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by MissK
Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:48 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Need help with my two newly purchased IRNs
Replies: 11
Views: 822

Re: Need help with my two newly purchased IRNs

Oooooooh, they're giving you their backs! I remember that! :lol: When my bird used to do that I think he was letting me know it was time for me to leave him alone! Are they in front of a mirror or is that a second cage and another bird behind them? If it's a mirror, move them now. Place their cage o...
by MissK
Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:48 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Trouble in Paradise
Replies: 4
Views: 449

Re: Trouble in Paradise

It's a bit hard to know what to think. I would have advised someone else to separate the birds for safety when unsupervised, so that's what I've done. Not sure it's needed, really. Waiting for Donovan or Sunny Dai to chime in, since they have multiple males..... Sigh. Must pretend these are someone ...
by MissK
Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:41 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Trouble in Paradise
Replies: 4
Views: 449

Trouble in Paradise

I got a shock tonight. I went to give the birds a few treats before lights out. I've been treating Rocky on my left and offering Sinbad treats on my right - about two feet apart, maybe a little more.... 61-68 centimeters for you metric speakers, through the bars. Sinbad's been taking them from my ha...
by MissK
Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:06 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Cage Protective or Losing it??!
Replies: 6
Views: 509

Re: Cage Protective or Losing it??!

If it helps, I can say that our treats (at least some of them) are stored in mason jars. Opening the mason jars makes a very distinctive noise, with the two-part lid, and that gives the whole household a heads-up that we're stepping into treat mode. I exploited this when I was trying to encourage Ro...
by MissK
Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:41 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Cage Protective or Losing it??!
Replies: 6
Views: 509

Re: Cage Protective or Losing it??!

Hi. I'm chipping in only to give my two cents on the Zupreem. You will probably find added sugar on the label of this, as well as the artificial colours. We went through some Zupreem on our way to the current pellet because it was the only one we tried that they would eat, even after much urging. On...
by MissK
Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Ringnecks died
Replies: 8
Views: 951

Re: Ringnecks died

Very good to point out household air pollution, thank you. I didn't even think of that, since I evicted many such things from my house ages ago.

We'll have a tidy little collection of caveats when this thread is done!
by MissK
Tue Sep 01, 2015 12:48 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Ringnecks died
Replies: 8
Views: 951

Re: Ringnecks died

Please excuse AJPeter's remarks; I think his prefrontal cortex is degrading.
by MissK
Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Ringnecks died
Replies: 8
Views: 951

Re: Ringnecks died

If they were eating and drinking then it stands to reason that they were unwell and died from that. Living indoors affords a lot of protection. I would like to point out, also, that many animals will attack weak or sick members of the group. If that's the case, then they would really have all died f...
by MissK
Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:24 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Ringnecks died
Replies: 8
Views: 951

Re: Ringnecks died

Hi. First let me say I am so sorry for the distress I know you're having. This is a very upsetting series of events and anyone would be worried over it. It is, of course, not possible for any of us to really know, with the little information given and lack of seeing the birds, what happened. However...
by MissK
Mon Aug 31, 2015 11:05 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 5244

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

Thanks! The boys are the ones doing all the work. Tonight as I went by the cage for last check of the night, Sinbad readily started coming towards me along the bars. We're still out of nuts, but I thought I'd better have *something* for him, so I ran for the peanut butter I've been using to convince...
by MissK
Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Börek's photo album
Replies: 54
Views: 5235

Re: Börek's photo album

Will Borek now be carrying my luggage to my room?

Very cute!
by MissK
Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:40 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 5244

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

I've got something else to report, and I'm pleased as punch about it. Sinbad came for treats today. He travelled about two feet to take nuts from me. It was a snatch and run situation, but he did it four times, and he got a HUGE reward for his effort. For some reason now, we're out of nuts! :lol: Ro...
by MissK
Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 5244

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

Well, all that moulting is done and I can say Sinbad had a full moult. Boy, did he look like the moths had been at him. I actually worried! He's beautiful now. Rock's finishing up his moult now, as well. Dying to know why they didn't go at the same time.
by MissK
Sun Aug 30, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: New 11 week old ringneck, Have a few questions
Replies: 2
Views: 486

Re: New 11 week old ringneck, Have a few questions

Hi. I am going to not advise on behaviour since my experience is limited to adult ringnecks. However, I don't think the food for any baby should be restricted. Just make sure the food you offer is nutritious and varied, and don't feed junk. It's hard to get overweight on leafy greens. :wink: I do th...
by MissK
Sat Aug 29, 2015 11:14 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Advice Needed Please
Replies: 7
Views: 583

Re: Advice Needed Please

My second bird came to me with an unbelievably ratty tail. He'd been kept in a finch-torturing size cage for at least a short time, who knows how long, and he had clearly been beating his tail against the walls as he climbed them. He still spreads his tail a lot when climbing walls, something my oth...
by MissK
Fri Aug 28, 2015 11:35 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Advice Needed Please
Replies: 7
Views: 583

Re: Advice Needed Please

Hi. I think most of your questions, sadly, would be best answered by the bird himself. Without getting to know him I don't think anyone can say if he is better in the home or in the aviary. I do have some opinions, of course! :wink: What are your chances of taming him again? If he was tame before, a...
by MissK
Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:03 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: hello from myself and kiwi
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: hello from myself and kiwi

We have a great community here and we all look forward to hearing of your successes and helping with your stumbling blocks. You should talk with James, who posted about his "naughty IRN", since you're both starting out with taming at the same time. It helps to have a buddy in your journey.
by MissK
Thu Aug 27, 2015 11:59 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: HELP PLEASE ! NAUGHTY IRN
Replies: 4
Views: 588

Re: HELP PLEASE ! NAUGHTY IRN

We have a great group of people here and I know everyone wishes you well and looks forward to hearing of your successes, however tiny they might seem. If you run into stumbling blocks, there's almost sure to be someone here who can offer suggestions.
by MissK
Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:57 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: HELP PLEASE ! NAUGHTY IRN
Replies: 4
Views: 588

Re: HELP PLEASE ! NAUGHTY IRN

Hi James, It looks like I'm going to give you the same advice as Daniel - get a snack and a comfy chair in your bird's room, far away enough that he doesn't react to you, fire up the computer, log in here, use the SEARCH function, and get to reading! You and Daniel should talk about your experiences...
by MissK
Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:48 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: hello from myself and kiwi
Replies: 4
Views: 445

Re: hello from myself and Milo

Hi Daniel,

You should get a snack and a comfy chair in your bird's room, far enough from him that he doesn't react to you, fire up the computer, log in here, use the SEARCH function, and get to reading!

Welcome!
by MissK
Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: My new IRN friend
Replies: 7
Views: 504

Re: My new IRN friend

You're welcome Adnan! I do spend a lot of time on some posts, but it is worth it if it helps. I know I speak for almost everyone here when I say we all wish you the best of success with Fluffy Jr. If you do have trouble getting a big cage, you can always choose to have one built from wire and untrea...
by MissK
Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:58 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Expecting IRN Parrot Parent!
Replies: 10
Views: 612

Re: Expecting IRN Parrot Parent!

It was the bit about the noise shredding your soul, wasn't it? Too much? :mrgreen: Honestly, when I got Sinbad home, that first week, when he was in the small cage waiting to see the vet.... Oh! I promise it shredded my soul. Talking about hearing them in person before you commit - I *used* to wonde...
by MissK
Thu Aug 27, 2015 12:45 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Hodel, Progress report, Benchmark Day, Total break through!
Replies: 26
Views: 1346

Re: Hodel, Progress report, Completely confused now

Wessel, thanks for the help. It might be good if I made an outline or something before I just start banging away at the keys. But yes, get that behaviour, whatever it is, very solid before moving on. Take plenty of time, as much as is needed and maybe a little more, just to bask in the glow of succe...
by MissK
Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:00 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: My new IRN friend
Replies: 7
Views: 504

Re: My new IRN friend

Thanks Wessel, I think I said mostly the same things you did but in my, uh, "expanded" style..... :lol: I think it's easier to get the bird back in when he's been out only a short time. I also think it's worth it to do something like 1 minute out, go back in, 1 minute out, go back in, 3 minutes out,...
by MissK
Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:17 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Hodel, Progress report, Benchmark Day, Total break through!
Replies: 26
Views: 1346

Re: Hodel, Progress report, Completely confused now

As long as you are interacting she is not likely to "lose tameness". My suggestion is that whatever level of tameness or type of behaviour that you feel you've recently lost was not actually achieved reliably in the first place. In other words, I think you progressed your training too fast for her t...
by MissK
Wed Aug 26, 2015 11:40 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Expecting IRN Parrot Parent!
Replies: 10
Views: 612

Re: Expecting IRN Parrot Parent!

