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by Wessel Gordon
Sun Sep 07, 2014 4:52 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: new to breeding any adivce helpful ?!!
Replies: 3
Views: 410

Re: new to breeding any adivce helpful ?!!

Hi Phil

How old are they and does the male have his ring yet?

I'm asking because the behavior you described for the female strikes me as a lot more "male-like". But if I'm wrong I'll gladly stand corrected by anyone else.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:49 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: How to determine a parrot's favourite treat???
Replies: 2
Views: 404

Re: How to determine a parrot's favourite treat???

AlphaWolf AJPeter has a good point. IRN's are incredibly food driven and will invariably eat the tastiest morsel/treat first. Think of a kid in a candy-store: chances are the kid will leave the store with his favorite candy 9 times out of 10. Do be warned that today's favorite might be tomorrow's tr...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Sep 05, 2014 7:05 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Where does the ring appear first?
Replies: 0
Views: 405

Where does the ring appear first?

Hi everyone I have a really stupid question but it bugs me so please forgive my ignorance. Is there a certain part of a IRN male's head that the ring becomes visible first or does it have more to do with which feathers he's happening to molt first? The reason I'm asking is because I have a surgicall...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:11 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: How long between hatching and leaving the nest?
Replies: 9
Views: 1140

Re: How long between hatching and leaving the nest?

Thanks Madas, My entire German vocabulary consists of "nein" and Google Translate had issues translating the sites so I was dependent on "reading" the pictures. But it does look like it could be a solution for me if I can find a South African stockist and convince my bank manager why I need it. Edit...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Sep 03, 2014 5:41 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: How long between hatching and leaving the nest?
Replies: 9
Views: 1140

Re: How long between hatching and leaving the nest?

Madas Thanks for the reply. An infrared camera would indeed be a great aid (I might dare say an invaluable aid in my case). How do they work? Are they available in South Africa and if so at what cost? The nest-box the female chose has an entrance hole (obviously, duh to myself) and an inspection hat...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:30 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Should I be concerned?
Replies: 8
Views: 704

Re: Should I be concerned?

Ouch...it seems like you had a very stressful time with Percy. It seems like you had a whole flock of guardian angels steering him back to your yard and making sure you could get hold of him. I lost my favorite IRN male a few years ago when he also took fright. I took him out of his cage as usual an...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:16 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: is he getting tame or just scared ??? help please
Replies: 4
Views: 1222

Re: is he getting tame or just scared ??? help please

Nabz, I agree with aliyaamelia. It does sound like you are making progress. Getting a bird to completely trust you and getting you to trust the bird is a very long process. The only advice I can give is to be very patient and consistent. Always accept what the bird is willing to offer you on that pa...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Sep 03, 2014 2:08 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Blue indian ringneck
Replies: 5
Views: 755

Re: Blue indian ringneck

InTheAir, you have a great point about a trigger sending a bird into a screeching fit. I had a pair of Sun Conures that raised babies fairly frequently and whenever a Hadida bird would fly overhead and called it sent the Conures into a screaming frenzy. Believe me: that's one type of surround sound ...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:57 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: blue female pallid to green male.,
Replies: 6
Views: 1783

Re: blue female pallid to green male.,

I know the feeling. I've had IRN's for about 10 years and as we discussed in another topic one of my females are presumably incubating a clutch...I'm not sure if it's her first but I know for a fact it's mine, lol. As for genetics: to me green is green, although it's obviously a different shade it's...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Sep 03, 2014 1:47 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: How long between hatching and leaving the nest?
Replies: 9
Views: 1140

Re: How long between hatching and leaving the nest?

Thanks Chewbacca. From what I can tell she is on day 4 of incubation so I will ask him over the weekend to come and check for me. Considering he's still in school and busy with homework and sports etc I think having him check over the weekend is the best option. At least it will give me an idea of h...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:46 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: How long between hatching and leaving the nest?
Replies: 9
Views: 1140

How long between hatching and leaving the nest?

Hi everyone. I've been reading quite a lot on the forum about breeding lately but can't seem to find the answer to the above question. My reason for asking is explained in the following paragraph. Recently a neighbor was kind enough to help fix up an old pigeon cage that got passed down to me. I pla...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Sep 02, 2014 12:17 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: BREEDING CAGE FOR HOUSES ?
Replies: 5
Views: 667

Re: BREEDING CAGE FOR HOUSES ?

Enderunn, I really think you have talent for designing and building that's why I was joking about getting you to help me build an aviary. There is just one question about the cages you built that intrigues me: what made you decide on the round/semi-circular shape? It is certainly unique and very ple...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:56 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: first babies from my ring necks
Replies: 3
Views: 475

Re: first babies from my ring necks

It's certainly possible to tame a parent-reared bird. I had a pair of Sun Conures a few years ago that took treats from me. I left them to raise their babies on their own and whenever those babies left the nest it took me a day or two to get the babies to accept treats from me. They became tame to t...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:43 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: BREEDING CAGE FOR HOUSES ?
Replies: 5
Views: 667

Re: BREEDING CAGE FOR HOUSES ?

Enderunn,

The nest boxes and the cages look fine. I just wish I had you on hand when I had to adapt an old pigeon cage into an IRN cage but I suspect travelling expenses between Turkey and South Africa is a lot more than I can afford.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:35 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: blue female pallid to green male.,
Replies: 6
Views: 1783

Re: blue female pallid to green male.,

Chewbacca, I can't understand IRN genetics if my life depended on it so unfortunately I'm not able to help you with which mutation the offspring will be. Unless you have prior experience of raising baby birds, especially IRN's, I wouldn't recommend you try it unless for some reason one of the babies...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Sep 02, 2014 2:28 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Blue indian ringneck
Replies: 5
Views: 755

Re: Blue indian ringneck

Hi Tammy It sounds like the bird are lonely and bored and looking for some companionship and for something else to do than just sit in his cage the whole day. There is two options you can consider: 1) Get him a companion since Indian Ringneck's are flock orientated. Having another bird to socialize ...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:31 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Howdy!
Replies: 2
Views: 389

Re: Howdy!

Hi Pero Welcome to the forum. Unlike the birds you encountered IRN's are not really the cuddly type. It sounds like the yellow male that refused to be touched is more a more typical IRN behaviour...they are usually more "stand-offish" and aloof but they do form a very strong bond with their chosen h...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:09 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: changes in ringneck overnight?
Replies: 6
Views: 609

Re: changes in ringneck overnight?

It could simply be that he just needs a new challenge to stimulate his mind and interest.
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Sep 01, 2014 1:03 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: BREEDING CAGE FOR HOUSES ?
Replies: 5
Views: 667

Re: BREEDING CAGE FOR HOUSES ?

Enderrun That looks like a great cage for indoor use. However it might be better to sacrifice some height and add some length...gives the birds a bit more space to stretch their wings after confining themselves to the nest while incubating a clutch of eggs. To me it doesn't matter if the measurement...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Sep 01, 2014 12:27 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Should I be concerned?
Replies: 8
Views: 704

Re: Should I be concerned?

