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Hi from South Africa

Post by Wessel Gordon » Mon Jul 18, 2011 5:52 am

Hi

I'm Wessel from South Africa and owned by four IRN's (1 mature blue female, 3 mature males - gray, silver and blue) and two budgies.

I've owned IRN's for about 6 years after my mom bought me my first one during a long illness. I still have her and we have this whole love/hate relationship going just like a married couple. I couldn't cope with her teenage stage outside the cage (she was handreared and quite tame) so I got her a blue male but he unfortunately flew off into the sunset. My next male was a silver that I got as a young bird and just at the time he was beginning to show his ring I had to go on a business trip for 6 weeks so missed all the fun of seeing it develop. My other males is a darkgray mutation I had to have when it became available about 3 years ago and the blue male is an adopted bird from a family member (he's also the brother of my blue female).

Hope to get to know everyone and their feathered family.

Wessel

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by SCB -SA » Tue Jul 19, 2011 7:12 am

Hi
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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by Wessel Gordon » Thu Jul 21, 2011 8:08 am

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'm looking for two females, preferably lutino or albino/white, so if you're looking for a home for one of your chicks PM me and I'll get in touch.

Wessel

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by SCB -SA » Thu Jul 21, 2011 10:36 pm

Where exactly are you from?
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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by Wessel Gordon » Fri Jul 22, 2011 1:07 am

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 the eye more..any suggestions? Have to admit the few rainbow IRN's I have seen are attractive.

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by SCB -SA » Fri Jul 22, 2011 3:01 am

awesome
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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by Wessel Gordon » Fri Jul 22, 2011 4:37 am

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?

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by Lushen1600 » Mon Aug 01, 2011 6:14 am

Welcome to the forum
2014 Pairs
Green x Green
DGreen x DBlue
DE Blue/ino x DBlue
Grey/ino x Albino
Pallidino x Lutino
DE Blue Turq x Grey
DE Grey Turq x Blue
Greygreen/cinn x DE Blue Cinn
DE DBlue Turq x Blue Turq CHWT
Blue x DBlue Turq
Blue x Blue Pallid
Lutino/blue x Blue

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by Wessel Gordon » Wed Aug 03, 2011 6:53 am

Thanks, Lushen

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by fladder » Sat Aug 13, 2011 10:55 am

Someone else from South Africa! yay:) I was wondering if IRNs are popular here..........
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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by Wessel Gordon » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:23 am

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 discovered on Friday that my 6 year old female is busy incubating her first ever clutch of eggs (we've spotted 3 eggs so far) which was quite a shock since she nearly always had access to a nest but never used it for anything except keeping warm since she's got plucking issues. Have to admit I can't wait for the eggs to hatch but since there's no way to say when the first egg was laid I will have to be patient. Don't want to disturb her too much considering it's her first clutch so I'm thinking a weekly nest inspection will have to keep my curiosity (and impatience) in check. The hen is light blue and the male is silver so I can't wait to see what possible mutations that combination could come up with.

Wessel

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by fladder » Mon Aug 15, 2011 7:06 am

That's so sweet! the young ones are sure to be gorgeous! I only have one IRN and I don't think I'll consider breeding, it's too stressful! Mines still a baby so for now thats more than enough to keep me busy :)
Hope your patience pays off soon :wink:
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Post by Wessel Gordon » Tue Aug 16, 2011 12:22 am

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. I've hand-reared a few in the past (including the hen that's incubating the eggs) but I think with this clutch I'll let the mother handle it. Being supposedly tame doesn't mean I'm tolerated close to either her food or her nest so it's a bit tricky to feed her.

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by fladder » Tue Aug 16, 2011 3:56 am

I look forward to hearing about your new babies :)
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Post by Wessel Gordon » Tue Aug 16, 2011 4:02 am

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 I have been proven wrong by birds before.

Taking the date of the last egg to calculate when they should hatch I should have new babies somewhere from September 1 and September 9.

