes out of the cage (I never go inside to get him, but hold the step up perch by his open door and say 'play time!') I hold a treat for him as he has been known to come up the perch to ...
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: If your parrot bites you, you need to read this!
Replies: 47
Views: 4142

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

Hey Claire :) Yeah he just doesn't seem to like skin, other than to bite it! Thanks for suggesting the target training, will certainly give it a go although I did try trick training a few weeks ago and he just wasn't really having any of it. Maybe it's the hands again. Has anyone had similar experie...
by Doodlebug
Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:06 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: I just rubbed Gracies beak!!!!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 244

Re: I just rubbed Gracies beak!!!!!!

Well done, whats the secret PLEEEEEASE!? :lol:
by Doodlebug
Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:05 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: In need of help! scared irn!
Replies: 2
Views: 238

Re: In need of help! scared irn!

OHMIGOD this would scare the living cr@p out of me! I do hope you keep them separate now?! There are ways to train so they can co-habitate together but I'm not the one to advise on that, others on here have dogs etc too so maybe one of them can suggest something. But for now the poor birdie has had ...
by Doodlebug
Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:00 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak
Replies: 196
Views: 6727

Re: He's biting?

AJPeter wrote:OOPS! There goes another rubber tree plant
:lol:

I do so enjoy reading yours and Billies antics, you are both very amusing!
by Doodlebug
Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:57 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: We have progress people :)
Replies: 14
Views: 579

Re: We have progress people :)

Welcome back Alpha and Aero :) Glad its all going well, the more time we spend with them the better :) What sort of cage is it? Some unclip from the main part at the bottom, my first one did but the new large one has a slide out tray and grill for easy changing. I am enjoying feeding different fruit...
by Doodlebug
Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:48 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from Hervey Bay
Replies: 2
Views: 201

Re: Hello from Hervey Bay

Hi Kimmysmum, and welcome :)

My IRN was like that also, didn't eat and just clung to the bars of his cage at the back the whole time til the very next morning. I was so worried! I have been worried the entire time since I got him, just like an over anxious mother.

How is the cutey doing now?
by Doodlebug
Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:46 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: first time owner
Replies: 3
Views: 315

Re: first time owner

Hey Ammar, and welcome.

You'll find lots of taming tips in the Taming and Behaviour section, lots of people go through the same as you are at the moment. There is also a search facility at the top of the page which you can put keywords into to help you.

Good luck!
by Doodlebug
Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:42 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: If your parrot bites you, you need to read this!
Replies: 47
Views: 4142

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

Hey Claire, thanks for your reply :) I don't mind volunteering my fingers to the cause at all, I just want to know why he feels the nip to bite, when I'm not doing or have any intention of hurting him. I read the whole article and can't imagine he'd be nipping me to warn me of danger-surely he'd nee...
by Doodlebug
Sat Oct 26, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: If your parrot bites you, you need to read this!
Replies: 47
Views: 4142

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

[quote="Redzone"]To avoid being bitten, start by developing a positive relationship with the bird. Try to avoid forcing the bird to do anything it doesn’t want to do. This is a very difficult concept for many parrot owners to understand, especially when the information available to parrot owners sug...
by Doodlebug
Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:34 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello Everyone!
Replies: 5
Views: 311

Re: Hello Everyone!

Welcome to the forum, becca and evey :)
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:14 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: how to stop the squawk
Replies: 9
Views: 3964

Re: how to stop the squawk

For some reason it wont let me paste the second half to this so I might have to do it in smaller posts. Howeverthis was not without challenges. There were times throughout the day when a training session was not convenient for me when I needed to leave the room. Rather than cover Misty I opted for e...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 24, 2013 8:09 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: how to stop the squawk
Replies: 9
Views: 3964

Re: how to stop the squawk

I just ignore it but my partner just can't seem to, so anyone know how to train a man to stop yelling 'Shut uuuup!'? I tell him he is actually encouraging it and it really annoys me as its me that spends most time with the bird. I read a little bit about this from Barbara Heidenreich, I shall paste ...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:49 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: How do i Know?
Replies: 2
Views: 215

Re: How do i Know?