Hi You are not worrying in vain as most bird-owners will tell you birds hide symptoms of illness incredibly well. It's better to visit the vet and have the vet tell you it's just a minor ailment than ignoring your instinct and knowledge of your bird and possibly end up losing him. I myself have lost...
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:02 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: How should i introduce my two ringnecks?
Replies: 3
Views: 916

Re: How should i introduce my two ringnecks?

Hi Sophie Since Charlie is still a young bird and obviously comfortable being handled by humans I would introduce Charlie to George and not the other way around. What I would do in your situation is to take Charlie and get him to sit on a perch and take him over to George's cage but I would make sur...
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:52 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi all from Dublin
Replies: 1
Views: 239

Re: Hi all from Dublin

Hi John Welcome to the forum. First of all: we all love pictures of birds so if you could post a couple of your new friends it would be greatly appreciated and then maybe one of our experienced breeders can tell you which mutations you have and if the second bird is indeed female. There is just one ...
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Aug 31, 2014 2:42 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: To split up or not to split up?
Replies: 0
Views: 406

To split up or not to split up?

Hi everyone I have a 10 year old female and about an 8 year old male that is closely bonded. Due to plucking issues the female never incubated an egg successfully in her entire life, although she occasionally will lay a clutch and not incubate them plus she goes through the motions of "breeding" eve...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 29, 2014 12:29 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: What to Feed Your Parrot (recipes, toxicities, links too!)
Replies: 184
Views: 623822

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

Melika and others, The breeder I purchased one of my IRN's from told me that he regularly took a few pieces of brown bread, tears it into bite-sized pieces and moisten it just enough to make it palatable and feed it to his birds. According to him the brown bread contains some nutrients that aren't e...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 29, 2014 8:07 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: 2014 breeding in the Southern Hemisphere
Replies: 27
Views: 3440

Re: 2014 breeding in the Southern Hemisphere

It looks like the pair I moved recently is incubating eggs but I could be wrong. The last couple of days whenever I was around their aviary the female was perched inside the nest with half her body sticking out the hole giving me the evil eye the entire time till I was done with my business around t...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 29, 2014 2:16 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi Guys and Girls!
Replies: 11
Views: 598

Re: Hi Guys and Girls!

Hawk24, If you're going to be away from your bird for hours on end having two birds is a good idea if you can afford it. The obvious downfall would be that you will have to get a cage big enough to house both birds (in my opinion it would be unkind to have two and house them apart from each other) p...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: A Buddy for My Male IRN
Replies: 10
Views: 750

Re: A Buddy for My Male IRN

Dorit, Trusting your instinct and gut feeling is a good approach. When the right bird show up you will know it...after all you know Ruby's personality and quarks. I've learned over and over with birds (and life in general) that instinct can be trusted 99.99% of the time. My only advice is to not rus...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 29, 2014 1:19 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Can someone tell me what colour mutation my IRN is?
Replies: 3
Views: 654

Re: Can someone tell me what colour mutation my IRN is?

Dorit, Perhaps you will get a response from the experienced breeders if you post the same questions under the "Mutations" section. I don't understand IRN genetics and mutations (way too complicated for my single braincell that's on it's annual leave right now) so unfortunately I can't answer your qu...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:18 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: The evil stink eye
Replies: 2
Views: 467

Re: The evil stink eye

Hi Salxx786

To me that sounds like a physical fight brewing.

Please do not ignore the warning signs the birds are clearly giving you and each other and separate them immediately...if you do not heed the warnings someone is going to end up hurt.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:06 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi Guys and Girls!
Replies: 11
Views: 598

Re: Hi Guys and Girls!

MissK, Excellent advice. I have a flock of 6 IRN's of which I can only touch the oldest female of about 10 years old that I hand-reared and even then it's only when Her Highness is in a very good mood. As for the others only two will approach me for treats but that's the limit of our physical intera...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Aug 28, 2014 11:47 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: A Buddy for My Male IRN
Replies: 10
Views: 750

Re: A Buddy for My Male IRN

Dorit, I fully agree with all the statements that everyone, but especially MissK made. Another IRN male is definitely a good option. A bird that needs a better home and is happier with company of his own kind than with humans is also a good option. As for another species: I have housed a mature IRN ...
by Wessel Gordon
Sat Aug 23, 2014 12:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Young Blue female IRN with pale pinkish beak
Replies: 1
Views: 363

Re: Young Blue female IRN with pale pinkish beak

Hi The beaks of certain mutations are pinkish when the bird is very young which later turns to orange (only in certain mutations) and then to red as the bird matures. So it can be either mutation related or age related. I'm sure if you're able to show us a few pictures of the birds in questions we w...
by Wessel Gordon
Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:53 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Greetings from New Orleans!
Replies: 1
Views: 243

Re: Greetings from New Orleans!

Hi Emdela Welcome to the forum. At that age it's difficult to tell if it's male or female. I've had all my birds that wasn't mature when I got them surgically sexed by an avian vet. What the vet does is knock the bird out with some sort of gas for a few minutes, then puts an endoscope through a litt...
by Wessel Gordon
Sat Aug 23, 2014 7:38 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: aviary advice ???
Replies: 3
Views: 2002

Re: aviary advice ???

Birdbooty, Colony breeding is indeed possible but it depends on how many ringnecks you have mind for the colony and if there's more or less an equal number of males and females. From my limited experience with a small flock I noticed that they get incredibly territorial during breeding season and if...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 22, 2014 6:32 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: **** URGENT ALL South African Breeders ****
Replies: 71
Views: 19849

Re: **** URGENT ALL South African Breeders ****

Thanks Johan

I spoke to a member of the Diamantveld club earlier this morning and he promised to get back to me as soon as there is any new developments. Like you and others suggested I'm considering joining the club if for no other reason than enjoying it.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:46 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Sleeping noises
Replies: 3
Views: 801

Re: Sleeping noises

Arleta, I have a flock of 6 IRN's and while it doesn't happen every single night some of them do make some noise while sleeping. It's mostly just their beaks rubbing together creating a little clattering or grating sound which from what I've experienced and read on this forums is the sign of a conte...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:38 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: **** URGENT ALL South African Breeders ****
Replies: 71
Views: 19849

Re: **** URGENT ALL South African Breeders ****

Thanks Mickeyd

I'm in a small town that has more hadida birds than people so I guess I will have to find a club in Kimberley that's not too far from here and where I used to live.

