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by Melika
Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:12 am
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: A Thread For Budgie Fans
Replies: 168
Views: 15720

Re: A Thread For Budgie Fans

I used to feed the aviary birds from an outdoor bird feeder. I had it sitting on the floor of the raised aviary, but I don't see why you couldn't hang it and give them a perch or two to stand on and feed. I didn't want to make them try and land on the rim of the feeder, since the space was so narrow...
by Melika
Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:05 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Dye fun with wood!
Replies: 7
Views: 496

Re: Dye fun with wood!

Perhaps you can ask this woman what is in the dyes she has for sale here? http://www.etsy.com/shop/MichellesVarie ... d=13014761
by Melika
Wed Oct 09, 2013 7:01 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: leg/foot problems
Replies: 9
Views: 1691

Re: leg/foot problems

Sorry for your loss. A gladiator indeed.
by Melika
Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:59 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: information on the web ?
Replies: 11
Views: 479

Re: information on the web ?

there was a comments about peanuts can be bad for your bird due to a possible bacterial infection of some peanuts which can make your bird very sick or worse fatal. this is the insidious part, packaged food for pets are of a lower standard then packaged food for humans. but because this bacteria do...
by Melika
Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:41 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Top Ten Bird killers
Replies: 23
Views: 2601

Re: Top Ten Bird killers

Right to young of an age is a bad thing. If I ever get into a place that it is safer for them to be nonclipped then I will allow it but we are in a small apartment and really no room for him to fly expect into a wall or something :( My ringneck knows about windows he always glides right to the sill...
by Melika
Wed Oct 09, 2013 6:04 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Shredding Foods (greens) Vs. Eating Them
Replies: 7
Views: 677

Re: Shredding Foods (greens) Vs. Eating Them

Hane also does not adore eating the greens. I mostly offer them for shredding, and figure he's probably getting something out of it, whether that is psychological or physical doesn't really matter to me because he simply enjoys it. :) I imagine that getting used to the flavour makes him more likely ...
by Melika
Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:18 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Shalom from NC
Replies: 7
Views: 1237

Re: Shalom from NC

Beautiful birds- welcome to the forum!
by Melika
Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Help!!!
Replies: 7
Views: 450

Re: Help!!!

I'll chime in on the diet: Why not veggies instead of pellets for now? Since he will eat a little fruit, let's get him used to eating as many different healthy foods as possible early on. Pellets are useful to have, but aren't necessary. And welcome to the forum! You can find a lot of your diet ques...
by Melika
Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:08 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: New play stand
Replies: 48
Views: 2497

Re: New play stand

Looks great! Making things is waaaaay for fun than buying them, isn't it?
by Melika
Thu Oct 03, 2013 6:06 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Dye fun with wood!
Replies: 7
Views: 496

Re: Dye fun with wood!

lola13 wrote:Haha god I'm dumb,forgot I'd already posted. I'm getting such a bad memory!

I hear Kool aid but again its something that I havnt seen in the UK,gr!

I don't know what toy places use to dye their wood its akways so deep and vivid!
They usually use vegetable based dyes that are non-toxic.
by Melika
Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Dye fun with wood!
Replies: 7
Views: 496

Re: Dye fun with wood!

Some people use Kool Aid (don't add the sugar), and some people have had success with cake icing dyes. I have not dyed any myself. Instead of posting a separate topic, you can edit your posts. You might want to go back and delete the duplicate topic you made earlier. If you can't delete it, flag it ...
by Melika
Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: IRN's tongue.
Replies: 1
Views: 286

Re: IRN's tongue.

Picture please? This will help us to help you. :)
by Melika
Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: New bird to be
Replies: 175
Views: 7588

Re: New bird to be

Congrats on Squidgette? I don't think Squidgy will be harmed by your rejection. ;) It will be interesting having long-term owners of females here on the forum, to help those with similar problems.
by Melika
Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Music?
Replies: 26
Views: 2082

Re: Music?

Hane loves anything involving classical instruments. He doesn't love anything harsh- but is that because I never played anything harsh when he was growing up? Dunno. My husband drowns him out with rock and light metal if I'm not home. DH swears Hane likes to scream at him when I'm away... :? Hane do...
by Melika
Wed Oct 02, 2013 8:29 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Bonkers For Conkers? Or Not So Sweet For A Parakeet?
Replies: 10
Views: 1663

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

Thanks for doing that research :) I guess its best if I refrain from using them, just to be on the safe side. Pity though, like MissK says they're so lovely and shiny, and your third link does picture the wild London flocks enjoying them, or their shells. It's a hard one to answer isn't it! Loo :) ...
by Melika
Wed Oct 02, 2013 7:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Registering Pet Birds?
Replies: 35
Views: 990

Re: Registering Pet Birds?

What I was trying to point out, MissK, is that while everyone can have an opinion, we have to acknowledge that there is no 'perfect' time to have a bird or a 'perfect' setup. The perfect setup for a bird is wild and free, not locked in a cage or house with only a few birds or humans for companions. ...
by Melika
Mon Sep 30, 2013 6:15 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: what does this mean?
Replies: 6
Views: 371

Re: what does this mean?

It might be bathing behaviour- have you sprinkled her with water yet? Most birds love baths, and starting early will help! You just want to make sure they have time to dry off before sundown and aren't chilled by draughts while wet.
by Melika
Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:57 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Registering Pet Birds?
Replies: 35
Views: 990

Re: Registering Pet Birds?

Am I understanding this correctly - you and your partner have a bird now, are planning to get a second, and then in 3-4 months time move in with the in-laws where birds must stay outside all day? I, myself, would probably opt to wait on bringing the bird home, or else select a different pet that co...
by Melika
Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:42 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Mandarin tree branches
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Re: Mandarin tree branches

So far as I know, they are safe.
by Melika
Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:40 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: What to do with Janey?
Replies: 89
Views: 7189

Re: What to do with Janey?

Thanks for the update. I'm feeling fortunate in having a male, but only slightly, because Hane has taken to screaming at my husband again this summer (only when I'm not home). I welcome the coming winter where he will hopefully settle down. And then my husband will threaten Hane's life much less oft...
by Melika
Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:34 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 635797

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

Great thread! Is it recommended to use cuttlebone in the diet? Sorry if it's been asked before. Depends. If you use a pellet like Roudybush, the makers specifically say do not offer cuttlebone. Most people with breeders or perhaps females do offer cuttlebone to be used at the bird's discretion. I d...
by Melika
Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:29 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Bonkers For Conkers? Or Not So Sweet For A Parakeet?
Replies: 10
Views: 1663

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

Hard to say. First I found these links: http://www.extension.umn.edu/yardandgarden/ygbriefs/h401chestnuts.html and http://tree-species.blogspot.com/2009/03/edible-chestnuts-vs-horse-chestnuts.html which say horse chestnuts are toxic or dangerous at the very least, and parrot people seem to agree tha...
by Melika
Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: What's your motivation?
Replies: 13
Views: 544

Re: What's your motivation?

I just fell into IRNs. I really wanted a green-wing macaw, a vos ekkie male, a meyer's parrot, or a military macaw. I even had names picked out for them. But while working, we had a client that had a pair of green IRNs and they had chicks. They off-handedly asked me, "Do you want one?" And I said su...
by Melika
Tue Sep 24, 2013 7:17 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Headbanging ringneck
Replies: 2
Views: 237

Re: Headbanging ringneck

Hane does this all the time. Hane would nod his head 'yes' and his brother would shake his head 'no'. :lol:
by Melika
Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:58 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Not whistling.....
Replies: 9
Views: 513

Re: Not whistling.....