Yep he sure does have the hots for you! There are lots of mating display videos on Youtube, if you look at those you'll be sure to recognise what your boybird is doing. There are lots more knowledgable people than me on here but I have read that you should have someone take over the care giving of t...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:42 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Establishing yourself as 'top bird'
Replies: 6
Views: 320

Re: Establishing yourself as 'top bird'

Then one day out of the blue he stepped onto my hand with no growling, no nipping, and I tentatively brought him close to cuddle him because I missed it and he rubbed his beak against my cheek. He's been fine ever since. He still gets grouchy when he's tired...but at least my fingers are safe now :...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:36 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: -Your- Bad Habits?
Replies: 12
Views: 940

Re: -Your- Bad Habits?

This thread is great-its like a confession box! :lol: The things I am guilty of are giving Dudes a bit of whatever we're eating too, I just can't take the pacing round and round the cage and the REALLY interested cockings of the head trying to eyeball whatever it is we have on our plates! He used to...
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:47 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: NUTS About Foraging
Replies: 1
Views: 279

NUTS About Foraging

So I'm experimenting with all kinds of shelled nuts to keep Dudes occupied, I have bashed Walnuts a bit to make them easier for him to open, Brazils need a good bashing too but I find they split right apart so kind of defeats the object trying to keep his beak busy. Hazelnuts are too hard for him to...
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 22, 2013 6:39 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: What exactly am I training here..?!
Replies: 17
Views: 660

Re: What exactly am I training here..?!

Progress my @r$£!! :lol:

Bloody good idea though, otherwise this fabric will go to waste! If I get visitors I shall just have to say I'm experimenting with interior design...
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:36 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: What exactly am I training here..?!
Replies: 17
Views: 660

Re: What exactly am I training here..?!

So I bought some stuff I thought Dudes might like... Buttons, beads, wooden rings that kind of thing, oh and some fabric to see if it would tempt him more than the curtain rail...NOPE! He's scared of the lot of them! I have tried desensitising him to the fabric by hanging it near and then on the cag...
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:23 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Stepping up is becoming much more.....
Replies: 7
Views: 635

Re: Stepping up is becoming much more.....

<<<<< Is very jealous :mrgreen:

My Dudes will just about sit on my arm if it is covered up with thick sleeves. If he sees my hand poking out of the end, he's off! :cry:
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:19 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Creating a collapsible play gym
Replies: 2
Views: 295

Re: Creating a collapsible play gym

Sounds like you are really busy with that! Whenever I make things for my Dudes, I always worry if he will actually play on it or like it, bit like having small kids really-they prefer the wrapping paper at Christmas than the actual toys!
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:17 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello Everyone.
Replies: 3
Views: 323

Re: Hello Everyone.

Hi Duchess, welcome. IRNs are such characters, they make great pets/companions despite all the conflicting things you hear about them. Like any other pet, they are what you make them!

I'm from the UK too :)
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 22, 2013 5:14 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New to the forum 1st time hadrearer of IRNs
Replies: 60
Views: 2529

Re: New to the forum 1st time hadrearer of IRNs

Thanks for keeping us posted on your babies, they seem to be doing great, well done :)
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:02 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: What exactly am I training here..?!
Replies: 17
Views: 660

Re: What exactly am I training here..?!

Hi Claire :) Agreed-I have tried the 'No' thing too and I feel that's the response I'm getting, that or 'I'm getting some good words out of my human, this is great!' I have also tried going out of the room, so he isn't getting the attention he wants (if it is indeed the reason behind it) He squawks ...
by Doodlebug
Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:43 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi there!
Replies: 3
Views: 261

Re: Hi there!

Welcome crazy cracker :) Ellie has given perfect advice :) IRNs seem to be scared of all new objects, I know mine is. I just leave new toys or whatever near the cage so he can eyeball it in his own time and get used to it, then maybe bring it closer and start holding it in front of them etc so they ...
by Doodlebug
Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:39 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from the Gold Coast
Replies: 9
Views: 758

Re: Hi from the Gold Coast

Welcome Kimma and Zie :) You are from the Gold Coast, I am from the cold coast-England lol! It's blinking freezing here right now! Seems like only five minutes ago I was saying about a rare heat wave we got here a few months back. You have an adorable little thing there :) Everyone here is lovely so...
by Doodlebug
Wed Oct 16, 2013 3:33 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: What exactly am I training here..?!
Replies: 17
Views: 660

Re: What exactly am I training here..?!

