6 month old aviary bred Indian ringneck

Alan M

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Hi all,
I'm new to this forum and have been reading what I can find on Indian ringnecks.
I recently purchased a 6 month old aviary bred Indian ringneck, I've had him around 3 weeks now, as in other posts I've read he flaps wildly around the cage when I clean his cage or fill his food and water, I can sit next to his cage and he will eventually calm down and will sometimes eat and drink whilst I am sitting there but that's as far as I've got with him.. He has a cage that can open at the top and I leave it open while we are at home. I have 2 finger tame budgies with both cages being in our living room. He spends most of his day sitting on a perch on the outside of the budgie cage going back into his cage to eat and drink then returning to the budgies.. In the evening he returns and sleeps in his cage. I was wondering if I should move our budgies to another room for a few weeks so I could spend more time attempting to gain his trust to tame him because at the moment he just wants to be as near to the budgies as he can.
All suggestions gladly welcomed as I feel we are stuck in a bit of a rut at the moment
 

dianaT

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:welcome: As you know being an aviary bird it will take quite sometime before he becomes a bit tamer.
He will have been used to the company of other birds so I guess that's why he enjoys sitting near the budgies.
I guess he does see your budgies coming and sitting on you?

Let's see what other members advise on this.
 

Michael Reynolds

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ok you can get or make a stand to use when you are free for most of the day and fit its food bowls to it. start with it close to the cage but slowly move it closer to you when your bird uses it whilst out the cage, he/she will slowly get the confidence to get closer to you and learn you can be trusted
 

Michael Reynolds

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I have trained wild, feral, aviary, parent reared, and hand reared ringnecks, but the most important thing is to gain there trust first. Just have a look at the posts I have made on Beryl a wild bird that become the most loyal and trusted bird I have ever known. I am wiling to advice on these birds, you can also look at the posts made by @Roz in the training section
 

Alan M

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Thanks.. Yes I will, I've just finished reading the thread from the poor guy who was getting advice on taming his ringneck that sadly died
 

DizzyBlue

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Hi and welcome to the forum have a read of these two threads that Roz wrote for us :)
https://theparrotclub.co.uk/communi...-and-parrots-who-are-fearful-of-humans.29148/

Time and patience don't be tempted to move on to the next things until these things have been sorted remember that each bird is an individual just like humans some can take a while to grasp and for the "penny to drop" what we are trying to communicate,
A bird is a prey species eyes by natures design to the side humans are predator species eyes to the front all we have to do is gain trust that ok we look like a predator but we can be trusted and then eventually be made into a well trained parrot slave lol
Birds of a feather flock together as they say which is why if you look in the garden if you see a starling with a flock of sparrows its for a reason … more eyes watching out to protect everybody from the predators if you happen to loose your flock. Defo keep the birdies in the same room together or your going to put the birdies under stress separating them and they are going to start yelling to each other and that will be a whole new can of worms to try and sort out with screaming issues.
 

Alan M

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OK so for the last 2 nights he's not returned to his cage preffering to sit on the budgie cage. I've noticed during the day that if my 2 budgies go anywhere near where he is on the cage he 'growls' and tries to peck at them through the bars, my budgies are normally very active and noisy chirruping away but are now quite subdued.. Stressed? Not sure what to do at this point. I did put a treat of apple near to his cage as Suggested by Michael but he wouldn't go anywhere near it.
 

Alan M

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The budgie cage isn't as high as his cage but it's only a couple of feet from his cage.
I only put some apple out for him yesterday but for the last 2 nights he hasn't returned to his cage. At the moment I have the top of his cage open so he can come and go as he pleases, but as I say he is nipping at my budgies and they definately don't seem themselves as he is on their cage for most of the day. Should I close his cage and let him out for a period then close it again when he goes back to eat? His cage is on wheels so I could move it to the opposite side of the room but not sure it would help. At the moment I'm not giving the budgies any outside time because of how he is towards them especially my young male budgie called Boris who he seems to have a deep dislike for
 

Michael Reynolds

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just put a cover on top of the budgie cage for now, this bird has not seen a budgie before, they are scared of each other but will soon get used to each being around, ringnecks are not known for attacking other birds but they do use there beaks as a warning, I have budgies and ringnecks out together, they often rest near each other,
 

Alan M

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OK at the moment I have a cover just at the top of the budgie cage, I put that there so the ringneck doesn't need to have his feet through the cage incase any nipping went on, should I cover on the top back and sides of the budgie cage so only the front is visible as he spends his time mostly at side and back of the budgie cage
 

Michael Reynolds

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I would cover the top and the side the budgies like to sit near for now, I want them to get used to each other with out them getting stressed
 

Alan M

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OK thanks I'll do that as soon as I'm in from work, in the meantime should I still give him free reign to come and go from his cage as he pleases?
 

Michael Reynolds

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How do you think his behaviour is like? is he chewing on things you do not want him to? mine do not cause damage so they have there freedom day and night
 

Alan M

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He bites the wire on the budgie cage and he's chewing on the blinds and runs up and down the window sill mostly
 

Michael Reynolds

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ok when you get home hide the food from the cage, he will not have the opportunity to go in and get it quickly when you leave the room, let him see you put the food back about an half hour before you want to call it a night, just sit down and see if he is hungry enough to get his food,
 
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