Animal Stories - Indian Ringneck Parakeet

Animal-World Information about: Indian Ringneck Parakeet

   The Indian Ringneck Parakeet has been referred to as the "Noble Parakeet"! The species, Psittacula krameri, is also called the Rose-ringed Parakeet and contains four subspecies.
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Keenan - 2012-07-11
I just got my lutino ringneck a couple of days ago and his name is Citrus and he is quite calm but he won't let me pet him or get him on my arm. His wings are clipped and he doesn't run away when you approach him at a certain distance, he tells me when he wants to go out on top of his cage by hanging upside down. Sometimes when he tries to jump onto the couch he falls because he can't fly and I can't pick him up without a cloth and I know that this isn't helping the relationship between us and I have tried using food but he won't come to me please help me, cheers

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-07-11
    He's obviously not tame.  You will have to tame him which is a shame, however, it is do able.  You have picked him up with a cloth - so just do it again and take him into a bathroom or a small room.  Sit down on the floor with him and play with some toys.  Popsicle sticks, little ball, quarters, anything that holds his interest.  Wood bird toys or foot toys and just start to make friends.  You can start with the toys on a towel on the floor and then over time, put the towel in your lap and then start feeding him treats (for these little guys I like shelled sunflower or cheerios).  Let him get used to your hand and eventually he will let you touch him and then you should be able to pick him up.  This is not a day process, this is a few week process.  People believe that if they buy a parrot, the parrot is tame.  Unfortunately, this isn't true.  A hand fed baby that is truly hand fed is tame.  Up until about 20 years ago, most pet parrots were imports and actually caught in the wild and tamed.  So you can tame this little fella and you have lots of time to do it.  Next time though, I'd buy a parrot that is already tame, that you can handle, hold, pet and pick up - just like a puppy or kitten.  I'd also let the wings grow out.  These fellas will fly and yes you have to be careful with open doors and windows (real careful) but they get seriously injured without wings as nothing to break the fall.  It seems the big parrots will climb down the cage and walk but the little guys just fly.
  • Keenan - 2012-07-12
    ok thx ill give it a try, today when i came home i let him out ontop of his cage and i was sitting on the couch in front of him on my laptop, when all of a sudden he tried to fly straight at me and he landed in my hands, after he landed i tried to put him on the couch, he wouldnt get off so i didnt do anything but then he started to bite my hand so i flicked him off and yelled jail and put him in the bath and shut the door for 20 seconds and then got him out, i wont to know if im doing the right thing and if there is a much better or faster way.
chandra - 2012-06-02
We are getting our first bird, a ringneck in a week. I have read online you can't use non stick cookware, or candles or any scent stuff around birds. Is this true? I have non stick pans and candles and reed difusers all over my house. Can I just move the bird to another room when using these things?

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-06-03
    It is true. Non-stick cookware was made for the space program and is toxic to birds and actually to humans and I believe the US has banned the production by 2014. It isn't the cooking so much as the fumes if you burn something or overcook or heat something. Birds are very senstive to scents, fumes. Remember they would take them into caves or tunnels to see if the air was OK to breathe. Scented candles - one scented candle in another room is probably OK but all the diffusers releasing chemicals - I sure wouldn't do it. For the bird or myself. Also, aerosoles are toxic. So the good news is you will save lots of money on cleaning products and diffusers.
K Swapnil - 2012-05-31
I have a pair of rose-ringed parakeet......
They are now 3 months - apprx.

The male one is a little bit weak. He can't produce a high sound.
He can't make even good grip with his claws. He looks as if he is tired.

What to do.....

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-31
    Obviously the best thing would be to find a vet. If there isn't one available then let's get the little fella warm and fed. Turn a lamp on so it shines on just a corner of the cage so he can go to a place where it is warm or cooler as he feels he needs. I would sppon feed him baby bird formula - whatever you have at a pet store there. If you don't have bird formula, then feed him baby food from a jar heated slightly with a spoon. If you don't have baby food, then mash up cooked sweet potatoe or mashed up vegetables so he can eat more and easier. He might have been weaned too quickly. He might be ill, but he just might be hungry.
pauline penny - 2012-05-06
I bought a ringneck parakeet 2 years ago, he is a great guy makes me laugh, we have never spent time a part, I am due to go away for 3 days in July but I am unable to find anyone willing to look after him whilst I am gone. Is there such places like catterys for cats and kennels for dogs, WHAT about our beloved birds, please can anyone help

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-05-06
    Try looking for a PET SITTER. They usually advertise in newspapers or put up a brochure at a vets office. There might be a web site for a PET SITTER in your town. Vet will usually board as well.
Eugenio - 2012-04-25
I was just wondering if someone could help me with my Baby Ring Neck Parakeet? I bought him from a pet store in Medina, KSA about three weeks ago, and the feeding was going fine with a seringe and Cerelac (wheat baby formula), but for three days now, after he started flying around, he hasn't fed much! What can I do? How do these parakeets transition from formula to seeds eating? I have seeds, but he has not touched a thing! Please help!!