Can you get a second 6x6x3 aviary for your IRN? If it's a cage you like and are already used to maintaining, it might work well. Also, I think when you have something big like that in the house, it makes less visual clutter when they match. What was it that made you set your heart on the IRN? For me...
by MissK
Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:51 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Hodel, Progress report, Benchmark Day, Total break through!
Replies: 26
Views: 1346

Re: Hodel, Progress report, Completely confused now

It really sounds like she got pushed past her comfort level and now she's spooked. Go back to the beginning, in the training. Progress at her comfort level. Make sure each piece of training is stable before you move to the next. Go slow. Let her make the decisions.
by MissK
Wed Aug 26, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: My new IRN friend
Replies: 7
Views: 504

Re: My new IRN friend

Hi. My first thought was "Are you sure other countries will let the bird cross borders without a big fuss, if at all?" I rather doubt you were able to get a receipt for this bird, and I was concerned that, being an adult, it may have been stolen from the wild. However, if you can get any documentati...
by MissK
Tue Aug 25, 2015 11:26 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Expecting IRN Parrot Parent!
Replies: 10
Views: 612

Re: Expecting IRN Parrot Parent!

The sleep cage is just an option I think it's nice to have. I did have my first IRN spend some nights in my bedroom and I think it was good for us. Without a sleep cage, I would have had to sleep in the living room because I (probably) wouldn't try to roll my big cage in there. Note, the sleep sized...
by MissK
Tue Aug 25, 2015 12:43 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Expecting IRN Parrot Parent!
Replies: 10
Views: 612

Re: Expecting IRN Parrot Parent!

I find my IRNs like the same type of things my Budgies like, although they are more able to destroy them quickly. It's a good idea to give them sturdier items that do the same thing as smaller Budgie toys. As with Budgies, some IRN can use a mirror and not get carried away, and others can't. What do...
by MissK
Sun Aug 23, 2015 8:35 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Wild IRN visiting me regularly!
Replies: 14
Views: 767

Re: Wild IRN visiting me regularly!

So.... what happened then?
by MissK
Fri Aug 21, 2015 11:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Indian Ringneck Broken leg
Replies: 6
Views: 823

Re: Indian Ringneck Broken leg

Wait, why is he in a smaller cage? If he's unhappy and unsettled in there, is he not more likely to accidentally injure himself? And what about your relationship suffering by you being so close when he is uncomfortable? Is he fully as tame as you want him to be? How about the natural tendency of ani...
by MissK
Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Wild IRN visiting me regularly!
Replies: 14
Views: 767

Re: Wild IRN visiting me regularly!

I think you should get a store bought parrot toy and hang it out to see what they do!
by MissK
Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Can you help me for age?
Replies: 4
Views: 648

Re: Can you help me for age?

They look young though I couldn't say how young. See the difference between their dark juvenile eye and the adult eye of the bird at the top of this page.
by MissK
Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:45 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Treat Aggression
Replies: 24
Views: 1643

Re: Treat Aggression

For me it was that you must spend hours every day with them to keep them from losing their tameness. Utter malarky. We should have a thread for "most ridiculous thing you ever heard about the species".......
by MissK
Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Indian Ringneck Broken leg
Replies: 6
Views: 823

Re: Indian Ringneck Broken leg

I'd say don't borrow trouble. If the bird loses function of the leg it doesn't mean he MUST be put down. I agree it would put his other leg and foot at risk due to overuse and he may develop trouble due to modifying his balance. Foot problems can become quite dire. His habitat would have to be modif...
by MissK
Thu Aug 20, 2015 8:17 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Wild IRN visiting me regularly!
Replies: 14
Views: 767

Re: Wild IRN visiting me regularly!

Is there known to be an IRN community in your area? Even two I would expect to be escapees, otherwise I would really expect a lot more. If they are escapees, how nice of them to have found each other...........
by MissK
Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:11 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Treat Aggression
Replies: 24
Views: 1643

Re: Treat Aggression

I've also experienced that warning beak activity! It's fascinating. I don't know if they intend it as a warning or simply a push to move us away. Either way, it makes me go "Wow!" :D
by MissK
Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:06 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Molting forever!
Replies: 3
Views: 483

Re: Molting forever!

I wonder if he's getting too much light. Can you make sure his day length is not being extended by artificial light? Molting in adult birds is influenced by light/day length. Continuous molting probably also places an extra burden on his body, so please make sure his diet is top notch. Consult your ...
by MissK
Wed Aug 19, 2015 12:05 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Help with transitioning/biting....
Replies: 2
Views: 301

Re: Help with transitioning/biting....

Hi. Sorry for the loss of your conure. I know what that pet-shaped hole is like. Regarding your IRN, you've figured out when he is moved to bite, so you can easily stop doing that thing. In my opinion, you should put down those gloves and never take them up again. Well, maybe for yard work or changi...
by MissK
Tue Aug 18, 2015 11:31 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Hodel, Progress report, Benchmark Day, Total break through!
Replies: 26
Views: 1346

Re: Hodel, Progress report

That's OK. You don't want to have noise on all the time. She'll need time for that important napping.
by MissK
Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Some questions before I buy an IRN
Replies: 5
Views: 692

Re: Some questions before I buy an IRN

I agree with Wessel. In hindsight, I should have mentioned to get a tame bird. :oops: An untame one with fill the house with more alarm calls, quite shrill and loud. Also, please recall that babies of any wild animal will be easier to handle than they necessarily will be once they grow a little and ...
by MissK
Tue Aug 18, 2015 9:08 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Treat Aggression
Replies: 24
Views: 1643

Re: Treat Aggression

I'm glad you've got the help you needed. But I have to take up for the IRN on your suggestion they are "known to be biters". I know no such thing! What I *do* know is that they will bite you if you give them a reason to bite you, especially without also giving them a way to avoid being in that situa...
by MissK
Mon Aug 17, 2015 8:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Some questions before I buy an IRN
Replies: 5
Views: 692

Re: Some questions before I buy an IRN

Hi. I keep a similar schedule. I found that the bird is happy to wake up and participate in the middle of the night, but he's not exactly at his best. If he is up for a while in the middle of the night then he needs to sleep extra the next day. I have found it works best to let him be awakened when ...
by MissK
Sun Aug 16, 2015 8:16 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Treat Aggression
Replies: 24
Views: 1643

Re: Treat Aggression

It's a fascinating problem and I really look forward to seeing what the cause and remedy turn out to be.
by MissK
Sat Aug 15, 2015 11:50 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Treat Aggression
Replies: 24
Views: 1643

Re: Treat Aggression

Did the treat itself change?
by MissK
Sat Aug 15, 2015 5:16 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Treat Aggression
Replies: 24
Views: 1643

Re: Treat Aggression

Any recent changes to his diet? Is he housed with an other animal? Are you certain he's getting enough to eat? Are you training him too hungry?
by MissK
Thu Aug 13, 2015 5:47 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New Member, Hodel's parent
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Re: New Member, Hodel's parent

That sounds all great!
by MissK
Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:50 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New Member, Hodel's parent
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Re: New Member, Hodel's parent

Hi. I think, on the one hand, a little compassion is in order. Your bird has been uprooted from everything she ever knew. You made an error by putting her in the new cage and then going back in with the perches and stuff. If you have further tinkering to do in there, and it's a safe option, you prob...
by MissK
Sun Aug 09, 2015 8:23 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: blue shadows in Coukou's feathers
Replies: 3
Views: 863

Re: blue shadows in Coukou's feathers

Aw, Baby's growing up! :D
by MissK
Fri Aug 07, 2015 12:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: 3 toes forward on one foot and need advice after vet visit.
Replies: 3
Views: 591

Re: 3 toes forward on one foot and need advice after vet vis

Hi. Sympathies for the situation. Questions 1, 2 & 5 are for the vet you just saw. Call them. I'm not qualified to prognosticate on the future of the toe, though if I were keeping that bird (as opposed to returning him) I would be seeing the second vet and seeking to retrain the toe despite lack of ...
by MissK
Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: beak and eye problem?
Replies: 5
Views: 786

Re: beak and eye problem?