I guess you could encourage a contact word, but I personally would be more likely to welcome a whistle.  Seriously, Rocky and I will whistle the same whistles back and forth till I get sick of it. I can't think I'd welcome a human word, however cute, half so long. I have long heard that it is easie...
by Melika
Tue Sep 24, 2013 6:56 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Safe paper to use.....???
Replies: 6
Views: 367

Re: Safe paper to use.....???

The main rule when using paper is to make sure your bird isn't a paper-eater, as that could be lethal (some birds develop weird habits over time so just always keep an eye out for it; it is very rare). But if all your bird does is shred paper, then you can use plain paper, black and white newspaper,...
by Melika
Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:04 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Enamel Cast Iron??
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Re: Enamel Cast Iron??

It's safe. And great cookware to have around- I love my stockpot.
by Melika
Mon Sep 23, 2013 7:03 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Household Poisons
Replies: 51
Views: 20766

Re: Household Poisons

Hi Guys quick question I saw in the list birds of paradise I have this plant growing about a metere or o Away from my aviary Could some one plz explain if or in which way it's dangerous. Thanks Unfortunately there are quite a few plants that fall under this name, but I believe the lists refer to th...
by Melika
Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:40 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Registering Pet Birds?
Replies: 35
Views: 990

Re: Registering Pet Birds?

I would consider microchipping if I kept my birds outside. Here in FL, if your bird is stolen, you have the right to ask the police to scan a bird you see that you believe to be yours. If it's microchipped, you can prove it's yours. That's the value of microchipping here- and bird theft in FL (actua...
by Melika
Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Fingernail Polish
Replies: 7
Views: 958

Re: Fingernail Polish

Hane seems to ignore toenail polish, for some reason he likes to preen toes in general. I don't know about fingernail polish, since I cannot paint my nails in my profession, but I know some IRNs will react badly to the colour red. If your bird isn't set in a routine and things change around him all ...
by Melika
Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: laying eggs
Replies: 3
Views: 239

Re: laying eggs

Hey I recently bought a female Indian Ringneck and I was just wondering if she might lay eggs this year. She is not with another bird. I am not sure of her age because I got her from the RSPCA and they were not sure about her age but told me she is an adult, She seems like a young bird. The questio...
by Melika
Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: aviary
Replies: 7
Views: 333

Re: aviary

I'm not sure what to put on the floors to the cages. Are they outside or in, do you have wire bottoms or not? If they have wire bottoms, you probably don't need to put anything on the floor. Many people do a suspended aviary, that way you don't have to worry about organisms in the ground/dirt either...
by Melika
Thu Sep 19, 2013 8:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Fostered IRN Beak Abnormality
Replies: 9
Views: 556

Re: Fostered IRN Beak Abnormality

Well, at least it isn't setting him back much. I think there isn't much that gets between a ringneck and it's food! Sometimes it takes time for owners to respond. We had a small dog move in with us and, despite notifying every vet in the district, the pound and posting notices at the local shops, i...
by Melika
Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:59 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Willow and her food bowls
Replies: 9
Views: 594

Re: Willow and her food bowls

Dixie-1, you need to know if they are, indeed, galvanized. Ask the seller. If yes, bird must be protected from the toxic zinc component. I've read both scrub with vinegar and leave outside for months to weather. Maybe the Forum or Google can give more reliable suggestion. Even better would be to sw...
by Melika
Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:28 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: going away for the weekend
Replies: 19
Views: 640

Re: going away for the weekend

I used to make a poster with a picture of each dog (we had four) and instructions beside each picture, that way no chance the wrong dog gets the wrong med, or food amount. But that's about as far as I went... :lol: The mini-dachshund still managed to somehow steal a whole loaf of white bread from th...
by Melika
Thu Sep 19, 2013 7:11 am
Forum: News
Topic: Mobile Version of Forum
Replies: 6
Views: 1255

Re: Mobile Version of Forum

All the sites I visit are finally all mobile. Maybe I should make a giant leap and move into 2009 and get a smartphone. XD
by Melika
Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:31 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: aviary
Replies: 7
Views: 333

Re: aviary

I personally never liked gravity feeders because they make me lazy. They also attract rodents at night (and sometimes during the day) if the birds are going to be outside.
by Melika
Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Joey is Molting?
Replies: 2
Views: 259

Re: Joey is Molting?

Do you see the little pin feathers peeking out? If so, then it's a moult. Because most of our birds live inside, our heating/air-conditioning, lighting, etc. can influence how often they moult and can trigger them early or late. :)
by Melika
Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: What to do with Janey?
Replies: 89
Views: 7189

Re: What to do with Janey?

When we used shavings in nests, we would compress them down very tightly. The hen will still kick some out and rearrange it all, but it would leave some in that way. Perhaps that would help?

It's great how far you're willing to go for Janey. They're wild animals, after all. :)
by Melika
Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:05 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Low fat gone overboard
Replies: 29
Views: 1045

Re: Low fat gone overboard

Oh nothing new has misled me...I was referring to the diet thing. I read so many contradicting things regarding pellets and seeds and fat and protein. It's enough to make my head spin lol. I just meant I've learned not to trust the Internet over my vet. :D Agreed. I don't like reading articles, I p...
by Melika
Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:54 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: raw hides normally for dog, yes or no?
Replies: 10
Views: 778

Re: raw hides normally for dog, yes or no?

Rawhide bones are often used in larger parrot toys. I wouldn't worry about giving it, because your bird won't be able to drool all over it and soften it like a dog can. I just don't see the purpose in them, because they cannot be softened by your parrot or destroyed, so they won't keep your bird's a...
by Melika
Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:50 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Low fat gone overboard
Replies: 29
Views: 1045

Re: Low fat gone overboard

Don't get me started on vets. That's how I lost my 9 month old puppy. I will never trust a vet the same way again. My puppy was displaying classic symptoms of spinal meningitis. Took her to the vet, asked them to do a spinal tap. The vets office is a group practice and I was assigned one of the new...
by Melika
Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: She's on her way!!!!!! We are so excited!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 609

Re: She's on her way!!!!!! We are so excited!!!

Congrats! Please let us know how the flight was- what precautions your breeder took and everything so we all know how it should be done. And if you had a really good experience, share your breeder's info too!
by Melika
Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: leg/foot problems
Replies: 9
Views: 1691

Re: leg/foot problems

Stop giving the cheese, chicken, and eggs, until you've ironed this out. Actually, iron, that reminds me, sometimes that goes with gout. Check into hemochomatosis, aka iron storage disease, which has paralysis/weakness as symptoms. I wouldn't say it's too much seed if he is getting lots of veggies a...
by Melika
Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:12 am
Forum: Share Your Flock With The Family
Topic: A Thread For Budgie Fans
Replies: 168
Views: 15720

Re: A Thread For Budgie Fans

For skeptical parrot owners who've never had budgies: Can budgies talk? Oh yes, yes indeed they can. Meet the bird with the largest known vocabulary in the world. 8)
by Melika
Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:02 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Yay!! I can finally show off my babies!
Replies: 3
Views: 575

Re: Yay!! I can finally show off my babies!

Do you like fruit? :) Very nice ARN and IRN there! Thank you for sharing them. How is Mango's diet change going?
by Melika
Thu Sep 12, 2013 9:01 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 635797

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

InTheAir wrote:Hempseed? Our local organic store now sells it in the bulk bins. It says for cosmetic use for legal purposes.
Sorry I missed this. Yes, hempseed is safe. :)
by Melika
Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:52 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Scarey experience
Replies: 8
Views: 960

Re: Scarey experience

Scary. Do a similar thing with Hane too. Either put a thumb on his foot to let him know he's safe or cup my hand over his back. You did well teaching these things early. :)
by Melika
Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:50 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: New bird to be
Replies: 175
Views: 7588

Re: New bird to be

I am personally a fan of the name Squidgy. :wink: I'm glad he's parent raised too. If they get enough human attention they turn out just as tame, and as was pointed out, seem to deal with things better.
by Melika
Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:36 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Homemade Yogurt/Fermentation
Replies: 4
Views: 576

Re: Homemade Yogurt/Fermentation

So we just made a batch of sauerkraut in a Fido jar, inspired by this lady's blog because it seemed the easiest, and she likes to back up her experiments with science and actually checking bacteria under a microscope to find what the best fermentation methods are. Check out her Sauerkraut Survivor s...
by Melika
Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:27 am
Forum: Polls
Topic: How old is your ringneck?
Replies: 58
Views: 31209

Re: How old is your ringneck?

