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by Donovan
Sun Mar 25, 2018 6:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Indian Ringneck HELP!!!
Replies: 2
Views: 268

Re: Indian Ringneck HELP!!!

well this is a few months old at this point... whatever happened?
by Donovan
Sun Mar 25, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: need some advice on giving meds with little stress
Replies: 2
Views: 247

need some advice on giving meds with little stress

My irn has meds that have to be given twice daily. I was told it -can't- be put into a treat so i have to catch him twice a day and give him meds with a syringe. I am going to end up hurting him trying to catch him and he's getting scared of me now. I could use some advice on a possible alternative ...
by Donovan
Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:43 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Displaying?
Replies: 3
Views: 737

Re: Displaying?

the males are going to display to something or other. One of my birds displays to me... the other bird displays to his counter part...

if they display to you take it as a compliment.
by Donovan
Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Dangers of rope perches
Replies: 2
Views: 663

Dangers of rope perches

I've become aware that some birds have killed themselves by chewing up too many fibers from rope perches. I have one rope perch and recently one of my birds has started chewing on it. Think it's time to pull the perch out and put it away for a while?... or maybe just provide better foraging... which...
by Donovan
Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:08 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

yeah i leave a large mirror in the floor.. propped against the wall and the birds can go down and check themselves out from time to time.
by Donovan
Sun Apr 12, 2015 2:57 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

Neko apparently recently discovered his reflection. He's always ignored it in the past but the last couple of days he's been pretty impressed with himself. Anyway this morning he kept collecting toys and flying back to the mirror with them. I don't know what he was thinking but it did it 3 or 4 time...
by Donovan
Sun Mar 08, 2015 12:22 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Female IRN obsessed with her own reflection
Replies: 11
Views: 1268

Re: Female IRN obsessed with her own reflection

just let her have a mirror so she can enjoy herself. Or ration it out to her if you're really worried about her bonding too closely to it. Let her have some Me time if she wants it. I have two birds.. one is totally impressed with himself and the other is not. There is no harm in letting her see her...
by Donovan
Sat Mar 07, 2015 5:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: first time going to the avian vet..questions...
Replies: 17
Views: 1483

Re: first time going to the avian vet..questions...

oh, and his beak and nail growth was deemed to be poor maintenance on his part.
by Donovan
Sat Mar 07, 2015 5:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: first time going to the avian vet..questions...
Replies: 17
Views: 1483

Re: first time going to the avian vet..questions...

well the vet trip went way better than expected. It amazed me how well behaved Neko was. Sure he flew around and was difficult for a total of about 1-2 minutes during the 1 hour visit. And that wasn't even all at once.. for the most part he was very cooperative and well behaved which i didn't expect...
by Donovan
Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:52 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: chirping egg, getting concerned!
Replies: 4
Views: 876

Re: chirping egg, getting concerned!

so how have they turned out?
by Donovan
Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:45 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: chirping egg, getting concerned!
Replies: 4
Views: 876

Re: chirping egg, getting concerned!

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=14662&p=81480&hilit ... tch#p81480

This thread isn't your exact situation but you might find some relevant information in it.
by Donovan
Sat Feb 28, 2015 12:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Do Parrots Do Parthenogenesis?
Replies: 5
Views: 643

Re: Do Parrots Do Parthenogenesis?

that's a neat question.. of course AJ gave the simplest answer ever haha..

I don't know why they wouldn't... they'll take the time to make the next and pick a spot and all... seems like they'd take the time to sit on the egg too.. whether in vain or not.
by Donovan
Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:14 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: first time going to the avian vet..questions...
Replies: 17
Views: 1483

Re: first time going to the avian vet..questions...

i'll give that some thought about having them in separate cages.. plus i know how it is with one bird coming out while you're trying to put the other one in lol
by Donovan
Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:54 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Finally a picture of Harry <3
Replies: 3
Views: 1161

Re: Finally a picture of Harry <3

is this from his new home or his old one?

and will you still call him harry if he turns out to be female? haha
by Donovan
Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:49 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Moving home
Replies: 14
Views: 1213

Re: Moving home

how old is the bird and has he been handled already? My newest bird came home from about an hour drive or so... he was very young.. barely weened. (probably a tad too early i realized later) I didn't want to handle him.. i had his cage ready... and set the pet carrier up and opened the cage door to ...
by Donovan
Fri Feb 20, 2015 7:27 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Acorns and natural nuts?
Replies: 10
Views: 2743

Re: Acorns and natural nuts?

I think red oak can have some toxic qualities...... red maple is also toxic (for horses, goats, cows, etc) So based on that I would not give those things to my birds. My question at the moment is about willow oak (some of you mistakenly know them as pin oaks) I came up with a really awesome willow o...
by Donovan
Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: first time going to the avian vet..questions...
Replies: 17
Views: 1483

Re: first time going to the avian vet..questions...

nail clipping isn't necessary.. all their perches are rough texture so that i never have to. Neko's nails are a little long but they're still always the same.... and no dogs miss k.. it's an exotic and avian vet specifically....... IntheAir i didn't think about giving treats while there.. good idea
by Donovan
Wed Feb 18, 2015 9:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: first time going to the avian vet..questions...
Replies: 17
Views: 1483

Re: first time going to the avian vet..questions...

putting paper down in the bottom of the cage sounds good but i'd want to be able to definitively say which droppings are whose. Knowing birds they'll provide samples right there at the vet so maybe between that and simply looking directly beneath them it should be easy enough to manage. These birds ...
by Donovan
Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: unusual behaviours
Replies: 6
Views: 835

Re: unusual behaviours

The bird is probably too young for mating behaviors...
She's just having fun. If she really hated the toys she would avoid them .. not attack them.

That's my take on it
by Donovan
Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: first time going to the avian vet..questions...
Replies: 17
Views: 1483

first time going to the avian vet..questions...

Going very soon for the first time to the avian vet. I have two birds. One is 3 years old and the other is 1 year old. These birds are fully flighted and have never been to a vet. They've never been off of my property since i've had them. - Should they be in separate carriers? Can I expect the birds...
by Donovan
Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: ice storm coming... what to do with the birds
Replies: 7
Views: 921

Re: ice storm coming... what to do with the birds

thanks AJ but somehow i think they'd take their built in can openers to my fingers if i started trying to stuff them into pockets and boots :P
by Donovan
Sun Feb 15, 2015 8:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: ice storm coming... what to do with the birds
Replies: 7
Views: 921

ice storm coming... what to do with the birds

We're expecting to lose power for several days and the temperatures are going to be very very cold. There will be a kerosene heater in the house. Is this gonna kill my birds?... the fumes i mean... It was suggested i put them in a small cage and have them in the warm part of the house but i'm not co...
by Donovan
Sat Feb 14, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: One Year later
Replies: 4
Views: 1044

Re: One Year later

expect your bird to start flying around 9-10 months (in my experience). I will also say from experience that once you realize flight feathers are coming in don't -make- your bird fly.. I did that and my bird ended up being a little scared of me for a while because of it.. I have rectified the situat...
by Donovan
Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello
Replies: 10
Views: 855

Re: Hello

what you do is up to you I suppose... maybe change its name to something more neutral or find a way to feminize the name Boris... the rest is up to you 8)
by Donovan
Thu Jan 29, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Happy Easter Everyone!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1068

Re: Happy Easter Everyone!!