Hi. I can't say if the eye or beak is a problem, but I thank you for questioning if she is suitable to breed. Is she fully mature? Perhaps some breeders can say if they think Albinos are often smaller or more delicate. I realize that Budgies are not Ringnecks, but I have a small flock of Budgies, an...
by MissK
Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:43 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!
Replies: 39
Views: 2726

Re: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!

That photo is a *PRIZE*!!!!!
Is she biting hard, or just checking things out?
by MissK
Wed Aug 05, 2015 11:40 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: I lost my little boy Fidgit on saturday in the Rothwell area
Replies: 6
Views: 538

Re: I lost my little boy Fidgit on saturday in the Rothwell

I suggest you enlist help from people in the shops, especially those who are able to chat with customers and see a lot of them -- such as the grocery store clerks and and certainly pet shop clerks, and coffee shops. They can mention you lost your bird and direct people to one of your posted flyers. ...
by MissK
Tue Aug 04, 2015 10:25 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello everyone! We have a new baby INR!
Replies: 1
Views: 323

Re: Hello everyone! We have a new baby INR!

Welcome and congratulations. Please bear with our recent spam flood. It's not always like this. :?
by MissK
Sat Aug 01, 2015 1:41 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Wild IRN visiting me regularly!
Replies: 14
Views: 767

Re: Wild IRN visiting me regularly!

That's so nice!
by MissK
Wed Jul 29, 2015 9:53 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Sudden Aggression
Replies: 8
Views: 2075

Re: Sudden Aggression

I think your IRN cage is too small. You can put a sight barrier between the cages - could be a sheet of newspaper or a cloth hung on the side of the finch cage. My Canaries could not tolerate the stress of living with the IRN and they were not side by side so I moved them to another room.
by MissK
Tue Jul 28, 2015 9:02 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Hi, i have an indian ringneck who has been quite unwell
Replies: 2
Views: 492

Re: Hi, i have an indian ringneck who has been quite unwell

I agree, but regardless of the cause, if the bird is sick then he needs the vet.
by MissK
Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Sudden Aggression
Replies: 8
Views: 2075

Re: Sudden Aggression

Backwards first, why shouldn't closed gate = treats in cage? It's a half full/half empty thing, no? You can try reserving the #1 jackpot treat for the back to cage lure, and you can make sure the cage is not a punishment - is it truly big enough? Got great things inside? If all else fails, you can g...
by MissK
Mon Jul 27, 2015 9:39 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello! New IRN from Wisconsin
Replies: 2
Views: 330

Re: Hello! New IRN from Wisconsin

Welcome and congratulations on your new bird! I'd suggest giving him some more time before you stick your finger at him without food. If you want to be sneaky, maybe you can hold that grape in such a way that he might choose to step on your arm to get to it. :wink: And if he's leery when you approac...
by MissK
Mon Jul 27, 2015 2:20 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: My new 4 month old baby boy. Advice on taming him.
Replies: 1
Views: 325

Re: My new 4 month old baby boy. Advice on taming him.

My #1 advice: Don't do stuff that upsets your bird. Causing him to bite you would fall in this category.

Tell us what you did that got you bitten. Maybe we can find a gentler way to get the result you were hoping for. It's probably going to involve some treats.
by MissK
Mon Jul 27, 2015 6:27 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Sudden Aggression
Replies: 8
Views: 2075

Re: Sudden Aggression

Peachy, I don't think the lack of you nearby caused aggression. You *can* live your normal life. If you think it upsets the bird for you to leave the room, then you should just start leaving BRIEFLY when you don't really have to. Be doing whatever you do, and then walk out for 30 seconds and then co...
by MissK
Sun Jul 26, 2015 11:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: stange lump on foot
Replies: 3
Views: 624

Re: stange lump on foot

Questions for introspection: What does a biopsy tell you? --What question does a biopsy answer for the vet, and does knowing that answer help you? What would the vet reasonably expect to find in such a situation? How would they respond to that information, what treatment? Do you have a certainly rel...
by MissK
Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:53 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Sudden Aggression
Replies: 8
Views: 2075

Re: Sudden Aggression

Obviously I didn't see his behaviour, but if this happened with my bird, I'd be demanding to know exactly what went on while I was not there. It would be very hard to convince me someone had not overstepped his comfort boundary in my absence. I would be suspicious because birds don't lie. He's gotte...
by MissK
Sun Jul 26, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Should I get a friend for my IRN?
Replies: 7
Views: 1242

Re: Should I get a friend for my IRN?

Fine point, that Kiwi currently enjoys going into other birds' territory. From our experience, with well matured birds, Rocky enjoyed meeting other birds in general, but I recall one experience when he went to visit another IRN that didn't go so great. He loved the other bird from across the room, i...
by MissK
Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:02 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: natural jute twine
Replies: 4
Views: 1010

Re: natural jute twine

Let me go smell my twine. (Parrot people say the weirdest things.......)

If anything it smells dusty. It does have an odor, but not of petrol. I've smelled twine with that petrol smell and left it in the store. I've lost the label by now, sorry.
by MissK
Tue Jul 21, 2015 11:09 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: natural jute twine
Replies: 4
Views: 1010

Re: natural jute twine

You should carefully read the label and might call the manufacturer. Jute may have a smell, but if it is a strong smell, especially a chemical smell, I would not use it. In particular, goods from the garden store may have been treated to increase durability in outside applications. Try the craft sto...
by MissK
Fri Jul 17, 2015 10:03 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Poisonous branches and trees?
Replies: 3
Views: 962

Re: Poisonous branches and trees?

I Googled. Isn't Google great? I think that coral thing is probably a roll of the dice. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erythrina
by MissK
Fri Jul 17, 2015 12:07 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Transferring a bond between human partners.
Replies: 6
Views: 957

Re: Transferring a bond between human partners.

Hi. I can't really speak about how Charlie would do in various situations, but I can relate what went down with my bird, Rocky. I picked him up at 10 years old from the home of his first family. They were three women and a man, with another man deceased. I don't know who he favoured there, but when ...
by MissK
Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:01 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Dark spots on beak
Replies: 2
Views: 537

Re: Dark spots on beak

I'm not qualified to speak, but it does look just like colour to me as well.
See if she will eat kale or collards.
by MissK
Tue Jul 14, 2015 11:36 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: stange lump on foot
Replies: 3
Views: 624

Re: stange lump on foot

Andrew, why don't you post where you are in the UK and ask if anybody can recommend a vet? Foot problems have the potential to get out of hand and quite dangerous, though to my uneducated eyes, this doesn't look like it has reached emergency status, in that it isn't an open wound, but it does need l...
by MissK
Mon Jul 13, 2015 7:02 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Please help me!
Replies: 5
Views: 732

Re: Please help me!

Hi. You've done the right thing to come here and ask for suggestions. If you love your bird then you have many more strategies you can try before deciding to give it up. That's what the last guy did - gave it up and passed the unhappy bird along. How many times do you think that will happen before s...
by MissK
Sat Jul 11, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Can a six year old bird change? I need hope.
Replies: 8
Views: 699

Re: Can a six year old bird change? I need hope.

