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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Victoria - 2011-11-05
The mother of my 50 day old Indian ringneck chick is sick and won't feed her baby. Will the father ringneck feed and care for the baby without her helping. Or will I have to take over the job until the baby is weaned. They live in a large aviary, There are no other birds in there with them.

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  • Charlie Roche - 2011-11-05
    Doubtful the dad would feed the baby. Baby at 50 days old is close to being weaned and you can hand feed but also offer the baby food - cheerios, cracked walnuts, vegetables etc. There is formula at pet store and you can feed with a spoon just follow directions on the formula bag. Good luck and at 50 days old the baby is about ready to leave the nest anyway. They usually leave 6 - 7 weeks.
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Steve and Fran - 2006-09-12
Our lutino male ringneck "Cheech" thinks that he is a human being. He is subservient only to my husband (also Steve, perhaps it is the curse of the Steve!) and the rest of the family have to bare his ire! He doesn't talk, screams whenever he wants to be let out, hates our budgie and african lovebird even though they try to be friendly, does the white eyed thing pretty much constantly and refuses to play with toys, eat anything but fruit and peanuts in the shell and has a terrible death wish to eat an avocado (we know, they are deadly to parrots but he REALLY wants one!) as he knows that we wont let him have one (they must be good!) he has been caught sitting on a packet of frozen pork mince chewing through the wrapper and will sit on hands and shoulders under sufferance however HATES his head being touched let alone scratched (we have never managed to scratch his head) and is very suspicious of humans in general and would rather that they just got him lots of fruit in an endless stream than go anywhere near him. All in all he is a bit of a handful! We wish that he would talk but I think he is probably too old for that now and wouldn't do it anyway if he thought that he wanted us to! Thats about all now as we have to go and get him some more fruit!
Steve, Fran and family

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  • dana - 2011-09-18
    That is very funny :)
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rashed - 2011-09-15
How to know if my lovebird is a girl or a boy please tell me? And please tell me what a lovebird eats and what a indian rose ringed parrakeet eats

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    Leila - 2011-08-10
    Wow! You've got an amazing story behind your birds! Way back then, handfeeding was really your thing! And what a large number of chicks you fed! I wouldn't be able to do that! Really! That is why your birds have really bonded with you. You were really confident at your skills - that is truly wonderful to hear. Wishing you many happy years with your pets. As for your outdoor birds, do they winter outdoors?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-10
      I hand fed them all - and as they got older they paired. At least some did. I set them up in an aviary and they could go inside or outside - lived in Florida at the time so really never cold. They could be indoors or they could be outside in the flight cages. They then had babies and I hand fed them too. I just loved it.
    • rashed - 2011-09-15
      yes your true
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    Leila - 2011-08-10
    Oh I see, so the weather was just good for the birds, which made it all the more easier for you I guess. Are any of your birds talking? Tell us more of their antics!

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-11
      My absolute favorite funny thing to tell was Peppy (Panama Amazon) loved to watch Ninja Turtles.
      He would laugh and make their sounds and fight etc. Company was coming over and they came to the front door and husband, wife and two teenagers came in. Peppy - whose cage door I never closed said very clearly "Drop your drawers, I have a pistol"

      Peppy did not like just one person - my mother - and I don't really blame him. His cage door was always open and when he wanted to rest or sleep, he would go in his cage and close the door. He had a perch on top of the cage and a perch haning from the ceiling. If you wanted him to go in his cage all you had to say is "Grandma is coming over" and he would make this horrific growl and go like the dickens to get in his cage and close the door.

      One day Grandma is over and she decides that Peppy should like her. She goes to the cage and Peppy says clearly "Peppy be bad bird" She went closer and Peppy said "Peppy be bad bird" I told my mother to leave Peppy alone but then he had never bitten anyone and kids running around the house etc. My mother went closer and Peppy flew off his perch, dive bombed my mother and bit her really good through the arm. He flew back and said "Peppy be bad bird" The kids and I ran in my room and laughed like crazy. They didn't like grandma either but Peppy let her know. It is so funny what they know or how. Peppy was my hero on that one.

      Birds can speak or some just are quite vocal and expressive but they understand so much.
    • Leila Peters - 2011-08-11
      Wow! That bird is really clever! And he is no "bird-brain"! What an interesting story to tell! Grandma must have been put off birds forever! So you are saying he's as clever as a child, hey! Amazing! And you mean to say he closes the cage door himself!?!
    • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-11
      I don't know about grandma being put off by birds but Peppy sure didn't like her. I got Peppy when my two girls were two years old and Peppy was 2 days. Peppy pretty much kept up with the girls until about kindegarten. Movies, jokes, attitude was pretty much the same. So yes, I think birds are quite intelligent. I really never closed the cage doors on most of my birds. They could go in and out as they choose. They did close the door themselves at night or during the ay if they didn't want to be bothered. I had a couple that would manage to get into trouble and I did close their door at night after I learned. Nothing terrible - one would break out of the house though and it took me awhile to figure out it was going out the doogy door. Little things. Have fun with yours and enjoy.
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    Leila - 2011-08-09
    Thats very interesting! You've really bonded with your pets and they to you! A home without pets is so boring - they might be a lot of work but it is a real life enriching experience! Gosh, I would think to handrear baby birds is really difficult, but it seems I'm wrong!