Well that was weird
by Donovan
Sat Jan 24, 2015 2:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Bob Martin pet products suspected of killing birds
Replies: 4
Views: 618

Re: Bob Martin pet products suspected of killing birds

I don't know that bob martin stuff is made in china... i just threw the china thing in there as a side note, unrelated.....

what do you mean about the millet being loose?
by Donovan
Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:16 am
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Sapphire flying in slo-mo
Replies: 8
Views: 1757

Re: Sapphire flying in slo-mo

my birds are stuck in the cage most of the day because i am gone from 5am to about 8pm.. then they get out for like 2 or 3 hours. They spend the first 10-15 minutes of that just flying around randomly and yelling. On days that i'm home they get about 6 hours out... and on sundays i let them out firs...
by Donovan
Sat Jan 24, 2015 4:41 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Bob Martin pet products suspected of killing birds
Replies: 4
Views: 618

Bob Martin pet products suspected of killing birds

I don't know if there is any legitimacy in the claim but after eating Bob Martin's millet 2 birds were dead within an hour. other reports of cats and dogs becoming sick after being exposed to that brand are floating around too So, again, I don't know if it's true but that's enough of a warning for m...
by Donovan
Thu Jan 22, 2015 10:13 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: IRN
Replies: 12
Views: 1019

Re: IRN

Thank you both. So should I just give it time or what.this is my first bird so I'm a bit lost :?: it's not a cat or a dog ... those animals love being touched... indian ringnecks will not 'come around' to the concept of being touched... There has to be an extreme benefit to the bird.. beyond the va...
by Donovan
Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: IRN
Replies: 12
Views: 1019

Re: IRN

if he bites you it's because he doesn't like your hand... hands do things like... grab and contain... and for a prey animal that's a big deal... in the wild it means death and it's hard wired into them.... these are not cats or dogs who can be -made- to accept you. in order for your bird to apprecia...
by Donovan
Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

i don't think they're speaking ability is good enough to mimic that but keep trying it might work haha
by Donovan
Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:28 pm
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Sapphire flying in slo-mo
Replies: 8
Views: 1757

Re: Sapphire flying in slo-mo

I still need to do this for Mr. Bell to catch him flying through the door when there's only about a 2-3inch (5-7cm) gap
by Donovan
Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

maybe make it a "you're so naaaaughty"
by Donovan
Sun Jan 18, 2015 7:26 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Out in the Cold
Replies: 21
Views: 2464

Re: Out in the Cold

it doesn't get warm enough for that.. it's middle of winter... also before they go out i cool the house down slowly throughout the morning to help them acclimate.
by Donovan
Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:40 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Out in the Cold
Replies: 21
Views: 2464

Re: Out in the Cold

I have wrapped my aviary in saran wrap.. a large thousand ft roll of it i got at Home Depot haha.. anyway, in the direct sunlight, it's like getting into a car that's in the open sun.. even in the middle of winter it's 10-15 f degrees warmer and no breeze... so on warmer winter days they're able to ...
by Donovan
Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:37 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Another one bites the dust....
Replies: 27
Views: 2392

Re: Another one bites the dust....

that's hilarious... not sure where it came from but somehow i'm gonna take your word for it haha
by Donovan
Sat Jan 17, 2015 1:36 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

thanks.. oddly enough I learned later on that Neko may be the japanese word for "cat" haha

of my two birds... one is dog-like... and neko is more cat-like in his mannerisms and personality
by Donovan
Thu Jan 01, 2015 7:32 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

So,
New cage location apparently means new routine on putting the birds away.. i have to learn the new deal now
by Donovan
Mon Dec 29, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: An Unfortunate Event with my Keyboard
Replies: 10
Views: 1106

Re: An Unfortunate Event with my Keyboard

keyboards are getting expensive...

i finally found one that he can't pry up the keys...


WRONG!!!!

It took him about a minute to figure out how to pry up the new keys... i'm gonna get a metal keyboard and solder the damn keys onto it
by Donovan
Mon Dec 29, 2014 5:21 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New and a little nervous!!
Replies: 14
Views: 1909

Re: New and a little nervous!!

neptune is a great name
by Donovan
Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:38 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Out in the Cold
Replies: 21
Views: 2464

Re: Out in the Cold

So this year... i've wrapped my aviary in clear plastic.. all the way around... only the bottom is unwrapped.. so when it's 30 degrees outside.. it can get up to around 50-60 inside the aviary now if the sun is hitting it for those of you who don't know Fahrenheit.. 30 is a tab below freezing... and...
by Donovan
Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:30 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

and nekos vocabulary is increasing daily... so he's not as good at learning puzzles or tricks as mr bell is, but he learns words.. so both birds are fun in different ways
by Donovan
Sun Dec 28, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

Mr. Bell has recently become very cooperative about going into the transport (to outside) cage. The only thing Neko says in proper context is peekaboo, and so does mr bell. They'll get on the bill of my hat.. lean down, look at me upside down and go ... peekaboo haha.. but no, i haven't really taugh...
by Donovan
Thu Dec 11, 2014 6:43 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: The importance of seeing an avian vet
Replies: 3
Views: 953

Re: The importance of seeing an avian vet

Was all that stress worth putting him through for something that he probably would have recovered from naturally?
(not being a critic, just asking from legitimate curiosity)

how big was the spot? And could that antibiotic have been enough you think?
by Donovan
Sun Nov 16, 2014 8:03 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: help me stop my boy biting!
Replies: 5
Views: 627

Re: help me stop my boy biting!

My own bird enjoyed being handled and petted when he was younger.. but i ruined it by petting and handling him when he didn't want to... indian ringnecks grow to dislike being handled or touched in general so what is rewarding to you may not be rewarding for your bird. They don't care if you like pe...
by Donovan
Sun Nov 16, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Bird won't stop trying to escape cage or eat food from it
Replies: 2
Views: 649

Re: Bird won't stop trying to escape cage or eat food from i

he doesn't see the cage as a safe zone and he's not use to daily activity he'll adapt.... gotta figure out stuff he likes and turn this bad experience into a positive one by giving him special treats when he's upset like that.. simple rule of thumb is that if it upsets the bird, then use bribery (fo...
by Donovan
Sat Nov 15, 2014 7:22 pm
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Budgie Movie Star
Replies: 2
Views: 826

Re: Budgie Movie Star

by Donovan
Thu Nov 13, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

Neko has just discovered the joy of sticking his head down into his food bowl and making noise for the acoustics.
by Donovan
Thu Oct 23, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: empathy in online communities
Replies: 1
Views: 716

Re: empathy in online communities

man, i hope politics never come up on this forum. You'd be surprised at how quickly you can start disliking someone who is otherwise a likeable person when things like religion and politics come into play. In my experience this bird forum has been pretty solid. I've seen very little negative interac...
by Donovan
Thu Oct 23, 2014 6:30 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 6506

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

How are things with your bird MissK?
by Donovan
Thu Oct 23, 2014 6:29 pm
Forum: News
Topic: got hacked
Replies: 3
Views: 895

Re: got hacked

I was able to login with my phone but not the PC
by Donovan
Tue Oct 21, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Please HELP is my parrot ok
Replies: 4
Views: 700

Re: Please HELP is my parrot ok

ringneck wrote:Donovan could u upload the photo again my friend?

