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Healthy IRN (pics inside)

Hey guys,

I will be buying a 6 month old IRN, and I just want to know if the bird looks healthy for a 6 month old.

I have complete trust in the breeder, she has been very nice and I don't see any reason to think they aren't healthy, but sadly I haven't really seen a 6 month old IRN before, so I don't really know what one of this age looks like to be considered healthy, and it's a lot of money so I just want to double check. I will attach some pictures below and let me know what you guys think.







The bird looks playful and all, and as I said I have no reason to not trust the breeder, everything has been good with her so far, but I am just double checking here.
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Looks ok to me. He/she isn't fluffed up and doesn't look ill. Playfulness is a good sign of the bird being healthy. The tail feathers looks a bit tatty probably cause he's been hanging on the side of his cage, but doesn't indicate illness, with some TLC tail feathers should be back to being beautiful again. If you feel you have bonded with this bird then I think it's all good to take him home . See what others have got to say about him/her

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Well, I see no real problem. But, the poops seem almost watery to me. Must've been eating some fruit. Congrats!


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She says all her birds have a tail like that at this stage, but will become perfect after a while.

The poop I assume is because they are all still being fed once per day via forumula/hand-fed. She eats pellets/some seed with once a day formula (almost completely weaned). I didn't ask, but does the formula create watery droppings? That's my (inexperienced) guess on it.
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I guess it would do. I think she looks very healthy though and I love the lutino mutation you're getting. She looks active. The tail will be fine once you have her!

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She or he looks fine.

Here is my Indian Ringneck, Keiba, at 6 months old:

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Solace, every time I see Keiba I'm like

I absolutely love his colouring

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Very cute bird, Solace.

The "droppings" are actually pieces of the formula she feeds them, there aren't any droppings in the photos she says, so that's good.

Thanks for all your advice/opinions.
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What a beauty you found. Congrats on your new little bundle of joy.



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S/he's a beauty! Lutino's are one of my favorite IRN mutation Keep us updated!!

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Thanks guys.

I will pick her up on the 20th, glad to hear she is in good condition/looks healthy. I am excited to pick her up.
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Solace., that picture is stunning!
And congratulations! I bet you can't wait! She's adorable!




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I'm gonna need pics!


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Love the pics.
Irn get tails like that if the perches aren't high enough in the cage.

Solace, Keiba is beautiful as ever!

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Love the pics.
Irn get tails like that if the perches aren't high enough in the cage.

Solace, Keiba is beautiful as ever!
Her tail will get back to normal with proper perches? I have a 31 X 24 X 53 cage she will be going in, lots of space for perches and room to move around in.
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yeah,
If you look at marnie the irn on youtube he has no tail!!!

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I've never noticed that Kate!

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I didn't notice that either. He's such an adorable bird.
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The bird is adorable...are you sure six months, or did you mean 6 weeks? If the bird is 6 weeks, then disregard what I'm about to say, and please know, this is merely my opinion. I sure hope I'm wrong, but to me, these pics do not show a healthy IRN. I could be wrong, and hope so, but the condition of the feathers all over are concerning to me. I would ask the breeder to have this parrot checked by an avian vet for a full wellness check to be safe. Gosh, I hate to be such a downer, but I felt I should share my concern.

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Do you mean the tail picture? The other pictures I don't see any messed up feathers, personally. I've owned a few birds (never an IRN) and the feathers outside of the tail look pretty normal to me... of course I am asking for opinions/advice, so please let me know if I am wrong/what you mean by messed up feathers.

If you just mean the tail, I have talked to her and she said the tail will be normal after some time of her being with me. She said most of her birds have that type of tail but it goes away once they are in suitable cages and given time (others here said so as well) but again, please let me know what you mean, I would like as many opinions as possible and never owned an IRN before.

As for the vet, I plan to take her to the vet myself when I get her regardless, just to be sure, but if she looked sick or something, I'd have to reconsider the purchase.

edit - she is 6 months old.

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