Regards,

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:03 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: **** URGENT ALL South African Breeders ****
Replies: 71
Views: 19849

Re: **** URGENT ALL South African Breeders ****

Thanks Prodigy At the moment I only have one pair separated from the rest of my flock to see if they are indeed interested in breeding (they are in an aviary with a nest but no mating or eggs I'm aware of yet) . My other IRN's, for various reasons such as health issues and age, are kept as pets at t...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Aug 20, 2014 8:46 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: **** URGENT ALL South African Breeders ****
Replies: 71
Views: 19849

Re: **** URGENT ALL South African Breeders ****

I've read through that but I still don't understand if people interested in breeding IRN's need permits since I couldn't spot the words "parakeet" or "parrot" between all the legal jargon. Could someone with a better understanding of what all that actually means for breeders please clarify it for me...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:58 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi
Replies: 7
Views: 497

Re: Hi

Hi Demir I recently bought a yellow female that I've been looking for for a long time from a petshop as well. Since I've known the owner for roughly 30 years I was able to negotiate him down to about half his asking price. She was kept in a small cage all by herself for a few weeks and since I purch...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Aug 19, 2014 1:49 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Ants
Replies: 5
Views: 1101

Re: Ants

Thanks for all the replies. I haven't noticed ants on the floor as yet, but they climb up and down the frame of the cage to get to the food and water. I'm glad to report that quite a few of the pests did me the favor of committing suicide by drowning in the waterbowl, lol. I wrote the post late last...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:25 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Ants
Replies: 5
Views: 1101

Ants

Hi everyone

Since yesterday I've noticed ants in my aviary. Is there a bird-safe way for me to get rid of them?

Kind regards,

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Aug 17, 2014 4:04 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New owner
Replies: 5
Views: 517

Re: New owner

Hi to all the new members. Welcome to the forum. Training an IRN takes time, patience and consistency and about all 3 in equal measure so it's not something that will happen overnight. In my case it took me literally months to convince a so-called "hand-reared" bird to approach me and take a treat f...
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Aug 17, 2014 1:05 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Baby's Soon ???
Replies: 1
Views: 323

Re: Baby's Soon ???

Missy, IRN's incubate their eggs for a period of anything from 22 to 26 days after the final egg in the clutch was laid (If I'm incorrect I'll be gladly corrected by more experienced breeders). If you could perhaps let us know when the last egg was laid we might be able to tell you when they should ...
by Wessel Gordon
Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:18 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from South Africa
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: Hi from South Africa

Hi Buks

Welcome to the forum.
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:10 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from South Africa
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: Hi from South Africa

Another quick update.

I got a lutino female last week so I now have a flock of 6 IRN's.
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:45 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Help Battered and Bruised....
Replies: 13
Views: 688

Re: Help Battered and Bruised....

It sounds like it's a case of "how do you dare disturb this passionate speech I'm giving?", hehe.
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Aug 06, 2014 8:55 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello everyone!
Replies: 2
Views: 282

Re: Hello everyone!

hi Arleta Welcome to the forum. I recently had to catch 3 of my IRN's by hand and ended up with 7 bites deep enough to draw blood so I know how that feels, lol. As for avoiding those nasty bites: patience and getting to know her moods is the only solution. All birds I've encountered so far will warn...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Aug 06, 2014 1:22 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello! How Old Is My IRN?
Replies: 3
Views: 375

Re: Hello! How Old Is My IRN?

Hi,

Welcome to the forum.

The pictures aren't the best (don't worry about it...we all know how difficult it is to get a great pic of any animal) but looking at the red beak of your bird I would guess it's a mature female.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: IRN Baby Closes Eye More Than Other/Sleeping Habits?
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Re: IRN Baby Closes Eye More Than Other/Sleeping Habits?

Your best option is to take him/her to the vet just to make sure everything is fine. And if you want and it's an avian vet you can have the bird sexed at the same time so you know if you have a male or female.
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:33 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Brother and sister mating
Replies: 4
Views: 1797

Re: Brother and sister mating

i am not an experienced breeder but I think the following might happen. If I am wrong I would gladly accept being corrected by an experienced breeder. If they do mate and the female successfully incubates the eggs the chicks might suffer from some kind of physical deformity or illness. The other int...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:24 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Female eating her babies !!!!
Replies: 1
Views: 463

Re: Female eating her babies !!!!

JudithMaryna First off: I am NOT an experienced breeder and only separated my first pair of for breeding purposes a few weeks ago so I'm not really an expert. I am not sure why a female would eat her own babies but if it happened with one of my females I would remove her nestbox. Can you please desc...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 04, 2014 2:00 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: "Full Grown"
Replies: 2
Views: 436

Re: "Full Grown"

Joycew, From what I've read an IRN male develops his ring at the latest at three years of age but in most cases I have seen it's closer to about two years so my guess would be anywhere between 2 and 3 years. I'm not sure about IRN females but I'm assuming it would be roughly at age 2-3 as well as mo...
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:12 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

I found another bird on Facebook that looks incredibly like mine (the bird in front in this pic). The only difference is that mine does not have the blue on the upper part of the tail.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid ... =1&theater
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:04 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

Sheyd

Not yet. Unfortunately he looks a bit scruffy right now due to being caught by hand by me and the vet but if you are willing to overlook that I can see what I can come up with.

Is there any areas of the bird that I should concentrate on when trying to take pics?
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 01, 2014 1:04 pm
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

Just a quick update.

The above bird has been surgically sexed as male on the 24th of July.
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Indian Ring Neck Family -need help with both birds!
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Re: Indian Ring Neck Family -need help with both birds!

Virginia, The average incubation period for IRN eggs is 23 days so I think it's safe to assume that the eggs won't hatch anymore. If I was in your position I would remove the eggs. Considering Sunny's aggressive behavior it might be a good precaution to wear a pair of gardening gloves since she migh...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 01, 2014 12:37 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Indian Ring Neck Family -need help with both birds!
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Re: Indian Ring Neck Family -need help with both birds!

Virginia, The average incubation period for IRN eggs is 23 days so I think it's safe to assume that the eggs won't hatch anymore. If I was in your position I would remove the eggs. Considering Sunny's aggressive behavior it might be a good precaution to wear a pair of gardening gloves since she migh...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 01, 2014 8:37 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Bedtime for Carl
Replies: 1
Views: 292

Re: Bedtime for Carl

From what I have observed with my flock of 5 IRN's it seems to me like they prefer to perch as high as possible to sleep. I have them in two different cages and they all have a "sleeping corner". I've never seen one of them sleep in the middle of the cage...they all climb into their chosen corners l...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Jul 31, 2014 12:02 pm
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: mutation question
Replies: 2
Views: 634

Re: mutation question

lethalfire, I am not an expert on genetics and mutations but as far as I know the combination of a lutino hen and a blue cock might give you 50% lutino hens and 50% blue cocks but it can also give you 50% blue hens and 50% lutino cocks. If I am wrong on that I would gladly stand corrected on that by...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:43 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Pastel turquoise?
Replies: 1
Views: 314

Re: Pastel turquoise?

Jayjess

If you are able to show the experienced breeders photo's of the bird, especially the areas you mentioned, they might be able to tell you which mutation she is.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Jul 31, 2014 11:37 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: my new one won't take treats.
Replies: 8
Views: 1062

Re: my new one won't take treats.