Best wishes,

IMRAN-C

That would be higgs
by Donovan
Tue Oct 21, 2014 7:10 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

Neko is starting to talk which is neat..

i've been saying "Hello, I'm Neko!" to him for a while... so he's trying the "I'm Neko" part ... but he's struggling with it... just now he went "M'Neko-oh-ooh-Aaah-SQUAWK"
by Donovan
Sat Oct 18, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Please HELP is my parrot ok
Replies: 4
Views: 700

Re: Please HELP is my parrot ok

try your photo again

sometimes you have to post a few times first.. but i've seen some people post images on their first post on the forum so i don't know how that works.

in any case, attempt to attach the file again, and if there is an issue with that then just describe whats going on.
by Donovan
Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:27 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Happy to be Outside
Replies: 3
Views: 904

Re: Happy to be Outside

I like the last picture most... is that bird smiling?
by Donovan
Sat Oct 18, 2014 10:07 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Happy to be Outside
Replies: 3
Views: 904

Happy to be Outside

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by Donovan
Sat Oct 18, 2014 8:27 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

Well Neko just took his first flight in 8 months or so. He flew half way across the yard to the walk-in cage outside. So, that's the last time he gets to go outside without being in a cage. He wasn't flying very well, but he definitely got enough wind to fly about 20-30 feet before landing on the gr...
by Donovan
Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:10 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

thanks AJ
:P
by Donovan
Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:18 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

Oh I am which is pretty simple... I don't play with him as much as I used to anyway so if i don't talk to him a bunch it shouldn't be a big deal to him...

while he's being hormonal i don't want to be too friendly. birds get the wrong ideas sometimes lol
by Donovan
Mon Oct 13, 2014 5:45 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

Not the keyboard, no, his shadow and reflection, yes haha.

I've decided not to interact with him much for now.

And on a side note neko's flight feathers are coming in nicely (and suddenly).
I've been encouraging him to flap more to work his muscles and help increase lung capacity
by Donovan
Mon Oct 13, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

Well neko got his butt kicked by mr bell last night. I think mr bell is being hormonal right now while the season is changing. I gave him my old keyboard last night and he was having fun finally being allowed to destroy it. He got possessive to the point of aggression over it. Well neko decided to c...
by Donovan
Mon Oct 13, 2014 2:10 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: An Unfortunate Event with my Keyboard
Replies: 10
Views: 1106

Re: An Unfortunate Event with my Keyboard

I bought a new keyboard yesterday. This one is wireless so i just hide it when i leave. I gave mr bell the old one. Should have seen how possessive he got once he realized he finally had permission. He had puffy head and would lunge if i got too close to it haha. MINE! So he spent about 2 hours pryi...
by Donovan
Sun Oct 12, 2014 3:00 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

You know those Halls cough drops?.. Well I just found one on the floor. Mr. Bell being the obvious culprit. the great part was that the wrapper was slightly shredded and only a small bit of the cough drop itself was exposed. This tells me that he had fun tearing open the wrapper until he got a taste...
by Donovan
Fri Oct 10, 2014 5:26 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Will this bird ever fly again?
Replies: 16
Views: 1197

Re: Will this bird ever fly again?

Well I spoke too soon.. my bird's flight feathers have been coming in ever since i posted this.. i expect he'll be a flyer next month or so.
by Donovan
Thu Oct 09, 2014 6:49 pm
Forum: News
Topic: posts with inappropriate images
Replies: 4
Views: 1085

Re: posts with inappropriate images

This should be a sticky
by Donovan
Sun Oct 05, 2014 4:22 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: I need Help
Replies: 6
Views: 638

Re: I need Help

wow that sucks.. the birds are supposed to make lots of noise and you're in a position to have to discourage it.

i'd move!
by Donovan
Sat Oct 04, 2014 5:57 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: New Baby
Replies: 4
Views: 966

Re: New Baby

they do show a hint early on but it doesn't mean his actual ring is coming in already.

do you know for a fact it's male?
by Donovan
Mon Sep 29, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Sleeping Cage
Replies: 10
Views: 1586

Re: Sleeping Cage

How much time would the bird spend in this cage?.. from lights out til morning?
by Donovan
Sat Sep 27, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi and help
Replies: 2
Views: 346

Re: Hi and help

can you give him treats by hand through the bars? If so then start giving the treat closer to the cage opening. eventually opening the door just enough to slip the treat through. if you can't give him treats by hand then work on that... stick a treat into the bars and let him come after it... then n...
by Donovan
Sat Sep 27, 2014 7:01 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 597944

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

HERBS AND SPICES Which spices are safe? Which spices are not? I ask because we all know birds like to eat what you're eating. This is a copy/paste from another site. It doesn't exactly mirror what's found in my own cabinets but there are a few here at least: Alfalfa Leaf helps assimilate protein, c...
by Donovan
Sat Sep 27, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

Birds went outside today for the first time in probably a month. (this is mostly due to Mr. Bell's reluctance to enter the carry cage) I took Neko out there on my finger instead of in a cage since he can't fly away yet. He was so excited to be going outside he went nuts. As soon as i went outside he...
by Donovan
Wed Sep 24, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: IRN Reunited and Adjustment--Please Help
Replies: 3
Views: 535

Re: IRN Reunited and Adjustment--Please Help

How did you find this bird after so long? That's Awesome. IRNs can go wild without interaction, plus he probably had some rough experiences as well as facing constant life threatening situations. Work with him like he's new and in time he will remember i suspect. He might even start talking again. A...
by Donovan
Mon Sep 22, 2014 7:00 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot sleeping at bottom of cage HELP
Replies: 3
Views: 635

Re: Parrot sleeping at bottom of cage HELP

I wouldn't know, but if i had to guess i'd say he's just doing it because he wants to. Does he go to that new perch during the day?
by Donovan
Fri Sep 19, 2014 2:53 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Is this an emerald violet?!
Replies: 11
Views: 880

Re: Is this an emerald violet?!

what puts me off of the idea of raising birds is finding homes for them. I was at a flea market last week and saw a woman and 3 little kids walking out of the pet area with 3 budgies in a cage. And I thought "do you even know what you're doing or did you just think it would be cool to have some bird...
by Donovan
Thu Sep 18, 2014 5:44 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Is this an emerald violet?!
Replies: 11
Views: 880

Re: Is this an emerald violet?!

