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by SkyeBerry
Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:46 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: This is my Polly, I have had her for 3 months.
Replies: 3
Views: 1041

Re: This is my Polly, I have had her for 3 months.

What a pretty colour! How old is Polly and what is that colour called?
by SkyeBerry
Sun Mar 22, 2015 10:44 pm
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

What gorgeous birds, Clawnz! I understand what you said about Dexter and not liking to be handled. Skye is all over me, comes when called, talks, is starting to learn a couple tricks, but only after a lot of work will he let me touch his beak and toes for more than a couple of seconds and the top of...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:47 pm
Forum: Polls
Topic: At what age did you ringneck start talking?
Replies: 18
Views: 32840

Re: At what age did you ringneck start talking?

Richardnut - obviously a misspost, but 'What new rule?'
by SkyeBerry
Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: African Ringnecks
Topic: ARN doesn't move or make any noise after wing clipped
Replies: 4
Views: 1135

Re: ARN doesn't move or make any noise after wing clipped

How is your bird? If he is not improving, you should consider taking him to an avian vet as well as the spray you are using. If the bird has lice, I have my doubts as to how well he was being looked after. Not necessarily by you, but whomever had him before you. There may be other issues as well.
by SkyeBerry
Sat Mar 21, 2015 8:37 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!
Replies: 39
Views: 3798

Re: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!

You might want to quickly scan Donovan's thread - first time going to the avian vet

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=28474&p=124809&hilit=vet#p124628
by SkyeBerry
Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: 1.5 year old bird started plucking
Replies: 21
Views: 3682

Re: 1.5 year old bird started plucking

Hi...you seem to be trying to improve your bird's condition and I applaud you for your efforts. A bigger cage is always better, but I am glad you removed your bird from the round brass cage. I am not sure if anyone mentioned it, but the brass itself can make birds very sick. You should really garbag...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:25 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!
Replies: 39
Views: 3798

Re: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!

It sounds like everything is going well! Although she has trained you well - you rescuing her from the floor - unless there is a danger the walk is good exercise for her especially if she is not flying a lot. Have you tried to play fetch with her and her ball? You can try verbal praise and/or treats...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Mar 16, 2015 10:36 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: 1.5 year old bird started plucking
Replies: 21
Views: 3682

Re: 1.5 year old bird started plucking

This grape seed idea is interesting. I googled several articles and there may be some basis to this if the cause is because of an organism. That it would be difficult to now how much grape seed is required etc. I have started to work with a behaviorist who specializes in feather pluckers. I am going...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:29 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Scissor beak
Replies: 2
Views: 695

Re: Scissor beak

I agree with Miss K. Even if the scissor beak was caused by poor nutrition, is this the bird you want to use for breeding stock? What else could be wrong? What about bone density? How about her muscles? Reproductive organs? ....Scissors Beak....a condition where the upper beak is not straight and do...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:19 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Female IRN obsessed with her own reflection
Replies: 11
Views: 1306

Re: Female IRN obsessed with her own reflection

I think whether or not a mirror is provided depends on how the bird reacts to it. In your bird's case, and the fact she is female and you don't want her to lay eggs. I agree with NOT providing a mirror especially since it sounds like she becomes possessive of it. You do not want to encourage any beh...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Mar 16, 2015 1:40 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: ill bird
Replies: 4
Views: 642

Re: ill bird

got a very sick hen bird
Yes, so it needs to see an avian vet especially since you do not know what is wrong or how to care for it. With the hen being sick, what chance do you think the babies will have if they hatch? Please take it to a vet!...and then provide an update. Good luck!
by SkyeBerry
Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:31 am
Forum: Polls
Topic: Just hanging out...
Replies: 9
Views: 5761

Re: Just hanging out...

Click on 'Board Index' near the top right corner then look for the 'IRN Lounge.' :)
by SkyeBerry
Sat Mar 14, 2015 1:27 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 6616

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

Has Rocky fed Sinbad yet?
by SkyeBerry
Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:06 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 6616

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

Familiarity breeds contempt! No reason they can't just have the occasional sleep over and lots of play dates. How many of your friends would you want to live with? :o
by SkyeBerry
Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:59 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: first time going to the avian vet..questions...
Replies: 17
Views: 1524

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

The exam room doors at my vets have the bathroom type door locks so they can be locked from the inside to ensure that a flighted bird is safe. No one can just open the door. Although a simple mistake, this was a BIG mistake for a clinic that specializes in birds. Is this not what we are constantly w...
by SkyeBerry
Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:41 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: 1.5 year old bird started plucking
Replies: 21
Views: 3682

Re: 1.5 year old bird started plucking

Those are the new feathers. ...A newly emerging feather is called a pin feather. As the new feather emerges from the follicle, there is a sheath covering and surrounding the new feather. You will notice a silvery, shiny sheath on the new pin feathers. These are most obvious on the top of the head an...
by SkyeBerry
Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:18 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!
Replies: 39
Views: 3798

Re: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!

re: cat ball toy with bell - all my birds love these as well - one other caution other than the bell however - the plastic or acrylic whichever the ball is made of may be ingested by a bird that breaks open the ball - the plastic may stay in the crop or it could pass further into the digestive track...
by SkyeBerry
Fri Mar 06, 2015 4:08 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 6616

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

Excellent! so glad things are working out well!
by SkyeBerry
Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:28 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: One Year later
Replies: 4
Views: 1070

Re: One Year later

Just wanted to agree with Donovan - By IRN came as a clipped baby - was not my choice - It took him three years to become a confident and competent flyer.
by SkyeBerry
Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: unusual behaviours
Replies: 6
Views: 847

Re: unusual behaviours

My IRN seems to enjoy 'boxing' with his toys - he hits them with his beak. I have read that even if it is aggression, it is a good way for them to get rid of the pent up energy. Alternatively, they can develop self-destructive behaviour or bite you. But at this age I am sure it is play. The bending ...
by SkyeBerry
Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:02 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: first time going to the avian vet..questions...
Replies: 17
Views: 1524

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

re: the warm bottle - wrap it in a cloth and place it on the bottom of the cage - it is a heat source the birds can move closer to if it is cold- you can do the same thing with a cold pack if it is hot weather . If I am travelling in cold weather I just warm the car first. The spare set of keys come...
by SkyeBerry
Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:19 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

Wow...but I totally understand what you are saying. Would you ever try and train him to a harness? That way he could have his flight feathers to use in the house but still go with you. Hopefully with a properly done clip he won't be bothered by the shortened feathers.
by SkyeBerry
Sun Feb 22, 2015 2:13 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!
Replies: 39
Views: 3798

Re: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!

Awe...such a cute picture! and fantastic that she is on the shirt covered arm. I have had to work a lot with my IRN. He just recently started walking onto my bare hand without 'beaking' - or should I say ripping at my flesh to make sure the 'branch' was strong enough not to break when he stepped ont...
by SkyeBerry
Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:21 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!
Replies: 39
Views: 3798

Re: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!

We are all glad to read about your adventures. No need to apologize for going on. Many of us ...Hmmm... perhaps even me...get a little wordy at times. Some of us even have our own threads so we can blog on a day to day basis. Feel free to create your own or just use this thread.
by SkyeBerry
Tue Feb 10, 2015 12:15 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: molossus
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

Re: molossus

Yeah! but still sorry he won't be around as much.
by SkyeBerry
Sat Jan 31, 2015 3:25 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Sprouts & bacteria & questions, questions, questions
Replies: 2
Views: 1076

Sprouts & bacteria & questions, questions, questions

First let me say that I do understand all the benefits of sprouts etc. I thought they were a no brainer; however. I must admit I do not sprout. Here is why - I mentioned sprouting to my avian vet who admits to being paranoid about fungus/yeast and very likely bacteria. Not surprising since she sees ...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Jan 31, 2015 2:00 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: molossus
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

Re: molossus

Have you seen this July 13, 2014 post by molossus2: Hi friends, I have set up a new fb discussion group on breeding new mutations and genetics discussions...feel free to join me there. https://www.facebook.com/groups/indianr ... mutations/ I am assuming Molossus and Molosus2 are the same person. Per...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:52 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 6616

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

You forgot about the beach! Oh right, sand gets into all those hard to reach places you don't want it. :lol: I must admit I really enjoy my lovebirds. I walk into their room and I have one pair on my left arm, another on my right shoulder, one female preens the base of my neck, and another is usuall...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:39 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Bluffing.
Replies: 10
Views: 1069

Re: Bluffing.