That's very good progress. Just don't get discouraged if she doesn't take a treat from you every single time you offer it. My youngest bird sometimes still does a "grab and run for your life" when he takes treats from me but that might just be because he shares a cage with two other IRN's that seem ...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:01 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: breeding IRNS
Replies: 1
Views: 327

Re: breeding IRNS

Jack, Is your birds eighteen months old or have you owned them for eighteen months? It's not very clear from your post. If they are only eighteen months old they might be a bit young to breed and is simply waiting till they're a bit older. As for nests etc. there is a lot of useful information under...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:22 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: What do you think male or female?
Replies: 3
Views: 924

Re: What do you think male or female?

Parrotlover,

My first instinct is that it's a male but if he did hatch in 2011 he should have had his ring by now so I'm guessing it's female.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:36 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Notice about breeding IRN's in South Africa?
Replies: 4
Views: 638

Re: Notice about breeding IRN's in South Africa?

Johan,

So the best solution for hobbyists like me is to join a club but considering I'm in the middle of nowhere and everywhere finding a club might be tricky.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:28 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: **** URGENT ALL South African Breeders ****
Replies: 71
Views: 19849

Re: **** URGENT ALL South African Breeders ****

Does the permit apply to pet IRN's as well and if so where can a permit be obtained?
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:16 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Notice about breeding IRN's in South Africa?
Replies: 4
Views: 638

Re: Notice about breeding IRN's in South Africa?

Thanks Carmen

It does seem that a "wait and see" attitude is the best option so far. Personally I can't see how an effective and successful permit system could be implemented.
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:24 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: my new one won't take treats.
Replies: 8
Views: 1062

Re: my new one won't take treats.

aliyaamelia, A week is a very short time to convince a bird to take a treat from your hand. I have a young bird (hatched in October last year and supposedly hand-reared) that it took me till about 2 months ago to convince him to take a treat from my hand. So be patient and consistent. In the end you...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:15 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: need help
Replies: 1
Views: 454

Re: need help

arhanz,

To be 100% sure I would have the lutino bird sexed before buying additional birds.

As for the best pair combination I would leave that for the experienced breeders to answer, but I think it would largely depend on which mutation offspring you are after.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:43 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Ringneck info wanted
Replies: 2
Views: 483

Re: Ringneck info wanted

Hi Addie

Welcome to the forum.

I'm sure if you have specific questions about IRN's the friendly and knowledgeable people on this forum would be glad to answer them.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:18 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Notice about breeding IRN's in South Africa?
Replies: 4
Views: 638

Notice about breeding IRN's in South Africa?

Hi

I've learned in a reply to one of my other posts that there are some kind of notice against breeding IRN's in South Africa. Could someone please send me a link to this as I just moved one of my pairs into an outside aviary for breeding?

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:12 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello
Replies: 2
Views: 231

Re: Hello

hi Adilis

Welcome to the forum.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:08 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: How long does IRN's take to settle in a new cage/aviary?
Replies: 2
Views: 425

Re: How long does IRN's take to settle in a new cage/aviary?

hi Jayjess

I have had them in the same cage for a few months so if they aren't bonded they are at least not trying to kill each other.

I've read about the warning but I'm not sure what it is about. Is there a link I can read more?

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Jul 27, 2014 7:56 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: 2014 breeding in the Southern Hemisphere
Replies: 27
Views: 3440

Re: 2014 breeding in the Southern Hemisphere

It looks like the pair I just moved is settling in well.

The female started throwing out wood shavings that I lined the nest boxes with so I'm hoping she picks a suitable nest soon. Having said that there doesn't seem to be any fireworks between her and the male yet.
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:31 pm
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: 2014 breeding in the Southern Hemisphere
Replies: 27
Views: 3440

Re: 2014 breeding in the Southern Hemisphere

At the risk of hijacking the topic: until when is the breeding season in South Africa?

I have a pair of gray birds that I moved to a new aviary last week that's much more suitable for them. Will they settle down to breed this year or skip this season and start next year?

Kind regards,

Wessel Gordon
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:24 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: How long does IRN's take to settle in a new cage/aviary?
Replies: 2
Views: 425

How long does IRN's take to settle in a new cage/aviary?

Hi everyone I have a pair of gray IRN's that I recently moved from their cramped cage into an outside aviary that I fixed up for them with the help of a neighbor. My question is: how long will it take them to settle down and start breeding? I'm in South Africa and our breeding season is about to sta...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Jul 25, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Question
Replies: 3
Views: 483

Re: Question

Hi Based on my own experience a few years ago having two males and one female in one cage during breeding season isn't a viable option. In my case it was an extra male that was introduced to an established pair and all was well till breeding season came around. The male that was there first literall...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: My First IRN
Replies: 3
Views: 230

Re: My First IRN

Hi Tom I can only speak for myself and past experiences so other people might disagree but it seems you are on the right track. Let her be completely comfortable with your hands close to her. You might be a while off with this but I would try and hold her favourite treat in my hand while keeping abs...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:04 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Kari!
Replies: 21
Views: 2164

Re: Kari!

Tiff,

Patience is a virtue but when it comes to trying to find out if a beloved IRN is male or female it can be absolutely your worst enemy.
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Jan 16, 2014 11:59 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Should I wait for next breeding season?
Replies: 4
Views: 429

Re: Should I wait for next breeding season?

Johan,

That's very true. I lived in Kimberley for about 30 years so I came to know a few breeders of all kinds of birds. Whenever we need proper groceries we still take a trip to Kimberley instead of Bloemfontein simply because we know the shops etc.
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Jan 16, 2014 3:01 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Lola the Ringless wonder
Replies: 6
Views: 1517

Re: Lola the Ringless wonder

My one male would sometimes come and sit close by (if Her Ladyship allows it) and gently bite onto a finger, a piece of clothing or whatever he can reach. It's surprising how gentle he can be with that sharp beak considering most of us know from experience how much pain/damage it can cause. The weir...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:42 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Kari!
Replies: 21
Views: 2164

Re: Kari!

Ash The garden centre I referred to is Pro Plants in Kimberley. Their bird section is known as Pro Birds. Tiff: good luck on trying to wait 2-3 years to find out if Kari is male or female: I had quite a few IRN's from a young age and could never wait till nature decided to reveal one of it's little ...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:32 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Should I wait for next breeding season?
Replies: 4
Views: 429

Re: Should I wait for next breeding season?

Johan, I am from Petrusburg in South Africa. Regarding your comment about sun conures: I had a pair (long story but it all started with someone's escaped female that found refuge on our washing line in the middle of winter) that had 7 chicks in about 2 years so either I got very lucky with them or t...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:32 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Should I wait for next breeding season?
Replies: 4
Views: 429

Should I wait for next breeding season?

I have a grey male that I recently got a grey female for. The plan for them is to have some babies (I want to make it clear I am a hobby breeder and not one that's going to try and breed certain mutations). They have been in the same cage for a few weeks now without any signs of aggression between, ...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:11 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Kari!
Replies: 21
Views: 2164

Re: Kari!