Hey Claire :) The pelmet rail (which is the bit he's going on) is just under the coving so almost to the ceiling anyway. I get he likes heights but his play stand is almost as high?! He's chewed so many plastic clips that the darn pelmet is hanging down in places, it looks a right mess! *hopes she d...
by Doodlebug
Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:08 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: What exactly am I training here..?!
Replies: 17
Views: 660

Re: What exactly am I training here..?!

Hi all, and thanks for your replies :) I don't really want to hang anything up there as the thing is quite flimsy and the pelmet but that he likes to go on is a bit precarious to say the least. If I hung a blanket up there he would only go on that plus it'll probably be too heavy for it. It's such a...
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Why hasn't my IRN started talking?
Replies: 12
Views: 6409

Re: Why hasn't my IRN started talking?

I guess our wonderful birds are kind of like us lesser humans. Some of us don't ever shut the heck up, some of us don't really like to draw attention to ourselves. Some of us say absolutely anything to get attention, some of us only talk when we need to. Some are social chatters, some are moany old ...
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: new indian ringneck
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: new indian ringneck

Aww poor thing. Firstly I wouldn't put your hands in the cage other than when you are cleaning it out etc, and do this very gently and slowly, I used to sing to mine during this! Its a necessary evil but eventually the bird will get used to this daily routine. Sit as close to cage as is comfortable ...
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 15, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: What exactly am I training here..?!
Replies: 17
Views: 660

What exactly am I training here..?!

I am struggling to train Dudes off the curtain rail. He is being a bugger at the moment and will constantly fly up there, strut around like its his bird given right, chewing the cords and plastic clips and pooping and generally laughing his beak off at me because I can't reach and he can obviously f...
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:56 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi all from Melbourne Australia
Replies: 5
Views: 371

Re: Hi all from Melbourne Australia

Welcome Waikare, I got mine straight from the breeder too, it'll be a long lovely journey for you both together which you can enjoy for many years :) Do keep us posted on how things go :)
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:54 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello everyone
Replies: 3
Views: 270

Re: Hello everyone

Hi, and welcome to you both Charles and Emma :)

What a great, informative post. You are doing so well looking after her and going to great lengths to see she has everything she needs. She is very lucky to have such a caring owner.
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 15, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from AKLD NZ
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: Hi from AKLD NZ

:o Wow what a lot you have going on, it must be very entertaining at your house, at least you don't need the TV anymore! It is very confusing at times with IRNs isn't it, well I can certainly agree anyway. My young IRN is snappy with me too, you never know what mood he is going to be in at the momen...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:24 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Post your feather collections!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 642

Re: Post your feather collections!!!

You've kept ALL the feathers that ever fell out of your birds? I'm going to say something really British now, Blimey! I shall look forward to seeing all those then, very impressive if not a little obsessive! *Hangs head in shame* This kinda reminds me of my nephew actually, from a toddler he grew a ...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:27 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Post your feather collections!!!
Replies: 11
Views: 642

Re: Post your feather collections!!!

Is this a bit like keeping a lock of your childs first haircut? I have kept the first green feather that I found, but other than that they go with all the other stuff I clean out of his cage I'm afraid, does that make me a heartless parront?! :( Having said that I'll probably keep that awesome first...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:23 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Timeline of your birds progression
Replies: 13
Views: 931

Re: Timeline of your birds progression

Nice topic :) Mine is only a young one too (6 months, not handreared) so I've not achieved many milestones yet but i was so nervous/excited when he came out of the cage for the first time! I did this using the clicker and target stick, it took absolute weeks and unfortunately I can't say exactly whi...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Introducing an older bird help...
Replies: 9
Views: 506

Re: Introducing an older bird help...