Ellie, i'm curious.
Are you breeding your birds for potentially lucrative reasons or just letting them what they were born to do, catering to mother nature.

I'm not asking because I have some judgement waiting for an ambush. I'm just.. curious
by Donovan
Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Will this bird ever fly again?
Replies: 16
Views: 1197

Re: Will this bird ever fly again?

MissK wrote:BTW, the astute observer that I am, I have noticed that this bird we're discussing is neither BLUE nor YELLOW.
Donovan, did I miss something?
It's Neko.. he's quite yellow.. it's just bad camera quality in mediocre light... this was during his shower over the weekened.
by Donovan
Wed Sep 17, 2014 5:08 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello, Hannah needs our help (long)
Replies: 11
Views: 596

Re: Hello, Hannah needs our help (long)

If I do something that results in my birds biting me I do pull my hand away (not if they are nibbling or using their beak to balance, only for those proper annoyed irn bites) and it hasn't escalated the biting at all. They are biting to tell me to stop doing whatever I am doing, it is the result of...
by Donovan
Tue Sep 16, 2014 12:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Will this bird ever fly again?
Replies: 16
Views: 1197

Re: Will this bird ever fly again?

Sunni, was your bird under a year old?
by Donovan
Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Will this bird ever fly again?
Replies: 16
Views: 1197

Re: Will this bird ever fly again?

More other bird was clipped when I got him. He was 6 months old at the time. I think he was 12-14 months when he started flying. That place where I bought the bird in the picture really lectured and scolded me for having a flighted bird. They are very anti flight. I wouldn't put it past them to inte...
by Donovan
Tue Sep 16, 2014 5:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Will this bird ever fly again?
Replies: 16
Views: 1197

Will this bird ever fly again?

He's about 8 and a half months old now. The people clipped him as soon as he flew the first time and i've seen no sign of feathers growing back. He seems to be molting perpetually. Always has the fluffy feathers all over the cage, so I keep expecting flight feathers to come in, but they haven't so i...
by Donovan
Fri Sep 12, 2014 10:04 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Non-Parents vs Babies
Replies: 4
Views: 405

Re: Non-Parents vs Babies

no but i'm looking into getting certified for wildlife rescue / rehabilitation with an emphasis on birds. Plus what I do for a living gets a lot of little birds and squirrels hurt. (cut trees away from power lines) I don't think i'd ever actually expose wild birds to my birds, or vice versa. I'm jus...
by Donovan
Fri Sep 12, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Non-Parents vs Babies
Replies: 4
Views: 405

Non-Parents vs Babies

How do we suppose indian ringnecks will respond to seeing little pink baby birds?.

Are they like cats and dogs and might actually try to care for them?
Would they be indifferent?
would they possibly try to kill the babies?

or is this purely a matter of the individual?
by Donovan
Fri Sep 12, 2014 3:30 am
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Sapphire just does things differently
Replies: 5
Views: 1215

Re: Sapphire just does things differently

what was the item taken off of the toy?.. a sort of handle?
by Donovan
Mon Sep 08, 2014 4:49 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 6506

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

AJPeter wrote:They say marriage spoils a relationship, but you should not worry because my bird treats our living room as her own and throws food all over my carpet. "Do you do that at home?" I ask her.
"You are kidding surely, this is my home!"
excellent
by Donovan
Sun Sep 07, 2014 1:12 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

Mr Bell has been living in Neko's cage for about two weeks. He has always given me a hard time about being put away at night (sometimes he cooperates and sometimes he doesn't) Recently he went into Neko's cage around bedtime and found a perch and tried to play invisible. So I went along with it and ...
by Donovan
Fri Sep 05, 2014 2:49 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: An Unfortunate Event with my Keyboard
Replies: 10
Views: 1106

Re: An Unfortunate Event with my Keyboard

you should see my keyboard now... he can be in a dead sleep and if i leave the room for 20 seconds.. i come back and he has pried at least 2 keys up and then he flies off with one.... .. i'm currently missing 6 keys that have just disappeared.. luckily they're not critical... i'm keeping a towel aro...
by Donovan
Fri Sep 05, 2014 11:15 am
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Sapphire wonder-bird does some tricks!
Replies: 25
Views: 2612

Re: Sapphire wonder-bird does some tricks!

pretty slick.. had to mute it after a while lol... it's cool to see cats doing that.... but i guess for the people doing the training it's not so strange.... Like, I think it's neat seeing how surprised people can be to see a bird playing fetch or dropping a basket ball, or come to you when called, ...
by Donovan
Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:21 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Feather Plucking Section
Replies: 47
Views: 8218

Re: Feather Plucking Section

Melika do you handle your bird? Could something on your hands be causing it? Lotion, the soap you use, anything. Or maybe he just likes doing it. It's his style. Actually it's just a habit at this point and since he enjoys his habit there's no motivation for him to want to stop doing it. Like, smoki...
by Donovan
Tue Sep 02, 2014 5:20 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Blue indian ringneck
Replies: 5
Views: 745

Re: Blue indian ringneck

Make a playlist of other irns on youtube or something. Play it alot and make sure there are dozens of videos so the playlist goes for a couple hours at a time.
If he's going to make noise all the time it might as well be more interesting than screeching
by Donovan
Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:45 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: changes in ringneck overnight?
Replies: 6
Views: 599

Re: changes in ringneck overnight?

i have a bird who wants to play peekaboo more than get treats... I'd say a good game is to just give them a toy and play a little back and forth with him.. if he knocks it to the side then you knock it to the side... anything to keep him engaged in an activity. i've got two birds.. one plays fetch p...
by Donovan
Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:41 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Favorite Toy, Foraging and Play Stand Forum Topic Please
Replies: 16
Views: 2141

Re: Favorite Toy, Foraging and Play Stand Forum Topic Please

post pics.. i like new toy ideas.. i have a bird who isn't impressed with anything lately
by Donovan
Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:30 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

AJ... it turns out you're right about keeping your finger out of their beaks.. that really does the trick on avoiding being bitten.... In today's Neko news, he has started doing the signature IRN heart wings when i talk to him... thought that was neat.. he's 7 and a half months old now... he's start...
by Donovan
Mon Sep 01, 2014 5:25 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: changes in ringneck overnight?
Replies: 6
Views: 599

Re: changes in ringneck overnight?

bluffing happens a lot earlier and it manifests as more of a negative attitude toward you.. and from what i can tell it's a pretty short period .... At least I think that's how it works... Sounds like your bird is just growing up and starting to get a mind of his own... try training something new an...
by Donovan
Sun Aug 31, 2014 8:11 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Feather Plucking Section
Replies: 47
Views: 8218

Re: Feather Plucking Section

Find out if bitter apple spray is safe for birds..