Ahhh ok thank you very much makes sense with everything you have stated Missk. I was starting to think the same thing. Everyone is excited and has tons of questions in the beginning but after they learn how to take care of their birds they drift away from the forums and just live their lives. It's ...
by Melika
Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:17 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Low fat gone overboard
Replies: 29
Views: 1045

Re: Low fat gone overboard

Thank you Melika for that wonderful rant :wink: I know how it feels to be passionate about something. Unfortunately I'm one of those frustrating people you probably encounter who refuses to eat a lot of fat for fear of high cholesterol. But I do agree that a birds diet should be more tailored to wh...
by Melika
Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:00 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: new diet
Replies: 8
Views: 436

Re: new diet

Haha DH and I were just talking about this yesterday. Hane's beak has always been very deep red, like what you're describing MissK, and I use the colour to tell me how he's been eating. It fades a little if he doesn't get enough veggies. I also use the deep orange around his eye- that changes even f...
by Melika
Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:57 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: New IRN mommy to be! Need a cage suggestion. Thanks
Replies: 16
Views: 1033

Re: New IRN mommy to be! Need a cage suggestion. Thanks

Is the 500$ for the cage alone, not including toys, perches, etc?
by Melika
Wed Sep 11, 2013 7:50 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Low fat gone overboard
Replies: 29
Views: 1045

Re: Low fat gone overboard

It sounds yummy, but I can see the missing food group there. I'm a firm believer in the importance of fat in diet, which is probably why Nila had really high cholesterol last time he had a blood test! :( I hope I have got a better balance for him now. Well, since cholesterol is produced by the body...
by Melika
Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:45 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Best recipe Contest
Replies: 57
Views: 2513

Re: Best recipe Contest

I bet Nila will love them all. XD IRNs are PIGS!
by Melika
Thu Sep 05, 2013 8:40 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Prickly Pear
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Re: Prickly Pear

Should I feel bad that we kept all the prickly pear to ourselves this time? XD

*Added the 'Also Known As' list to Cactus Fruit in viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8078
by Melika
Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Oh my dog!
Replies: 22
Views: 829

Re: Oh my dog!

Thanks for the update. Congrats on your first step to joining Hoarder's Non-Anonymous. :)
by Melika
Sun Sep 01, 2013 8:40 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from the UK
Replies: 3
Views: 352

Re: Hello from the UK

Welcome to the forum, Jim and Loki. I hope that we can help you, and that you find the information here valuable. :)
by Melika
Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:21 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello, everyone
Replies: 4
Views: 441

Re: Hello, everyone

Welcome, to you and your flock. :)
by Melika
Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:20 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from Illinois!
Replies: 7
Views: 498

Re: Hello from Illinois!

Welcome to the board- kudos for doing research first!
by Melika
Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:19 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Biting during hand feeding.
Replies: 4
Views: 351

Re: Biting during hand feeding.

Welcome to the forum!
by Melika
Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:37 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Best recipe Contest
Replies: 57
Views: 2513

Re: Best recipe Contest

My only recipe that I feel I can admit to creating is the one posted in the diet sticky, but here you go anyway. :) Hane and Tsume's Sweet Potato Mash Boil a sweet potato or two (quartered and skin on) til easily pierced with a fork then mash it. Mix in a lot of finely diced or small uncooked veggie...
by Melika
Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Beds and bedding
Replies: 2
Views: 290

Re: Beds and bedding

For this purpose I would rather go with a platform/shelf/patio perch than any of the cloth/fleece huts. Both boxes and the sleeping huts can encourage breeding behaviors which isn't what you want to encourage in a pet bird. There have been some horror stories also with the fleece/cloth huts involvin...
by Melika
Tue Aug 27, 2013 11:29 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Coconut oil
Replies: 9
Views: 1420

Re: Coconut oil

Sanjay loves coconut, full stop. But we used coconut oil to encourage our dogs fur to grow back after surgery, they mostly licked it off. Aye, and I don't think I would apply to a bird externally, as they may not like the feeling- ESPECIALLY if it gets on feathers. Some birds have been known to plu...
by Melika
Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:12 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Todays trick
Replies: 27
Views: 857

Re: Todays trick

Input on the concrete perches- they'll only cause sores if the bird is on them ALL the time. Like if it's the sleeping perch. I've used the Safety Perch, Polly's Twister, and Polly's Sandwalk over the last 8 years. The Polly's Sandwalk is my favourite of all the them because it isn't solid concrete ...
by Melika
Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: new member to the forum
Replies: 8
Views: 448

Re: new member to the forum

Welcome to the forum! Keep an eye out for Ellie's posts, she has excellent advice posted around the site about positive reinforcement and developing a trusting relationship with your birds.
by Melika
Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:40 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Homemade Yogurt/Fermentation
Replies: 4
Views: 576

Homemade Yogurt/Fermentation

Making my own yogurt is easy! Does anyone else ferment food? Cultures were purchased from http://www.culturesforhealth.com/ the Villi and Matsoni are the ones I bought, though currently I only have the Villi going. It's countertop yogurt, meaning it's made at room temperature so no fancy equipment n...
by Melika
Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: What Parrots Have Done to my Life
Replies: 6
Views: 404

Re: What Parrots Have Done to my Life

I enjoy the excuse to eat more fruit, and that's swell. I find some of my greatest peace in the early evening, as the flock is having the last play and snack of the day. However, the best thing birds have done for me is ensure that when I am having too hard a morning to get out of bed, I do it anyw...
by Melika
Wed Aug 21, 2013 9:30 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: I drew his birdiness!
Replies: 41
Views: 2134

Re: I drew his birdiness!

Will we have a monthly Nila comic now? :D
by Melika
Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:43 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: For Total Newbies: How to use SEARCH and make a POST
Replies: 24
Views: 3960

Re: For Total Newbies: How to use SEARCH and make a POST

It's always possible, that when the topic is ready, Imran could make it show in ALL forums up at the top that way it can't be escaped. Some forums have it in place until you have so many posts etc.
by Melika
Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Plucking collar/spray??
Replies: 23
Views: 2953

Re: Plucking collar/spray??

"ALOE FOR FEATHER DESTRUCTION -- A popular use of Aloe vera is a topical spray to soothe the irritated skin of birds that engage in feather plucking. Dramatic results can be obtained with this protocol when used on parrots that destroy their feathers due to itchy skin. Even in cases of psychological...
by Melika
Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:16 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Buying birds out of State
Replies: 9
Views: 569

Re: Buying birds out of State

While I didn't buy my birds from out of state, I would have if I had ever gotten to the point of buying a green-wing macaw. Honestly I trust the breeder on this one (of course I was going to buy from a particularly spectacular breeder http://www.wendysparrots.com/) as she/he spends more time with th...
by Melika
Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:12 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: What Parrots Have Done to my Life
Replies: 6
Views: 404

Re: What Parrots Have Done to my Life

It's always good to think about the good things in life. :) Thanks for the reminder!
by Melika
Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:09 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: I'm new, I live in central Queensland Australia!!
Replies: 4
Views: 500

Re: I'm new, I live in central Queensland Australia!!