I don't have time for a big ole post, but I want you to reconsider your goal of letting Denver live always outside the cage. I class it as too much of a good thing. You should make sure she retains the skill of living happily in a cage *IF FOR NO OTHER REASON* than if she must one day be rehomed (It...
by MissK
Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:07 am
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Heip with identifying Mutation
Replies: 5
Views: 877

Re: Heip with identifying Mutation

Looks like a giant Budgie to me!
:D
by MissK
Mon Jul 06, 2015 9:47 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: My Alex and me
Replies: 3
Views: 404

Re: My Alex and me

What makes you think he's dominant??? Those heart wings are a friendly gesture. Why don't you duck your head for a second and then let it pop back up and look him in the eye when he does that. It echoes a gesture he will probably be making. My IRN seems to like that.
by MissK
Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:50 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello! from me and my IRN Rocco
Replies: 6
Views: 486

Re: Hello! from me and my IRN Rocco

Did he molt the tail? It can seem to take *forever* for it to come back in. My #2 bird molted backwards this year, starting with the tail quite early in the year. Now he's getting along to his body and face. Very strange. This is just the end of his first year with me, and I know his prior situation...
by MissK
Sat Jul 04, 2015 1:22 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello! from me and my IRN Rocco
Replies: 6
Views: 486

Re: Hello! from me and my IRN Rocco

AJ, what are you doing that Billie feels she needs to bite you? She should be over this by now, I would think. Here to help............
by MissK
Sat Jul 04, 2015 11:53 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello! from me and my IRN Rocco
Replies: 6
Views: 486

Re: Hello! from me and my IRN Rocco

Hi Andrew and Welcome! I have a second hand male called Rocky! Small world. :) You didn't say how long you've been keeping Rocco, but I imagine it's been a little while. If you can ID his favourite kind of toy, you should select that one for up-close interaction. My bird loves a rattling plastic fro...
by MissK
Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:39 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Eating News Paper
Replies: 3
Views: 598

Re: Eating News Paper

Prevent him from eating the paper in any way you have to. It can get compacted inside and make serious trouble. Do give him acceptable stuff to chew. Provide foraging. If he insists on ingesting the toys, use large pieces of fresh vegetables and research first to be sure they are safe. Some easy one...
by MissK
Mon Jun 29, 2015 5:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Should I get a Ringneck?
Replies: 5
Views: 1264

Re: Should I get a Ringneck?

Best wishes for finding the species that matches your lifestyle! You know, if you should actually sit down and make that list of what you do and don't want in your potential bird, what you can and can't handle, you should still share it with this forum. MANY people keep more than one species and it ...
by MissK
Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Should I get a Ringneck?
Replies: 5
Views: 1264

Re: Should I get a Ringneck?

I'd like to add that even though any particular cage may well be the "biggest you can afford", it might still not be big enough. Many times the "biggest cage you can afford" may morph into "the biggest cage you WANT to afford". Not the same thing. I've seen adverts for cages specifying they are size...
by MissK
Fri Jun 26, 2015 9:17 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Two Steps Back, One Leap Forward
Replies: 7
Views: 644

Re: Two Steps Back, One Leap Forward

I gotta step in to squash this "rebellion" concept., and I'm glad to see you acknowledge it as being something in your perspective. Let's launch it into outer space though; it's not good. For reference: I think the longest game of catch-me was twenty minutes of near constant fluttering back and fort...
by MissK
Thu Jun 25, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Can a six year old bird change? I need hope.
Replies: 8
Views: 699

Re: Can a six year old bird change? I need hope.

Since AJ mentioned it, I agree. Getting another bird is likely to increase, not alleviate, your troubles. My 16 year old, Sinbad, WAS the second bird. I knew my Rocky wanted a pal, and I wanted him to have one. We were lucky that it worked out, but it was a long time before I tried them together. Th...
by MissK
Thu Jun 25, 2015 10:05 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Bluffing
Replies: 2
Views: 428

Re: Bluffing

I agree with InTheAir. I also think you can learn to stop provoking a bite.
by MissK
Thu Jun 25, 2015 12:01 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Can a six year old bird change? I need hope.
Replies: 8
Views: 699

Re: Can a six year old bird change? I need hope.

I believe that a mature Ringneck can learn many things and the greater challenge is to the human to learn how to teach them. Because your bird already does well with a human (you) I think she can learn to do well with other humans. I would be less confident if there were nobody she could tolerate, b...
by MissK
Sun Jun 21, 2015 11:26 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: One male and two females - is breeding possible?
Replies: 2
Views: 600

Re: One male and two females - is breeding possible?

Wessel, I'm no breeder, but I don't think you should try this.
by MissK
Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello from Sulley!
Replies: 5
Views: 453

Re: Hello from Sulley!

Fantastic! Welcome!
by MissK
Sat Jun 13, 2015 9:27 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 4
Views: 618

Re: Hello!

All I can really say is that it doesn't look anything like adult male colouration to me. I have a blue male, and the white is really white. Why don't you get a DNA test or wait a year? Are you certain of the age? Couldn't say about the behaviour. It's been reported that they don't necessarily sort t...
by MissK
Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:51 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 4
Views: 618

Re: Hello!

I see a ring. It doesn't look white, though. Any black on the neck under the beak?
by MissK
Sat Jun 06, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: A Rant About Dense Visitors
Replies: 8
Views: 686

Re: A Rant About Dense Visitors

It was not worth seeing. It was horrifying. Let's imagine Billie sitting on her perch with a big pile of her feathers on the floor below, completely without warning. Imagine not knowing if she would pull another pile tomorrow, or later today, or every day for the rest of time. Remember how little we...
by MissK
Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: why is it?
Replies: 36
Views: 6161

Re: why is it?

I've read this thread before and now I think I might be ready to add my comment. If I had but one word of advice to the Ringneck keeper, that word would be "Respect". I do see a lot of respect in this thread. It's a big concept, though, sneaking quite a lot under the umbrella of seven little letters...
by MissK
Wed Jun 03, 2015 10:45 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Of Tomatos and Mirrors
Replies: 6
Views: 570

Re: Of Tomatos and Mirrors

Rocky used to go to his sleep perch and turn his back to me. I don't keep him up so late anymore.....
by MissK
Tue Jun 02, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: favourite treats
Replies: 6
Views: 1336

Re: favourite treats

I buy them from my grocery store. Read the label carefully to be sure there is nothing on them. Also, nuts can go rancid, so always taste a sample first. It's OK to keep them in the fridge.
by MissK
Mon Jun 01, 2015 6:15 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: A Rant About Dense Visitors
Replies: 8
Views: 686

Re: A Rant About Dense Visitors

Well, yes and no. Rocky will accept treats until he's stuffed, so long as he is in the cage and the stranger is well-behaved and Sinbad is quiet. Understandably, when Sinbad panics it puts Rocky on edge, and then he is quite reserved. Out of the cage he generally needs a whole almond to interact wit...
by MissK
Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:34 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: taming
Replies: 25
Views: 1518

Re: taming

Well, we all need a little door now and then, that's what I say!....... Oh, wait, that's "indulgence" I say. Whatever. Same thing. Keep trying and don't forget to eat that food with him. My dogs helped show Rocky that strawberries are good to eat. We did a big "one for me, one for you" thing with a ...
by MissK
Mon Jun 01, 2015 3:25 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: A Rant About Dense Visitors
Replies: 8
Views: 686

Re: A Rant About Dense Visitors

It's a great visual! And "daft coochie coo noises" - what a great voice you have for that image. My birds, too, I think would have been fine if the guy had simply taken a seat in the doorway. My "brother from an other mother" didn't intend to be a jerk - it's just natural for him. He's improved a gr...
by MissK
Sat May 30, 2015 9:19 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Parrot Playstand
Replies: 4
Views: 781