So have you moved your adopted one in yet? :)
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 10, 2013 9:11 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: A Step Closer :)
Replies: 22
Views: 775

Re: A Step Closer :)

Thanks everyone for your recommended websites and advice :) Skyes_crew, thankyou for what you suggest about the goals, I hadn't thought about it like that but it makes a lot of sense. I tried with Doodlebug again today but unfortunately he was extremely narky today and was attacking everything close...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 10, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Emerald Cleartail phoenetics
Replies: 58
Views: 5104

Re: Blue series emerald cleartails

Goodness me what absolute stunners they are! You imagine how much more intense the colour with age and a few moults!

A job well done I'd say :)
by Doodlebug
Wed Oct 09, 2013 5:22 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: A Step Closer :)
Replies: 22
Views: 775

Re: A Step Closer :)

So what sites do you guys recommend? I have been working weird hours today but got doodlebug out of his cage between jobs, I tried putting my hand round the back if him slowly again but he was having none of it today, hasn't even wanted to come to my lap. It's so annoying that work eats into my bird...
by Doodlebug
Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:40 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Training IRN help
Replies: 7
Views: 382

Re: Training IRN help

Hello Avaks, and welcome. I am at the same stage with my IRN, I know how frustrating it can be. But with patience it will come, they just need to spend more time interacting with us to know we are not going to grab them. Its great that yours is ok with being on your arm so that's a start, do this ev...
by Doodlebug
Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:32 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: new indian ringneck
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: new indian ringneck

Welcome Alexander, and congrats on your new addition. I think the first thing to do is to get your bird comfortable being around you, let it see you doing your day to day things, spend lots of time in the same room as the cage, eat in front of it and take naps in front of it-as they eat and sleep to...
by Doodlebug
Wed Oct 09, 2013 2:26 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: A Step Closer :)
Replies: 22
Views: 775

Re: A Step Closer :)

There are two sites I don't recommend when starting out training a bird for the first time. That is one of them. Ahh right, whats the other? I'll be sure to avoid it! I did wonder as essentially its forcing yourself on the bird, I mean we wouldn't want our noses messed with if we didn't even want t...
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:03 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: A Step Closer :)
Replies: 22
Views: 775

Re: A Step Closer :)

I wonder what your opinions on this are? Is it something to be tried do you think?

http://trainedparrot.com/?bid=45
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:18 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: A Step Closer :)
Replies: 22
Views: 775

Re: A Step Closer :)

Ahh gotcha, I see what you mean, thanks for the tip there. Crazy bird lady! :lol:
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:16 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Building a play gym
Replies: 7
Views: 638

Re: Building a play gym

Theres so much fun to be had building gyms and stands for our fids :)

I keep adding bits to Doodlebugs and its getting to be quite the monstrosity! It's going to end up taking over the world :lol:
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: DNA results are here
Replies: 4
Views: 364

Re: DNA results are here

Congrats to you both :)
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Scratch my head now!
Replies: 8
Views: 490

Re: Scratch my head now!

*Wishing there was an Awwww emoticon*

Also dreaming of the day Doodlebug will allow me to adore him in the same way... lol :)
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:10 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Introducing an older bird help...
Replies: 9
Views: 506

Re: Introducing an older bird help...

Hi Dan,

I just had to Google what an Eclectus was, I've never heard of those parrots, but how beautiful they are! Good luck with it all if you decide to adopt :)

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 08, 2013 9:07 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: A Step Closer :)
Replies: 22
Views: 775

Re: A Step Closer :)

Ahh nice idea, thanks! I will certainly do that, maybe I can also use the case to try and hide my finger underneath, and if he feels something pressing at his belly he'll automatically step onto it... Imagine his surprise when I reveal whats just happened :lol: I will try this and let you know what ...
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:00 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: A Step Closer :)
Replies: 22
Views: 775

A Step Closer :)

So today Doodlebug let me touch his back! :D I am SO SOOOO happy I can't tell you guys :) He has been coming to my lap, and today while he was trying to chew my iPhone case, I thought I'd try my luck (or push my luck in his eyes lol) While he was chewing away I kept holding my hand above and behind ...
by Doodlebug
Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:08 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 2
Views: 304

Re: Introduction

Hi, welcome mike.

I'm not clued up at all on the breeding side i'm afraid but I know many are that post in the 'Breeding' section so I guess that would be the place to post any of your enquiries if you had any, good luck and enjoy the site.