Welcome to the forum! Sorry I don't know the answer to your question, but the breeding forum has all the people who do know. :)
by Melika
Tue Aug 20, 2013 2:22 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: For Total Newbies: How to use SEARCH and make a POST
Replies: 24
Views: 3960

Re: For Total Newbies: How to use SEARCH and make a POST

I find headers/titles with font sizes, changes (italics, bold, underline) and lists to be eye catching, and easier to read than too many colours. Also having enough blank space, as solid walls of text become difficult. A lot of people have difficulty reading the colours when it's more than just a fe...
by Melika
Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:49 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: My IRN Nibbles on My Ears HARD - HELP!
Replies: 5
Views: 360

Re: My IRN Nibbles on My Ears HARD - HELP!

Hane can't be on shoulders. He pulls hair, puts holes in clothing, and bites ears/faces. It's just how he is. His brother was a shoulder angel. Sometimes it's just the bird's personality.
by Melika
Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:45 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Oh my dog!
Replies: 22
Views: 829

Re: Oh my dog!

I remember when my mom came home saying her boss had just adopted a greyhound- "But don't they have CATS?!?" was my immediate response. Their son came home the next day to a massacre. What I still don't understand is families here have to go through a massive vetting process to get permission to ado...
by Melika
Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:17 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: For Total Newbies: How to use SEARCH and make a POST
Replies: 24
Views: 3960

Re: For Total Newbies: How to use SEARCH and make a POST

We can't forget the so very useful Edit feature for already existing posts! And perhaps a note about posting a new topic where appropriate so it will get a better response. Most of the time I surf the Diet forum- so if it's a diet question and it isn't in that sub-forum I likely won't see it. :)
by Melika
Tue Aug 20, 2013 7:07 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 635797

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

Doodlebug wrote:I have found a (human) linseed mix with dried cranberries and other fruits, is linseed ok to give?
Yup, Linseed (a.k.a. flaxseed) is just fine. Actually it's quite good. It's the dried fruit I would be concerned about.
by Melika
Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi everyone!
Replies: 1
Views: 199

Re: Hi everyone!

Welcome to the board! I'm glad we have been able to help. :)
by Melika
Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:23 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Pellets
Replies: 71
Views: 6243

Re: Pellets

Right, we cannot say that pellets cause plucking. Hane's mother never even looked at a pellet in her entire life and still has not. She actually has a seed/fruit/veggie diet. It was once thought that only pet birds pluck, but aviary birds have plucked as well (Hane's mother being one). Thank you for...
by Melika
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:25 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: help
Replies: 1
Views: 167

Re: help

If it has a black/orange/blue ring, it is definitely a boy. If it has no ring, then it is either a young IRN or a female (or albino). Male IRNs will get their ring around 3yrs of age.


So what exactly have you tried already?
by Melika
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:22 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New IRN owner
Replies: 1
Views: 176

Re: New IRN owner

Oh my. Welcome to the board!
by Melika
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:22 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Newbie in the IRN world!
Replies: 6
Views: 467

Re: Newbie in the IRN world!

Welcome to the board! As for forcing a bong between the IRN and the 'tiels, not possible. Birds have very distinct personalities. My IRN is simply a bully and cannot be allowed to be out with my 'tiel or he will hurt her. Normally you would want the more 'hated' person to do all the fun cool tasks f...
by Melika
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:10 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello all!
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: Hello all!

Welcome to the forum. :)
by Melika
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: I feel an idiot!
Replies: 1
Views: 234

Re: I feel an idiot!

I willing brought a IRN that wasn't tame. Though the ad said it was(yes,I'm kicking myself!) I was very intimated by the breeders. They gave me their number(invaild) and so is the email. Question is if I can't sell him on can I put him in my cage that divides with my other ringneck? They have alrea...
by Melika
Thu Aug 08, 2013 11:06 pm
Forum: News
Topic: A tragedy in California
Replies: 1
Views: 1249

Re: A tragedy in California

I read this on facebook... I have two cedar planks that I am going to get rid of. We cooked fish this way alot in the Northwest US, but that was long before I found birdies. Please please please do not use cedar around your birds. Our hearts go out to this poor family... Safety Warnings:- A custome...
by Melika
Thu Aug 08, 2013 8:26 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New members and owners
Replies: 1
Views: 150

Re: New members and owners

Welcome to the board! Hope your IRN is settling in nicely. Used to live in St. Pete myself. :D
by Melika
Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:11 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Pellets
Replies: 71
Views: 6243

Re: Pellets

I would add that it isn't only greys that Jean breeds. It's most of the Poicephalus species- Brown-necked and Grey-headed, Meyers, Jardines, Red-bellied- as well as the Timneh and Congo greys. I think I remember reading an article once about the Ruppell's Parrot as well from her, trying to help cons...
by Melika
Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:06 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Pellets
Replies: 71
Views: 6243

Re: Pellets

Melika: That was my first choice for pellets, but can't source them locally! There is an organic brand being developed in Australia at the moment that seems similar, hopefully it will be on the market soon and more accessible. Aww. Even here they're waaaay expensive for me to have shipped to my hou...
by Melika
Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: How fast does a parrot fly?
Replies: 9
Views: 3389

Re: How fast does a parrot fly?

ranechild wrote:Is he carrying a coconut?
An African parrot maybe, but not a European parrot.
by Melika
Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:06 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Travel cages
Replies: 1
Views: 307

Re: Travel cages

As long as it is long enough that it doesn't mess up tail feathers, I don't see why not. Many birds are more comfortable (if they are not used to car rides) having the cage partially or fully covered while driving. I just use a thin towel or sheet.
by Melika
Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:05 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: IRN QUESTON
Replies: 12
Views: 608

Re: IRN QUESTON

I told my husband some months ago that I missed having a budgie and he said "no new animals until something dies". So that's that. Well he said when something dies. He didn't specify what though. :wink: Think the wolf spider counted? I was about to name it, that makes it a pet right? :lol: Okay no ...
by Melika
Thu Aug 01, 2013 1:02 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: where I put my IRN's cage
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Re: where I put my IRN's cage

I bet you clean your art room sometimes, right? And birds are dirty, dusty, messy, etc. So you will be cleaning it more. I think your bird will be more dusty than the graphite! If you're keeping the area clean, I don't think there will be much problem. Issues with graphite dust are usually in indust...
by Melika
Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:52 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: IRN QUESTON
Replies: 12
Views: 608

Re: IRN QUESTON

I do love budgies. I've had a few rather great ones over the years. Sam lived to be over 13yrs old, but the rest died rather young of cancers. The only thing I don't miss is the 24/7 molt. Not that having a 'tiel is any better. I told my husband some months ago that I missed having a budgie and he s...
by Melika
Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:37 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Pellets
Replies: 71
Views: 6243

Re: Pellets

We feed roudybush, as our avian vet recommends them and I can't find an organic alternative. Is this available in your area? http://totallyorganics.com/ So far this has been the pellet I like the most. Hane used to love Roudybush, but he has since gotten over his infatuation and prefers these inste...
by Melika
Thu Aug 01, 2013 12:18 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Foraging toys - we need more and could use your help!
Replies: 44
Views: 3131

Re: Foraging toys - we need more and could use your help!

My newest bought toy is this one I'm very happy with it. It isn't something that will baffle a bird, Hane figured it out in less than an hour but for Hane it's not just about how long it takes him to get food, but also the effort/agility required. For instance, when I first got the Mazy Munch (his ...
by Melika
Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:59 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Foraging toys - we need more and could use your help!
Replies: 44
Views: 3131

Re: Foraging toys - we need more and could use your help!