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-04-26
    Your little one is probably not eating the seed because you are doing such a good job feeding her. Being she is flying around (she has sorta fledged from the nest) and should be eating seed but she's full. Stop feeding her during the day and just give her something before she or you go to bed. Give her the amount she will take and then gradully reduce it a little every few days. She may not want the formula anymore at all and that is OK. Just watch and make sure she is eating the seed. You can give her little treats (cheerios) with your fingers too and then put a couple in the seed bowl so she gets the hang of it.
Cindy - 2012-03-21
I just bought a female indian ringneck. I have had 1 week today. The breeder I bought her from said I need to hold her and rub her neck at least 2 times a day or more if allowed. I have been able to hold her 2 times in a week, for about 10 to 15 mintues. She will not let me touch her. Those 2 times I did I had to use a glove to get her. When I do get her she will step up from the hand with the glove to the hand without the glove, about 4 times then she flies off. I want to be able to hold her and her ride on my shoulder. But I feel chasing her around to catch is not good. Please tell me what to do. Thank you Cindy

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-21
    I am sorta surpirsed the little gal didn't freak out just with the glove. It would scare most birds. Chasing it is just not a good idea - again you will frighten it. You have only had it a week - give her more time. She needs to get used to your voice, the sounds of the home, TV etc. Right now, everything is new and scary to her. You need to just let her out of her cage and let her come to you. Use treats to feed her with your hand or let her out on the table when you eat. She doesn't have to walk in the food - just give her a little plate with some of what you eat on it. You are her flock and security. She will come to you. When she flies down - which she will - pick her up and say 'UP'. Then put her anywhere you are comfortable. Then do 'up' again. Practice 'up' on the bed. Just lay down on the bed and let her come to you. Go slow and wait till both you and she are comfortable and not nervous.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-22
    OK she is being stubborn for sure. Let's try putting her food right outside the cage door. At least put treats and a small something to play with outside the cage door. Millet - they seem to know what it is and they love it. Ritz cracker, cracked walnut, cheerios or fruit loops - set it just outside the cage door and then slowly move it an inch or so further out every few days. Make a perch for her out of tree branches and put her on the cage with a food and water bowl.
  • Cindy - 2012-03-22
    Thank you for your reply. I always keep the cage door open during the day. I close it if I am going to be out of the room for more than a couple of minutes. But most of the time it is open, she never comes out. Maybe one day soon she will come out on her own.
richard ramos - 2012-03-13
i just bought a male rose ringed 2 days ago. Is there anything I can do to help it trust me fast. It's not hand tame and gets scared when I put my hand into the cage. I don't know how old he is.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-14
    You will probably have to sit by the cage and talk to him and try and give him treats for a few weeks - not just a day. You just sit there and leave your hand outside the cage and talk softly and let him come to you. Then whne he is comfortable taking it from your hand - open the door and give him treat at the door - your hand should block the door opening itself. Then step 3 is to let him come out. Make sure it is in a safe area without windows or mirrors and just let him out. He will settle and then you will have to start to train him to 'step up'. Ringnecks - not hand fed - are not easy to make PETS but they are social and will enjoy their human companion. But you have to go at his pace.
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-13
    Hi, putting your hand in the cage is not the way to go. You are a really big person next to that little bird and it scares him. King Kong jumping into your bedroom at night while you are sleeping. Talk to him, sing, laugh - let him see you and get used to your voice and movements. Wait till both you and he are relaxed and that might take a few weeks. Start giving him treats through the bars of the cage and let him get used to the closeness of your hand. Let him come out. You can put some food just outside his cage door or just open the door and see if he comes out. Ringnecks on more sit on your shoulder or arm bird than they are 'PET' bird. You are going to have to go slow and let him warm up to you. Can't go fast.
  • Richard ramos - 2012-03-13
    If I put my hand by the cage to give it treats it justs moves to the other side. And what if it does come out of the cage -- how do I put it back in without scaring it?
Milica - 2012-03-11
Hello, I have a 6 year old female. She wasn,t hand fed, but, now she is very tame and likes to play with me. I have an offer for a 3 years old male but he is wild. How difficult would it be to tame him? And more importantly, would she change her behavior? Is it wise to buy this bird to be her companion?
Thank you