Tiff, Here in South Africa in a town about 50 miles from me there's a garden centre with a bird section that regularly employ an avian vet to sort out the town's feathered issues. He sexes the birds by putting them to sleep and then push an endoscope at a precise point between the bird's wings. The ...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:02 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Lola the Ringless wonder
Replies: 6
Views: 1517

Re: Lola the Ringless wonder

Lol Tff-Kari If my one female has a face like the one in the first pic I know I have about 0.000005 seconds of getting out of reach. Having said that she usually just crashes her beak into my hand without actually inflicting a bite or pain and all that while my hand was in full striking distance if ...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:06 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Green IRN with speckled feathers
Replies: 13
Views: 1145

Re: Green IRN with speckled feathers

Shey has an interesting threat on perception here:

viewtopic.php?f=26&t=18627

As you'll see I thought it was different feathers.
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:21 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

Thanks Shey In a town about 50 miles from here there's a garden centre with birds that regularly gets an avian vet for consultations with breeders/owners. He sexes IRN's by putting them to sleep and then pushing an endoscope into a specific spot between the wings. Not sure if that's the procedure yo...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:35 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Hand reared
Replies: 1
Views: 241

Re: Hand reared

Nathan, I have a hand-reared female and an aviary/parent reared male in the same cage and they get along fine. The female did become a bit more "wild" but she still allows me to scratch her whenever her mood allows it. Both her and the male take treats from my hand. So to sum up: in my experience it...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Jan 14, 2014 12:10 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Green IRN with speckled feathers
Replies: 13
Views: 1145

Re: Green IRN with speckled feathers

It happens that feathers look darker/lighter under different lighting conditions etc.
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:56 pm
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

So to be sure about the sex either wait two years or have it checked by a vet?
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:04 pm
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Green IRN with speckled feathers
Replies: 13
Views: 1145

Re: Green IRN with speckled feathers

I doubt that loose tail-feather is due to a molt because all the other feathers seems to be in excellent condition. Most of my birds are going through a molt at the moment and in some cases it literally looks like someone pricked them with drinking straws attached to growing feathers. It happens tha...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:06 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from South Africa
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: Hi from South Africa

Thanks :-)

He/she is beautiful...the mutation stood out so much I just had to have it.
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:32 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from South Africa
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: Hi from South Africa

Hi Tiff/Kari Thanks for the welcome. There's quite a few pics of the young chick on the thread dealing with mutations. It was quite a mission just to try and capture pics of that one bird so to successfully photograph the whole flock I might have to seriously consider retirement, lol. Kind regards. ...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:15 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

Thanks Shey

Until proven otherwise is that a sex-linked mutation?

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:10 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: our perception
Replies: 7
Views: 666

Re: our perception

Just shows you what I know...absolutely nothing about the different mutations.
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jan 13, 2014 4:53 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: our perception
Replies: 7
Views: 666

Re: our perception

This sounds like an interesting thread. I must admit I'm an IRN enthusiast not a breeder therefore I have absolutely zero knowledge of genetics but from shey's experiment it would seem that even with experienced breeders you might get two or more different opinions on which mutation they're seeing i...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:27 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

Shey

Thanks a lot for all the trouble.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jan 13, 2014 3:10 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

Molossus,

It did have red eyes when it was younger but they are turning black.

Madas,

A lacewing being a bird that has a lighter coloured wing than the rest of the bird?
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:51 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

Thanks for the link but I have a novice question: what is a pallid?
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:13 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

So it's possible that the chick will change into it's true colour over time?

I do have a shot showing the back, wings and tail but I keep on getting messages that the image is too big.
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:46 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

I forgot to ask in my previous post: if it is a grey pallidino +/- cinnamon will it develop a ring if it's male?
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:48 pm
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

Shey Thanks for the upload of the picture. The siblings I saw had a similar body colour with the head the same colour as my bird's body. The only difference was that they had lutino (yellow) patches over the wings and back which is obviously lacking in this bird. As mentioned in an earlier post I di...
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:06 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from South Africa
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: Hi from South Africa

Just a quick update since I haven't been around here for long. In the intervening years I had a few birds come and go (I basically just fostered them and send them on to better homes). At the moment I still have the blue female that lays eggs and doesn't hatch them as well as her silver coloured mal...
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:10 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Female IRN "fostering" an unrelated chick
Replies: 2
Views: 272

Female IRN "fostering" an unrelated chick

At the end of last year I bought a chick of about 8 weeks old at the time (he/she's roughly 3 months old now) that according to it's breeder had been hand-reared at least for awhile. When I placed it in a cage with an 8-9 year old female I have the adult bird started regurgitating and feeding the yo...
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:04 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: sleep laying down ?
Replies: 8
Views: 1021

Re: sleep laying down ?

I have 5 IRN's ranging from about 3 months to 8-9 years old and they always, and I really mean always, climb to the highest available spot to sleep at night so the behaviour you mentioned is definitely not normal. My birds will take short naps on their perches during the day with one foot curled up ...
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Jan 12, 2014 9:26 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

Shey

With all my unsuccessful picture taking today I did notice that the chick's eyes are starting to darken. I did get a nice shot showing his/her back (including tail-feathers) if you want me to email that to you as well. I already e-mailed you the best of the previous bunch I took.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:36 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

I just tried to download the picture to this site but I keep getting the message that the file is too big.
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Jan 12, 2014 4:31 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

OK, did my best with a camera-shy/skittish bird. I'm just waiting for the software to download that I need to download the pic from my phone then I'll post it on this thread.
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Jan 12, 2014 3:50 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

Cannonboy,

I can try but I'm not a prize-winning photographer.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Jan 12, 2014 3:40 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Re: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it

Sheyd,

The chick has a white head and body, with silver on the wings and "cinnamon"/light brown on the flight feathers.

I'm not all that sure about all the right terminology for the various body-parts but I hope my explanation makes sense.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Jan 12, 2014 3:19 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is
Replies: 34
Views: 1679

Acquired a new chick and curious as to which mutation it is

Hi everyone I recently bought a 3 month old chick with colouring I haven't seen before and was wondering if experienced breeders might help identify the mutation. I do not have pics of him/her yet so any suggestions of which parts of the bird I should photograph for identification would be appreciat...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:12 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: My birds feathers
Replies: 6
Views: 776

Re: My birds feathers

We're in the middle of summer in South Africa and 2 of my 4 IRN's are going through a visible molt. Strictly speaking the one is a female with plucking issues that's growing a new set of feathers (for how long only she will know) and the other is a male in the cage next to her that's looking a bit s...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:58 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Indian Ringneck Biting on its cage
Replies: 11
Views: 1911

Re: Indian Ringneck Biting on its cage

Roro,

Some IRN's seem to prefer either male or female humans so it's not that ridiculous that he seems afraid of girls.
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Sep 15, 2011 6:34 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

I cleaned the nest and replaced the nesting material (wood shavings). Since the nest and the cage-door is roughly the same dimensions I had to clean the nest inside the cage...luckily my nephew helped to distract the female so I managed to do it without getting bitten. Will have to wait and see if s...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:42 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Just moved the cages and removed the unhatched eggs. Of the two that was still in the nest one had a cracked shell on the bottom so the egg dried out. The other egg was intact...when I opened it all I found was the yellow and white yolk (or whatever it's called) so the eggs was obviously not fertili...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Sep 13, 2011 5:02 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Rod, I don't know what you mean with her laying a third clutch of eggs if I removed the nest for cleaning and putting it back. We only noticed the first eggs over the weekend of August 15 so it's been roughly a month with not enough time to lay a clutch in between. We're going to move the birds to a...
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:58 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi!! Newbie here :O)
Replies: 3
Views: 293

Re: Hi!! Newbie here :O)

Hi Tracy.