Re: Parrot Playstand

Sometimes I'm very cautious and by-the-book and other times just a rebel. Who knows why? Confident that my neighbor and I don't use yard chemicals, when it was playstand building time I just pruned a huge branch off my fig and lugged it into the house. I hoisted it up on top the big cages, secured i...
by MissK
Sat May 30, 2015 7:17 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: taming
Replies: 25
Views: 1518

Re: taming

Look twice at stuff like corn and peas, lima style beans, etc. My guys only eat the insides.
by MissK
Fri May 29, 2015 11:17 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: A Rant About Dense Visitors
Replies: 8
Views: 686

A Rant About Dense Visitors

I don't get a great many visitors. I'm not home when other people usually are free, and I like to get out to see folks when I can. However, recently I've had over both my brother and my "might as well be a brother", who came with his wife. I'm not trying to be sexist, but these MEN keep standing in ...
by MissK
Fri May 29, 2015 9:06 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: favourite treats
Replies: 6
Views: 1336

Re: favourite treats

Bread is as safe as you make it. Obviously, read the label and don't let him pig out every day. As InTheAir noted, a serving of treat should be tiny.
by MissK
Fri May 29, 2015 9:04 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: taming
Replies: 25
Views: 1518

Re: taming

Corn ought to be popular.

That belly button thing sounds hysterical!
by MissK
Thu May 28, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: taming
Replies: 25
Views: 1518

Re: taming

Helpful, maybe, is to remember that although a Ringneck can provide an honest bite, removing a piece of flesh or leaving a bruise or cut, a big creature like a human won't be much harmed in the long run, providing the most sensitive and dainty areas are not bitten and infection is prevented. You won...
by MissK
Thu May 28, 2015 8:07 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: favourite treats
Replies: 6
Views: 1336

Re: favourite treats

Big seeds (sunflower, safflower), nuts (pecan & almond the fave, hazelnut dislikedl), fruit (apple, pear) always go well here. Peanuts are well liked, as is peanut butter. Bread, for some reason, always gets a win.
by MissK
Thu May 28, 2015 5:33 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 5244

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

Let's talk about moulting. (CLAWNZ, I'm looking at you......) As we know, Sinbad's been here just a week or so short of a year. Upon arrival his feathers were a mess and I waited and waited for the moult which finally began, I guess, in April? March? Should have written that down...... He started, a...
by MissK
Thu May 28, 2015 4:58 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: Dexter
Replies: 50
Views: 7140

Re: Dexter

Lucky fellow, that Dexter. Congratulations.

And congratulations, Mary, on your little ham.
by MissK
Sun May 17, 2015 7:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: unusual behaviours
Replies: 6
Views: 716

Re: unusual behaviours

Since Rocky moved in with Sinbad (still over the moon on that one :D ) he has really enjoyed the use of Sinbad's big bell. He beats that bell, grabs and yanks it, even hangs and swings from it by his beak. He left a smaller bell in his own cage which saw little use. Go figure. Time will tell if this...
by MissK
Sun May 17, 2015 6:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: help please asap
Replies: 3
Views: 633

Re: help please asap

I have no answers but I share your concern. Was there Xray?
by MissK
Tue May 05, 2015 11:57 pm
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Brushing up on genetics, picking a mate
Replies: 7
Views: 845

Re: Brushing up on genetics, picking a mate

Just adopt me instead - you know I need a Keeper! :lol:
:shock: <---- Me doing Big Baby Eyes.......
We *do* need to catch up. :)
by MissK
Tue May 05, 2015 11:53 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 5244

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

They're both boys, and have doing the boy wings thing for each other much of the year. I don't think I could change what they're doing if I wanted to! Them being pals enough to feed - that's a dream come true! I do have two boy Budgies, though, who take turns feeding each-other. I'd like that for th...
by MissK
Tue May 05, 2015 9:01 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 5244

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

THEY'RE DOING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rocky and Sinbad have given up separate perches and now sleep together always. :D They frequently eat from the same cup at the same time, though there are two cups of everything. Looks like a pair of little see-saws! :lol: And today I see Rocky feeding Sinbad and Sinb...
by MissK
Sun May 03, 2015 8:03 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: My wonderful Börek!
Replies: 4
Views: 517

Re: My wonderful Börek!

:P So, you've become a "bird person" after all! :lol:
I'm so glad.
by MissK
Sun May 03, 2015 6:59 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Young ringneck excess saliva during beak-grind
Replies: 5
Views: 806

Re: Young ringneck excess saliva during beak-grind

Oh! It's snuggling! :lol: My guys would *never* snuggle, but that's rather my shortcoming, not theirs.
by MissK
Sat May 02, 2015 7:14 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Young ringneck excess saliva during beak-grind
Replies: 5
Views: 806

Re: Young ringneck excess saliva during beak-grind

Nila lies down? Sigh. Maybe my birds are odd. I love my birds, though!
by MissK
Fri May 01, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Moulting in Feb?
Replies: 10
Views: 1059

Re: Moulting in Feb?

Sinbad's been molting for a while but Rocky has not started yet.
by MissK
Fri May 01, 2015 8:10 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Young ringneck excess saliva during beak-grind
Replies: 5
Views: 806

Re: Young ringneck excess saliva during beak-grind

I thought they didn't have saliva???? Why did I think this?
by MissK
Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:25 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Pionus and Ringneck?
Replies: 13
Views: 1044

Re: Pionus and Ringneck?

Don't burn that bridge. If your DNA returns female, see him for at least a partial refund.
by MissK
Tue Apr 28, 2015 12:13 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: My wonderful Börek!
Replies: 4
Views: 517

Re: My wonderful Börek!

Borek certainly is a prize. :D
by MissK
Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:04 pm
Forum: Mutations/Genetics
Topic: Brushing up on genetics, picking a mate
Replies: 7
Views: 845

Re: Brushing up on genetics, picking a mate

Ranechild, I didn't realize you aspired to be a breeder! Best wishes for that adventure.
by MissK
Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:02 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: quiet
Replies: 1
Views: 370

Re: quiet

Please clarify the problem?
by MissK
Thu Apr 09, 2015 8:14 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: need advice
Replies: 23
Views: 1308

Re: need advice

A flat rock or somesuch might help them with the depth. Even if the water is shallow, the sides can be high. That's what I set up for Rock, and a small T perch, but he would never use it unless I also took away his little water cup. Makes me want to stand in front of him eating nuts and offering him...
by MissK
Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:12 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: need advice
Replies: 23
Views: 1308

Re: need advice

I gave Rocky a large bath bowl and he insists on bathing in the water cup instead. Worse, he seems to have convinced my Lineolateds to do a similar thing. If you give a big bath, let it be something you already have on hand! :lol:
by MissK
Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:40 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: This is my Polly, I have had her for 3 months.
Replies: 3
Views: 917

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

Very nice. Congratulations!
by MissK
Sun Mar 22, 2015 7:00 am
Forum: African Ringnecks
Topic: ARN doesn't move or make any noise after wing clipped
Replies: 4
Views: 972

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

I'm not sure I would say a bird who got lice would have necessarily been poorly kept. They would just need to have contact with a bird or an area where the lice were. --Like kids at school bring home head lice, the bird would just have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. If the lice would put...
by MissK
Sat Mar 21, 2015 7:34 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!
Replies: 39
Views: 2726

Re: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!

Hey, don't underestimate Stella. She may be perfectly fine with her trip to the vet. Be sure to have a cage cover in case of upsetting things.
by MissK
Thu Mar 19, 2015 6:50 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!
Replies: 39
Views: 2726

Re: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!