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Mon Oct 07, 2013 11:04 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Need Advice Re: Our New Bird's age
Replies: 10
Views: 770

Re: Need Advice Re: Our New Bird's age

Hi Teresa and welcome to you and your new addition, he is a beautiful boy :) Ben though I agree that the pet store owner is being unecessarily dubious, and without any reason as far as I can see-there is no reason the truth would put anyone off owning this bird-this is the only negative I can find a...
by Doodlebug
Sun Oct 06, 2013 11:04 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: what is he doing?
Replies: 10
Views: 558

Re: what is he doing?

Have you read the topic 'Sexual behaviour' in this same Taming section? Ellieelectrons and skyes_crew knows more about it than I do and they are always happy to help.

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Sun Oct 06, 2013 10:58 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Introduction
Replies: 12
Views: 1298

Re: Introduction

Welcome AJ and Billie :)

I'm sure you will discover many new tips here on how to take care of your new bird, everyone here is lovely. You're doing great :)

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:52 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from sunny London UK...
Replies: 26
Views: 857

Re: Hello from sunny London UK...

Hi dan, it may be a moult but it's hard to say as you are unsure of your birds age, do you see any pin feathers? They are feathers that have emerged with their casing on still, they look like little tiny sticks.

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:46 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: what is he doing?
Replies: 10
Views: 558

Re: what is he doing?

Hi there, I think this is quite common from what I read, my first IRN that I grew up with formed that kind of attachment to me. They usually will choose a 'preferred person' and although mine was hand reared and so tame he almost thought he was human, it caused no problems for me but I have read sin...
by Doodlebug
Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Re: First time breeder
Replies: 8
Views: 614

Re: First time breeder

Welcome nina, good luck with it all :)

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New to the forum 1st time hadrearer of IRNs
Replies: 60
Views: 2529

Re: New to the forum 1st time hadrearer of IRNs

There is a thread about posting photos in the 'Miscellaneous' section at the top, it explains about sizing etc.

Alpha wolf, Doodlebug isn't a lady, you're quite right :lol:
by Doodlebug
Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:36 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: My first eggs has arived
Replies: 5
Views: 424

Re: My first eggs has arived

Welcome and congrats to you both and good luck with the care and hatching of the eggs :)

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:33 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Just brought home my 4-5 week old gray/yellow IRN
Replies: 6
Views: 691

Re: Just brought home my 4-5 week old gray/yellow IRN

Welcome melugur, and to your new baby :) Do you have a name yet? You've come to the right place for advice and suggestions from people in the know-did the breeder give you any care instructions at all? They look so tiny and delicate but soon grow in a matter of weeks to look fully grown! Enjoy the s...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:49 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New to the forum 1st time hadrearer of IRNs
Replies: 60
Views: 2529

Re: New to the forum 1st time hadrearer of IRNs

:o You never ask a lady her age Alphawolf! :shock: I'd love to see your babies progress, do keep posting, they change so quickly but I guess they have to in order to survive (and feeding them every few hours during the night must be tiring too-but I'd have done it :? ) It's lovely they'll grow up to...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:42 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Shalom from NC
Replies: 7
Views: 1250

Re: Shalom from NC

Shalom rjweber89, great photos.

Welcome to you all :)

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 03, 2013 11:39 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Advice needed about behaviour pretty please!
Replies: 17
Views: 655

Re: Advice needed about behaviour pretty please!

Thanks Madhuri. I always remove him if he's up high on me as I can't see enough of his body language to know if he's about to strike. If he comes to my lap I don't mind so much, if toys or food are to hand I will always try to interact with him, I just wish I could get rid of the step up perch and h...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: New play stand
Replies: 48
Views: 2514

Re: New play stand

That's great! :)
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:26 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Bonkers For Conkers? Or Not So Sweet For A Parakeet?
Replies: 10
Views: 1681

Re: Bonkers For Conkers? Or Not So Sweet For A Parakeet?