My newest bought toy is this one http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=5059+16566+22375&pcatid=22375 http://www.drsfostersmith.com/images/Categoryimages/normal/p-73169.jpg I'm very happy with it. It isn't something that will baffle a bird, Hane figured it out in less than an hour ...
by Melika
Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:40 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: IRN QUESTON
Replies: 12
Views: 608

Re: IRN QUESTON

I mentioned Budgies not so much regarding tameness as for how they will react to being put together after maturity. I wouldn't try it, myself. But yes, hands down, Budgies are not the same as Ringnecks. :) -MissK I apologise if I seemed to be critical of your comparison. Just wanted clarify and mak...
by Melika
Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:28 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Parrot-related damage
Replies: 21
Views: 764

Re: Parrot-related damage

How did you do that, Melika? I'd really like Rocky to stay off other bird cages. -MissK I'm actually not exactly sure. When I moved here I just constantly chased him off wherever he was not allowed and placed him on his playstand or cage. Constantly and consistently. I never let him get away with i...
by Melika
Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:17 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: My IRN Charlie.
Replies: 3
Views: 224

Re: My IRN Charlie.

Welcome to the board!
by Melika
Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Parrot-related damage
Replies: 21
Views: 764

Re: Parrot-related damage

Hane has been trained that his playstands and his cage are the ONLY acceptable places for him to land. He is also never out if I am not home. Several remote control buttons are missing from the one time I fell asleep on the sofa when he was out...
by Melika
Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:46 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Bald place at forehead
Replies: 8
Views: 439

Re: Bald place at forehead

This is an alexandrine, correct? I have never seen this pattern of feather-loss. Is he rubbing his forehead on anything a lot (it looks like it could be so, from the fading on the beak)? That could cause this, it could be behavioral or physical. This is something an avian vet should be looking at to...
by Melika
Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:28 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Phases of Maturity
Replies: 1
Views: 224

Re: Phases of Maturity

Remembering when Hane was first learning to walk, to use his foot to hold food, the first time he tried to scratch his head, the time he got a pellet stuck in his nostril because he was an idiot, the time I thought he was bleeding out because his water and foot were red (turned out to be a wooden be...
by Melika
Tue Jul 16, 2013 2:01 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: The best way to Introduce Pellets?? NutriBird P15 Pellets
Replies: 12
Views: 2720

Re: The best way to Introduce Pellets?? NutriBird P15 Pellet

Do you guys freeze any food? (like fruit or anything) I have used already frozen food and stuff I have frozen myself. It's an easy and convenient way to give 'fresh' foods. I most often freeze the Sweet Potato Mash that I make listed here http://www.indianringneck.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8078...
by Melika
Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:51 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: IRN QUESTON
Replies: 12
Views: 608

Re: IRN QUESTON

I wouldn't relate budgies to IRNs in this case. IRNs are much more picky. I find budgies to be much more sociable birds and will retain tameness no matter what- at least in my experience with my aviary. Like any parrot, they may or may not like the cage-mate you chose for them. They might get along ...
by Melika
Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:42 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: No longer tame...
Replies: 2
Views: 201

Re: No longer tame...

A few things that can be done, take away the toy that he is his fixation. Change his cage around, introduce foraging, and begin taming, you just have to do it all over again- but chances are it will go faster this time. He's been there, done that, he should get the idea quickly. As far as regurgitat...
by Melika
Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:54 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: my baby ringneck is 10 weeks old and still wants formula
Replies: 2
Views: 1382

Re: my baby ringneck is 10 weeks old and still wants formula

Perhaps this topic will help. There are some links within it as well that you should read, and a section at the bottom about weaning. Hope it helps!

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=799
by Melika
Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:34 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: The best way to Introduce Pellets?? NutriBird P15 Pellets
Replies: 12
Views: 2720

Re: The best way to Introduce Pellets?? NutriBird P15 Pellet

I used the following technique on the Harrison's website to convert a particularly STUBBORN cockatiel- and it worked! It worked even faster than I thought it would! I would give it a try. I imagine it could work with just about any kind of birdie bread, you can even make the bread from the pellets t...
by Melika
Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:24 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: I found this new mix on my adventure today
Replies: 8
Views: 482

Re: I found this new mix on my adventure today

The real concern is if they were only/mostly eating sunflower seeds. So I would not view this seed mix (or any seed mix) as a complete diet. Unlike some other species of parrot, seed doesn't make up the majority of a wild IRN's diet. Adding extra sunflower through the winter would be fine, I would v...
by Melika
Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:06 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 635797

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

ciqala20 wrote:Artichokes- the leaves or heart?
Yes. :) You can feed both.
by Melika
Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:30 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Cheerios, good treat or toxic time bomb??
Replies: 2
Views: 640

Re: Cheerios, good treat or toxic time bomb??

It would take a lot of cereal to do that- although for a softbill the chances would be higher for iron-storage disease. The larger concern is sugar/starches and fiber levels in cereal made for humans. Too much sugar and starch compared to protein in human cereals (for what a parrot needs). But the f...
by Melika
Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:22 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Insectivores
Replies: 3
Views: 450

Re: Insectivores

No one really knows. The idea that parrots might seek out insects to eat is relatively new and little documented/explored. Previously it was thought they only ate insects accidentally while eating other foods- but parrot owners have been calling that into question for some time now, based on what we...
by Melika
Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:16 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Is my IRN's diet ok so far?
Replies: 39
Views: 1314

Re: Is my IRN's diet ok so far?

You can probably cut out dinner. Think about birds in the wild. They do their foraging for food all day. An hour before dusk, most wild birds will be settling down and having their "social hour". They're not thinking about food at that point. My birds will pick off of my dinner, but not much of any...
by Melika
Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:01 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 635797

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

This list is REALLY helpful :D . I was just wondering though if mushrooms are alright to feed my ringneck. I had some left over but they weren't on the list, so i checked on the internet and it said that they can cause vomiting and that they may eventually cause liver damage :o . For now i am defia...
by Melika
Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:31 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: wing cliping
Replies: 4
Views: 498

Re: wing cliping

It comes down to how you feel about it. It really is your decision, and I don't think there is a 'best' way. It is whatever is best for your circumstances and your relationship with your birds. Best thing about wing clipping is that it is temporary.
by Melika
Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:27 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: hi all!
Replies: 6
Views: 511

Re: hi all!

Post a picture? He might just be molting. This was Tsume during a molt. Sometimes he had heavier molts even than that- one time I thought he was dying he looked so bad!

Image
by Melika
Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:25 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Soon to be IRN owner
Replies: 14
Views: 593

Re: Soon to be IRN owner

You can always go back and edit your last post instead of posting a whole new one- then the forum won't think you are spamming. And it will be easier for us to read... I thought it was two different people posting. XD

Welcome the the forum.
by Melika
Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:18 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Help needed
Replies: 4
Views: 423

Re: Help needed

I do know that there are breeders in the UK. Some beautiful mutations of IRNs are being bred there.

You might want to search through this avenue: http://www.theparrotsocietyuk.org/home

I hope you find your baby and welcome the forum. :)
by Melika
Tue Apr 02, 2013 7:04 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Getting a ringneck in May!
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Re: Getting a ringneck in May!

What cage did you end up choosing? Have your cage and toys set up and ready to go before your baby gets home. She will probably be a little disoriented at first so it's good for her to have a place to go. Also you can cover the back and one side of the cage to make it more secure for her at first. T...
by Melika
Tue Apr 02, 2013 6:55 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Make your own : Calcium Mineral Block
Replies: 5
Views: 7703

Re: Make your own : Calcium Mineral Block

Thank you for this- and the reference!

