My Own Bird Place- Parrots and Finches
Approximately Week Old Baby Ringnecks
Breeding with My Indian Ringnecks (parakeets)
Indian Ringnecks are native from Africa and Asia. It is well known for these beautiful birds to cause extreme havoc with crops.
They come in many different color mutations. Personally I have had Lutino (yellow) White (albino) and a variety of greens.
At the moment one pair has had 5 babies.
The mother is blue, the father is grey. They produced 5 babies- 2 blue and 3 grey like their parents.
These 2 babies are from the last ones hatch, and they will be going to a new home. Now 4 weeks old and soon will be ready to be hand reared by their new owners. They will be fed from a spoon and kept as pets in their home.
These birds make beautiful pets and are great talkers. They love to interact and play with their owners, and are very cheeky birds.
Ringnecks generally breed from October to December. They lay from two to five eggs.
In some instances if you take the babies away from the parents soon after hatching and hand feed their babies, the parents may lay another lot of eggs and hatch them too. Its worth a try as long as you have plenty of spare time and lots of patience and the babies can be trying at times and will often bite especially as they grow older.
Training the young Ringneck
When buying a young bird a few weeks out of the nest you can still teach and train it as a pet.
Begin by placing it in the house in a smaller cage. Each time you go past the nest, talk to the bird by name. In a day or two try leaving water in cage but take out its food, except to leave a piece of fruit.
Now hold out your hand with very small spoon of seed on it. Each time you try the bird will get more used to you. It will then start to eat from the spoon. Now try feeding from your hand.
Gradually coax the bird onto your hand. If you persist in this manner he will be your friend for life.
Teaching bird to talk: Say the same name over and over again. It is best to use a two sylible name. When he learns that, teach him new words.
Hand Feeding Parrots
This is a great way to prepare young parrots as your pet, or to make them used to being handled by humans. If this is done at a very young age, start before they leave the nest. This is very time consuming, I kid you not, and very messy.
Not only will the young ones play up and make it hard for you to get the food down their necks, they will spit it all over the place. When you first start feeding them you wont know just how much they have actually eaten because they waste so much. Always clean birds after each feed, as they could catch a chill if left wet. I wrapped my birds up, leaving just their head out to keep them cleaner.
You can use a syringe, or a modified teaspoon, (bent up at the sides to form a spout). They need the food to be mixed with warm water. At first it needs to be a little runny, as they progress, thicken it up. Never give them cold or stale food. Always mix food fresh each time you feed them.
As they learn to fly feeding time will be more interesting to say the least. They will fly away at the first chance they get. Once they get used to you they will come to you as soon as you open up their cage. Feeding is best done inside a room, or they could escape.
Use this time to teach them to talk. This is best done by naming them. A two syllable name is best. Repeat this name only, when they know that then add more words or repetitively whistle a tune and before you know it they will mimick you. I had a bird that mimicked our phone. They are great birds and make wonderful pets.
Have fun and enjoy, they are a beautiful bird.
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Baby ringneck just got pinfeathers
Take photos of these beautiful memories. Its amazing how many times you will look back on the enjoyment that your pet bird or aviary of birds will give you.
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