Ah Claire - you beat me to the post - I was going to link Barbara's new article. Do you think it should be a sticky? I know we have discussed this 'bluffing' idea several times.
by SkyeBerry
Sat Jan 31, 2015 1:15 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!
Replies: 39
Views: 3798

Re: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!

Welcome! It sounds like Stella is one lucky girl! If you have not previously done so make sure you read up on all the household hazards a bird can get into, chew, hide behind/under, or smell etc. You are very correct about young birds being clumsy. You do need to be careful that she does not fall on...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:38 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: molossus
Replies: 9
Views: 1363

Re: molossus

Molossus2 posted a reply to me in December. I just did a search and a lot of posts came up.
by SkyeBerry
Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:29 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Pellet reccomendations
Replies: 23
Views: 3074

Re: Pellet reccomendations

I feed Harrison's in part because it is also organic. Prior to that I fed Roudybush. I supplier friend informed me Roudybush is very well accepted by most birds. I fed it before the Harrison's. I also recommend you stay away from foods with lots of dyes. Trinnity where are you? The location portion ...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:22 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 6616

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

MissK - continue to bask in the bliss of acceptance. I am tickled pink Skye learned to circle when I cue him! :lol:
by SkyeBerry
Mon Jan 26, 2015 5:00 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New and a little nervous!!
Replies: 14
Views: 1930

Re: New and a little nervous!!

thought you might also find this useful http://goodbirdinc.blogspot.ca/2012/12/ ... -bite.html
by SkyeBerry
Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:52 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14427

Re: Neko the new guy

Skye learned to bark because of the neighbours dog. The sound is muffled by the time it gets into the house but Skye definitely barks - it is a soft 'woof woof.' If it was more 'barky' I might not be so pleased. I taught Skye to say 'weee' after learning another bird says it when he swings. Skye doe...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:39 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: feathers from green to white
Replies: 19
Views: 3261

Re: feathers from green to white

Thanks - I have moved on.
by SkyeBerry
Mon Jan 26, 2015 4:37 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New and a little nervous!!
Replies: 14
Views: 1930

Re: New and a little nervous!!

Sorry I was away for a bit. Glad Claire replied. re:step up - try not to 'chase' Neptune to get a step up - I did not watch Claire's video but just slowly move your arm/hand closer to the bird - if Neptune starts to lean away/look away/move away - stop your hand until Neptune looks relaxed - then mo...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Jan 26, 2015 3:53 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

So happy for you and Dexter! :D
by SkyeBerry
Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:46 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: feathers from green to white
Replies: 19
Views: 3261

Re: feathers from green to white

Molussus 2 - Unfortunately, that is also my concern. I was hoping my questions might help us determine this vets knowledge (no pun intended), as well as, help the owner understand why we thought he needed to see someone else. I wish I knew if we overwhelmed people or if they have a limit to the mone...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:38 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New and a little nervous!!
Replies: 14
Views: 1930

Re: New and a little nervous!!

I hope you were able to keep Neptune away from any major Christmas excitement. How is everything going? re: the seeds - it is often helpful to mix the pellets and seeds together for awhile. Neptune knows seeds are something that can be eaten; he/she may not know that pellets can also be eaten. When ...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Dec 27, 2014 11:05 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14427

Re: Neko the new guy

Hi Donavon - just re-read the entire thread. Sounds like you are having lots of fun. FYI - I read that birds often say 'Hi' before "Hello." It is an easier word for them. There are books, and sites I am sure, that tell you how to teach them to talk but I have not accessed them. I just come across th...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Dec 27, 2014 9:21 pm
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

Clawnz - I am so sorry. My IRN has been pulling feathers for about a year. So although a different situation, I feel your pain. Overall, he curently has more feathers than he did a year ago, but once in a while three or four bigger feathers are just about to 'unfurrow' and the *cough* stupid *cough*...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Dec 17, 2014 5:06 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 635314

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

Mary what you were saying last month about taste, I offered Billie some mango she put out her tongue and tasted it and then walked away, she did the same thing for water melon, taste is a big thing for her. I have read that you should never feed food to parrots straight from the fridge, that it sho...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Dec 17, 2014 1:29 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Guess Whatt!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 2337

Re: Guess Whatt!!!

Ash, You may eventually notice that I have not posted any pictures of my birds either, so no worries. Maybe keep a spare towel to cover the shed cage just in case Anwaar calls to let you know you forgot him there. :wink:
by SkyeBerry
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:51 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: feathers from green to white
Replies: 19
Views: 3261

Re: feathers from green to white

Hi...I have read the above posts and like the other members here, I am very concerned for your bird. Are you able to supply current photos? It is possible that one bird has mites and not the other depending on the type of mites. Please call your veterinary hospital and ask whoever answers the phone ...
by SkyeBerry
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:33 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New and a little nervous!!
Replies: 14
Views: 1930

Re: New and a little nervous!!

Welcome! Don't be nervous. I have been coming here for close to a year now! Wow, I did not realize it has been that long. You will find that there are a lot of people that will post once or twice with a problem, a big section on breeding and genetics, and then a bunch of very friendly people (not th...
by SkyeBerry
Tue Dec 16, 2014 12:09 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: 1.5 year old bird started plucking
Replies: 21
Views: 3682

Re: 1.5 year old bird started plucking

Hi..you have been given some good advice and I just added an article to IMRAN-c's thread. It would be a good one to read. I am NOT saying that a medical problem may not be the cause of your bird's picking. I just think it is good information for all bird owners. Pigeons/wild birds can carry red mite...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:20 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Guess Whatt!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 2337

Re: Guess Whatt!!!

:D Exactly! but you are a better person than I to just hand over the bird if the owners show up. I think I would have a heart to heart about how you came across the bird, your relationship with the bird, how the bird has adjusted etc and of course, the bird's reaction to the owners, if you chose to ...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:11 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Garry has some messy wings!?!?
Replies: 10
Views: 1983

Re: Garry has some messy wings!?!?

HMMM...disappointed no other info...Let's hope the bird got over the bad clip and all is now fine.
by SkyeBerry
Mon Dec 15, 2014 11:09 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Feather Plucking Section
Replies: 47
Views: 8482

Re: Feather Plucking Section

Hi...I am here really quickly. Wanted to supply this link to a specific article for this thread but also this dr. IRMAN-C - this fits in nicely with what you are doing. I also have other stuff to support your efforts but proof is in the results...feathers and a happy bird. http://www.2ndchance.info/...
by SkyeBerry
Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:46 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Garry has some messy wings!?!?
Replies: 10
Views: 1983

Re: Garry has some messy wings!?!?

Poor little guy! I would love it it you posted how the bath went and how the wings look now. the wings look a lot worse now than they did when we saw the vet. This concerns me and I would be taking my bird to the vet again - even if it is the same vet to see what they have to say now. Although I do ...
by SkyeBerry
Fri Dec 05, 2014 3:10 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Guess Whatt!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 2337

Re: Guess Whatt!!!

Hello, just having a quick peek at new posts and your title caught my eye. Congratulations but I am a little more cautious than MissK. If you are still posting the found IRN ads, try not to get much more attached (if that is possible). Anwaar does sound like a bird that someone likely spent a lot of...
by SkyeBerry
Fri Dec 05, 2014 2:57 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: 1.5 year old bird started plucking
Replies: 21
Views: 3682

Feather Plucking Section-reply

Hi Chrisjohnathon. I am so sorry about your bird. I know it is very frustrating and upsetting because my bird plucks too. It is very late - early - where I am, 1:45 am actually, so I am going to be very brief. Mostly asking a couple questions to help supply the forum with more information. How long ...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Dec 01, 2014 10:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Hi all and thanks to many! Brief update, Missing you!
Replies: 5
Views: 655

Re: Hi all and thanks to many! Brief update, Missing you!