I agree. In a perfect world the bird will be comfy with everything in life, but the bird's well-being trumps momentary happiness/comfort. To the vet.
by MissK
Wed Mar 18, 2015 10:07 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Albino IRN pair
Replies: 4
Views: 796

Re: Albino IRN pair

Your birds are pretty. I am not an expert on Ringneck colours, but I believe that Albino is recessive, and thus the birds need to have all Albino genes for them to display that mutation. I don't think they can make any other colour if both birds are Albino. I hope someone who is more informed about ...
by MissK
Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:00 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Albino IRN pair
Replies: 4
Views: 796

Re: Albino IRN pair

Hi. Congratulations on your new birds and their shiny new cage. How old are they? Will they be pets? Are they tame? Have you decided how to feed them? Would you like some help designing the inside of their cage? They need a lot more stuff in there.
by MissK
Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:40 pm
Forum: African Ringnecks
Topic: ARN doesn't move or make any noise after wing clipped
Replies: 4
Views: 972

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

Hi. I can only guess at why the bird is not right, so please understand that. Having said it, my first concern was that the bird understands he is now critically impaired, with regards to survival skills, and he might be laying low. Laying low is a survival technique. It's just a guess. I think othe...
by MissK
Sat Mar 14, 2015 6:39 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 5244

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

Rocky has not, repeat, NOT, read the memo. He did stop asking to come out, though. He's in Sinbad's cage, feeding the toys. Sinbad might be feeding the same toys, or he might be eating the stuff off them. They've been sleeping on different perches. Oh, I lied. Just now it looks like Rocky's at least...
by MissK
Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:00 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 5244

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

I think there will be a lot of sleep overs. Once home, Rocky started feeding stuff. What a weirdo. They are together since yesterday again. It's OK with me if they travel a lot.
by MissK
Mon Mar 09, 2015 5:52 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Female IRN obsessed with her own reflection
Replies: 11
Views: 1067

Re: Female IRN obsessed with her own reflection

Checking in with an observation from our house -- In years past, Rocky has been a real practitioner of seasonally feeding his toys - and last year's season went on for quite a long time. He never fed the mirror and only seemed to notice it now and then. This year, since late last Spring, Rocky has a...
by MissK
Sun Mar 08, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: hiya
Replies: 2
Views: 379

Re: hiya

Welcome Chris. Time will tell.
by MissK
Sat Mar 07, 2015 9:10 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: first time going to the avian vet..questions...
Replies: 17
Views: 1238

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

Leaving the door open IS a mistake, to be sure, but I would also fail you, sir, for not getting it closed right away. :evil:
by MissK
Fri Mar 06, 2015 8:54 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 5244

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

Well, Rocky spent two days with Sinbad, but now he says he wants out. It was fun but I guess it's just not the right time for this.
by MissK
Thu Mar 05, 2015 8:06 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: Scissor beak
Replies: 2
Views: 584

Re: Scissor beak

Origin of scissors beak could be genetic or developmental. Improved nutrition might help, if it is not congenital. Note, just because the beak developed over time does not necessarily mean it is not a congenital trait. For example, think about scoliosis in humans - it may not be initially seen, but ...
by MissK
Wed Mar 04, 2015 10:01 pm
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Börek's photo album
Replies: 54
Views: 5235

Re: Börek's photo album

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
by MissK
Wed Mar 04, 2015 8:12 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Monty and the Babble Ball
Replies: 10
Views: 697

Re: Monty and the Babble Ball

I really like this time of year because I'm so fond of Rocky carrying on. He doesn't seem fussed by it and he gets more exercise dancing around, for sure. His feeding toys behaviour never really got off the ground this year. He and Sinbad are in Sinny's cage right now, carrying on and giving the foo...
by MissK
Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:41 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Monty and the Babble Ball
Replies: 10
Views: 697

Re: Monty and the Babble Ball

It's that time of the year here!
by MissK
Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:19 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 5244

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

Sinbad had an overnight guest! Rocky and Sinbad were out and about, and when they both were in Sinbad's cage together I shut the door. I felt OK about it since I was on hand all day, and I left my bedroom door open overnight to hear any trouble. I did hear a bell ringing and got up to put their ligh...
by MissK
Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:11 am
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: 1.5 year old bird started plucking
Replies: 21
Views: 2177

Re: 1.5 year old bird started plucking

Hey, did you change the cage and get him a bunch of toys? Even safe twigs an plastic bottle caps count as toys, though simple ones.
by MissK
Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:59 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Monty and the Babble Ball
Replies: 10
Views: 697

Re: Monty and the Babble Ball

Hi Kris. It sounds like Monty might have been thinking you'd make a nice mate, but then ditched you in favour of the noisy ball. Getting rid of the ball may thrust you back into favour, but try not to be the rebound relationship. There is plenty written here about avoiding that, and you can use SEAR...
by MissK
Mon Mar 02, 2015 4:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Is Börek a female or a male?
Replies: 7
Views: 862

Re: Is Börek a female or a male?

Today Rocky put a foot on Sinbad's back. I just looked in time to see it and think "Wot's all THIS, then??" They've been boy-dancing at each other, but now and then Sinbad gets awfully low to the perch. In another cage, Dr. Scott is feeding Frankie, even though Frankie has a real girlfriend in the c...
by MissK
Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:29 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Is Börek a female or a male?
Replies: 7
Views: 862

Re: Is Börek a female or a male?

Maybe Borek is a Feminist!
by MissK
Mon Mar 02, 2015 11:26 am
Forum: IRN Photo Forum
Topic: Börek's photo album
Replies: 54
Views: 5235

Re: Börek's photo album

There's the Cutie :D !!
by MissK
Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:48 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Is Börek a female or a male?
Replies: 7
Views: 862

Re: Is Börek a female or a male?

Hi! It is possible. Only Borek knows for sure!
by MissK
Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:45 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Börek's Issues
Replies: 44
Views: 2373

Re: Börek's Issues

Hey, GeveZe! Congratulations! I'm so glad you're doing well together!!
Now make more photos!
:lol:
by MissK
Mon Mar 02, 2015 6:42 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Lunging and biting !!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 864

Re: Lunging and biting !!!!

Perhaps the bird-from-shoulder removal style needs work? If the method causes the bird discomfort, perhaps from not feeling well supported, he might bite. I know some people use a method of sweeping the hand at the bird's feet to get it to step up, and I can see where that could get upsetting (liter...
by MissK
Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:26 am
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: From aviary to cage ??
Replies: 1
Views: 454

Re: From aviary to cage ??

It depends why that wing is bad. If the bird has a defect that happened naturally, born with it or it developed naturally, then that bird should not be let to breed. Physical traits, including disease and deformity, can be passed from parent to young. If you consider evolution, you will have a great...
by MissK
Sat Feb 28, 2015 11:00 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Do Parrots Do Parthenogenesis?
Replies: 5
Views: 528

Re: Do Parrots Do Parthenogenesis?

Sure we know hens will LAY eggs that have not been fertilized by a male, but my question has to do with the situation in which a chick might HATCH out of one of these eggs.

AJ, you might have to let Billie sit on her own eggs for a while, in the name of research..........
by MissK
Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:55 pm
Forum: Breeding IRNs
Topic: chirping egg, getting concerned!
Replies: 4
Views: 765

Re: chirping egg, getting concerned!

Google Faster. Consult a breeder in person, even if it's not an IRN breeder. It is my understanding that chicks can be perfectly fine peeping inside the egg before hatch, but I have also read that sometimes they might need help. An experienced breeder (hopefully of IRNs) might be able to help you fi...
by MissK
Sat Feb 28, 2015 10:52 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!
Replies: 39
Views: 2726

Re: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!

Oooh, she looooooves it! :lol: I gave such a ball to my Rocky as soon as I got him home from his prior life. He loved it instantly. I call it (or whatever reincarnation of it he currently has) his "Girlfriend"!! My Rocky, definitely male, does the wide wings, the waving it around, the dancing around...
by MissK
Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: My kukku hass become furious suddenly
Replies: 11
Views: 1114

Re: My kukku hass become furious suddenly

Your bird looks like a sweetheart. :) Time will tell, or the vet can check a DNA sample for the sex. They can also consult on nutrition, though you can search for that info here using the SEARCH function. I am guessing your bird will relax about hands within a few months - just a guess - as you are ...
by MissK
Wed Feb 25, 2015 10:12 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Do Parrots Do Parthenogenesis?
Replies: 5
Views: 528

Do Parrots Do Parthenogenesis?