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by Wessel Gordon » Mon Aug 29, 2011 2:39 am

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 having to borrow a spare cage from my sister to house the unrelated male. It's not as spacious as he's used to but at least he doesn't have to worry about another male trying to kill or seriously injure him.

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by Wessel Gordon » Tue Aug 30, 2011 12:49 am

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.

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by pinkdevil » Tue Aug 30, 2011 5:23 am

Hello from me as well.
Sounds like you have a nice little collection of ringies.
hahaha I know the feeling of finding an 'excuse' to go wandering out back to check on my birds. :lol:

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by Marie-helen » Wed Aug 31, 2011 8:55 am

Hi there!
I'm also from SA and new to this forum!
I have a great yellow female IRN and would like to breed with her.. however, she doesn't have a mate and I don't want to buy one and then she doesn't bond with him...
I feel sorry for her because she doesn't have a mate, but she is spoilt rotten and is very tamed.. she is also never in her cage, only when she eats and sleeps.. i am scared that she will get jealous if I get another one...
Any advice?

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by Wessel Gordon » Thu Sep 01, 2011 1:20 am

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.

In my case I didn't plan on breeding IRN's but nature decided otherwise. My female has plucking issues so I supplied her with a nestbox to keep warm during winter and she surprised me with 4 eggs which is due to hatch any day now.

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by Wessel Gordon » Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:06 pm

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 male.

I also still have the grey male that got attacked by the silver male, although I got him a grey female and they do seem to get along fine. I wanted to pair him with either a lutino or white hen but I couldn't find any mature hens of that mutations so had to take what I could get: the male was developing plucking issues but luckily it seems to be over now that he has a female companion.

When I purchased the grey female I also bought a white/silver bird of about 2 months old. He/she is unsexed so we'll have to see which sex it turns out to be.

So there's a summary of me and my flock of 5 IRN'S.

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by TiffandKari » Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:23 am

Hello and welcome to the forum!

Your fids sound stunning! Eventually I'd love to see some pictures!
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Post by Wessel Gordon » Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:32 am

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.

Wessel

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Post by TiffandKari » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:23 am

Thank you for posting me the link, what a beautiful bird, I love pictures of all of the different mutations :D
and wow haha I can imagine, it's hard enough for me to photograph my lone bird! :lol:
Thanks :)
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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by Wessel Gordon » Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:06 am

Thanks :-)

He/she is beautiful...the mutation stood out so much I just had to have it.

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Post by TiffandKari » Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:13 pm

Yes, it's a stunning mutation! So cute as a baby yet you can tell they'll be a very elegant and beautiful adult, no matter what gender they end up to be!
aaaahhh I love little colorful ringnecks :mrgreen:
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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by Wessel Gordon » Thu Aug 14, 2014 6:10 am

Another quick update.

I got a lutino female last week so I now have a flock of 6 IRN's.

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by BuksV » Sat Aug 16, 2014 12:09 am

Halo All
My name is Buks and I am From Sundra area near Springs South Africa, I started again with IRN end of last year.
I have collected 26 pairs of Ringnecks witch varies from Yelow to ADM.Pieds, Cleartails and Opalines.
and the colours vary from Green Cleartails to DF Violet cleartails and ADM.Pieds from green to Turq Mauve and Violet split for ADM.Pieds.
I really enjoy my birds alot.
This is a great site to meet and get more info about these wonderfull birds.
Regards
Buks

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by Wessel Gordon » Sat Aug 16, 2014 8:18 am

Hi Buks

Welcome to the forum.

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Re: Hi from South Africa

Post by BuksV » Mon Aug 18, 2014 8:37 pm

Halo All
My name is Buks and I am From Sundra area near Springs South Africa, I started again with IRN end of last year.
I have collected 26 pairs of Ringnecks witch varies from Yelow to ADM.Pieds, Cleartails and Opalines.
and the colours vary from Green Cleartails to DF Violet cleartails and ADM.Pieds from green to Turq Mauve and Violet split for ADM.Pieds.
I really enjoy my birds alot.
This is a great site to meet and get more info about these wonderfull birds.
Regards
Buks

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