Hi Sanjays Mummi - thanks for the warning but the compromised immune system is already here. Has been an ongoing battle for some years; but having given up on standard medicine, doing some research and using common sense, my health has steadily improved over the last few years. There was a series of...
by SkyeBerry
Sun Nov 23, 2014 1:46 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Hi all and thanks to many! Brief update, Missing you!
Replies: 5
Views: 655

Hi all and thanks to many! Brief update, Missing you!

Must stop banging head against the wall! Imram-c - please find me this emoticon. I know it exists. I typed another post in feather plucking section - even saved a draft part way through - typed a bunch more and then STUPIDLY went to check the name of the toy Claire linked for me and ...yup...hit the...
by SkyeBerry
Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:40 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Feather Plucking Section
Replies: 47
Views: 8482

Re: Feather Plucking Section

Well...I posted a nice little reply with links etc and ...poof...obviously took too long when adding links and doing research because I was automatically logged off. :o :( I will repost tomorrow hopefully. Ellie - thanks for articles and toy suggestions - Not new to me but those are good ones. In th...
by SkyeBerry
Fri Sep 05, 2014 9:09 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Feather Plucking Section
Replies: 47
Views: 8482

Re: Feather Plucking Section

Donovan - I know your comment was directed to Melika but yes, I have read it becomes a bad habit - addiction - for some birds. I am pretty sure I read somewhere that when a feather is pulled some epinephrine is released. They get a bit of a 'rush' and for the anxious bird the anxiety decreases. Some...
by SkyeBerry
Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:25 pm
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Sapphire wonder-bird does some tricks!
Replies: 25
Views: 2667

Re: Sapphire wonder-bird does some tricks!

I really enjoyed watching Sapphire with the coin box! Pretty clever lifting up the box to get more coins. Beginning to think I should concrete my garden so that I have more time with the birds. Thanks also for the cat agility.
by SkyeBerry
Sat Aug 30, 2014 10:11 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Feather Plucking Section
Replies: 47
Views: 8482

Re: Feather Plucking Section

Hello Melika and Imram -C and everyone else :) (Imram-C - should I have started a new thread?) So...I googled PTSD - post-traumatic stress - and Parrots Seems a lot of researchers, psychologists etc believe hand-feeding babies and clipping unfledged parrots, keeping a bird without a proper flock, am...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Aug 30, 2014 9:54 pm
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

I have not been on the forum very much until recently. Glad you finally received the testing results and they are clear. So sorry about the tail feathers. How are the new ones coming?
by SkyeBerry
Wed Aug 27, 2014 7:54 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Feather Plucking Section
Replies: 47
Views: 8482

Re: Feather Plucking Section

Osiris has improved a lot! Lucky you! But then he was just curling not plucking. I am almost afraid to say that Skye has a bunch of feathers coming in - so ssshhhh -keep it quiet - this is when they usually yank them out again. He is picking at some but not to the same degree. I can't remember if I ...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Sapphire wonder-bird does some tricks!
Replies: 25
Views: 2667

Re: Sapphire wonder-bird does some tricks!

What do you mean 'little flips?' Got video? That is cute Sapphire plays Connect Four and puts seeds in the piggy bank on her own. Obviously, it lets you know your methods aren't stressing the birds and they enjoy what they are doing. :)
by SkyeBerry
Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:52 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: The adventures of Billie the wonder parrot
Replies: 154
Views: 4412

Re: The adventures of Billie the wonder parrot

The behaviour sounds hormonal to me. Many people and animals have heart murmurs, a lot do not even know it. Unless it is a very serious one - and you should probably ask the vet more about it next time you take Billie in - it likely will not be an issue. But of course, I am not a vet. I have a frien...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:39 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: stopped lounging but....
Replies: 10
Views: 585

Re: stopped lounging but....

Remember to be patient and if there is a day you feel too stressed to deal with it, try and find something to keep her occupied and give yourself a 'time out.' She will have good and bad days just as you will. When you get frustrated and need a place to talk things out and/or ask questions come here...
by SkyeBerry
Sun Aug 24, 2014 10:45 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Feather Plucking Section
Replies: 47
Views: 8482

Re: Feather Plucking Section

Hi Imran-C I have read all the links (including those I already new about) - you have some really good ones there! I recommend everyone read these , not only to educate yourselves about plucking and how you might accidentally precipitate it, but also, realize it is a complicated condition/disease sy...
by SkyeBerry
Sun Aug 24, 2014 9:53 pm
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Sapphire wonder-bird does some tricks!
Replies: 25
Views: 2667

Re: Sapphire wonder-bird does some tricks!

Thanks MissK. That is what I meant but without all the detail. :wink: Toes have never been an issue. I sure hope it remains that way. I will eventually - hopefully sooner rather than later - post "Skye's story" in the Feather Plucking thread so we longer 'tarnish' Sapphire's brilliance. :lol:
by SkyeBerry
Sat Aug 23, 2014 4:28 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Taking Over The World??
Replies: 15
Views: 980

Re: Taking Over The World??

AJPeter - want to go rob a bank? Claire - I thought you were going to have a video of pool sharks and betting, or birds drinking beer (I DO NOT think birds drinking beer is ok). Nah, they wouldn't be related to Sapphire, you'd be able to tell her relatives straight away because they would be doing s...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Aug 23, 2014 3:55 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 6616

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

What type of nut?
by SkyeBerry
Sat Aug 23, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Sapphire wonder-bird does some tricks!
Replies: 25
Views: 2667

Re: Sapphire wonder-bird does some tricks!

Claire - I am awake before he is. I am not sure what time of night he actually plucks. I guess I would have to set up an overnight video camera. I am working with him. Early morning, noon, and early evening. He likes the attention, but now .... if Sunny comes near me, Skye gives him the evil eye and...
by SkyeBerry
Fri Aug 22, 2014 1:19 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 6616

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

Soooooo....now I see you were holding back some important information...uh huh...I knew there was a reason I could not leave the forum...now I know why certain other inhabitants of your household have not fared so well...uh huh...and I know exactly who I will be reporting this to! Yes indeed I do. T...
by SkyeBerry
Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:01 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Sleeping noises
Replies: 3
Views: 805

Re: Sleeping noises

Crying is not likely. My IRN and lovebirds often talk themselves to sleep. It is also possible your IRN is exercising the vocal folds that are needed to make sounds - including speech. How old is she? Were you told if she talks?
by SkyeBerry
Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Taking Over The World??
Replies: 15
Views: 980

Re: Taking Over The World??

http://dpipwe.tas.gov.au/wildlife-management/management-of-wildlife/wildlife-imports/species-risk-assessments/indian-ringneck-parrot Indian Ringneck Parrot (Psittacula krameri) Date Published: April 2011 Assessment Summary ......The behavioural flexibility of the species, its generalist feeding eco...
by SkyeBerry
Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Taking Over The World??
Replies: 15
Views: 980

Re: Taking Over The World??