If it is, try putting some of it in the plucking area.. make them taste awful.. that might discourage him
by Donovan
Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 597944

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

Um.. it seems like white bread is starchy.. or turns to sugar big time or something.. it's something along those lines... it's not really toxic.. there just isn't anything good about it.. unless someone can correct me on this.
by Donovan
Fri Aug 29, 2014 11:03 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

Well Neko made his opinion of the Aviary very clear to me just now. Since he can't fly yet i'm able to take him out on my finger. Well this time about half way from the house to the cage he realized where he was going.. he zeroed in on the cage.. leaned forward real far, held on tight with his feet ...
by Donovan
Thu Aug 28, 2014 6:31 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

LOL I'm such a jerk, sorta.. Neko being so young still the only thing i've really taught him is to turn around for a treat... I got a laugh out of him just now... I gave him a piece of chicken and right after I gave it to him I told him to turn around... hahah.. and he did... treat came before the d...
by Donovan
Thu Aug 28, 2014 9:42 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

They live inside and go to the aviary on the weekends while i'm home.

One bird can't fly yet so I like to be around when he's outside. He has to climb everywhere still so I check on him every few minutes
by Donovan
Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:16 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: IRN bath time
Replies: 4
Views: 453

Re: IRN bath time

it's summer here and when my birds are outside during the worst of the heat I turn the water on them for about 10 minutes at a time every hour or two... even my bird that doesn't like bathing enjoys this ... then sometimes, no matter the heat, they'll avoid the water.. other times they get pressed u...
by Donovan
Tue Aug 26, 2014 5:14 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: IRN bath time
Replies: 4
Views: 453

Re: IRN bath time

don't let your bird shower / bathe too long or get completely saturated.. they may think they like it but in the long run they might learn to hate shower / bath time like my bird did... I have two... one only bathes once or twice a month because i didn't know any better and let him get too wet all t...
by Donovan
Mon Aug 25, 2014 5:58 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

So,.. does your bird ever get too excited about something and just bite the **** out of you for it? Mr. Bell just peeled my finger back while i was playing with him. I don't think he was being aggressive.. just got too excited..... in any case it was game over. I'm not sure if that's the right lesso...
by Donovan
Sun Aug 24, 2014 11:29 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Isolated Plucking Incident...... we hope!
Replies: 11
Views: 1426

Re: Isolated Plucking Incident...... we hope!

Dogs who have behavioral issues can be walked and played with for about an hour before bedtime and that does wonders for the undesirable behavior. Maybe it can work this way for birds too... Like, before bed time, let him out.. play with him.. get him flying around and having a blast, .. wear him ou...
by Donovan
Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:30 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: aviary advice ???
Replies: 3
Views: 1990

Re: aviary advice ???

If you don't get any responses to this in a couple of days.. repost it in the breeding section and adjust the subject line to something like Aviary advice for breeding.. that will help draw the breeders attention
by Donovan
Tue Aug 19, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Taking Over The World??
Replies: 15
Views: 960

Re: Taking Over The World??

Image

I'm sorry if you don't get it lol
by Donovan
Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Ants
Replies: 5
Views: 1086

Re: Ants

compromise ... leave them something on the ground.. a piece of fruit or some peanuts..
by Donovan
Mon Aug 18, 2014 4:04 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Ants
Replies: 5
Views: 1086

Re: Ants

I get ants in mine also. They're at the bottom. The birds are at the top so I just ignore them. I guess it depends on the flooring you have. Mine is cage material on the bottom so bits of food stay there and eventually just fall through to the ground. I use the ants to help keep the ground clean 8)
by Donovan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Please help!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 968

Re: Please help!!!

I think your bird is probably fine .. but i'm not officially educated on birds so don't take my word for it... collect some of the waste and take it to the avian vet as well as a detailed record of the bird's diet over the last few days. just taking in some droppings might be a fair deal cheaper tha...
by Donovan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Please help!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 968

Re: Please help!!!

so separate her from other birds for a while and let nature take its course from there.
by Donovan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 10:39 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

Just need an actual digital camera.. high speed and high def.. that picture would have been fully in focus with the right camera
by Donovan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 10:37 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

found a fun new feature on my phone which allows me to capture more in-flight pics so don't be surprised if i spam this neko thread with flight pics for a while :P

Image
by Donovan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:34 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: stopped lounging but....
Replies: 10
Views: 567

Re: stopped lounging but....

There's some bitter apple stuff you can get at some pet stores or buy online.. (google 'bitter apple')

just make sure it's safe for birds... check the ingredients and make sure each of them are safe.. it's too easy to accidentally poison a bird
by Donovan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:44 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: stopped lounging but....
Replies: 10
Views: 567

Re: stopped lounging but....

well, just don't offer her your fingers if you can help it.. don't give her toys.. set them down and let her come to them.

you could also try teaching her a hard lesson and make your fingers taste awful
by Donovan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:38 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Need help taming my irn
Replies: 5
Views: 519

Re: Need help taming my irn

teach him to take treats from you if he doesn't already... if your hand is in the cage it needs to be holding his favorite food. this will teach him that your hand means good things are coming. when he gets to where he'll take treats from you readily then you can start holding the treat out of reach...
by Donovan
Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:30 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 6506

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

well that personal space concept might not apply to birds.... like how other things turned out not to apply to birds.. like punishment and things like that... maybe they can't care too much about personal space. My own birds are in the process of consolidating into one cage. As far as I can tell the...
by Donovan
Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 6506

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

well even if they're going through the motions.. passing food or not.. means they like each other.
by Donovan
Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:22 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: New Discovery In Foot Toy/foraging!
Replies: 4
Views: 1093

Re: New Discovery In Foot Toy/foraging!

So I've tried this syringe idea tonight. I got one and stuck it into a watermelon and drew out some juice. My bird won't take it though. He's scared of it :lol:
He won't be forever though.
by Donovan
Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:27 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Celebrating our first ever egg
Replies: 7
Views: 854

Re: Celebrating our first ever egg

when the babies are ready for homes... be sure to screen them.. don't sell them to just any-ol-body who has the cash :D
by Donovan
Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:08 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Favorite Toy, Foraging and Play Stand Forum Topic Please
Replies: 16
Views: 2141

Re: Favorite Toy, Foraging and Play Stand Forum Topic Please

So do you have trouble telling your birds apart sometimes or is it pretty easy just at a glance?

