Hi everyone, Most days I have a search through the birds ads just too see whats available and two just too be nosey, there is one thing I am seeing all the time is year old or older Indian Ringnecks for sale. There are loads of young ones for sale too in all their various colour mutations, but it is the older birds you see so regularily. It got me wondering to why? Are these birds too much too handle once they get older or just not what the owners thought they would be or just not suitable as companion birds. I have a parent reared 5 and a half month ringneck, who is a real poppet and getting better everyday. I have just started his training proper and hes doing well. He is fully flighted ( as is my Amazon), and he has a fly around the living room a few times before going back to his cage. I bought him because I had read in several books that they made nice companion birds although not a bonding type, and would need constant training and handling to keep them tame even if they were handreared. That does nt bother me as I have all day everyday to spend with them both. He has a large cage that he happily plays in and has even started to make noises and whistles now too so he must be happy. he eats everything and anything I offer him, except dried cranberries not so keen on them. For me hes been a really good choice and I am so pleased with him, so I cant understand why so many people are getting rid of them, yet loads of people are breeding them as companion birds. Are they suitable? are they better off in an avairy? I would be interested too see what you all think. No matter what my boy is staying, I know they are an active birds which is why he gets the oppurtunity to excercise everyday,( I lock the front door and close windows, so no one can come in unexpectedly,) Do people who buy them as pet birds find them not suitable? I dont know, but I am very happy with my boy.