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Darn...I am never going to get away again. House, yard be damned!
by SkyeBerry
Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:40 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: stopped lounging but....
Replies: 10
Views: 585

Re: stopped lounging but....

hi...just a thought...make sure that she does not think you are rewarding the biting with a treat. This could easily happen. Use the food to attract her to toys but not to distract her when she is biting. Sometimes, saying 'ouch' works. I think my bird went through a phase of biting to hear me say '...
by SkyeBerry
Thu Aug 21, 2014 11:09 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: The adventures of Billie the wonder parrot
Replies: 154
Views: 4412

Re: The adventures of Billie the wonder parrot

Hi Peter - I was reading an article by Pamela Clark - it spoke of hormonal behaviour - I think she actually has an entire article about that so you may want to look it up - anyway, it said fat - ie) cheese, milk etc will increase hormonal behaviour and/or start it - also, to not feed too abundantly,...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Aug 20, 2014 10:09 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Feather Plucking Section
Replies: 47
Views: 8482

Re: Feather Plucking Section

Hi IMRAN-C, Thanks for the welcome back but I am only here briefly unfortunately. Sent a couple 'hello's via PM only because they weren't about IRNs. And then, you know, could not help but take a peek and see what I have been missing - answer a question and of course check back, and ask a question o...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Aug 20, 2014 9:21 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Rise is jumping around
Replies: 3
Views: 350

Re: Rise is jumping around

Rise and Shine - that's cute. I have Sunny (a sun conure) and Skye (blue Ringneck). Based on the noises I have heard other Ringnecks make, I am not sure mine knows he is one. I am not sure how many other birds were in his clutch but I do know his brother was removed because of a deformity that requi...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:55 pm
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Sapphire wonder-bird does some tricks!
Replies: 25
Views: 2667

Re: Sapphire wonder-bird does some tricks!

That is great Claire! I did watch a lot of videos, but I think you also have a small billiard table? I want to be your neighbour! Yes, all is well thank-you. Skye still plucks and I am trying a couple more things. But honestly, he seems quite happy so I just have to accept him as beautiful the way h...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:34 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: The adventures of Billie the wonder parrot
Replies: 154
Views: 4412

Re: The adventures of Billie the wonder parrot

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: This is all too funny. Wussy cat wussy cat where have you been? I've been to London to visit the Queen. It is good enough for the Queen, but not the Forum. :roll: Hi Peter...received your message. Gordon would have been a one night stand. You are the keeper...quite lite...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Aug 20, 2014 12:28 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Rise is jumping around
Replies: 3
Views: 350

Re: Rise is jumping around

Hi...I have a four year old male. He does a lot of the same often saying 'Peek-a-boo' at the same time. I think my bird is playing more than anything. He is not trying to mount anything. I don't worry about it.

I am sure someone else will chime in soon.
by SkyeBerry
Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:59 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Feather Plucking Section
Replies: 47
Views: 8482

Re: Feather Plucking Section

Hi Imram - sorry about Osiris and the feather curling. I have not been on the forum for quite some time. Interesting I chose today. I have been working with Skye my blue IRN. He started plucking last year. I am interested in the collar you made. So it is just felt? but it still stands out on its own...
by SkyeBerry
Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:37 pm
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Sapphire wonder-bird does some tricks!
Replies: 25
Views: 2667

Re: Sapphire wonder-bird does some tricks!

Hi Claire - I have not been around in along time and am only having a quick peek. That is so great!
by SkyeBerry
Mon May 26, 2014 5:50 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Barbara Heidenreich seminars - calendar of event dates
Replies: 2
Views: 1176

Barbara Heidenreich seminars - calendar of event dates

Barbara Heidenreich is a bird trainer that uses positive reinforcement techniques. She is very well respected in the parrot and zoo communities. She travels extensively around the world assisting various organizations. She provides free information to individual parrot and other animal owners/parent...
by SkyeBerry
Mon May 26, 2014 5:33 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Weight Management and Training
Replies: 1
Views: 229

Weight Management and Training

If anyone is interested in this training technique or considering using it, I strongly recommend you read the following article: Weight Management in Animal Training: Pitfalls, Ethical Considerations and Alternative Options By Barbara Heidenreich Barbara’s Force Free Animal Training (http://www.Barb...
by SkyeBerry
Mon May 26, 2014 5:24 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: how to improve my relation with my IRN
Replies: 21
Views: 1004

Re: how to improve my relation with my IRN

anyone interested in this thread might also be interested in the following: Weight Management in Animal Training:Pitfalls, Ethical Considerations and Alternative Options By Barbara Heidenreich, Barbara’s Force Free Animal Training, http://www.BarbarasFFAT.com) http://www.goodbirdinc.com/pdf/Heidenre...
by SkyeBerry
Mon May 26, 2014 5:17 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: a bit about us and our bird
Replies: 28
Views: 1306

Re: a bit about us and our bird

Hi...I have read all of this thread after researching specific words to find a different message. I agree with MissK - seeing the new bird trust you will be beneficial for the more timid bird. But please remember that each bird will develop trust based on its own time frame. Some birds can take a ye...
by SkyeBerry
Wed May 07, 2014 11:49 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14427

Re: Neko the new guy

Donovan - well that is twice Mr. Bell seems to have given food to Neko. It will be interesting to see if the behaviour continues. I know of other birds that have 'adopted' a new bird as a baby even when the new bird was fully grown. MissK - from about 25 zebras I get 2-3 eggs per year. Without a nes...
by SkyeBerry
Tue May 06, 2014 8:28 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14427

Re: Neko the new guy

MissK - it took me three years before I felt guilty enough to put the male and female zebras together. With lovebirds, you can't tell the sex unless you: have their DNA tested; they have a sex linked mutation (& I don't know them); a female lays an egg; or you only have two lovies and suddenly there...
by SkyeBerry
Tue May 06, 2014 8:01 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak Easy
Replies: 156
Views: 4502

Re: Parrot Speak Easy

When you spray remember to direct the spray upward and then let it arch on its own and fall onto Billie. If she enjoys it she may spread her wings and possibly turn around so you can get all sides. (Skye sometimes does this.) If she does do this, you can likely spray more directly. No matter how tem...
by SkyeBerry
Tue May 06, 2014 7:48 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14427

Re: Neko the new guy

Donovan - you wrote 'Too bad they are not really hungry?" - it is too bad that they did not eat more after your work or perhaps more will be thrown away but its FANTASTIC how they interacted! Maybe not being so hungry is the key - if they are 'too' hungry (I know you aren't starving them), they may ...
by SkyeBerry
Mon May 05, 2014 4:17 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak Easy
Replies: 156
Views: 4502

Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Peter - I think you should set up a video camera and film the escapades of you and your Billie. You should charge a small token for each view. I bet you and Billie would make a fortune. Of course, Sanjays mummi and I would be allowed free viewing. And we promise not to peek at the appropriate times....
by SkyeBerry
Mon May 05, 2014 4:07 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14427

Re: Neko the new guy

Because you have years and years to look forward with these birds, I would be hesitant to push them together so much to make friends. I often has the reverse effect with kids and cat/dogs etc. With smaller birds, like lovebirds, that often do share cages, it is suggested that the two cages are put n...
by SkyeBerry
Mon May 05, 2014 3:58 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: First time bird owner
Replies: 14
Views: 852

Re: First time bird owner

Not that I have plans to be flying anywhere with my parrot, but I actually like that. If my employer were to transfer me and was paying for my moving expenses won't he be in for a surprise when he was handed the bill? :lol: He might suggest the parrot should have flown on his own. :D
by SkyeBerry
Mon May 05, 2014 3:54 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 635314

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

I remember reading that parrots can taste but they have fewer taste buds which is why some parrots really like the hot peppers. I think what they eat is also influenced but what they already know as food as well as colour - which would refer back to already liking red things - as well as texture. I ...
by SkyeBerry
Sun May 04, 2014 9:30 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14427

Re: Neko the new guy

A lot of young animal 'play' is the beginning of practice for adult life in the real world. Chasing a ball is hunting instinct for example. Play 'fighting' develops skill for both defense and aggression - challenging pack leaders and a kill for food as wll as co-ordination and strength. I do not see...
by SkyeBerry
Sun May 04, 2014 9:23 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: First time bird owner
Replies: 14
Views: 852

Re: First time bird owner

I have not flown with birds but I believe the rules for flying with any pets would be the same. Airlines are much stricter these days because of some publicized escapes and some horrific losses. Just being me, I would have a difficult time having to have a pet in the cargo area. It, of course, would...
by SkyeBerry
Sun May 04, 2014 9:15 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: What other animals do you have?
Replies: 36
Views: 3062

Re: What other animals do you have?