Rise and Shine.. great names btw
by Donovan
Fri Aug 15, 2014 4:06 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: The adventures of Billie the wonder parrot
Replies: 154
Views: 4178

Re: The adventures of Billie the wonder parrot

Figs are easy here... they're growing everywhere.. I don't know about your side of the ocean though :P

too bad my birds refuse to eat them
by Donovan
Fri Aug 15, 2014 10:01 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 6506

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

MissK wrote:The did kind of share a toy. Whats the eye thing about?
your birds are obviously more mature than mine :lol:
by Donovan
Fri Aug 15, 2014 10:00 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 6506

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

You see the big IRN at the top of this page? Everytime I come to this site Mr Bell hops up on top of my monitor and starts pecking at that bird's eye. Not aggressively though. He'll just touch then open his wings.. displaying to it. Other birds on youtube or pictures of birds he'll do the same. I th...
by Donovan
Fri Aug 15, 2014 8:03 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 6506

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

sounds like they're getting along pretty well..they'll be taking toys away from each other in no time.
by Donovan
Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:44 am
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Nila playing another flight game
Replies: 11
Views: 1591

Re: Nila playing another flight game

I'm home.. i've been on vacation for almost 2 weeks.
I've done very little with the birds despite spending so much time at home lately. I've gotten lazy about training :P

I think I could teach the hoop though
Maybe I'll let him watch these videos for a while first like a tutorial
by Donovan
Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:21 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 6506

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

maybe he molts different
by Donovan
Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 597944

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

Asparagus

This list shows asparagus as being a healthy food. Recently I saw another list that said it was okay but said not to feed too much of it for whatever reason.
Can I get some clarification on this?
Is it like spinach in that it's okay but too much can be bad?
by Donovan
Sun Aug 10, 2014 6:13 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: An Unfortunate Event with my Keyboard
Replies: 10
Views: 1106

An Unfortunate Event with my Keyboard

I went fishing last night... left the birds out... when I came home one of them had almost completely dismantled my keyboard... keys were lying everywhere... good times.. I got the keyboard put back together, all except for the BACKSPACE key.. wow, I never knew how many typos I had until I had troub...
by Donovan
Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:08 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

turns out cats and birds are a good mix after all. Last night my cat spent the night inside. I woke up about 4am to him playing and making a ruckus. Turned out he was after a mouse that was underneath Neko's cage. I hate to think how long that mouse has been eating stray bits of bird seed.. ugh... a...
by Donovan
Sat Aug 09, 2014 11:41 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

Holding Nekos beak with my thumb and finger is like rocking a baby.. it puts him to sleep.
by Donovan
Sat Aug 09, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Whats my IRN doing?
Replies: 4
Views: 418

Re: Whats my IRN doing?

he's just relaxing and has a weird way of doing it
by Donovan
Thu Aug 07, 2014 11:49 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Baby Indian ringneck biting and divebombing help!
Replies: 5
Views: 501

Re: Baby Indian ringneck biting and divebombing help!

is that finger biting isn't actually aggressive though right?.. he sees fingers as foot toys?
by Donovan
Thu Aug 07, 2014 11:32 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: IRN as companion bird with Eclectus
Replies: 1
Views: 264

Re: IRN as companion bird with Eclectus

it's unpredictable... depends on if the irn annoys him or not
by Donovan
Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:28 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: am I getting my ring early or am I freak??
Replies: 7
Views: 983

Re: am I getting my ring early or am I freak??

i guess it's kinda like the kid who grows a mustache at 12 years old.. versus the kid who can't grow one until he's 16.

it's no big deal. Just one of those things.
by Donovan
Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Biting
Replies: 7
Views: 594

Re: Biting

you may be on to something there MissK.. my newest bird (neko) seems to mostly enjoy staying on his cage and finding ways to entertain himself there, but sometimes he climbs down to the side and leans out toward me.. wanting to come over where I am... when he does this i've never had any issues with...
by Donovan
Mon Aug 04, 2014 8:11 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Biting
Replies: 7
Views: 594

Re: Biting

your bird is not likely to go out of his way to bite you... so the first thing to know is that if he bites you it's because he doesn't like the situation he's in at that moment. What's in it for him?? Indian Ringnecks don't always like being held and obviously they're not puppies or kittens. You hav...
by Donovan
Mon Aug 04, 2014 6:29 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: ringneck beak colour
Replies: 5
Views: 905

Re: ringneck beak colour

already answered :)

viewtopic.php?f=7&t=23594
by Donovan
Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:43 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New owner
Replies: 5
Views: 505

Re: New owner

yeah it'll darken up over the next few months
by Donovan
Sat Aug 02, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Going out of town... birds to be caged
Replies: 31
Views: 1474

Re: Going out of town... birds to be caged

Shredders are usually his favorite

Well the first week I was gone I left one shredder toy and he destroyed it so I got more. Anyway I got him to play with them more once he was set free. I put them on top of the cage and then he thought they were great. Apparently he likes walking on one of them.
by Donovan
Fri Aug 01, 2014 10:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Going out of town... birds to be caged
Replies: 31
Views: 1474

Re: Going out of town... birds to be caged

Okay, so I bought -all- these great new shreddable toys for Mr. Bell because I thought he would put them to use while I was gone. He's been locked up in his cage for a week now. I came home tonight to find he hasn't touched a single one of his toys except for the cat toy balls that i stuffed full of...
by Donovan
Wed Jul 30, 2014 3:16 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Going out of town... birds to be caged
Replies: 31
Views: 1474

Re: Going out of town... birds to be caged

This is why we probably shouldn't own larger birds that bond for life with one person. That person has to go away for a day or two and the bird is probably greatly affected, mildly traumatized even.
by Donovan
Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Fat and Grease
Replies: 7
Views: 1059

Re: Fat and Grease

Melika wrote:The only problem would be if it was grease on the feathers. As far as ingesting a little, it's no big deal. Besides, their digestive system is so short/quick nothing you feed after would make a difference. :)
Given that, would you say a very watery food wouldn't necessarily negate salt intake?
by Donovan
Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Going out of town... birds to be caged
Replies: 31
Views: 1474

Re: Going out of town... birds to be caged

I bought a bunch of foraging toys for the birds, basket things full of paper shreds, a net-ball thing full of paper and wood. And hollow plastic (slotted) balls; which is a cat toy recently mentioned on the foot toys thread, full of almonds and peanuts. I ran a chain through several of them, for bot...
by Donovan
Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:08 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: I am not getting any responce from my IRNs
Replies: 1
Views: 294

Re: I am not getting any responce from my IRNs

All the help you need has been provided on this forum many times over.

Read lots.

Even if you read something that doesn't pertain to your situation you can still gain insight into the mind of an indian ringneck.
by Donovan
Tue Jul 29, 2014 6:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Going out of town... birds to be caged
Replies: 31
Views: 1474

Re: Going out of town... birds to be caged

I don't know how well they took it.
Mr. Bell was slow to come out of his cage when I opened it.
Feathers weren't plucked, and they didn't forget about fetch or 'turn around' so i'm guessing they took it pretty well.
by Donovan
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:33 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Going out of town... birds to be caged
Replies: 31
Views: 1474

Re: Going out of town... birds to be caged

So I came home for 2 nights. 1st night I got home around 10:30 pm and let the birds out of their cages almost immediately. It was pretty funny. They went on overload with the only little tricks they know. Mr Bell started throwing a ball and going down to pick it back up, and poor little neko was jus...
by Donovan
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:27 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Ringneck info wanted
Replies: 2
Views: 477

Re: Ringneck info wanted

1st question is Will you have the endurance for the next 15-25 years to keep your bird's life as interesting as possible without the "new" wearing off.
by Donovan
Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:23 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Nila is a genius
Replies: 36
Views: 1562

Re: Nila is a genius

Ah good stuff. And good job on the training.
by Donovan
Fri Jul 25, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Is my irn a baby or an adult??
Replies: 15
Views: 957

Re: Is my irn a baby or an adult??