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-03-11
    It isn't terribly difficult to - tame them and you have already done it once. However, now you are going to have a male and a female and most likely they will pair bond so unlikely they will be tame and if they are to some extent - probably won'g be during mating season at all. Doubtful you would be able to play with either of them.
Angie - 2012-02-16
I have a pair of Indian Ring Necks that had a clutch of 5 eggs, only 1 was fertile and hatched, but died because the mom didn't feed it. Now I have 3 fertile eggs and I am afraid that the mom won't feed them again. I bought them from a lady that said she didn't want any babies, so when the pair would have eggs she would take them out and throw them away(cruel). Do you think the female will feed them this time, or should I plan on taking them out? How do I take them out if they hatch every other day? As they hatch? Will she hurt the others if I do pull them one by one? I have never done this before, but I don't want the babies to die. Please help. Thanks.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-16
    They say and I have found the first couple of clutches are free. It takes a clutch or two for mom to learn to incubate (actually sit the eggs) and it takes time for mom torealize that she has to feed them. With that women throwing the eggs out, mom never learned. They are not in the wild where they see other memembers of the flock, breeding, incubating andfeeding. If you see mom is not feeding the babies and it is day 1, I would just use a pipette and give the baby a drop of Pedialyte (warmed from grocery store) You can do this by placing the Pedialyte water on the top of their beark (toward the end) and they will catch it as it falls. Day two - if she still isn't feeding them - do the same thing but use Pedialyte and mix it will formula for birds per instructions on back. Day 3 = if still not feeding you followinstructions and by this time the second egg (if fertile will be hatched). If you don't let mom learn to fee, she never will. Pull the babies if she harms one and feed them but give her another chance with the next litter. Shorter version - if she doesn't attempt to feed them, you are going to try and show her to feed them. OK? Good luck love birds are tiny.
  • Angie - 2012-02-16
    I understand what you are saying about putting it on the babyies beak so it will have something, but how am I gonna show mom how to feed? If I stick my hand in there where she can see me or get a hold of me, she will tear me up..?
  • Charlie Roche - 2012-02-16
    WOW not tame huh? Sorry about that, I just in error assumed they were tame as my bird parents always were. You can't then. If you can close off the entrance to the nest box to prevent mom from ripping you up, you can try and just feed them in the box. If not then, yes, you would have to pull them as they hatch and place them in a brooder or start them at a 95 degree temperature somehow. Feeding Indian Ringnecks from day 1 - is no way going to be an easy task. Maybe that is why the woman threw the eggs out. I have hand fed from the egg for many years with many different parrots and no way would I be enthusiastic about this task. I would do everything I could to have mom feed the eggs. I don't think you'd be able to close off the nest box and actually help to the extent the babies would live. I don't think - unless you are a really experienced hand feeder that you would be able to feed these guys and have them live. Best chance is with mom and letting her learn. Hopefully that works. I wouldn't want to feed Indian Ring Necks before the age of about 10 days - so the oldest would be about 15 days and the youngest 10 days. I'd pull them all at one time.
Lauren - 2012-01-20
hi all

i was given a breeding pair of stunning ring neck birds but they are totally wild dont think they where ever handled how can i train them both to allow my family to touch and play with them pls pls help me >>>>.

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  • Clarice Brough - 2012-01-20
    Taming mature birds that are wild is a long process of patience and love. In your case that is coupled with the fact that you have a breeding pair. They are bonded to each other, and perfectly content with that. Success in taming is much easier with a single bird that is looking for a friend. It will take a lot of time, a lot of patience, and may never be totally interested close companionship with humans. It's great that you are giving them a good home, but your best bet may be to pursue breeding them, and then handrearing the babies for pets.
  • cheryl broach - 2012-02-06
    I have a ringneck and he is a pain in the ass half the time, but he does talk and is friendly only when he wants to be. when he flys and lands close to the floor, he will let ya pick him up but thats about it, I've had him for about 7 years now. about how old do ya think the are, and are you sure of there sex? good luck!! cheryl