Just some supplementary info:

- No charcoal if you are medicating a bird. It binds to other drugs and can lessen their effectiveness.
- Eggshells can be easily dried/sanitised in the oven instead of the microwave- just don't burn them, they will smell nasty.
by Melika
Thu Mar 28, 2013 7:23 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 635797

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

Wow, first off -- I must absolutely Thank You for such an up-dated and informative forum. You've certainly provided a diamond in the rough! My partner and I have acquired two baby Ringnecks (at 3 weeks) They are now 4 1/2 weeks old and seem to be tiring of formula. Is it safe to provide fruits grou...
by Melika
Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:10 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: My little Tater
Replies: 12
Views: 1247

Re: My little Tater

I think the name gets me even more than the pics. Tater! Love it!
by Melika
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:35 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: need urgent help
Replies: 4
Views: 761

Re: need urgent help

Moderators : Since reactive learning seems to be the order among new breeders , may I suggest you create a separate thread for hand-rearing and emergency removal of chicks. I am sure many experienced breeders will pitch in to create a prioritised list of dos and dont's. Molossus, perhaps if you cam...
by Melika
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:32 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: my IRN loves sunflower seeds so much
Replies: 4
Views: 872

Re: my IRN loves sunflower seeds so much

Hane prefers his carrot shredded or cooked. My sister's IRN would only eat finely diced veggies, while Hane tends to like larger chunks so that he can hold it in his foot. Some birds prefer veggies on a kabob or woven between the bars of the cage. It will depend on your bird's tastes. Experiment. :)
by Melika
Wed Mar 27, 2013 12:08 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Nippy teenager and her older friend
Replies: 1
Views: 314

Re: Nippy teenager and her older friend

Sounds like you're doing great with Buster. Sounds like he would be a great candidate for trick training- he already loves treats! Ellie has a lot of info on that so I'll let her explain some details. Piper sounds like she's bluffing. From what I have read, bluffing can happen anywhere between 4-12m...
by Melika
Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:59 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: First-time ringneck owner
Replies: 2
Views: 258

Re: First-time ringneck owner

Welcome to the forum. :) I'm sure you will find a lot of information as you utilise the search function as many questions are asked about the same subjects- there are plenty of answers already archived on the boards to give you a great head start!
by Melika
Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:56 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: My 2 indian ringnecks are fighting!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 824

Re: My 2 indian ringnecks are fighting!!!

Quick answer- they shouldn't be together right now. Imagine someone you trust taking you and shoving you into a room with a total stranger and told you have to share your food, space, and even your bed with them. Think you would get along right away? But maybe if you had rooms next to each other for...
by Melika
Tue Mar 26, 2013 11:47 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Losing control, time to clip?
Replies: 5
Views: 523

Re: Losing control, time to clip?

Best thing about clipping is that it isn't permanent. If you don't like it, the feathers grow back. :) Hane won't step-up for my husband unless he got lost in the house while flying around and got stuck somewhere, which for a while frustrated my husband to no end. He wants a relationship with the bi...
by Melika
Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:49 am
Forum: IRN genetics research project
Topic: Login problems
Replies: 2
Views: 1749

Re: Login problems

Here's a comic showing how to make an incredibly strong yet easy password to remember. http://xkcd.com/936/
by Melika
Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:40 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: 1/2 or 5/8 cage spaces
Replies: 2
Views: 473

Re: 1/2 or 5/8 cage spaces

I don't prefer one over the other. They are both fine.
by Melika
Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:38 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Switching from free feeding to a schedule
Replies: 1
Views: 334

Re: Switching from free feeding to a schedule

May I ask why? I'm guessing it's a training diet?

To find out how much food she eats. Measure how much you give her and how much is left over at the end of the day. Then you just subtract what is leftover.
by Melika
Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:36 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Can I house my Ringneck with a Senegal parrot?
Replies: 1
Views: 435

Re: Can I house my Ringneck with a Senegal parrot?

Can you? It's always possible. Is it wise? Probably not. Even a cockatiel can rip the beak off a budgie. It happens. Beaks, toes, feathers, etc. Senegals are peaceful somewhat shy birds and IRNs tend to be bossy. If they did fight it could end very badly for one or both of them.
by Melika
Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:34 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Question abut pellets... PLEASE HELP
Replies: 4
Views: 535

Re: Question abut pellets... PLEASE HELP

It's a fine brand. Some bird species don't do well on pellets in general (eclectus in particular) and others do fine. I've read from very very good breeders and some hate pellets, others now only feed pellets. It really just depends on the bird and the results you see. Zupreem was the brand I used t...
by Melika
Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:31 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Cage Specifications
Replies: 1
Views: 557

Re: Cage Specifications

The reason there are not set measurements is because they don't exist. They are roughly 16 inches long with a wingspan of 14-16 inches, and you want a cage that allows the bird to turn around and flap wings without hitting toys/perches/cage bars and damaging the feathers. So you not only must consid...
by Melika
Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:25 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Questions for a Breeder
Replies: 2
Views: 343

Re: Questions for a Breeder

As for food I think feeding any pellet or seed is fine as long as they are eating lots of veggies and fruits. I realise you probably already have your birdy but for future people who might use the Search function and find this post, I will answer anyway. What method of weaning was used? What foods w...
by Melika
Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:18 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: What does this mean?
Replies: 1
Views: 236

Re: What does this mean?

You said it yourself, it's when you look at her that she reacts. Try not to look at her straight on facing her directly. A lot of prey animals view this as a predatory thing. Predators have eyes forward and look directly at their prey. Do you talk or sing to her when you are doing things around her ...
by Melika
Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:13 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Getting a ringneck in May!
Replies: 5
Views: 396

Re: Getting a ringneck in May!

Start of with more toys than you think you need. This way you can switch out toys in his cage every month to give him something new to play with. When you put toys and perches in his cage, he should still have room to move around and stretch- preferably room to flap his wings too if the cage is larg...
by Melika
Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Budgie chicks feeding
Replies: 14
Views: 983

Re: Budgie chicks feeding

This is the only way I know to sex a budgie, same as I read in a book when I was a child lol. http://www.petbudgie.com/sexing/

The bars above their cere will receed and then you'll see a change in the cere colour.
by Melika
Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:50 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: my IRN loves sunflower seeds so much
Replies: 4
Views: 872

Re: my IRN loves sunflower seeds so much

Yup, eating ONLY seeds is bad because then they are only getting some minerals/nutrients and getting none of other kinds. Just don't give him sunflower seeds and he will eat the other foods. I only use sunflower seeds as a treat.
by Melika
Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:48 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Urgent help needed
Replies: 1
Views: 278

Re: Urgent help needed

What are you feeding and how is the male doing at this moment? Is he reacting to the female's noises? How much is he eating? How old are the birds? I believe some of your questions about him being hen-pecked and how to get them to get along would be better asked on the breeding board- they would be ...
by Melika
Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:43 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Treats
Replies: 7
Views: 735

Re: Treats

Hane wants anything I am eating.
by Melika
Tue Mar 12, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Giving Zeus a new friend
Replies: 2
Views: 335

Re: Giving Zeus a new friend

First, quarantine. For a month. Second, I don't have much to tell being that we only had the two IRNs, but it seems that IRNs seem to like having their own space to go to. Personalities can be sooooo different between two birds even of the same species that allowing each his/her own sanctuary is a k...
by Melika
Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:03 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Handling, Care, Grooming, Cleaning and Hygiene Requirements
Replies: 3
Views: 502

Re: Handling, Care, Grooming, Cleaning and Hygiene Requireme

Water
Seed
Vegetables
Fruits
Cage
Perch(es)
Gentle
Respect
Wash
Sanitise (or American spelling sanitize)
Nails
Feathers
Clipping
Foraging
Tricks
Toys
Chewing

Things like that?
by Melika
Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:54 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 635797

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

Hi Melika, thank you for this very informative selection of do's and dont's for food. I feed my 5 month old fresh sprouting seeds (washed about 10 times in a 12 hour period, then put in a container in the fridge), its all sorts of beans, peas, seeds etc in there, veggies and fruit daily as well as ...
by Melika
Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:33 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New member Trinnity
Replies: 21
Views: 1751

Re: New member Trinnity

Thank you. They're having the best ole time. I like to put a few peanuts in a ball of paper and they get in the bottom of the cage and tear it up to get the treats. Ringnecks are by far the most entertaining birds I've ever had. I'm loving this. Their love of food and enthusiasm for it is my favour...
by Melika
Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:29 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi there everyone!
Replies: 13
Views: 663

Re: Hi there everyone!