Peter - I can't believe it but you got me on that one.
by SkyeBerry
Sat May 03, 2014 10:31 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: First time bird owner
Replies: 14
Views: 852

Re: First time bird owner

I know if they stay in a cage too much they not only get cage protective they can become scared of leaving the cage. I read about how one parrot consultant plays `real estate agent`with her bird and routinely works it around her house while on her arm so he does not become bound to one or two rooms....
by SkyeBerry
Sat May 03, 2014 4:58 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: First time bird owner
Replies: 14
Views: 852

Re: First time bird owner

I know I once came across an article about the pros and cons of having a bird and cage in your bedroom, but I did not read it. I had already made up my mind. :lol: I have a chronic medical condition as well and my first two lovebirds were to keep my company. I probably should try and find the articl...
by SkyeBerry
Sat May 03, 2014 4:45 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak Easy
Replies: 156
Views: 4502

Re: Parrot Speak Easy

I have been told by more than one 'authority' that the biggest insult is when the parrot turns his back and perches facing away from you. So far, Skye just flies off to do something else.
by SkyeBerry
Sat May 03, 2014 4:40 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14427

Re: Neko the new guy

Donovan - I wasn't implying you were ignoring Mr. Bell, just saying he might not be too thrilled about having another bird around. I am sure he will adjust. I am sure you could get both birds comfortable or at least accepting of touch. I just recently started working with Skye - who is now four - an...
by SkyeBerry
Sat May 03, 2014 4:29 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: What other animals do you have?
Replies: 36
Views: 3062

Re: What other animals do you have?

Congratulations Mrs. Cornbread. Welcome aboard.
by SkyeBerry
Fri May 02, 2014 8:53 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14427

Re: Neko the new guy

I recently read an article that stated that even when birds enjoy being handled when they are young it is not unusual that they enjoy it less as they get older. I believe it said many would still tolerate it and of course it depends on the individual bird. Mr Bell may be feeling a little out of sort...
by SkyeBerry
Fri May 02, 2014 8:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Can IRN's be re-homed if they're attached?
Replies: 5
Views: 499

Re: Can IRN's be re-homed if they're attached?

I agree with MissK about the water spraying and covering as being punishments. And in this case, the exact opposite of what you need to do. You want him to be happy and calm and not scream in his cage yet when he is in the cage more bad things are happening. Not only is he separated and lonely - the...
by SkyeBerry
Fri May 02, 2014 7:49 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14427

Re: Neko the new guy

You sound completely smitten with Neko. Aren't you glad you did not let his colour get in the way of chosing him?
by SkyeBerry
Fri May 02, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak Easy
Replies: 156
Views: 4502

Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Peter that is wonderful! So now you can add Billie to your usual more cleaning rituals. My mom takes her senegal into the shower with her every morning. She has one of the perches that suction cups to the tiles - has been using it for over a year and it has never fallen. I know Donovan has not had s...
by SkyeBerry
Thu May 01, 2014 11:59 pm
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14427

Re: Neko the new guy

Any dampness in the air always makes it colder as well. I was talking to someone who moved here from Norway. Her father raises lots of grass parakeets. She said they lose more birds in the rain versus the snow.
by SkyeBerry
Thu May 01, 2014 11:56 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak Easy
Replies: 156
Views: 4502

Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Ok I am pretty good withe the British lingo but 'clobber' is a new one for me. Easy enough to figure out, but I am surprised I have never heard my grandmother say it before. Peter - if I come over for tea, will you make fresh scones with cranberries? mmmm I think you need to remind Billie that you n...
by SkyeBerry
Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:34 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to feed my baby IRN
Replies: 12
Views: 1757

Re: What to feed my baby IRN

Donovan - do you have a scale? Maybe you should weigh him now and then every few days to see if he is actually gaining weight. Do you know how to feel the keel bone to see if he is either too thin or too fat? Do you know what firm muscle will feel like versus muscle covered/filled with fat? I know c...
by SkyeBerry
Tue Apr 29, 2014 10:23 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak Easy
Replies: 156
Views: 4502

Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Maybe Billie just thought the flat was due for a little spring steaming? You should feel very proud of your sparkling clean home. Time to invite someone over for dinner?
by SkyeBerry
Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:48 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Colorful Photos of my IRN's on black back drop
Replies: 3
Views: 1158

Re: Colorful Photos of my IRN's on black back drop

Stunning picture! Gorgeous flock. I'm jealous - do not know how you part with them.
by SkyeBerry
Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:45 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Neko the new guy
Replies: 180
Views: 14427

Re: Neko the new guy

In addition to my IRN I also have a sun conure. I should add that they came from the same breeder and were only a couple days apart. They were the last of each clutch that were for sale - she kept a couple - so these two were put together. I was warned it likely would not last. It has been 4 years a...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:40 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Urgent! bird chipping paint off
Replies: 12
Views: 1033

Re: Urgent! bird chipping paint off

Hi Misspigeon - I assume the other 1/4 is the regular water?
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:38 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak Easy
Replies: 156
Views: 4502

Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Sanjays mummi - I did not think of a wallpaper steamer - I assumed it was one of those 'new' steamers now suggested to clean bathrooms, curtains, and the inside of stoves etc - I'll have to check out the hardware store and see what options there might be with a wallpaper steamer. Thanks - of course,...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:35 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak Easy
Replies: 156
Views: 4502

Re: Parrot Speak Easy

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: You do Peter, and I love every one of them. Mary
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 26, 2014 6:33 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: putting a brand new bird in its cage for the first time
Replies: 13
Views: 718

Re: putting a brand new bird in its cage for the first time

So happy for you Donovan. And he is a beautiful bird! Sounds like you two are starting a wonderful life together. How has your other bird reacted?
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:58 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Beau the Cleartail?
Replies: 1
Views: 411

Re: Beau the Cleartail?

Sorry I can't help ID, but What a cutie! I will be jotting done his colour and keeping it in mind for sure.

Mary
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:54 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: putting a brand new bird in its cage for the first time
Replies: 13
Views: 718

Re: putting a brand new bird in its cage for the first time

I am sure you have considered asking what his favourite food/treats/toys are and ensuring they are in plain view in the new cage so he can see them from the travel cage. Perhaps he has a current favourite toy they will give you?
by SkyeBerry
Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:44 pm
Forum: IRN Breeders
Topic: knowledgeable breeders pls help????
Replies: 8
Views: 1370

Re: knowledgeable breeders pls help????

You sound much more confident and I am glad. Looking forward to updates. :)
by SkyeBerry
Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:34 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak Easy
Replies: 156
Views: 4502

Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Regarding tomatoes- I believe the red fruit is edible - Melika states that there might be some concern about the acidity, so it should be fed in moderation. It is the green parts of the plant, stem, leaf etc - I am not sure about the root - that is toxic. Sanjays mummi - I figured the steamer would ...
by SkyeBerry
Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:23 pm
Forum: IRN Breeders
Topic: knowledgeable breeders pls help????
Replies: 8
Views: 1370

Re: knowledgeable breeders pls help????

I am so sorry that the breeder has done this to you and the baby! I am very happy that you replied to my post and that you do have some experience. I also have lovebirds. :D You are welcome to PM me if you want to chat about them. re: the splayed leg - I agree with MissK - every day untreated the mo...
by SkyeBerry
Fri Apr 25, 2014 2:03 am
Forum: IRN Breeders
Topic: knowledgeable breeders pls help????
Replies: 8
Views: 1370

Re: knowledgeable breeders pls help????

Sorry I do not know if this is normal or not but if I had a baby and I was concerned about something like this I would call a bird/avian vet. Do you have one? Is the breeder willing to look at the bird for you just to make sure something has not gone wrong? Is the bird eating and drinking? Is it goi...
by SkyeBerry
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:49 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Possibly a growing family?
Replies: 13
Views: 1365

Re: Possibly a growing family?