Welcome to the forum.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Sep 11, 2011 12:55 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Rod, I'll see if I can organize a few pics.

I keep my birds as pets so the fact that she decided to lay eggs was a bonus.
by Wessel Gordon
Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:28 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New Comers
Replies: 2
Views: 258

Re: New Comers

Hi Amz and Rob. Welcome to the forum

Congratulations on Bundy. Dont hesitate to bombard the forum with questions: it's the only way you'll get answers.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Sat Sep 10, 2011 5:35 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Checked the nest again: the remaining 2 eggs are in the back of the nest where there's no way the hen could comfortably incubate them (could easily spot them myself even at the awkard angle I am in relation to the hole of the nest). Looks like my best strategy to remove the eggs is to wait till the ...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:53 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

The only way to find out for sure is to check the nest myself. Will be a bit tricky considering the nest is about the same height as I am and it's an indoor cage it's in but I'll find a way.
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Sep 09, 2011 6:28 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

I can't see the entire inside of the nest and my nephew insist there's 3 eggs and no chicks...if he's lying I'm feeding him to the female, lol. All joking aside: I can't hear any chicks inside the nest. I had budgies, cockatiels and sun conure chicks in the past and I could always hear the chicks an...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:21 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: What color is Zazu?
Replies: 4
Views: 553

Re: What color is Zazu?

Hi Reslie

I agree with SCB...Zazu is indeed a very striking bird. I have a mature male of the same color.
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:50 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

No problem, ellie. Candling looked a bit complicated so I decided not to attempt it anyway. Rod, I only found the broken shell of the egg that was discarded. The shell was so dry and thin that pieces I held between two fingers simply disintegrated if I pressed my fingers together. There was no sign ...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:45 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: FINALLY! Pics of Shirley and (La)verne
Replies: 14
Views: 1726

Re: FINALLY! Pics of Shirley and (La)verne

I'm not an expert either but I'll guess the hen is on the right.
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Sep 08, 2011 6:50 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Thanks ellie, I'll have a look at the topic. There's no chicks in the nest yet and the last of the clutch was supposed to hatch today/tomorrow plus the female threw one of the eggs out of the nest yesterday. I'm beginning to think the eggs weren't fertilized to begin with. What's the best option: le...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Sep 06, 2011 2:52 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Had the nest checked this morning and still no chicks, although my mom (that checked the nest for me) said one egg has an odd shape. Does the egg change shape as the chick work it's way out or is it an unfertilized egg? Just curious because if all the eggs are fertile the chicks should start hatchin...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Sep 02, 2011 1:20 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

That's a nice idea, rod, but since I use indoor cages I don't see any way of attaching it to the outside...there's not even slots for extra food/water that can be converted to to house the nestbox on the outside.
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:35 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Had my nephew check the nest earlier and there's no chicks yet.
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:17 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Tender Loving Care
Replies: 22
Views: 2587

Re: Tender Loving Care

I'm not sure when he'll begin talking...it seems like it depends largely on the individual bird's talent and inclination to talk. I have 4 adult IRN's and only 1 speaks clearly while his sister in the cage right next to him only mimics whistles...oh, and I forgot about the female budgie that barks l...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:58 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: a few questions...
Replies: 6
Views: 640

Re: a few questions...

Hi Sarah How old is Jasper? If he/she is at the right age for a ring to develop the DNA sexing might have been wrong (there's a few posts elsewhere on the forum where the results were wrong). I also have a blue female that has a distinct ring of lighter blue that caused me to have her sexed twice (b...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:23 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Why does Sinatras tail keep breaking???
Replies: 3
Views: 318

Re: Why does Sinatras tail keep breaking???

I hope you find a reputable avian vet soon. I just mentioned other possible issues because my first thought on reading the post was that he was hit by a vehicle and might have sustained some minor internal damage as well. Let's just hope Sinatra and the vet proves me wrong.
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Sep 02, 2011 3:18 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

LOL, rod. It takes a bit of teamwork to check the nest: I lift the lid with a metal-pipe after the hen left the nest while my nephew stands close to the nest and checks the eggs but he's learned the painful way to keep all body-parts out of striking range, lol. I decided to use the metal-pipe as a l...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Sep 01, 2011 10:42 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Why does Sinatras tail keep breaking???
Replies: 3
Views: 318

Re: Why does Sinatras tail keep breaking???

Hi Merna, Welcome to the forum. It sounds like you're taking good care of Sinatra. Is it possible to get him to a vet to have his tail looked at and while you're at it have him checked out for other possible lingering issues due to whatever caused him to end up in the middle of the road? Hope to hea...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:35 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

I agree, Ellie...that is a great aviary. You're right: I am in a wheelchair so I use indoor cages for all my birds although the one that houses the female and her male was custom-made for me by a family-member but it's still an indoor cage, not aviary. The cage is shaped rectangular and is about 90 ...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:05 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Madas, I am not afraid of her but I know her well enough to know there is a large possibility of her drawing blood from me if she sees me as a threat to her eggs/chicks. I have to re-emphasize I do not plan to remove the chicks for handraising, but having said that it would be foolish not to have a ...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:20 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from South Africa
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: Hi from South Africa

Welcome to the forum, Marie-helen. From my experience with birds the opposite might happen if you get another bird: they might bond with each other which might leave you feeling left out. So if she's happy with your company and you're happy with her's I don't see any real reason to get another bird....
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:15 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Rod, she does leave the nestbox. What I was thinking was putting a net over her while she's outside to prevent an attack if I need to intervene. I'm going to leave the chicks with her to raise but was thinking in case something does go wrong.
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Aug 31, 2011 6:15 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Andrew from Townsville Australia
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: Andrew from Townsville Australia

Pinkdevil,

At what distance should you be able to hear the tapping from inside the egg? The cage with the eggs in is just outside my window...about 4-5 meters from where I spend most of my time.
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Aug 31, 2011 5:33 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

The hen on the clutch of eggs has no experience of raising chicks...any tips on how to remove the chicks without getting bitten to pieces by the hen if she can't cope with raising them herself? The best idea I have is to place a net over her after she left the nest but I don't want to traumatize her...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:07 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

At the moment I'm doing nest-inspections every 2-3 days but from this weekend I'm going to increase it to every day so I'll know when the chicks hatch and to get the hen used to me checking on the babies. I have to admit I can't wait for the eggs to start hatching.
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:56 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Yay, our family is growing!
Replies: 3
Views: 858

Re: Yay, our family is growing!