Chickens do it; Turkeys do it. Chinese Quail and Zebra Finches do it. (biologicalexceptions.blogspot.com/2013_02_01_archive.html)

Do Parrots do it?

Has anybody seen or heard of (with a reasonably reliable source) female Ringnecks hatching unfertilized eggs?
How about other parrots?
by MissK
Wed Feb 25, 2015 9:59 pm
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: My kukku hass become furious suddenly
Replies: 11
Views: 1114

Re: My kukku hass become furious suddenly

Nice points, Clawnz, and helpful.
by MissK
Wed Feb 25, 2015 12:03 am
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: My kukku hass become furious suddenly
Replies: 11
Views: 1114

Re: My kukku hass become furious suddenly

I have to agree that it would be best not to try to get him to fly when his wings are clipped. It seems an awful lot like dropping any other non flighted creature. Given I have no experience with his physical condition, I would still hope you will let his wings grow in. I think flight will be extra ...
by MissK
Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:17 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Moving home
Replies: 14
Views: 990

Re: Moving home

I really think your primary concern, about the transport confinement, should be physical safety. 1) Strong enough to maintain integrity even if it gets dropped, banged around, or attacked by another animal - I may be paranoid, but I use cable ties to lock any non-locking cage doors during transit 2)...
by MissK
Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:57 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: My IRN is extremely flighty and scared of people?
Replies: 4
Views: 664

Re: My IRN is extremely flighty and scared of people?

Hi. Your bird has simply not yet reached the level of comfort with humans that will let him live happily with you. He can gain comfort. I'm betting your cage is small. Can you try taking some time when you have a few hours, go in the bedroom with lots of great treats, and close the door, then let th...
by MissK
Thu Feb 19, 2015 10:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: first time going to the avian vet..questions...
Replies: 17
Views: 1238

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

You might also consider getting a fresh sample on wax paper just before you leave the house. You can fold that up to not lose hydration and you can label each for a Plan B in the event they don't produce at the vet's. But unless they are too bothered to eat, I think the Treat Transit Time is not ver...
by MissK
Mon Feb 16, 2015 4:29 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: ice storm coming... what to do with the birds
Replies: 7
Views: 759

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

Some have generators; some do not. Donovan's ice storm is probably getting ready to start right now while I, a few states North, am checking out my window for snow...... No Snow Yet. :? We're at 16 degrees F, 6:30 pm. How about you, D? ALSO, Donovan, do you know about Foot's Forecast? You should che...
by MissK
Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:18 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Moulting in Feb?
Replies: 10
Views: 1059

Re: Moulting in Feb?

I don't think three tail feathers at once to start is a moult. I would immediately suspect he got that tail stuck in something, perhaps even somebody's hand........ Let us know if anything else develops.
by MissK
Sat Feb 07, 2015 10:36 am
Forum: IRN Breeders
Topic: i am looking to adopt a young Cobalt blue Male.
Replies: 2
Views: 965

Re: i am looking to adopt a young Cobalt blue Male.

Just tossing this out there -- I don't think your bond is going to suffer if you don't hand feed a young one. I agree feeding by hand is important, but not so much about the age. If you come across an adult bird you like, consider him. As with a bird of any age, get to know your bird before you buy....
by MissK
Mon Feb 02, 2015 2:02 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: 4 month old IRN biting SOMETIMES ONLY- please read thread
Replies: 6
Views: 874

Re: 4 month old IRN biting SOMETIMES ONLY- please read threa

now here is my issue: alot of the time, he is just fine with stepping up onto my hand. he is always good with coming out and going back into the cage. the problem arises NOT ALL THE TIME but SOMETIMES when he is on an object outside of the cage eg. bench, lounge, tabletop, human head :wink: and i t...
by MissK
Mon Feb 02, 2015 9:25 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Need advice about getting my IRN a friend
Replies: 2
Views: 472

Re: Need advice about getting my IRN a friend

Chip! Chip! Here's my opinion! I think the right domestic companion for a male Ringneck is another male Ringneck. There is always the chance that two Ringnecks make more noise than one human can enjoy, but I think most parrots are prone to making some noise, so this may be a point not worth discussi...
by MissK
Fri Jan 30, 2015 9:43 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!
Replies: 39
Views: 2726

Re: Hi all, thank you and introducing Stella!

Just use a file or sandpaper. Some people wrap slippery surfaces, but it seems a lot of work to me, and then it gets dirty..........
by MissK
Fri Jan 30, 2015 8:00 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Pellet reccomendations
Replies: 23
Views: 2425

Re: Pellet reccomendations

Hey, we three must be cosmically linked! Too cool! I *believe* extrusion is simply the term for how some foods (for animals and for humans) are formed into those nifty shapes. I'm getting a visual of that Play Doh crank toy that lets you make Play Doh spaghetti............... Willing to stand correc...
by MissK
Fri Jan 30, 2015 7:56 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: Hello

I am delighted to brag on my birds almost any time there is sufficient tea in my hand to maintain a conscious state! :D You'll be sorry you asked! I am currently keeping the world's best Indian Ringneck, the world's runner-up best Indian Ringneck (sorry to my friends and their excellent birds, but a...
by MissK
Fri Jan 30, 2015 1:34 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: Hello

You have to choose ropes made only of clean, pure, natural fiber, without unnatural substance or treatment. Then you must watch the bird. If he is inclined to eat the ropes, remove them. If he gets stuck in them, remove them. Ensure there are no loops to choke or trap him. Try to keep them clean.
by MissK
Fri Jan 30, 2015 12:23 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: Hello

:lol:

Buy Boris a foraging toy and we'll call it even!
(no bill~)
by MissK
Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:12 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: Hello

Where do I send the bill?
:D
by MissK
Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:10 pm
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: What my Alex trying to tell me?
Replies: 3
Views: 585

Re: What my Alex trying to tell me?

If I have done this right you will find a picture of a sleeping bird...... Otherwise, Google for "image of sleeping parrot". https://www.google.com/search?q=image+of+parrot+sleeping&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=IR3LVPn1FIqNsQSX84DACQ&ved=0CDoQ7Ak&biw=1280&bih=622#imgdii=_&imgrc=rg68UEZ9iiffBM%...
by MissK
Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:24 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Pellet reccomendations
Replies: 23
Views: 2425

Re: Pellet reccomendations

Claire, I liked your chart. Particularly, I thought Watercress was looking like a nearly perfect source of calcium, because it instantly caught my eye as something almost anyone could grow at home and have fresh on hand. I was interested that the pellet chosen for compare was Mazuri, since that's in...
by MissK
Thu Jan 29, 2015 10:04 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Pellet reccomendations
Replies: 23
Views: 2425

Re: Pellet reccomendations

Billie laid 14 eggs in January last year, she laid two in October and two in November which she sat on, one this year which she started to sit on but between us it got broken.
AJ, just one question: At what point did it start to seem like a good idea to help Billie sit on that egg??
by MissK
Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:51 pm
Forum: Alexandrine Parrot
Topic: What my Alex trying to tell me?
Replies: 3
Views: 585

Re: What my Alex trying to tell me?