:oops: Sorry, I originally came to say congratulations! Someone I know used to breed these birds and she loved them dearly. She stopped only because she wanted to limit the work load so that she and her husband could raise their own children.

Mary
by SkyeBerry
Fri Apr 25, 2014 1:47 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Possibly a growing family?
Replies: 13
Views: 1365

Re: Possibly a growing family?

How do so many of these weird comments/spam end up in here? I do not think I have seen any of these in another forum I visit. I wonder if they just have more administrators that constantly view the new messages and delete them?
by SkyeBerry
Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:54 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: birds in the shower
Replies: 27
Views: 2931

Re: birds in the shower

I wish I could somehow draw here because I am not sure how to describe it, but I am sure you could make something to hang over the shower rod and extend out into the shower spray using some 1/2" pvc pipe and some elbows.
by SkyeBerry
Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:51 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak Easy
Replies: 156
Views: 4502

Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Peter - I did not like spam before. I do not like spam now. I will never like spam. Any kind of spam. And I am saddened to find so much here. :(
by SkyeBerry
Fri Apr 25, 2014 12:49 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak Easy
Replies: 156
Views: 4502

Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Sanjays mummi - Hi. I have thought about using a hand held steamer, but have been worried I would be aerosolizing bacteria and moving into small crevices where I could not get it out? Am I just being paranoid? I know hospitals use steamers but I believe they use water vapour which is hotter than ste...
by SkyeBerry
Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:40 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Taming techniques
Replies: 12
Views: 1446

Re: Taming techniques

So MissK - how many hours to find that video?

:lol: :lol: :lol: Mary
by SkyeBerry
Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:44 pm
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: Help MissK with HUMAN enrichment
Replies: 28
Views: 2370

Re: Help MissK with HUMAN enrichment

Unfortunately, I have a feeling that a lot of people are as aware of/or interested in human enrichment as the average bird owner is. :( You really have done a wonderful job. Ummm...not sure we are supposed to consider pharmaceuticals as enriching our lives. :wink: What are you doing in your spare ti...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak Easy
Replies: 156
Views: 4502

Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Does Billie have any of those clever albeit expensive 'enrichment' toys? She sounds like she would likely do well with them. re: mat protector - you could probably get some scrap pieces of sheet vinyl really cheap from a flooring company or hardware store - there are also the peel and stick tiles or...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:21 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Taming techniques
Replies: 12
Views: 1446

Re: Taming techniques

Donovan - it sound like you are 'capturing behaviour' - it is a valid training method and there is lots to read about it if you want including at the Goodbirdinc site Claire supplied. I think it is fantastic that Claire managed all she described in 4 months. But each bird and each bird/owner/trainer...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:04 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: largest bar spacing? - looking at cage Thurs so kinda urgent
Replies: 10
Views: 1489

Re: largest bar spacing? - looking at cage Thurs so kinda ur

Do I take the bird? :lol: You realize if that is all I say they are going to be looking at me really funny. And you do remember I have a timid bird? I guess I am at the vet in case I poke his eyes out? :wink: <- then he will look like this.
by SkyeBerry
Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:01 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

That surprises me! My budgie was the one who taught the lovebirds to just jump in and enjoy.
by SkyeBerry
Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:00 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Is it normal for a chick to peep from inside the egg?
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Re: Is it normal for a chick to peep from inside the egg?

You might want to ask in the breeders section - perhaps state Urgent Baby question - Do you have a good avian vet? Call them? Frankly, I am certain if it was my bird, I would make an appointment and ask to get in asap - this could be an emergency. I think these guys can go downhill quite quickly. Wh...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:54 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Urgent! bird chipping paint off
Replies: 12
Views: 1033

Re: Urgent! bird chipping paint off

Anodized aluminum is cheaper and some people think better than stainless steel. I have not compared the 2 myself. I understand that you might not be able to get a cage locally. Can you order from the internet? There are many good companies and I know for a fact that MissK will have a very good recom...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:46 am
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: Help MissK with HUMAN enrichment
Replies: 28
Views: 2370

Re: Help MissK with HUMAN enrichment

MissK - a hug for you. I am really proud of both you and your mom. :D You have done a wonderful job. Can I hire you if I am ever in the hospital?
by SkyeBerry
Tue Apr 22, 2014 4:13 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

Quote: I know they drink the water here now and then instead of the water on the cage. Why I do not know! The water on the cage is fresh and bottled spring water, so should be better in theory. Several thoughts - is the circulating water colder? Why dogs drink from toilet bowls. Yuck. - the sound of...
by SkyeBerry
Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:59 am
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: Help MissK with HUMAN enrichment
Replies: 28
Views: 2370

Re: Help MissK with HUMAN enrichment

Oh yes, do not leave the canary unattended! Any chance your brother could participate?

When I started reading about the notes, I thought you meant you were writing them from the canary and the XX was going to be the signature. :lol:

The box was another great idea!
by SkyeBerry
Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:54 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Is it normal for a chick to peep from inside the egg?
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Re: Is it normal for a chick to peep from inside the egg?

You mentioned you had parrotlets. I have no experience with them but I have lovebirds. Do you know if they are at all alike?
by SkyeBerry
Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:49 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: largest bar spacing? - looking at cage Thurs so kinda urgent
Replies: 10
Views: 1489

Re: largest bar spacing? - looking at cage Thurs so kinda ur

Hi Melika - I am glad you responded. I did not see that post but I did read one where you mentioned your cage had one inch bars so I was wondering if you had had any problems since then. I also read a couple responses where IRNs did get their heads through. And my concern would be, yes they usually ...
by SkyeBerry
Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:32 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Percy has an infection
Replies: 33
Views: 1297

Re: Percy has an infection

Wonderful news!
by SkyeBerry
Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:30 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: What other animals do you have?
Replies: 36
Views: 3062

Re: What other animals do you have?

Melika - I am so so sorry for your loss. The longest I had a pet was 15 years. 'Bensen' was a wonderful dog and losing him was difficult. I have a feeling the loss of one of my parrots is going to be harder. From what I have read in your posts, I am confident you provided Persephone with a wonderful...
by SkyeBerry
Tue Apr 22, 2014 3:17 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Urgent! bird chipping paint off
Replies: 12
Views: 1033

Re: Urgent! bird chipping paint off

If you know what type of cage it was, google it. The description should say if it is bird safe. Hopefully, it is actually powder coating. You can usually contact the manufacturer directly if you are unsure. The are also test kits for lead. I have some from 3M. They are relatively inexpensive. I woul...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Feather quality in blue mutation
Replies: 3
Views: 431

Re: Feather quality in blue mutation

I am able to confirm that Molossus was referring to stress bars when he used the term feather scarring. I saw my vet and she was referring to a lack of luster or sheen she sees in the blue IRNs that come to her clinic. There is a blue IRN bird that became a patient last summer. He is owned by someon...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:15 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Bad Wing Clip
Replies: 2
Views: 384

Re: Bad Wing Clip

Sorry but I do not clip my birds' wings so I have not had to deal with this. The only advice I can suggest is to be very careful letting the bird out. If he tries to fly he may crash. If he crashes he can do a lot more damage and you could end up with broken feathers and bleeding etc. How about uplo...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Apr 21, 2014 2:04 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

To agree with someone else who viewed your handiwork: That is totally awesome! The project and you putting all that here for me and everyone else. I did not notice the overhead sprayers in the videos I watched. Are they still there? Did you remove them for some reason?
by SkyeBerry
Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:55 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Percy has an infection
Replies: 33
Views: 1297

Re: Percy has an infection

Oh, there is no doubt in my mind that that is what they are working on!
by SkyeBerry
Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:53 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: largest bar spacing? - looking at cage Thurs so kinda urgent
Replies: 10
Views: 1489