Fladder, It's a very good idea to keep them separated at first, at least till they learn to get along with each other. Bird-fights can get ugly...I had to separate a male that was attacked by another male who's female is incubating a clutch of eggs and those two males shared the same cage for about ...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:49 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from South Africa
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: Hi from South Africa

Every time I get up I find some "excuse" to go and check on the birds, lol, so there's a well-beaten track to the cage by now.

Not sure if I could get pics easily since the female gets very territorial around the nest and I'm sure it's going to get worse when there's babies around.
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 29, 2011 6:39 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: help me train my indian ringneck
Replies: 2
Views: 388

Re: help me train my indian ringneck

Apex,

My IRN's love peanuts that's still in their shell but I'm not sure which other nuts are safe.

As for the training part perhaps some of our more experienced owners could give you some advice.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:39 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from South Africa
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: Hi from South Africa

The hen and the eggs are doing fine...I should have my first babies in about a week's time and I have to admit I can't wait. The hen's male physically attacked the other male that shared their cage on several occasions but luckily I could break it up every time before it got too serious. I ended up ...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:26 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Thanks rod038. All my birds have access to a good parrot mix at all times. Are there specific fruits/vegetables I need to add to the diet during the breeding season? My first babies should hatch anywhere between this coming weekend and the next. Is it common for eggs to be incubated as long as 30 da...
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Aug 28, 2011 12:32 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

At last I got hold of a cage and moved the male that shared the breeding pair's cage into it. Seems like he's adjusting well so far.
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Aug 23, 2011 4:12 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

I noticed that my IRN's were eating a lot more when the female were laying her eggs but over the last few days it dropped back to normal. She and occasionally her male is actively incubating the eggs...is this normal IRN behavior or is it something to keep an eye on?
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Aug 23, 2011 12:41 am
Forum: Polls
Topic: What mutation ringneck do you have??
Replies: 63
Views: 27147

Re: What mutation ringneck do you have??

Blue (female)
Blue/green (male)
Silver (male)
Gray (male)
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:25 pm
Forum: Polls
Topic: Do you have a male or female Indian Ringneck?
Replies: 32
Views: 15884

Re: Do you have a male or female Indian Ringneck?

I have 1 female and 3 males.
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:34 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Andrew from Townsville Australia
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: Andrew from Townsville Australia

Hi AMH I haven't posted any pics yet, unfortunately...it's a bit of a challenge to make an animal pose, lol. My hen was given to me as a gift when she was only a few days old so I had no choice but to handraise her. It was my first IRN so I wasn't prepared for the bluffing so I got her a male. At th...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 22, 2011 12:29 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: 3 eggs already
Replies: 12
Views: 861

Re: 3 eggs already

Martino,

Looks like the eggs might hatch anywhere from the 18th to the 24th.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:56 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Andrew from Townsville Australia
Replies: 6
Views: 551

Re: Andrew from Townsville Australia

Hi Andrew Welcome to the forum. My 6 year old hen is sitting on her first ever clutch of eggs so I'm also eagerly waiting to see what's going to happen. I didn't notice the first 3 eggs but judging from the date of the last egg all the babies should hatch between the first two weekends of September....
by Wessel Gordon
Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:26 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Please help
Replies: 8
Views: 460

Re: Please help

Very good post, Araihna...I didn't think to ask all that.
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:16 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from another South African...
Replies: 24
Views: 1008

Re: Hello from another South African...

Jewelery

I was referring to my two birds that needs to be separated but I don't have suitable accommodation right now. Hope Rio likes his new cage.
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:06 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Please help
Replies: 8
Views: 460

Re: Please help

Perry, it sounds like he's doing what's called bluffing. The more experienced people can help you more with this topic.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:28 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from another South African...
Replies: 24
Views: 1008

Re: Hello from another South African...

Hi Jewelery I hope Rio is OK. Had to break up fights twice now between my two males that share a cage but luckily I could stop the attacker before he managed to injure anything but the other bird's pride. I know it's sensible to separate them but my only other available space is with another male th...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:39 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Thanks for the advice, Rod038 Seems like things have calmed down for now. When I thought about it the attacking male did warn he's up to something by pinning his eyes, screeching and pacing restlessly. There's still 4 eggs in the clutch so it seems the clutch is complete. The male seems to help out ...
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:37 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from another South African...
Replies: 24
Views: 1008

Re: Hello from another South African...

lol, you can have my share of camping...slept in a tent one night during a rainstorm and nearly drowned so I'll stick to a fixed structure.
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:21 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from another South African...
Replies: 24
Views: 1008

Re: Hello from another South African...

Ariahna

Think the only way she copes is loads of caffeine.
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:54 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: hi
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: hi

Sean,

It doesn't sound like the bird is handtame but teaching it to go into it's cage can be done with patience...and a lot of time.
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:14 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: hi
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: hi

Thanks, Ariahna.

I couldn't have said it any better than you just did. Good point about the staring too...in my case, depending on which bird it is, it will either try and hide or bluff.
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Aug 18, 2011 6:55 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: hi
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: hi

In that case try putting a bunch of grapes or something about halfway from where he's perched when he's outside and where you're sitting then "ignore" him. IRN's are very curious birds, especially if it involves food.That way he has to come at least some distance towards you to get his treat. The tr...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:23 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Thanks rod038. The female doesn't even seem to notice the other male most of the time except when he tries to eat while she does and then she'll just warn him off with a quick bluff. The only other available space for the unmated male is in another cage with another IRN male that has never shared hi...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:00 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: hi
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: hi

Hi Sean Have you figured out what his favorite snack is? In my case it worked to take some cheese and hold it inside the cage with the bird on my shoulder so she had to walk down my arm to get to the treat. When she sat on the perch she got rewarded by having her favorite snack. Hope this helps. Wes...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Aug 18, 2011 2:36 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Is it common for a male IRN who's female is incubating a clutch of eggs to physically attack another bird in the same cage? The father-to-be attacked my other male (he had a female friend but she died a few months ago) this morning and pinned him to the bottom of the cage while biting and kicking at...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Aug 18, 2011 2:07 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Sexing IRN
Replies: 8
Views: 1266

Re: Sexing IRN

Hi Yvette

I have a 6 year old female that dances and bows if she wants some attention from me while I never noticed any of my 3 males doing it so like Shane said that might be a myth. Seems to depend on each individual bird if they're going to dance and bow.
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:55 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Thanks rod038 and SCB for all the advice. Putting the eggs together sounds sensible, but the problem with that is that the hen is incredibly aggressive when it comes to guarding her nest and "her" food. She would charge at anything approaching it and try and inflict as much damage as possible on the...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:34 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from another South African...
Replies: 24
Views: 1008

Re: Hello from another South African...

I'm glad someone else think going to work every day is equal to a vacation. Just put a "do not disturb" sign on the locked door, unplug and switch off all phones and sleep on your desk...works for me, lol.
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Aug 17, 2011 11:12 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from another South African...
Replies: 24
Views: 1008

Re: Hello from another South African...