That bird looks very young to me
by Donovan
Thu Jul 24, 2014 11:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Foot Toys
Replies: 11
Views: 796

Re: Foot Toys

nice post.. i should really look into more homemade toys myself.
by Donovan
Thu Jul 24, 2014 6:06 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: am I getting my ring early or am I freak??
Replies: 7
Views: 983

Re: am I getting my ring early or am I freak??

Looks like early ring to me
by Donovan
Tue Jul 22, 2014 4:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Going out of town... birds to be caged
Replies: 31
Views: 1474

Re: Going out of town... birds to be caged

I'm in the smokey mountains

And uri geller was a spoon bender ajpeter
by Donovan
Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:19 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 6506

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

I like putting bird seed in mine
by Donovan
Mon Jul 21, 2014 7:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Going out of town... birds to be caged
Replies: 31
Views: 1474

Re: Going out of town... birds to be caged

Ugh, chewing nails about sums it up. I'm not gonna call to check on them until wednesday or thursday.... dont want to seem too anxious. I requested treats for free be given as well as personal attention through the bars be given but I don't think that will actually happen. But I know the food and wa...
by Donovan
Sun Jul 20, 2014 8:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Going out of town... birds to be caged
Replies: 31
Views: 1474

Re: Going out of town... birds to be caged

Easier said than done. I've had my job for 7 years so there's a certain amount of comfort level involved. The birds will be fine, I just feel really bad for them. If neko could fly I would just put them both in the aviary and put a tarp over the to, however that isn'tthe case. So mr bell will now pa...
by Donovan
Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:19 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: please help!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 913

Re: please help!!!

My lutino was clipped when I got him and so he took a few nasty spills. He also ended up with a couple bloody tail feathers. As far as I can tell it's basically harmless as long as it's a very small amount and not continuing to bleed. Maybe it's self inflicted. Keep an eye out. My bird didn't have n...
by Donovan
Sun Jul 20, 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Going out of town... birds to be caged
Replies: 31
Views: 1474

Re: Going out of town... birds to be caged

Well it's done. I'm gone and the birds are cage bound until next saturday. I felt rotten about doing it but I did supply new toys and foraging for mr bell. I also moved his cage next to nekos and put him by the window where he used to be before I got neko. That seemed to calm him down pretty well. H...
by Donovan
Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Going out of town... birds to be caged
Replies: 31
Views: 1474

Re: Going out of town... birds to be caged

So I went out and bought a handful of new toys today... Mr. Bell will get each of them.. all at once... tonight when he goes into his cage he won't get out again for 7 days.... so .. new toys
by Donovan
Sat Jul 19, 2014 5:15 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Towel training
Replies: 7
Views: 592

Re: Towel training

I enjoyed the video. Way to teach the towel is a fun place to be
by Donovan
Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:56 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Going out of town... birds to be caged
Replies: 31
Views: 1474

Going out of town... birds to be caged

On occasion the nature of my job pulls me out of town. This hasn't happened in two years, but now I'm being sent away for 2 weeks. My first thoughts are about my birds. They will receive fresh food and water while i'm gone but there will be No out of cage time. From sunday all the way to friday they...
by Donovan
Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:43 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New here and New to IRN's
Replies: 7
Views: 520

Re: New here and New to IRN's

money saving toys...

turn healthy food into toys.. double whammy
by Donovan
Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:42 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: New IRN, Few Questions!
Replies: 6
Views: 546

Re: New IRN, Few Questions!

If you don't get any replies to this in a day or two, repost it in the Breeders section of the forum and maybe add something to the subject line to attract their attention
by Donovan
Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:40 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Cage
Replies: 17
Views: 1858

Re: Cage

There is no such thing as a cage that is too big.. don't ever forget that or attempt to think differently.
by Donovan
Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Help! Severe biting from IRN baby
Replies: 21
Views: 780

Re: Help! Severe biting from IRN baby

When something says it's not for human consuption they mean that it hasn't been saturated with preservatives..

So don't consider that label as being a complete negative.
by Donovan
Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: need help my babies wont stop fighting
Replies: 4
Views: 390

Re: need help my babies wont stop fighting

I have two birds,.. bird1 and bird2 Bird1 wants nothing more than to be friends with bird2.... but bird2 wants nothing more than to be left alone so they clash. However I have noticed less aggression out of bird2 when both birds are out of their typical element. maybe a change in venue can be benefi...
by Donovan
Thu Jul 17, 2014 8:03 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: The power of choice
Replies: 5
Views: 335

Re: The power of choice

That "where's sapphire, peekaboo" game is my bird's favorite. He would rather do that than get treats to fetch a ball, .. which I think is cool because it s hows that he's more engaged in the activity than singing for his supper. He has recently decided (again) that going to his cage at night is a t...
by Donovan
Thu Jul 17, 2014 6:53 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Growling
Replies: 16
Views: 1619

Re: Growling

any time you ask... "is this cage big enough"... and you ask it with a tinge of doubt, the answer is NO. How would you like for your entire life to be lived in your bed room... in a prison cell?... So as far as cages go, the bigger the better. If you question the size of the cage your bird is in, th...
by Donovan
Wed Jul 16, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Growling
Replies: 16
Views: 1619

Re: Growling

Do Not clip his wings. I've had more injuries with unclipped wings than with wings that are clipped.. The reason you don't see IRNs growling on youtube is because people only record and post the happy moments. my bird allows me to handle him but if he's not in the mood he snaps at me and makes a gro...
by Donovan
Tue Jul 15, 2014 6:07 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: newbee here PLS Help
Replies: 12
Views: 823

Re: newbee here PLS Help

well, how old is the bird...

and there's only one way to find out if she likes water
by Donovan
Tue Jul 15, 2014 5:27 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Help! Severe biting from IRN baby
Replies: 21
Views: 780

Re: Help! Severe biting from IRN baby

I don't use millet for training for a few reasons, including because my birds think it is a very low value treat. I have found a great training use for millet (sorry to divert from the appropriate subject). There is tension between my birds. They both love millet. So I use millet to keep them on th...
by Donovan
Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:05 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Help! Severe biting from IRN baby
Replies: 21
Views: 780

Re: Help! Severe biting from IRN baby

I think at your bird's age he is likely just experimenting and somehow decided he likes doing it.... try making your finger taste awful
by Donovan
Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:15 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Pepper is ok for IRN?
Replies: 5
Views: 395

Re: Pepper is ok for IRN?

there is a comprehensive list of good and bad foods on in the diet and housing section.. but to answer your question, yes dried peppers are fine.
by Donovan
Mon Jul 14, 2014 5:12 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Quote Button
Replies: 11
Views: 458

Re: Quote Button

AJ..