Welcome to the forum. :) Kudos to you for doing your research FIRST! I, myself, have been forbidden by my husband to bring home any other animal besides fish until something dies. Granted he did marry and immediately have a dog, two birds, and a fish tank that accompanied me. He had fair warning tho...
by Melika
Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:09 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: My Awesome cage
Replies: 8
Views: 794

Re: My Awesome cage

Very nice set-up! I also like the zig-zag rope perches because they are immensely changeable to fit the space in any way you want. For wooden perches I prefer ones like MissK recommended that attach on one end to the bars. This way your space isn't at limited as perches that just go straight across ...
by Melika
Thu Feb 28, 2013 12:06 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Rats and Birds in the Same House?
Replies: 1
Views: 350

Re: Rats and Birds in the Same House?

As long as you keep them separate they should be fine. I have seen an incident or two where a bird landed on the rat's cage and the rat took off a toe- but I've also seen that with birds landing on another bird's cage too. Chances of even an escaped rat making it into the parrot's cage aren't too hi...
by Melika
Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:57 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New IRN moving head from side to side
Replies: 15
Views: 936

Re: New IRN moving head from side to side

Just something they do, and not only restricted to young birds. Hane nods his head 'yes' but his brother always said 'no' haha.
by Melika
Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:53 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Help
Replies: 17
Views: 691

Re: Help

Thats very true Missk. I never really thought about it. I'm just finding Lola to be one of the most difficult birds I have ever encountered lol. But than again its a learning process for the both of us as I am pretty sure she hasn't had anyone that wanted to really interact with her. I just found i...
by Melika
Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:38 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: What is it?!
Replies: 5
Views: 424

Re: What is it?!

Hane grinds too- it means he's comfortable enough to get sleepy and isn't worried. A good thing. Also, might I request that you shrink your signature image? The online host should have a tool for you to re-size the image. While we don't have exact size limits to signature images, it would be kind to...
by Melika
Wed Feb 27, 2013 11:36 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Is this normal?
Replies: 2
Views: 277

Re: Is this normal?

Is this impacting your relationship with your bird?
by Melika
Mon Feb 25, 2013 7:58 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: new owner of IRN
Replies: 106
Views: 7197

Re: new owner of IRN

If you've ever seen a dolphin or whale show, the clicker is like the dolphin trainer's whistle. It's the signal to the animal that they did what you want and now they get a treat! You can do the same with 'good bird' or something verbal just the same. Some people just like the clicker and I think al...
by Melika
Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Extremely New
Replies: 16
Views: 848

Re: Extremely New

Welcome to the board. :) I have some links for you. Many of us have run into problems so here's some info to prevent them for you. Learn from our mistakes! :D http://rationalparrot.com/tease.html http://rationalparrot.com/screaming.html http://www.parrotenrichment.com/foraging.html http://www.landof...
by Melika
Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:35 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Should I force train him or let him take his time
Replies: 11
Views: 410

Re: Should I force train him or let him take his time

Here, since you have made so much progress already, I would stick with what you are doing. Changing your tactic now would confuse him and most likely break the trust you have already built.

Using food is definitely one of the best ways to train a IRN. XD
by Melika
Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:24 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: KAYTEE Food Recall!
Replies: 4
Views: 583

Re: KAYTEE Food Recall!

Last time it was some of their hand-feeding formula that accidentally had too much vit-D and was causing organ failure. On the one hand, it could point to poor quality control or using cheap ingredients from questionable sources. On the other hand, they did do a recall. And this time, so far, it see...
by Melika
Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:36 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Why can't I attach pictures?
Replies: 8
Views: 1996

Re: Why can't I attach pictures?

Attaching photos to the board itself takes up room (data) and would limit our posting and use of the board, therefore there is a limit and it was reached a while ago. The best way to post photos is to upload them to another site and use the Img codes to post them. Ellie made a great topic explaining...
by Melika
Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:36 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 635797

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

Thanks! I have a bunch of fruit trees here and always grow out a huge garden with a ton of extras so I thought beside freezing a lot of it that I could dehydrate some of it. We don't spray anything on our gardens at all (mostly due to forgetting to or laziness LOL) so everything would be organic I ...
by Melika
Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:16 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: KAYTEE Food Recall!
Replies: 4
Views: 583

KAYTEE Food Recall!

Just wanted everyone aware so they can find out if they need to return their food.

http://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm340596.htm
by Melika
Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:33 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: What a horrible day
Replies: 16
Views: 1769

Re: What a horrible day

I'm glad he's all better! They're just birds... They just don't understand because they haven't had that kind of relationship. Like people who have chickens as pets. To me, chickens are producers of both breakfast and become dinner but to some people they are cherished as we cherish our IRNs. We see...
by Melika
Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:58 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: new owner of IRN
Replies: 106
Views: 7197

Re: new owner of IRN

Just to sum up, you basically have two methods to choose from. 1. Building trust by exposure to the fear and surviving. Based on the principle that every time a bird is exposed to something fearful and then survives, it is then less afraid the next time and eventually comes to realize that it will n...
by Melika
Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:05 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 635797

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

This is great! I was wondering about dried fruit though? I do have a dehydrator machine thing that my mom used to use for making apple chips. Anyone think it would be okay to dehydrate some other fruit for them? Dehydrated food is fine as long as it doesn't have sulphur in it. But dehydrated food i...
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:45 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: To trim, or not to trim...
Replies: 5
Views: 406

Re: To trim, or not to trim...

If you do clip, always clip both and start with just five feathers or so and work from there to determine how severe a clipping your bird will need. You will likely not be able to teach Zeus not to fly. Large parrots are more likely to freeze when something startles them but the smaller ones all see...
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:35 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Dragon fruit flowers
Replies: 1
Views: 396

Re: Dragon fruit flowers

From what I've found in a quick (for me) search, the flowers are at least edible by humans. I have not found any information showing any part of the plant to be toxic to humans or parrots.
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:28 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Foods or tips to improve an Indian Ringneck's color?
Replies: 14
Views: 2319

Re: Foods or tips to improve an Indian Ringneck's color?

I found that Hane's beak and feathers became brighter after his first moult. That bird in the banner is mature and yours is still a little youngling so it will take some time for those beautiful colours to appear. In my own experience I noted a definite difference in beak colour when Hane is eating ...
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:25 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Blueberries?! Blackberries?! Pomegranate?!
Replies: 4
Views: 1212

Re: Blueberries?! Blackberries?! Pomegranate?!

For your future reference: viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8078 :) Glad to see so many people feeding their parrots natural foods!
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:23 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Hand-Feeding and Weaning
Replies: 56
Views: 106673

Re: Hand-Feeding and Weaning

Hi there, Firstly, I'd like to mention that this is a great post. Some very important and helpful information to any bird owner, kudos to you! :D I have just purchased a breeding pair of Lutino IRNs with the hopes to hand-rear/raise one of their babies, and teach it speak and do tricks (I am so exc...
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:12 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Introducing the Hill family and its new family member Dudley
Replies: 2
Views: 248

Re: Introducing the Hill family and its new family member Du

Welcome to the forum. :)
The search feature will help you with a lot of your questions and I can't answer the rest since we're a world apart. XD
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:09 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: WHAT TREAT TO GIVE TO MY RIO!!??
Replies: 2
Views: 245

Re: WHAT TREAT TO GIVE TO MY RIO!!??