Jewelery,

It sounds like the fairy needs a break. Not sure I could cope with all that to take care of.
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Aug 17, 2011 8:41 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Checked the nest earlier today and no new eggs but I'll be happy if even one of them clutch actually hatches. The eggs aren't close together but in various spots...not sure if that's normal for an IRN. The male is in the nest with the female quite often so I don't know if he's helping to incubate on...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:05 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from another South African...
Replies: 24
Views: 1008

Re: Hello from another South African...

At least Rio and Sky tolerate each other and don't resort to physical attacks. I have an extra male with the pair that's breeding at the moment, luckily they just ignore him unless he intrudes on what they consider their territory and even then it's just a lot of noise but no fighting...not sure how...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Aug 17, 2011 4:47 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from another South African...
Replies: 24
Views: 1008

Re: Hello from another South African...

Hi Jewelery Welcome to the forum. I'm from South Africa as well. My feathered family are a pair of budgies (male and female), 3 male IRN's and a female IRN that's busy incubating her first ever clutch of eggs. Can't wait for them to start hatching which should be during either the first or second we...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Aug 16, 2011 6:00 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Blue and silver pairing - what's the possible mutations?
Replies: 5
Views: 507

Re: Blue and silver pairing - what's the possible mutations?

Would be interesting to see if there's any split I'm not aware of.
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Aug 16, 2011 5:01 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Handraising vs parent raised & human handled
Replies: 8
Views: 774

Re: Handraising vs parent raised & human handled

Ellie,

You have a very good point about IRN's being wary of gloves. I had the same experience a few days ago when I wore gloves with the fingers exposed because of the weather and most of my IRN's that normally take treats out of my hand refused to come near a treat until I removed the glove.
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:10 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Blue and silver pairing - what's the possible mutations?
Replies: 5
Views: 507

Re: Blue and silver pairing - what's the possible mutations?

Thanks ad1671.

So if I understand that correctly 50% would look like the female and 50% like the male?
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:02 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from South Africa
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: Hi from South Africa

I don't expect the eggs to hatch in the next week or two but I'll keep you updated on what happens. She laid a fourth egg somewhere between Friday-afternoon and Monday-afternoon. Since it's been more than two days since a new egg was laid I'm beginning to think that the clutch might be complete, but...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Aug 16, 2011 2:30 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Hi ellie

I am very excited about it so I will definitely keep the updates coming.
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:22 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from South Africa
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: Hi from South Africa

Breeding is definitely stressful, not to mention the impatience while waiting for the eggs to actually hatch and then waiting an extra few weeks to see what mutation you were blessed with. But it's not like nature is going to hurry things along just because of our impatience. IRN babies are gorgeous...
by Wessel Gordon
Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:15 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Thanks Lauren and Rod038 Checked the nest again yesterday so there's 4 eggs in the clutch at the moment. I'm in a wheelchair and the nest is placed at an odd angle from the seat so every time I want to check the nest I have to find someone tall enough which makes for less disturbance for the birds w...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:25 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Advice needed on possible introduction of a new female
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: Advice needed on possible introduction of a new female

Hi again

I recently discovered my only remaining female is incubating her first ever clutch of eggs so I'm going to wait with introducing any new bird for the near future.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 15, 2011 3:13 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Physical Mutations
Replies: 8
Views: 912

Re: Physical Mutations

Hi guys I have a female who's body is smaller than any of the other 3 IRN's (all males) I have. Her tail and wings are both the same length etc as the others. She has plucking issues as well so I'm not sure if there is a link between her plucking and her smaller size. No vet could explain her reason...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 15, 2011 2:46 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Hi again

Just thought of another question:

Is any supplements/fruits etc especially needed while a hen is busy incubating a clutch?

All my birds diet consist of a good quality parrot mix for medium parrots.

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:12 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

Re: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Thanks Ellie It is lovely news, but I have to admit it took me a good night's sleep to get over the shock, lol. The male will sometimes go so far as to eat first and when the female appears for a short break and eats a few bites the male will actually regurgitate some of his food for her while she's...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:03 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Blue and silver pairing - what's the possible mutations?
Replies: 5
Views: 507

Blue and silver pairing - what's the possible mutations?

Hi everyone I have no knowledge of mutations so I hope the knowledgeable people would make sense of my post if I describe the colors as I see it. I have a "sky blue" female (same shade of blue all over except for darker wing tips) that's sitting on her first clutch of eggs. Her male is silver except...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:39 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated
Replies: 61
Views: 7026

First clutch of IRN eggs - Any advice appreciated

Hi everyone I have a 6 year old female (with plucking issues) who I found out on Friday is sitting on her first ever clutch of eggs. Since she's basically featherless I placed a nestbox with some material at the bottom to provide heat for her during our winter season never expecting her to lay eggs ...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:23 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from South Africa
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: Hi from South Africa

Hi Fladder They are very popular in Kimberley where I'm originally from. Moved to a small town between Bloemfontein and Kimberley in January and it seems it's only me and someone else I still have to meet that keep IRN's (can hear his/her birds in the distance but haven't met the birdkeeper yet). I ...
by Wessel Gordon
Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:53 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from South Africa
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: Hi from South Africa

Thanks, Lushen
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:41 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Any Guesses? Pic heavy 56k - no-way
Replies: 14
Views: 1301

Re: Any Guesses? Pic heavy 56k - no-way

Hi everyone

I don't understand all the breeding terminology/mutations but hope the breeders won't mind a question: is the light colored feet mentioned due to pigmentation or lack thereof?

Wessel
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:37 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from South Africa
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: Hi from South Africa

Just had a look at your birds. I love the male in the second picture (lutino head and green body). I'm not familiar with all the mutations/terminology (I just know what I like and what I don't, lol) so you'll have to excuse me if that description is wrong. Which mutation is that?
by Wessel Gordon
Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:07 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from South Africa
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: Hi from South Africa

I'm in Petrusburg...a very small town (if you can call it that) exactly halfway between Kimberley and Bloemfontein. I'm not a huge fan of green IRN's for some reason and already have 2 blue birds (brother and sister) plus a silver male and a dark gray male so I'm looking for something that catches t...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:08 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi from South Africa
Replies: 29
Views: 1709

Re: Hi from South Africa

Hi Glad to see someone else from South Africa on the forum. I know the downhill feeling with birds, lol. My only female has been spending a lot of time in her nest recently but she's never laid eggs before and has plucking issues so I wasn't sure if it's to stay warm or breeding season kicking in. I...
by Wessel Gordon
Thu Jul 21, 2011 7:59 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Advice needed on possible introduction of a new female
Replies: 3
Views: 356

Re: Advice needed on possible introduction of a new female

Thanks Imran My real concern is the other female since she's very territorial when it comes to her food bowl and could be the same about her cage with a strange female. She's very possessive of her food and only her male is allowed to join her when eating so I had to take the precaution of putting a...
by Wessel Gordon
Mon Jul 18, 2011 12:53 pm
Forum: IRN Breeders
Topic: Please, help me ...
Replies: 10
Views: 1686

Re: Please, help me ...

Myrka,

It's not that they're not tame anymore of they have a friend or breed...they just have something else keeping them busy.