In an effort to make sure no question has a simple answer.. i have created this step by step jpg for doing quotes.

------ http://s26.postimg.org/4xiwlsdc9/Untitled2.png ------

Enjoy
by Donovan
Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

When Nila went through a little phase of not wanting to be in his cage, my boyfriend and I realised we had to make his cage a treat (our guys are out of their cages most of the day every day). He loves foraging, so we would set a heap of toys and puzzles up and show him they were there and he'd go ...
by Donovan
Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:31 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

This weekend's aviary shower..... very very hot outside.. both of them very glad I turned the water on. (this cage is not as cluttered with perches as it looks in a picture :P ) http://s26.postimg.org/en6aic9zd/217.jpg http://s26.postimg.org/h5rzj0vpl/205.jpg http://s26.postimg.org/4tp35j7ux/202.jpg...
by Donovan
Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:12 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Buying another ringneck HELP
Replies: 10
Views: 631

Re: Buying another ringneck HELP

I had to avoid buying a bird in a pet shop recently because the people in the pet shop ... well.. they just have a job.... the birds were in bad conditions though... cages hadn't been cleaned in several days... looked like 2-3 day old water too... gotta pick your battles.... that being said.. i thin...
by Donovan
Mon Jul 14, 2014 10:04 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: may have a problem
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: may have a problem

I think there's a recipe for bird bread right here on this forum in the safe / toxic food thread. It's a sticky so it's at the top in the diet and housing section...
by Donovan
Mon Jul 14, 2014 9:15 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: may have a problem
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: may have a problem

Yes, chocolate is very toxic, so is salt. A little salt is ok, and by that I mean a tiny nibble once every couple of weeks. Now how to reintroduce her to bird food. First determine the food she likes that is safe like toast or something without salt or butter. Feed her that to keep her from starving...
by Donovan
Mon Jul 14, 2014 4:55 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Recommended reading for loving parrot owners
Replies: 8
Views: 1027

Re: Recommended reading for loving parrot owners

It'll be read as long as it doesn't disappear into some deep corner of forum somewhere
by Donovan
Sun Jul 13, 2014 5:06 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14049

Re: Neko the new guy

for the love of god.. these birds are like little vultures.

I sit down with a burger and next thing I know i have a bird crawling up my arm towards my hand with his beak wide open and the other on my head leaning over in my face going, "what about me?"
by Donovan
Sat Jul 12, 2014 11:42 am
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: A Thread For Budgie Fans
Replies: 168
Views: 14696

Re: A Thread For Budgie Fans

haha great toilet paper pic
by Donovan
Sat Jul 12, 2014 11:01 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: can any one identify these two indian ringneck species they
Replies: 6
Views: 732

Re: can any one identify these two indian ringneck species t

I don't know mutations but i saw green-grey recently.. they were kinda olive green
by Donovan
Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: can any one identify these two indian ringneck species they
Replies: 6
Views: 732

Re: can any one identify these two indian ringneck species t

He/She wants to know the name of the mutation ..
I wonder if they're green-greys
by Donovan
Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:53 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from Charley the IRN from Canada.
Replies: 4
Views: 389

Re: Hello from Charley the IRN from Canada.

sounds like he scored a decent home. You'll find an Indian Ringneck to be a little different than you're accustomed to .. so be sure to study the forum and to ask questions when you can't find the answer.. Yes they're jealous birds.. and sneaky too. They love to think they're getting away with somet...
by Donovan
Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:19 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Mirror
Replies: 4
Views: 457

Re: Mirror

My bird drops his head and fluffs a bit when i try to give him attention while he doesn't want any.
by Donovan
Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:11 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Mirror
Replies: 4
Views: 457

Re: Mirror

is he lunging and attacking?...

from what I can tell every bird seems to have a slightly different reaction to seeing themselves in the mirror... just make sure he isn't stuck in front of the mirror in case he doesn't like it.. If he insists on attacking himself just let him.
by Donovan
Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:09 am
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: What's it like to live with a flock?
Replies: 3
Views: 757

Re: What's it like to live with a flock?

I've learned that riding on your shoulder is a skill.... mr bell can ride like a champ.. poor neko is young and inexperienced and always struggling. When I come home in the afternoons they've learned the sound of my vehicle and start screeching. It's funny because even though all Neko does is the ty...
by Donovan
Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:45 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: The adventures of Billie the wonder parrot
Replies: 154
Views: 4178

Re: The adventures of Billie the wonder parrot

You can use really warm water... by the time it bounces off the wall in the form of mist it's pretty cool... and the warmer water hitting the shower wall keeps the surrounding air warm.
by Donovan
Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:41 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Fat and Grease
Replies: 7
Views: 1059

Re: Fat and Grease

I'm not concerned enough to rush him to the vet over eating a little piece of junk food. I just want to know what a good counter for grease is.
by Donovan
Fri Jul 11, 2014 1:05 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Fat and Grease
Replies: 7
Views: 1059

Fat and Grease

So, my bird raided my trash can and stole a piece of fatty, greasy pork fat. It took me a few minutes to notice he wasn't following me around the house. So I went to check on him, and there he was, stolen piece of fried fat dripping with grease.. and eating the hell out of it. So, i took it from him...
by Donovan
Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:12 pm
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: The Linnie!
Replies: 11
Views: 1224

Re: The Linnie!

would you say that the majority of all the birds' time is spent just kinda sitting around doing nothing?

my own birds like to have fun and interact but the reality is that most the time they're just sitting around doing nothing.
by Donovan
Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:09 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Nila is a genius
Replies: 36
Views: 1562

Re: Nila is a genius

I think to help him with this... tilt the hoop downward just a little... angle it so that he can use both gravity and momentum to carry him through. Mr. Bell flying through the small opening in the door is done different every time and I think it has to do with where in the flap he is when he arrive...
by Donovan
Thu Jul 10, 2014 7:16 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: The adventures of Billie the wonder parrot
Replies: 154
Views: 4178

Re: The adventures of Billie the wonder parrot

I have learned that turning the shower head toward the wall that the mist will bounce off and it turns out that's better than letting the bird sit there and saturate.
by Donovan
Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:39 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Question for breeders - My IRN cries like kitten " Meow "
Replies: 7
Views: 607

Re: Question for breeders - My IRN cries like kitten " Me

Is there any way that eitherof you can capture the sound and share it here
by Donovan
Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:28 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Settling in
Replies: 20
Views: 2153

Re: Settling in

They have separate cages.
The older one wants to get along but the younger one seems to prefer the company of people
by Donovan
Thu Jul 10, 2014 8:10 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Settling in
Replies: 20
Views: 2153

Re: Settling in

The first one was a toss in the wind, the second was sexed before I bought him. Both are male