Re: largest bar spacing? - looking at cage Thurs so kinda ur

I also do not like the idea the poor parrot/bird on the bottom gets to look at everyone's knees. So that is true about canaries. I have a green singer finch who was always a good singer. I bought a crested blue and white pied Gloster canary. Another good singer. My singer does not sing nearly as muc...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:44 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Teaching Your Bird Survival Skills
Replies: 26
Views: 1758

Re: Teaching Your Bird Survival Skills

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: If you move here and you are really lucky, you have the chance of getting skunks, coyotes, squirrels, various birdies - big and small, or a bear - in your kitchen if you leave the door open. And believe it or n...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Apr 21, 2014 1:35 am
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: Help MissK with HUMAN enrichment
Replies: 28
Views: 2370

Re: Help MissK with HUMAN enrichment

MissK...again I am so sorry. When I was unwell, and I had a particularly hard day, I saw my mom cry. It is the only time I have seen her cry. And it still brings tears to me eyes. So I do sympathize. I can't believe I did not think of a pedicure. Is there a 'smilie' emoticon slapping his head? That ...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Apr 21, 2014 12:58 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak Easy
Replies: 156
Views: 4502

Re: Parrot Speak Easy

All I can think of is: "Beans, beans, the magical fruit, they make your ...." but the rest might offend someone. Maybe I'll send you a PM if you do not know it.
After Billie ate the pomegranate, did it take you forever to wash the juice off the walls?
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:06 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Is it normal for a chick to peep from inside the egg?
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Re: Is it normal for a chick to peep from inside the egg?

You must be exhausted! Do you have help? How often are you feeding now?
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 19, 2014 1:04 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak Easy
Replies: 156
Views: 4502

Re: Parrot Speak Easy

:lol: Hi Peter. So happy Billie might be deciding she has something to say to you! You must keep us informed. I really enjoy listening to my Skye. When he starts to mumble it means he is working on a new word. Then a couple days later, he uses it like he has always known it. I wonder if he practices...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:53 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

Ok you guys I get it. After I posted that remark, I do believe - although I have not read above - I asked questions and offered up bits of information that I had read. That is more my style anyway. Supply what I hope is relevant info, perhaps provide an example of something that did/did not work for...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:29 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Percy has an infection
Replies: 33
Views: 1297

Re: Percy has an infection

Yep...I am sure my sun conure would pick my teeth if I let him. If my birds are not in their cage and they see me sit down with food, they are both on my shoulder in a flash saying 'bu up?' I have come to learn that means "some of that is mine right?" If I do not offer any, they are not shy about re...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:23 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: largest bar spacing? - looking at cage Thurs so kinda urgent
Replies: 10
Views: 1489

Re: largest bar spacing? - looking at cage Thurs so kinda ur

MissK - uhh...I chose the procrastination method? Actually as much as it is a good cage set, it really is not want I need. Even if I put the IRN in the top unit, the bottom would be empty because my next largest bird is a sun conure and I think I would not be comfortable with him in a 3/4". That bei...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:09 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Teaching Your Bird Survival Skills
Replies: 26
Views: 1758

Re: Teaching Your Bird Survival Skills

I am impressed by the person who thought to teach their budgie its own address. Skye tends to choose the words he wants. I have only every really taught him one phrase. It is a mantra - "Skye is a big brave bird." :lol: He's getting there. Birds can also be micro-chipped. It is easy and virtually pa...
by SkyeBerry
Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:57 pm
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: Help MissK with HUMAN enrichment
Replies: 28
Views: 2370

Re: Help MissK with HUMAN enrichment

Ash - that is a good idea about the magazine holder. MissK - glad to hear your mother is improving. I guess I got a little carried away with my list but once I got started...and we must always be optimistic. I think the attitude people have around those that are ill - animals included - makes a huge...
by SkyeBerry
Thu Apr 17, 2014 2:08 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Struggling to tame
Replies: 3
Views: 443

Re: Struggling to tame

HI. If you read the list of topics under the Behaviour section, you will find lots of questions like yours, with lots of answers provided. That is likely why no one has responded to your post thus far. If you read a bunch, I am sure you will find the advice if often very similar. If you then come up...
by SkyeBerry
Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:50 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

Clawnz - I have just spent quite a bit of time reviewing some of your videos on youtube. You have a lot of birds! How many do you consider yours versus the Rescue's? You sure seem to have a way with making friend's with them. I would have never guessed the sun conure had a dislike for men??? Your li...
by SkyeBerry
Thu Apr 17, 2014 1:36 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

Thanks Molossus. I am familiar with stress bars via images, research, and other peoples bird's viewed at the vet. I do not know if you remember my post, but I can confidently state my birds have never had stress bars. I will be going to the vet in the next couple days to get meds for a finch. I will...
by SkyeBerry
Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:11 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Teaching Your Bird Survival Skills
Replies: 26
Views: 1758

Re: Teaching Your Bird Survival Skills

Animals are so amazing! That must have been incredible to watch! I wonder if something like that could be found on youtube/net? If I find something, I will post it. And yes, it is my understanding that learning from the flock is why it is suggested we eat something in front of the birds that we want...
by SkyeBerry
Thu Apr 17, 2014 12:05 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

Clawnz - I do not think you will mind me saying your bird and your willingness to share and the forums willingness to help is one of the reasons I come here. To actually learn something useful versus a lot of glossed over information in a parrot book that provides only the very basics. I am finding ...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Apr 16, 2014 8:27 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: largest bar spacing? - looking at cage Thurs so kinda urgent
Replies: 10
Views: 1489

largest bar spacing? - looking at cage Thurs so kinda urgent

Hi Everyone - I have had my IRN for 4 years. His cage is 5/8" between the bars. I would prefer to keep this size but it is difficult to find larger cages that are not 3/4" or larger - usually 1-1.5". A pet store has gone out of business, and I will be looking at a double flight cage - vertical - eac...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:13 pm
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: Help MissK with HUMAN enrichment
Replies: 28
Views: 2370

Re: Help MissK with HUMAN enrichment

MissK - something for you: http://robcares.com/2011/12/01/how-to-defeat-boredom-during-lengthy-hospital-stays For your mom: You can also have some small talks with your nurse. In most hospitals, a specific nurse is assigned to a patient for a set amount of time. You can call him/her if you need some...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:48 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Another screaming question
Replies: 19
Views: 1006

Re: Another screaming question

Niffarious - I have seen quite a few birds hang and swing but none of my birds have thought of this trick. Try and 'capture' the behaviour. Each time she hangs upside down use a 'cue' word - ie)"hang" or "swing" - tell her she is a good bird and give her a treat. I did this with a rescue green cheek...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:35 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Another screaming question
Replies: 19
Views: 1006

Re: Another screaming question

:lol: Peter you do make me laugh! Billie is very lucky to have you and visa versa. You will keep each other on your toes!
by SkyeBerry
Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:32 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: What other animals do you have?
Replies: 36
Views: 3062

Re: What other animals do you have?

Tasha - Wow! Yep, I guess I am really lucky with my Sunny. Tantrums - yes! But again I am lucky with Sunny. It is more of a squawk or a little grab of my finger - no bite - to let me know that I am obviously doing something unappreciated or in the wrong way. :lol: From what I have read it is normal ...
by SkyeBerry
Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:19 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Is it normal for a chick to peep from inside the egg?
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Re: Is it normal for a chick to peep from inside the egg?

Good news! Obviously you are getting food into the little guy. I have never raised a chick. It must be very daunting...and tiring. How often do you have to get up at night? Do you have a weight chart to guide how much the baby should gain each day?
by SkyeBerry
Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:16 pm
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

Hi clawnz, that is wonderful that molossus is keeping an eye on your posts. I know for certain he is much more knowledgeable than I. Good luck with the viral testing being clean!
by SkyeBerry
Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:53 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Is it normal for a chick to peep from inside the egg?
Replies: 11
Views: 826

Re: Is it normal for a chick to peep from inside the egg?

