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I will be bringing home my new bird Tiki who was hatched in April, sometime the end of July early August depending on when he/she is weaned. I have owned a Parrotlet (Jose) in the past who I adored and he adored me unfortunately he was very sick due to an illness he most likely caught at the breeders and we just could not get him past it, he lived 2 short years before we had to put him to sleep, , it was a very sad time. It has been 2 years in October and now I am ready to open my heart up again to a new feathered friend. I have also been the mother of Oliver a Cockatiel Oliver was a very smart bird and talked and sang with little or no training from me I was a new bird owner at the time and a new mom, I had little experience at either really and really did not know what I was doing he faired rather well under the circumstances looking back I am surprised he did as well as he did as he certainly did not get the attention he deserved. I have always been interested in IRN's and was even considering getting one when Jose was alive but until we got him well I just could not do that. I have read as much as I can in books and articles but I need to know more for people who live with them every day; I need sage advice!! I do not know the sex of my bird he or she is a light blue with green feathers.
Thank you for any advice and stories you can share. I am a sponge right now wanting to learn everything.
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Look up thread taming Bob.
Irns are a bit bipolar. They need daily handling to remain tame. They are happier chilling out with you than being cuddled. At 2 ish years they go through bluffing which is an aggressive stage and can last a long time. Irn love fruit. My Bob loved grapes but only green ones, and orange. These were the favourites but he really loved anything. They have the ability to talk well but don't always talk. They love learning tricks and are intelligent and pick them up quickly.

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What would you like to know about them?

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Since I am so new to larger birds and from what I have read IRN's can be particularly difficult- what should I know the first few days weeks month- what are the must do's and the must not dos' if there are any. I realize using my instincts is the first must do but there must be some pointers out there. Thank you for responding!
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I don't have any experience at all with IRN besides watching Marnie videos on youtube...lol. I also have a bird named Tiki, mine is a pineapple green cheek, so named because her belly looks like a tequila sunrise!!
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I do find that with most birds, leaving them to settle does help, but the ringneck is a hard one. Ringnecks need to be handled daily to keep their 'tameness' otherwise they become very skittish. While settling in I would probably just do some very short handling sessions so you don't spook him too much as you really don't wanna over do it. As they're a baby I'm assuming they'd settle very fast and crave attention anyway At about 2 years old they go through a wonderful bluffing stage!

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I do find that with most birds, leaving them to settle does help, but the ringneck is a hard one. Ringnecks need to be handled daily to keep their 'tameness' otherwise they become very skittish. While settling in I would probably just do some very short handling sessions so you don't spook him too much as you really don't wanna over do it. As they're a baby I'm assuming they'd settle very fast and crave attention anyway At about 2 years old they go through a wonderful bluffing stage!
I have heard this before but what exactly does bluffing stage mean?

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They literally just go through a phase where they act all big n tough and you think they'd bite your head off but are simply 'bluffing' It's quite comical but if you've never dealt with it it can be quite intimidating! A lot of Asiatic parrots seem to be guilty of it in all honesty

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They literally just go through a phase where they act all big n tough and you think they'd bite your head off but are simply 'bluffing' It's quite comical but if you've never dealt with it it can be quite intimidating! A lot of Asiatic parrots seem to be guilty of it in all honesty
My female plet does this sometimes but she rarely bites when she makes a scene like she will lol.

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I remember this stage in my P'lt Jose; did not know what it was called , I called it something unmentionable on a forum.. LOL. I pick up Tiki this Friday form the airport- let the adventure begin!! I am a bit nervous I must admit.
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Hi Joyce,
How's it going with Tiki? Do you still have your cockatiel? We got one IRN lutino girl Tilly and two cockatiels Joe and Joelle. I basically came to birds like a virgin to a baby, my learning curve was and is very steep, we recently joined a Parrot Club too, this would help if you would have the opportunity also.
Our Tilly was very vicious when we first got her but I also believe she was scared about everything: new environment, new Mummy, new daddy, the car ride, 2nd day a new cage ( as hers was grubby, rusty, and toooooo small ) few more new toys, etc. Remember parrots thinking : STRANGER = DANGER
Give your baby time to settle, speak to her/him gently, They will soon come to you, need attention every single day. Plenty of foraging toys where you can hide food, to keep them busy. Natural perches in different sizes, ( I cut down paper bark branches )
IRNs are very smart and they learn very quick. Also google "Barbara Heidenreich" She is a famous bird trainer, we can learn a lot from this Lady. Hope this helps a bit for now

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Doing Wonderful- VERY tame!

Tiki is home and I cannot believe how tame and content he is- it will be 2 weeks tomorrow. He eats well and loves Salmon- we do not give him much and has only had it twice but he would eat as much as we would give him I am certain! He is a cuddly bird and will sit contently with me without me holding him, just sits and watches me talk- it is so cute. As soon as I have the time and patience to learn how to load pics I will do that- He has almost mastered a trick- he knows how to do it but I cant say he has mastered it yet- "turn around"- on his play perch. We just love him and my 5 year old granddaughter goes to school to talk about her bird- she has decided he is hers and will take him if we die!!! LOL She is so funny seriously always thinking head! (BTW my husband and I are only 51 and 56 no plans on going anywhere any time soon!) HAH AHAHAH
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Tiki is home and I cannot believe how tame and content he is- it will be 2 weeks tomorrow. He eats well and loves Salmon- we do not give him much and has only had it twice but he would eat as much as we would give him I am certain! He is a cuddly bird and will sit contently with me without me holding him, just sits and watches me talk- it is so cute. As soon as I have the time and patience to learn how to load pics I will do that- He has almost mastered a trick- he knows how to do it but I cant say he has mastered it yet- "turn around"- on his play perch. We just love him and my 5 year old granddaughter goes to school to talk about her bird- she has decided he is hers and will take him if we die!!! LOL She is so funny seriously always thinking head! (BTW my husband and I are only 51 and 56 no plans on going anywhere any time soon!) HAH AHAHAH
This is so lovely to hear, I am happy for you, enjoy Tiki and keep us updated what he does, what he learns, yes they are very smart

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