Agreed! I know Doodlebug will destroy an apple or a corn cob without really eating any of it-he just loves to chuck it around and give me something to do! I'm going to give the conkers a miss but as Sanjaysmummi suggests, will definitely try the sweet chestnuts and if he's lucky I might even share t...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:18 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New to the forum 1st time hadrearer of IRNs
Replies: 60
Views: 2529

Re: New to the forum 1st time hadrearer of IRNs

It must be so rewarding and satisfying to hand rear your babies, we did it with our first IRN (well my mum did, I wasn't old enough at the time) but the breeder I got my Doodlebug from wouldn't let him go before he was weaned. Of course I completely understand his interest in the safety of his birds...
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:08 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from sunny London UK...
Replies: 26
Views: 857

Re: Hello from sunny London UK...

Wow how gorgeous!

What a lovely bird, and he looks so happy :)

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Thu Oct 03, 2013 3:07 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi there
Replies: 2
Views: 228

Re: Hi there

Hi Colin, and welcome to you and your birds. Looking forward to seeing your photos :)

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Wed Oct 02, 2013 11:13 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Advice needed about behaviour pretty please!
Replies: 17
Views: 655

Re: Advice needed about behaviour pretty please!

Apologies for bumping, but can anyone see any links to tell what's going on with my Doodlebug?

I'm not convinced it's the non-prescence if my partner that makes him bitey, and I will let the bird be unless he wants to come to me.

Any advice or suggestions greatly appreciated :(

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 01, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New to the forum 1st time hadrearer of IRNs
Replies: 60
Views: 2529

Re: New to the forum 1st time hadrearer of IRNs

I'm so utterly rubbish at posting photos I've had to keep going back to that thread to remind myself how to do it!

It's in the 'miscellaneous' section, at the top.

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:39 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: 6 Week old IRN first time owener
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: 6 Week old IRN first time owener

I think cage time is important for birds, it gives them some peace and their own time to be themselves without being disturbed. Of course its natural you want your IRN to be with you a lot and to have a special bond but you should also listen and respect what its trying to tell you, and it sounds li...
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 01, 2013 3:18 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New to the forum 1st time hadrearer of IRNs
Replies: 60
Views: 2529

Re: New to the forum 1st time hadrearer of IRNs

Welcome Jessicaz, and to your little ones :)

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 01, 2013 2:01 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello From The Middle Of Nowhere
Replies: 70
Views: 1998

Re: Hello From The Middle Of Nowhere

Hey Alphawolf. I had the same sort of discouraging opinions from my dad about not being able to tame Doodlebug, as we hand reared our first IRN the differences are very stark. But I know it can be done-you only have to read through the posts on here to know that! So please don't give up, it's a slow...
by Doodlebug
Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:51 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Well, Hello there!
Replies: 4
Views: 321

Re: Well, Hello there!

Hi Lola, welcome to the forum. Always good to see another bird lover :)

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Mon Sep 30, 2013 11:03 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Advice needed about behaviour pretty please!
Replies: 17
Views: 655

Re: Advice needed about behaviour pretty please!

Hi MissK. Well the only thing that's different I guess is that my partner wasnt there. But he doesn't really interact with him anyway? He will try landing on him but my partner is a bit scared of him so will flinch and it frightens Dudes away again. The only thing I will say is a couple of times my ...
by Doodlebug
Mon Sep 30, 2013 10:00 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from sunny London UK...
Replies: 26
Views: 857

Re: Hello from sunny London UK...

...Where as mine was looking nice with all his new feathers and now he's moulting already and is a right little urchin!

Looking forward to seeing your pics, Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Mon Sep 30, 2013 9:58 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from sunny South Africa :D
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Re: Hello from sunny South Africa :D

Welcome Tan and Willow, and sorry to hear of your troubles, I bet your Pika is keeping your mum company and that they are both watching over you with love.

Everyone here are so friendly and always on hand with advice and suggestions should you need them.

Keep posting, Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:45 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello From The Middle Of Nowhere
Replies: 70
Views: 1998

Re: Hello From The Middle Of Nowhere

I would just gradually turn round to face him each time you leave stuff in the bars for him, til you are facing him, then you can start getting closer. I can't post pics from my phone at the monent, it's way too difficult! I have enough trouble using the laptop lol. But as far as taming is concerned...
by Doodlebug
Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:18 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Sexual Behaviour
Replies: 11
Views: 1388

Re: Sexual Behaviour

He prefers to be held by my partner, carries on like he hasn't seen him all year when he gets home from work and could talk his ear off! This is exactly how my first IRN was with me when I came home from school. As soon as he saw me through the window he would make such a racket and wouldn't stop t...
by Doodlebug
Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:07 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: wild ringneck !
Replies: 22
Views: 1205

Re: wild ringneck !

