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Mike - 2012-12-20
A general set of observations about our Plumhead Parrot. Ours (like others here!) is called Jade, a good cross-gender name as we don't know the sex yet. It was raised from just before fledging (so older than usual) and was difficult to feed, making cute 'I'm hungry' noises but not taking to the syringe at all well. It was raised with a Cockatiel and they are now inseparable- even calling to each other from separate rooms and sleeping in the same cage at night. Jade likes many foods, not at all difficult to feed, including seed, corn kernels, fruit and parrot pellets. It also eats grubs! Both birds plus another baby we have still have baby mix once or twice a day. Plummies have a strong beak which is also quite sharp but they don't appear to bite through anger, it's just that Jade likes to chew skin on my thumb! They are strong flyers, very fast and agile, but it pays to cover glass windows and doors as young birds have no idea of the danger from glass. When young they are also a bit clumsy when it comes to landing, especially on shoulders. We love our little guy heaps, despite being one of several hand-raised birds that have the run of the house or verandah or both.

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  • Terri Coker - 2013-03-05
    I purchased a 4yr old Plum last week. He had been in a aviary/pet store the whole time. I was told he's never talked but with 3 days he is saying I love you, Hi, and what'cha doing. He doesn't know how to step up, but is calming down and letting me feed him by hand. My questions is, should they have grit? Not sure of the benefits. I am giving him a calcium supplement and he is progressing well to fresh foods but not to pellets yet. My email is onsitefirstaid@aol.com in case I can't get my book mark to work for this page. Your advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
  • Clarice Brough - 2013-03-05
    Hi Terri, On your question about grit... gravel and/or grit is used by birds to help break down seed in the digestion process, but it is only needed for birds that eat the seed whole, like pigeon's and doves. Parrots will hull their seeds and nuts and eat only the soft inner parts, so grit/gravel is not a requirement in their diet. They do need a source of calcium, which you are providing with the mineral block, and you can also use cuttlebone for this.
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mary - 2013-02-27
up to what age do the rubino and lutino rosella breed, i have a pair ring nr is 2004?? is that too old, and when is their breeding season, I SEE THEY EAT VERY LITTLE SEEDS, is that normal ? also dont eat much of the fresh green, only nibble on apple ?

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Midoris mom - 2012-07-25
I got my ringneck about a month ago he was 2 months old and was on his last couple weeks of hand feeding. He was ratting treats out of my hands riding my shoulder playing walking around the house very happy.. Then one day out of no where he nibbled my hand. I didn't think anything of it as the breeder told me they go through a bluffing stage after winging off of hand feeding. The next day he was like baby jaws... All he wanted to do was chew he chewed up all his toys his little wood blocks... Now I can't pick him up anymore hell still eat out of hand and even come sit next to me but the minute I tell him to step up he try's to bite... What do I do???

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-26
    Ring necks are very much 'it is my way bird'.  They are somewhat affectionate when real little and hand feeding and go right to the terrible two's.  They aren't what I call a 'velcro bird' such as a conure who just love attention, play, pet and affection.  They are 'on my terms' bird.  He's also in what I call the 'teething stage' which most parrots seem to have. I think they are wearing down there baby beak but as far as they are concerned, everything is destrutible and they chew on anything.  This ends and they learn to play with their toys and then chew on them and break them apart.  Biting - don't give him any treats unless he 'steps up'.  Hold his beak closed and yell 'NO'.  You can accept 'his terms' and just learn his body language.  You can get him on a separate perch and use treats to 'step up'.  You can use your hands/arms and try and train him to walk up the stairs moving one hand over the next and saying 'step up'.  I know there are many many people who have Indian Ring necks and enjoy them immensely.  I have big parrots and I enjoy them immensely, affectionate, don't bite, silly etc.  Never had training or biting problems with any of them.  I have not found the 'ring necks' or others in the parakeet family(not including budgies) to be anything but very independent and difficult.  Conures are about the same price and wonderfully loving, afectionate, playful.  I honestly do not know if you can stop some of the biting.  They are just independent and they must do all the training and their human must obey.  The only reason I am saying this is because for me it has to be so difficult to 'bond' and have a fun/loving relationship with these guys.  They are handsome and enjoyable to watch and will be company on their own terms but a difficult bird.      They will fly to you and sit there but often times you can't pet them.  It's almost that a person has to train them to accept affection where most of the biggers guys are like a baby and want you attention and love. 
  • Sarah - 2013-02-25
    I got my female's wings cut and got a face washer and handled her in that and offered treated for some reason she took to my green face washer and soon knew it wouldn't hurt her and would let me pick her up. I placed her on my top and cuddle her until she was quiet and did that for a few weeks soon I was able to say scratch and pat her head without her biting. Mind you I did get heaps of bites one breeder told me to push my finger in not hard but enough to shock her. Does hurt but only had to do it 5 times and she stopped. Just takes time. I can now do anything with her from opening her wings up to scratching her head.
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Shames Alazawi - 2013-02-24
I bought a new bird a blue fronted Amazon she is really cute but she is very aggressive and there is something wrong with her feet it's not shaped right and she needs help idk how to help her cuz she wouldn't step up or anything instead she try's to bite me she is always shaking what should I do?????