Congratulations and good luck!
by SkyeBerry
Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:51 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Teaching Your Bird Survival Skills
Replies: 26
Views: 1758

Re: Teaching Your Bird Survival Skills

Smart man! Really liking the idea about the bird feeder.
by SkyeBerry
Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:49 am
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: Help MissK with HUMAN enrichment
Replies: 28
Views: 2370

Re: Help MissK with HUMAN enrichment

MissK...I know you are not asking for sympathy but it is difficult to not say I am so sorry. My first thought - Music -do she have favourite CD's, can you put a compilation together on a MP3 player or something that she could easily learn if she is not techy. TV/Movies - is there one in her room obv...
by SkyeBerry
Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:00 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

Unfortunately, I have done no research yet. It has been nice so I have had to force myself outside to mow the grass and weed etc. But I try and take a few minutes to check the forum at the end of the day. From what I read above, I did not realize that Dexter also barbers his feathers. I thought the ...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Apr 14, 2014 11:51 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Another screaming question
Replies: 19
Views: 1006

Re: Another screaming question

I was thinking about your birds screaming and had a few thoughts. My mom's senegal did not like to go into her cage. She would anticipate what was going to happen and then would bite your hand. I suggested Mom ignore the bite (I know not always easy), put the bird in the cage, immediately give her a...
by SkyeBerry
Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:41 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Another screaming question
Replies: 19
Views: 1006

Re: Another screaming question

Well, If there is someone out there who has all the answers and knows what he/she is talking about I really wish he/she would write a book about IRNs. So until then, here goes my two cents...my ringneck does not scream but occasionally my sun conure was - or maybe it is their natural noise - I am no...
by SkyeBerry
Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:09 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

Other than the lovebirds, my two are my first parrots. My lovebirds were all fully flighted and it had never occurred to me to clip them. I was quite surprised to discover this is so frequently done. When I started to research the bigger birds, that is when I read about wing clipping. After reading ...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: birds in the shower
Replies: 27
Views: 2931

Re: birds in the shower

Yes, Skye loves a dish for a bath or the spray bottle. I have taken him into the washroom and carefully turned on the tub water but it startles him into a panic. I have the shower perch but I likely won't be using it for a while. I have a bad habit of using the toilet for a garbage can at times. Wit...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 12, 2014 11:49 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak Easy
Replies: 156
Views: 4502

Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Oh that is a shame! Would you like me to send you my copy? :lol:
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: birds in the shower
Replies: 27
Views: 2931

Re: birds in the shower

Regarding the sneezing. My sun conure will dunk his head when he has access to water. A sneeze after this would be a normal reaction to getting water in his nostrils. He also collects dust in his nares which causes him to sneeze - maybe why he dunks his head? Anyway, when he starts to sneeze I take ...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:32 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: 2 month old
Replies: 1
Views: 233

Re: 2 month old

I was just about to log off when I saw your post so I will be very brief. There are lots of topics along this line of questioning. They contain a lot of good advise. I obtained my IRN as a baby. A little older than yours I believe. He has not been as bad as some of the stories I have read here but e...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:20 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello Again!
Replies: 3
Views: 314

Re: Hello Again!

There is a thread under housing titled something like 'what size cage?' But is referring to one bird. Personally, I would go more than double what a single bird requires minimum . If you get two birds, will they be babies from the same clutch? Adult birds that are already buddies? Two adult birds th...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 12, 2014 2:05 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

What a horrible situation for you and Dexter. I have not searched for your earlier posts and the full story. I hope you do not mind me asking - prior to your ownership, did he receive a very bad wing clip that ultimately damaged the feather follicles or is the reason for this problem unknown?
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:56 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: ultra high sound
Replies: 9
Views: 777

Re: ultra high sound

MissK - In your case, I suggest a very large picture of the treat jar with lid removed be placed by the speaker with the actual jar also there. :wink:
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:49 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: ultra high sound
Replies: 9
Views: 777

Re: ultra high sound

AJPeter - I must confess. I went straight to the conclusion. :oops: There were quite a few other articles if you want to look into this further. Oh, I just read your last post. 'Ball and chain.' Tsk tsk. I know you are just joking but it used to sadden me to see parrots chained to their perches. But...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:46 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: What other animals do you have?
Replies: 36
Views: 3062

Re: What other animals do you have?

Tasha87 - does your sun conures make nearly the noise people may have warned you about? Mine does not seem particularly loud. I have not 'met' other sun conures so I am not sure if 'she' is an exception or with so much animal experience - and living in my own zoo - I just accept she is a parrot and ...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:42 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: What other animals do you have?
Replies: 36
Views: 3062

Re: What other animals do you have?

Hi Missie - there are many people that have only one bird. I think happiness is more dependent on the life and attention you provide the bird. My mom's bird gets so jealous that she attacks other birds and would likely kill them. That was one of the reasons she was removed from a multi-bird home and...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:32 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Percy has an infection
Replies: 33
Views: 1297

Re: Percy has an infection

AJPeter - some people might mention that the bacteria in a human mouth is different than what is in a parrot's and therefore food you give to a parrot should not come close to yours. They might suggest you test the temperature on the inside of your wrist the same as you would test milk in a baby bot...
by SkyeBerry
Sat Apr 12, 2014 1:19 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Parrot Speak Easy
Replies: 156
Views: 4502

Re: Parrot Speak Easy

Well, I hope you continue to write your own thread as I enjoy reading it. :D I think I would try and jam the book into the hole behind the computer so that Billie does not disappear permanently. Who knows what may lurk inside? I have not used Feather Up but I have read quite a few references to it. ...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:17 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: pied indian ringneck
Replies: 2
Views: 237

Re: pied indian ringneck

Hi I can't answer this, but if you do not get a reply here, look under the board index and choose one of the breeder areas. There is one specifically for genetics.
by SkyeBerry
Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:15 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 8091

Re: Dexter

Hello welcome back! So so sorry for your loss. I have been here a short time. I have an IRN. I am glad you posted the pictures. I am lucky that I have not had to deal with a bleeding blood feather. I do keep clotting powder on hand. The site of blood does not bother me but I think your pictures prov...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:05 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: ultra high sound
Replies: 9
Views: 777

Re: ultra high sound

AJ - that last part,of course, made me laugh. :lol: You are so quick! Guess what I found? Amazing what the internet contains - "What can birds hear?" http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1076&context=icwdm_usdanwrc from the last page : CONCLUSIONS Avian hearing encompasses a nar...
by SkyeBerry
Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:54 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from uk I have 2 blue irn's aprox 5-6 month old
Replies: 5
Views: 623

Re: Hi from uk I have 2 blue irn's aprox 5-6 month old

I am so glad things are going well! It sounds like you must have posted elsewhere and gotten some responses. Good! I really enjoy my time on the forum. It is a bit of a secret but I think it is a little addicting for some of us. :wink:
by SkyeBerry
Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:49 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Percy has an infection
Replies: 33
Views: 1297

Re: Percy has an infection

I am so glad you posted an update. I have been wondering about you guys. Glad to here everything will be ok. Yes, I was quite surprised how accepting my Skye was when I had to medicate him when he was about 2yrs. In fact, I think it improved our relationship. :)
by SkyeBerry
Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:46 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Three types of Bites?
Replies: 38
Views: 1243

Re: Three types of Bites?

for Lazy MissK :wink: - re: Barbara - you can use the link below - click on 'Calendar' - then 'upcoming dates' from the drop down box. There are quite a few US dates. I am interested in the Oct. Seattle dates as this is the closest to me.

http://www.goodbirdinc.com/barbaraheidenreich-bio.html
by SkyeBerry
Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:38 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Three types of Bites?
Replies: 38
Views: 1243

Re: Three types of Bites?

Well, looks like at least the three of us can join the group - "Ouch that hurts- gentle please!" MissK - now remember, I did not call you lazy. I am quite sure I stated I did not believe you are lazy . And I must admit, that I did reread what I had typed - it was even longer than I remembered. So so...