So two more days to wait for your male, so exciting :) How's your female doing now? Sometimes they can be scared when you introduce new foraging toys so I keep it as near to the cage as possible for a few days so they can keep looking at it and her curious about it. I make sure I fill it with food i...
by Doodlebug
Mon Sep 30, 2013 4:00 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: 6 Week old IRN first time owener
Replies: 7
Views: 425

Re: 6 Week old IRN first time owener

So young and sweet :)

Hi and welcome, have fun here and with your new bluey :)

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:53 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Advice needed about behaviour pretty please!
Replies: 17
Views: 655

Re: Advice needed about behaviour pretty please!

Not having such a good day today :( He was so good yesterday, calm, well behaved and no biting. Today his flat feathers are back, the devil is in his eyes and he's lunging and biting when I ask him to step up on the perch when he (constantly) goes on the curtains. His flew onto my shoulder so remove...
by Doodlebug
Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:45 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello From The Middle Of Nowhere
Replies: 70
Views: 1998

Re: Hello From The Middle Of Nowhere

Thanks Doodlebug, When I turn my back on Aero does he know that I'am still in the room. Using your technique and modifying it by also using my laptop screen as a mirror, I saw him eat, play, yawn, beak rub and chew the bars. Is this good progress cause I'am happy. He is beginning to make some noise...
by Doodlebug
Mon Sep 30, 2013 3:38 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from sunny London UK...
Replies: 26
Views: 857

Re: Hello from sunny London UK...

They are funny aren't they? :)

So have you named him yet?

By the way you can find out how to post photos in the Miscellaneous section at the top.

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Sun Sep 29, 2013 11:02 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Bonkers For Conkers? Or Not So Sweet For A Parakeet?
Replies: 10
Views: 1681

Re: Bonkers For Conkers? Or Not So Sweet For A Parakeet?

Thanks for doing that research :)

I guess its best if I refrain from using them, just to be on the safe side. Pity though, like MissK says they're so lovely and shiny, and your third link does picture the wild London flocks enjoying them, or their shells.

It's a hard one to answer isn't it!

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Sat Sep 28, 2013 12:18 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: wild ringneck !
Replies: 22
Views: 1205

Re: wild ringneck !

As someone quite rightly said to me here recently, you can still spend time with your bird when it's still in its cage :) Foraging things I have used are the inside cardboard tubes from toilet rolls stuffed with shredded paper and whatever food takes their fancy, small cardboard boxes filled the sam...
by Doodlebug
Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:19 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: wild ringneck !
Replies: 22
Views: 1205

Re: wild ringneck !

I think you are right yes, I accidentally let mine out quite early when I was changing his food etc and he panicked and think if I let it continue he wouldntve known what was his safe place and what wasnt. Has your bird got plenty to do in the cage? Make it as fun in there as possible :) It will sta...
by Doodlebug
Sat Sep 28, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Biting ?
Replies: 21
Views: 675

Re: Biting ?

The more I read about bluffing the more I liken it to teenagers behaviour going through adolescence. They are growing up and wanting to be their own person/bird and to do what they want not nescessarily what we want so then they begin to rebel a but to see what they can get away with. Whilst it's a ...
by Doodlebug
Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:54 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: wild ringneck !
Replies: 22
Views: 1205

Re: wild ringneck !

Hi chrisada. How long has your birdie not eaten for? Did anything happen that you know of that might've scared it?

Is it out of its all the time? Sorry for all the questions, just trying to help and need some more info.

Loo :)
by Doodlebug
Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:47 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello From The Middle Of Nowhere
Replies: 70
Views: 1998

Re: Hello From The Middle Of Nowhere

I shouldn't worry too much about that, unless the bars are far apart enough he could get his head through or stuck? If they are close enough together it's fine, you've only had a few days so he's still getting used to his environment. Doodlebug will chew on the bars too at times, and his perches. As...