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Chandni Singh - 2013-02-22
I have a Indian Ringneck parrot from 1999,when we caught him he is so small that he can't have the habit to eat his food,my mother grind the seeds and feed him after 1 year he was able to eat,he call me as didi,my mother as ma,my brother as banti,my father as papa and my small brother as enao...he laughs,cry,and play with me...he don't want to stay in the cage whenever he get any chance he get out from his cage and play with us...he loves my mother very much he can't see if anyone is crying...he stay us with like family member and he is my brother,my 3rd brother his name is MITTHU....my Sona...

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jayashree - 2013-02-21
usually when I called and whistle my 10 weeks old Alexandria he immediately gives a reply to me. but for past 2 days heis not replying as much as he did earlier. but to get attention and all he sounds slowly. I have recorder his voice and played for that he gives a good reply. he is quiet active and normal. he eats seeds, Fru noits. he hates inside the cage, always likes to be outside and to sit on my shoulder.

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Anonymous - 2013-02-21
I have a question. My family was given a parakeet when I was a child many years ao. The bird had flown to a family home and since no owner came forth, the birgd was given to us. The bird had quite a vocabulary then with several four letter words. While living with us, he was quite a loving pet and memorized many TV commercials as well as endearing phrases that we taught him/her. I was telling a friend who has a parakeet that does not talk. Am I wrong about the type of bird that we had? He talked much of the time and quite distinctly. I am not seeing anything about parakeets talking on this site and now I am curious.

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  • Jeremy Roche - 2013-02-22
    Attach a picture.

     
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Jayashree Manoharan - 2013-02-17
My 10 weeks old Alexandria always likes to sit on my shoulder and whenever he is hungry he sit on my shoulder and ask 4 food that too from my mouth. He likes mouth feeding. If I offer him that he dislikes he flew away from me and again come back to me. Only for past two days he started to fly. Is it a bad habit? If i put him inside the cage also he struggle to open it and he also sits on top of the cage (outside). Is it bad? If so how to change his behavior? Then how to give a bath and how many days once we have to give a bath. Jasmine Mam if possible give me Ur mail id. So,that I can sent u his video clips for the perfect guidance.

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  • Jasmine Brough Hinesley - 2013-02-17
    Flying is not a 'bad' habit. Birds fly naturally. However, if you are worried about losing your bird out a window or open door, then I highly suggest having his wings clipped so that you do not lose him permanently! Clipping his wings will not allow him to fly very far or get lost. To give him a bath just provide him with a large bowl of water on the bottom of his cage. If he wants to bathe, he will love the water and give himself a bath! Change the water daily.
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chris - 2006-12-10
I have a mixed opinion about Derbyans. Speaking abilities in birds were never a high requirement of mine so I will omit that part of vocal capabilities. I have two Derbyans. Both came from the same bird store. One which I handfed out and the other I bought later on from the same store. Both have standoffish personalities and dislike being touched. They will however tolerate being perched on a hand and seem content to extend that much of their comfort with human contact. As a veteran bird keeper I find derbyans to be rather unresponsive and quite frankly a useless pet bird if compared to conures or lories (though that is subject to opinion and individual bird personalities). They would however make gregarious aviary birds and probably enjoy that sort of setting moreso than a home environment.

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  • Renee Devera - 2011-07-23
    Chris,
    You don't sound at all as though you enjoy these birds. Do you still have them? I would be interested in purchasing a female from you, if you have one. If you don't, I would love some advice on where to get a female.
    Thank you,
    Renee
  • linda - 2013-02-16
    chris, i agree with you about the aviary part, but why then did you go and buy another one?
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Jayashree Manoharan - 2013-02-03
Hi, it's again about nane only he is an Alexandria parrot. Actually I live in an apartment so, I can't provide a huge cage for my nane. At present he is only 7 weeks old so I kept him in a card board box. But I like to give him a proper place. Is this is ok or cage is necessary? What can I do? Give me some ideas. Expecting your reply...

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  • kayla - 2013-02-03
    Eventually, your bird is going to need a cage (the appropriate size for your alexandrian parrot) I would get him a cage now so he will be accustomed to one and will be happier than just in a cardboard box because he is getting to be about the right age to be kept in a cage.
  • Justin Aside - 2013-02-11
    get the largest cage size appropriate for your bird. you may like your apt but imagine if where you lived was the size of your bathroom. the bigger .. the better.. size DOES matter in this case.
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