To find out his favourite, you can put all his treats in a bowl and see what he eats first. Usually they will eat the favourites first. Then you would never offer that treat unless it was from your hand. It takes a lot of patience but if you can wait longer than him you'll get it. You can also show ...
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:07 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: avian vets in Chennai
Replies: 1
Views: 1044

Re: avian vets in Chennai

If nothing pops up from the resources listed here viewtopic.php?f=3&t=5440 then may I suggest calling a local zoo or bird sanctuary and seeing who cares for their avians or get a reference?
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:05 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Height and weight do u know your birds
Replies: 1
Views: 255

Re: Height and weight do u know your birds

I do not know Hane's length nor his weight. His weight I tend to judge more by feel and visually than anything else.
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:04 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Male Vs Female Behavior?
Replies: 6
Views: 3631

Re: Male Vs Female Behavior?

I think it depends on the individual bird. Hane and his brother were completely different in personality and temperment.
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:02 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Two birds One Home...
Replies: 1
Views: 271

Re: Two birds One Home...

Advice in the bird world is incredibly varied, so I'll give you a search tool instead and you can balance the information against your reasoning and common sense.

Google these keywords "parrot adding to the flock" and you'll get a plethora of articles and forum topics from around the web. :)
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 11:00 am
Forum: Ringneck Stories
Topic: Such a funny bird!
Replies: 1
Views: 469

Re: Such a funny bird!

Lol poor doggie XD Hane doesn't know many phrases but he used to walk up to his brother and say "Hey Hane"
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:59 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: WEANING really awesome info
Replies: 4
Views: 10434

Re: WEANING really awesome info

Thank you for this. I especially like that this article emphasizes that attention is just as important as feeding. :)
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Is this bluffing
Replies: 3
Views: 487

Re: Is this bluffing

Some birds just will never be trusted to be on shoulders. Hane will even pull out hair so from a young age he has never been allowed on shoulders. I didn't like my birds walking around on the floor (too dangerous with the dogs and people walking about all the time) so they usually had a dedicated st...
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:50 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 635797

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

can 8-12 week old baby ringnecks eat normal seed? (sunflower seeds etc.) For seed I always started chicks out on millet sprays. They were easy for the baby to play with and had a softer shell than some of the larger seeds. Once they became proficient at hulling those, they could eat pretty much any...
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:44 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: treats for training
Replies: 1
Views: 265

Re: treats for training

Sunflower seeds are the most popular choice for treats. They're almost universally loved. For IRNs though almost any food can be a treat.

This topic covers what can be fed to your IRN. viewtopic.php?f=3&t=8078
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:43 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New to site & breading
Replies: 1
Views: 262

Re: New to site & breading

Welcome to the forum. I think you will find all the information you need via the search option and some stickies with the sub-forums. Looking forward to pictures. :)
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:41 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Ciao.......... dall' Italia
Replies: 3
Views: 359

Re: Ciao.......... dall' Italia

Welcome to the forum! Are all those your birds on your site? They're beautiful.
by Melika
Tue Feb 12, 2013 10:39 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Too Much Feeding Toys
Replies: 10
Views: 901

Re: Too Much Feeding Toys

Most of what I have read on this subject says the toys that are the object of the bird's affection will need to be removed- most likely permanently.

What types of toys does he have and how does he spend his days? Maybe we can find a way to help you keep him distracted and out of love with his toys.
by Melika
Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:28 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Male hormonal aggression??
Replies: 10
Views: 973

Re: Male hormonal aggression??

It could possibly be attributed to hormones, but could also be something that has changed in his environ and sets him on edge. Even when Hane is high hormonal he gives clear signals that he is in a 'nippy' mood. And sometimes he becomes nippy when he's singing and gets overexcited (or doesn't want t...
by Melika
Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Help..
Replies: 2
Views: 348

Re: Help..

Yes, the profile pic is the avatar. You'll just need to resize your picture. Some photo hosting sites allow resizing or you can crop/resize with programs like Microsoft Paint.
by Melika
Tue Jan 15, 2013 12:20 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Aggressive behavior
Replies: 23
Views: 1246

Re: Aggressive behavior

Try changing his environment to sort of 'reset' him. Move all his perches and toys around to new locations in the cage. It might help him refocus. You'll want to do this at least every one or two months anyway for some excitement in his life. :)

And welcome to the forum.
by Melika
Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: 1st time hand rearing!
Replies: 2
Views: 510

Re: 1st time hand rearing!

A belated welcome. How is the little Mojo doing? Young IRNs settle down very quickly.
by Melika
Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:03 pm
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: At last I can post pics of the guys
Replies: 9
Views: 2837

Re: At last I can post pics of the guys

Thanks for the posts and pictures! Beautiful!
by Melika
Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:01 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: first time bird owner cairns
Replies: 2
Views: 375

Re: first time bird owner cairns

Welcome to the forum, both you and your menagerie. ;)
by Melika
Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:00 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Retaming help please
Replies: 2
Views: 460

Re: Retaming help please

How much does he love food? A particular food- like sunflower seeds? Will he take anything from your hand, even if it's through the bars?
by Melika
Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:59 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Male hormonal aggression??
Replies: 10
Views: 973

Re: Male hormonal aggression??

It reminds me of a typical Amazon, when they get over-stimulated or excited they are more likely to bite. Might this be the case?
by Melika
Thu Jan 10, 2013 3:57 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: IRN only talks when in cage?
Replies: 5
Views: 447

Re: IRN only talks when in cage?

Whoa whoa wait- we have a FB page? XD I would suggest limiting the length of time you cuddle, to avoid being a mate. Then I would begin instituting foraging toys. Ellie posted some links and there's more on the forum as well. http://www.indianringneck.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=13434&p=85215&hili...
by Melika
Thu Jan 10, 2013 1:02 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: hello irn peoples
Replies: 1
Views: 527

Re: hello irn peoples

There seemed to have been an error the other day when I was online too, I wasn't allowed to login. If the problem continues, PM Imran, the site Admin and he will look into it.

Welcome to the forum. :)
by Melika
Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: hormonal
Replies: 4
Views: 529

Re: hormonal

by Melika
Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Greeting from Ohio
Replies: 1
Views: 425

Re: Greeting from Ohio

Welcome to the forum. :)
by Melika
Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:54 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Bloodfeather Panicks
Replies: 2
Views: 641

Re: Bloodfeather Panicks

If it isn't bleeding I would let it alone.
by Melika
Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Cage Question
Replies: 2
Views: 359

Re: Cage Question

Can you reference one of the pics please? So I can have a better idea of what you are asking. :) Thank you.
by Melika
Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:51 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Clipped or flying?
Replies: 19
Views: 1067

Re: Clipped or flying?

The answer to that question is quite philosophical lol but I'll try to avoid that... Clipping: Bird has no choice but to use you as a means to get from point A to point B. Flying: Bird doesn't need you, has more independence. Requires more trust of you to be handled. Clipping: Almost no chance bird ...
by Melika
Thu Jan 10, 2013 12:42 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Curious about IRN s
Replies: 4
Views: 502

Re: Curious about IRN s

The display of affection varies depending on the individual bird. For example, I can cuddle and pet Hane a little but his brother didn't like any sort of petting. And I don't cuddle Hane very often because he will bite holes in my clothes. XD But he loves to sit on my knee and get pet/scratches and ...
by Melika
Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: not IRN related.. advice re training love bird bub
Replies: 1
Views: 429

Re: not IRN related.. advice re training love bird bub

I think lovebird bites hurt. A lot.


They are both valid methods, both used with success. It's really going to be how you feel about it. I've done both, depending on the bird and how I felt about it. If I felt it would traumatize the little one, then I wouldn't.