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-10
      Yep, some of my pets were/are a litle crazy and lots of fun. I went to purchase my first had fed baby - 30 years ago and I drove about 3 hours to this flea market - where you should probably never buy a bird. My daughter had to take speech classes and I though an amazon would make it more fun for her. I went to the bird booth (2 guys that had been breeding for years) and here were all these baby amazons - no feathers - sitting in fish tanks with sawdust. I told them what I wanted and they told me to pick one out and they marked it and said to come back in 8 weks. I said "NO" I want to take it home now. They said I didn't know how to hand feed and I told them to show me. The two guys were about 6'6 and 6'8 - huge and I am 5 feet. They laughed and said OK - hand feed these guys and then come back and do it again in 4 hours. I hand fed about 60 parrots right then (they showed me how and watched me). Then I went around and browsed. Then I went back and hand fed all 60 again. I took Prince home (a yellow nape that picked me out). Never bought a bird with feathers after that. I had a few before that had been fed out but Prince stole my heart.
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    Leila - 2011-08-09
    Wonderful birds you have! You mean to say you had them since they were young? Im sure they are such beautiful companions to you. Yes I hope to get a yellow boy soon. Perhaps I can rear a chick or two! As for the blue one, he totally ignores the yellow one. So I'd better take him out and bring him inside as a pet again!

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-09
      Yep, I had and have some great birds. I hand fed all my birds. I got them all as babies - Peppy was just two days old. Some - based on personality - were just extrmely attached to me and I to them. Those just would not accept a feathered mate. It was a lot of fun - interesting and never dull. Bring the blue one in and just enjoy him. Who knows someday -he might even fall in love with one of the yellow ones babies.
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    Leila Peters - 2011-08-09
    Yes! yes! you are so right! The blue one is more interested in us humans than the yellow pal I got for him! She actually was "going flat" but the blue one was like, "blah!" I really love the yellow colour - its really deep yellow. Gosh! Your parrot of 25 years! Thats wonderful!

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-09
      OK well you figured it out. The blue one wants a human mate - and is happiest with a human mate. Someday at some time for no reason that could or might change but maybe not. Your yellow one wants a hubby. You like the yellow (and they are very attractive and easy to tell males in ringnecks with the ring around the neck. Not very expensive so go get the yellow gal a hubby and have the blue one for a pet. My pet 25 years - he is a pip. I hvae another Czar - in the photo and he is 27 - and he will not enter the room if my husband is in it. Just my husband - he is fine with anyone else. Peppy (the little amazon) is such a character - never know for sure what is going to come out of his mouth.
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    Leila Peters - 2011-08-09
    Well, Charlie, the hens got a breeding box and she frequents it, even sleeps in it. She has bred before I got her. My cock is like six years old but not use to other birds as he grew up with people only. I have heard also that birds of the same color will breed together only, unless they grew up with different colours. I think the solution is to get a yellow cock.

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-08-09
      OK. Much of the time a parrot, when they have been a pet for years, have no idea what it is they are supposed to do regarding breeding. They just don't do "IT". There hasn't been a flock around them that they could see the mating and they have no idea what it is they are supposed to do. Your blue guy could be like that. It may take him awhile to catch on. She may be able to show him. It may take awhile. My Peppy (an amazon) was about 12 years old and I found a proven female and set Peppy and her up in the aviary. When she tried to "DO IT", Peppy would scream andyell "HELP MA" and you could hear him above all the other birds. I decided Peppy should be my coimpanion and forgot about the breeding. Peppy did manage to find a gal he did like but he was 25 years old or so. He learned from other birds. You could get a yellow male and keep the blue one for a pet and have the best of both worlds. However, if the yellow one has never "DONE IT" you might still have to wait and be patient.
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    ala - 2011-04-11
    Hi,
    It's a question or all please my indian ring female parrot has laid one egg in her cage. I did not know what to do to help her take care of her egg kindly help me what to do?

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    • Charlie Roche - 2011-04-12
      You can take something like a small plastic dish (butter dish) and put some small pebbles in it for weight and then a bunch of grass twigs etc. Then put the egg in it. She will probably sit the egg for a few days and realize it isn't fertile and give up. But at least she had "the thought" for awhile. Now, if there is a male involved in this, I would set up a nest box. Female birds sometimes just lay eggs (chickens). Not all that unusual but rarely with the larger breeds.
    • Ali Salar - 2011-06-11
      Firstly remove egg from cage because it might be broken and place egg in warm place like cotton or wool and simply collect all eggs then give all her eggs after 10 days in nest box.
    • Leila Peters - 2011-08-08
      Please bear in mind that if there is no cock the eggs wont hatch. For successful breeding supply breeding box and a cock bird.
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