Do you hear snoring?
:lol:

Boris is most likely sleeping!
by MissK
Thu Jan 29, 2015 9:50 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Hello
Replies: 10
Views: 699

Re: Hello

It's a quick step from Boris to Doris.
by MissK
Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:52 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Looking of help to estimate age of IRN
Replies: 5
Views: 612

Re: Looking of help to estimate age of IRN

Try hang a bit of apple inside the front of the cage, stand far away, and use a zoom function. Alternately, set up a blind with a little camera lens hole. From here, and I don't know nuthin' bout nuthin', it looks to be an adult female. But you need more photos and the opinions of people who have ke...
by MissK
Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:45 pm
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Pellet reccomendations
Replies: 23
Views: 2425

Re: Pellet reccomendations

I read recently (online.... maybe at Psittacula World) that before breeding the wild IRNs feed up on fruit and after they go for grains. IF TRUE just that would encourage me to limit the fruits and sugars in a bird I don't want to be in breeding condition or mentality. People whose minds I respect h...
by MissK
Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Looking of help to estimate age of IRN
Replies: 5
Views: 612

Re: Looking of help to estimate age of IRN

Give front view of neck.
by MissK
Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:09 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: First time IRN owner from London
Replies: 10
Views: 663

Re: First time IRN owner from London

They will. We have a feral colony somewhere in New Jersey, USA, and here's their forecast right now, arbitrarily at the middle part of the state. Just in case it changes, it reports 21 degrees Fahrenheit and it's 1 AM. Tomorrow daytime they expect 33 F and tomorrow night 28 F and snow! forecast.weat...
by MissK
Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:58 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Bluffing.
Replies: 10
Views: 873

Re: Bluffing.

If sunflower seed is too big and if your bird likes millet, he may work for that, especially if it's the good stuff off the spray. I don't know why mine think that's better, but they do. Something in between is safflower seed. Any seed goes down quicker if it is already out of the shell and you can ...
by MissK
Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:49 pm
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Moving home
Replies: 14
Views: 990

Re: Moving home

It's unlikely you will be delayed by hours during your travel, so food is not needed. Really, unless it's going to be warm, I would carry water in a plastic bottle in case of need, but not have it in the cage. It will just be spilling anyway, and a trip of 15 minutes, even with an extra 15 minutes o...
by MissK
Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:42 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 5244

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

What a fine accomplishment for Skye! Mary, I tell you, standing in the living room, gazing upwards at a pair of Ringnecks on a branch amongst a bunch of greenery with bird noises of four species mixing around me, THAT is a wonderous time. I cannot imagine how it will be a year or two hence, as I am ...
by MissK
Wed Jan 28, 2015 12:10 am
Forum: IRNs Behavior & Taming
Topic: Moving home
Replies: 14
Views: 990

Re: Moving home

in addition to making the actual trip least bothersome, as Claire helped with that, I have some input on your arrival. You didn't say how long a trip, what transport, etc. If it's not too far I suggest you make a solo venture to sure up new cage placement, etc. Otherwise, consider the layout as you ...
by MissK
Mon Jan 26, 2015 1:38 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 5244

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

They could have, but they didn't. :D While I'm here, I'd like to make note of the great progress Sinbad has made in the 8 months that he's been here. When he first came, he was so scared I had to hide under a sheet and spy on him just to be in the same room. And the NOISE. Good Lord, the noise! On t...
by MissK
Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:02 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!
Replies: 109
Views: 5244

Re: Welcome Mr. Sinbad Silly Pants!

Cheap thrills today - Rocky and Sinbad are spending the afternoon in the "jungle" on top their cages. I have the doorway curtain drawn to keep them in the living room, and I peek in on them now and then. As I did just now, they're on the branch, facing my general direction. I poked my head through t...
by MissK
Sat Jan 24, 2015 9:16 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: Bob Martin pet products suspected of killing birds
Replies: 4
Views: 502

Re: Bob Martin pet products suspected of killing birds

Seriously.

Nothing for my pets, and nothing for me if it goes in the body and it comes from China. Not even coffee mugs.
by MissK
Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:46 pm
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: molossus
Replies: 9
Views: 1137

Re: molossus

He's vanished!
THAT is a serious loss to the community. I hope he is relocated swiftly!
by MissK
Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: IRN
Replies: 12
Views: 829

Re: IRN

I think you should stop trying to touch the bird. Make use of treats to show him you've got good stuff and you like to share. Let him get used to the idea of being close to you without worrying about getting touched. Let him learn to take food from your hand. Meanwhile, you take some time to learn h...
by MissK
Sun Jan 18, 2015 10:34 pm
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Sapphire flying in slo-mo
Replies: 8
Views: 1541

Re: Sapphire flying in slo-mo

Fantastic!
by MissK
Sun Jan 18, 2015 9:10 am
Forum: IRN Diet & Housing
Topic: Out in the Cold
Replies: 21
Views: 2041

Re: Out in the Cold

I don't want to be a total kill joy, but you're going to have to set up some thermometers and carefully monitor this project. You know how we don't leave pets in a car in the sunshine and we don't set caged birds in the sun with no way to get shade - you don't want to accidentally overheat the fids....
by MissK
Mon Dec 22, 2014 1:25 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Feather Plucking Section
Replies: 47
Views: 6550

Re: Feather Plucking Section

I exchanged some email with Dr. Hines a few years ago, don't remember why. I found him quite nice. I also wrote a letter to the body that wants to squelch him, and received no reply. I like his site and I wish him all the best, as usual.
by MissK
Sun Dec 21, 2014 10:57 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: 1.5 year old bird started plucking
Replies: 21
Views: 2177

Re: 1.5 year old bird started plucking

Hi. I just want to stick my head in and make one small comment about the shape of the cage. I do agree with Imran that is seems much to small, but in addition I notice it is round. I have read and also been told by a breeder that a round cage is not good. It seems that there are no corners for the b...
by MissK
Sat Dec 20, 2014 9:55 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: 8 month old with ring?!
Replies: 12
Views: 1224

Re: 8 month old with ring?!

Remember, "about" - it's not like an on switch. :)
by MissK
Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:51 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: 8 month old with ring?!
Replies: 12
Views: 1224

Re: 8 month old with ring?!

I'm so glad you're happy with him. Honestly, I'm sure baby birds are great, but I'm sold on the second-handers. :D Solstice because that's about when I start looking for Rocky to display evidence of his nesty thinking thoughts. I'm eagerly looking to see if he will act any differently this year beca...
by MissK
Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:58 am
Forum: IRN Lounge
Topic: Guess Whatt!!!
Replies: 22
Views: 1972

Re: Guess Whatt!!!

What's Anwaar getting for Christmas?

SOMEONE in my house has been completely busy looking after another human and nobirdie has any gifts lined up yet...... Time crunch!!! I need SIX gift ideas and QUICK or else they're all getting seeds in peanut butter!!!!!!!!!!
by MissK
Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:52 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New and a little nervous!!
Replies: 14
Views: 1256

Re: New and a little nervous!!

When Neptune has that first vet visit you can have a DNA test done. Then you will know if you have a Neptune or a Salacia or Amphitrite. I realize not everybody cares about this, but it just bothers me to run across a bird with a mismatched gender-specific name........ (Let me introduce you to my li...
by MissK
Fri Dec 19, 2014 9:36 am
Forum: Miscellaneous Comments/Questions
Topic: 8 month old with ring?!
Replies: 12
Views: 1224

Re: 8 month old with ring?!

So, where did you get this bird? I peeked at US Parrots on facebook, just a little. They had a pan of baby "blueish" Ringnecks photographed halfway through March. Later on in the year they posted a photo of (I guess) one of them as it was older, claiming it talks a lot and plays on the kitchen table...
by MissK
Sun Dec 07, 2014 9:42 pm
Forum: Feather Plucking / Feather Mutilation
Topic: Isolated Plucking Incident...... we hope!
Replies: 11
Views: 1151

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

Well, all, I'm happy to respond that Rocky has not had a moment's trouble with this since the original incident cleared up. In fact, I kind of forgot all about it, he looks so good. So, the end of this story is that house guests don't get to camp out in the living room where the birds live. Small tr...
by MissK
Sun Nov 30, 2014 9:32 pm
Forum: IRN Video Forum
Topic: Börek's video album
Replies: 22
Views: 2273

Re: Börek's video album

That last one is so funny. I loved it. It reminds me of a game I used to play with my beautiful old kitty - "Throw Stuff On The Cat", in which I gently piled stuff on the cat while she was lying around, until she got up and walked off. We played it often. :D