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Updated on December 9, 2014

Approximately Week Old Baby Ringnecks

These are the parents of the babies
These are the parents of the babies

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.

Nearly four week old baby ringnecks
Nearly four week old baby ringnecks

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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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      Eileen Hughes 4 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks Pamela Kinnaird. Lovely story sorry it does not have a good happy ending though.

      Sorry to say no after about 25 years we shifted again We shifted the birds twice. But this time we could not bring them because we now do a lot of traveling when we have the money for diesel.

      I was sad to sell all my birds. Now I have to be content with the ones in the wild and take heaps of photos of them.

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      Pamela Kinnaird W 4 years ago from Maui and Arizona

      I love this hub! I'm glad I found it. Do you still have Ringnecks?

      I remember when we lived in Mesa, Arizona for a few years and there was a pet store that had a blue Indian Ringneck for sale at a very high price. It was way over-priced. So it sat there and sat there. I felt so sorry for it. I wanted so much to take it home, but we already had enough pets, so said my husband.

      I tried talking nicely to the manager of the big chain store. He had no intention of lowering the price so that it might sell. (And I have no idea whether this big box store screens the buyers at all to make sure the birds go to good homes.) He said they just send it to another store location if it doesn't sell within another month or two -- a different suburb of Phoenix -- and it might sell there. We moved soon after that, but I always remember that lonely little Ringneck.

      I'm happy to read a happy Ringneck hub.

      Voting up, awesome and sharing.

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      Eileen Hughes 7 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      blue parrot, I think what I meant was I thought the bird pic was ok, even though only got part of it. cheers, thanks for taking time to read

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      blue parrot 7 years ago from Madrid, Spain

      I don't have birds, but I teach my flowers how to talk, and it also takes a lot of time. --

      I am surprised to see that you own birds, since you told me that my blue parrot could be an avatar even with his signature beak more or less missing!

      You have nice photos, though, and so you know. --

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      That was a shame it was as though the bird couldn't go on without your mother. Weird eh. Most but not all parrots can be trained to talk if started very young. I am hoping for some baby kings this year. Thanks for stopping by

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      Dorsi Diaz 9 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

      Oh your birds are just too cute. I didn't know that the Ringnecks were such good talkers. I have raised many parrots, I don't have any now- my last parrot Kelly died the same day my mother died- it was the strangest thing, Kelly was a blue front Amazon, and talked a lot.Great hub and great job with your babies!

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Thanks for that

      check this out for the bourke parrots

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Nice article! I go through this with my cockatiels regularily.

      Great HUB

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Eileen Hughes 9 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      3- 5 eggs each year. Occasionally they will sit twice. Although we have never been that lucky.

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      mark 9 years ago

      very nice, how often will they lay in a year?