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Hi From QLD,Australia

Hello everyone.

My name is Alicia and I am the proud feather mum to 2 IRN's and 2 Budgies.

Yesterday we picked up our first Alexandrine parrot, she is a little rough around the edges and I was hoping I could get some advice.

Lovely to meet you all and I am excited to read up all about your babies
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to Talk Parrots Alicia to you and your flock from a fellow Queenslander. What part of Queensland are you from?

There are some very knowledgeable members here, so any questions you may have just ask away.

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Welcome to Talk Parrots, Alicia!
Can you post a picture of your Alexandrine so we could better know what you mean?
We'd love to meet your flock!
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Hi John,

I'm on the Fraser Coast Beautiful spot up here.

Hopefully they will be able to help.

Can anyone please point me in the right direction to talk about possible genetic/food/behaviour/disease all of the above?

The Alex we picked up yesterday has been immediately quarantined, I have her blood results from a recent test but I want to be sure before I put her near the other babies.

Im not sure if she is a plucker, or has had a bad diet or it was a breeding malfunction but her red feathers on her wings arent there at all, its just fluff. Her other feathers seem to be all nicely formed apart from being scruffy on the ends.
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Welcome to Talk Parrots, Alicia!
Can you post a picture of your Alexandrine so we could better know what you mean?
We'd love to meet your flock!
Hi, Id love to. What is the best way to do it on this forum? offsite link?

Should I do it in this post or take it to one of the specialised forums?
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Welcome to the forum! I absolutely love the Asiatic parrots

For genetics, I'd say go General ~ https://www.talkparrots.com/forumdisplay.php?f=12

For food ~ https://www.talkparrots.com/forumdisplay.php?f=18

For behaviour ~ https://www.talkparrots.com/forumdisplay.php?f=19

For disease ~ https://www.talkparrots.com/forumdisplay.php?f=50

I have kept 2 Alexandrine parakeets and I think they're the best companion parrot out there. I know that Kate loves hers too. There's a few more of us on the forum too but I'd say me and Kate would be the most active to answer any questions

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Hi, Id love to. What is the best way to do it on this forum? offsite link?

Should I do it in this post or take it to one of the specialised forums?
I personally use Photobucket and copy n paste the IMG code

You can post them in here or in the photo section

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This was taken this morning, As you can see her red feathers in her wing section are nonexistant.

The previous owner did tell me that she had been to the vet and had tests done and the put it down to bad breeding? Her beak is slightly smaller than it should be too from what I have seen of my Inlaws birds (they have 4) She is slightly smaller too.

I was hoping maybe it could be rectified with a diet change? or a vitamin addition possibly? But then she could be plucking them too couldnt she?

From what I have seen in the last 24hrs she needs enrichment, she cant hold anything with her feet. I tried to give her a piece of apple yesterday to hold and she just sat there eating it out of my hand instead. I also tried her on a peanut and she wouldn't hold that either.

She seems happy enough though, at the moment Beth is all tucked up having a good nap and has been eating smaller foods ok, she refuses to sit anywhere except on her pellet dish which is concerning me also. As soon as hubby gets home we are going to redesign her cage it was far too late to change it up last night when we got her home.

I also have her blood results if that helps with any levels or anything but its still in the car so I will have to wait until my husband gets home from work this afternoon to retrieve them.
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Please excuse the filthy rope perches in her cage she came with her cage and I didn't get a chance to clean them properly before it was too late last night
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Hello and welcome, pretty parrot well she may not be perfect because of bad breeding but soooo cute not to love Congratulations. I'm sure you will have a good time on the forum

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Aww shes a beauty!! Welcome to TP!!
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She's absolutely beautiful, regardless of being plucked! Do you know how old she is? She has some quite dark feathering around her neck so if she's not an adult bird then I would say you may have a he. Females tend to have the ring shape (like where it should be) but it's normally pretty green. I don't know whether it's just me or not that sees it so I apologize if it is As for the size of her beak, I know that Alexandrines have quite a few subspecies. I've had the Nepalese subspecies which is the largest and have enormous beaks Perhaps there is one with a smaller beak? OR she could be a hybrid between an Alex and a IRN? Alexandrines are such good eaters, I doubt you'd have any trouble getting her on to a good diet to help spruce up her plumage as well as improve her over all wellbeing. And boy do they go through toys too! I'm sure you've seen it with your ringnecks, but Alexandrines can go through a rope perch in minutes so be super careful with them

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Thanks Daisy,

We gave her her first shower this afternoon and she seems more content she is grinding her beak and tucking her head to sleep now.
We have also removed the main rope perch and replaced it with native branches instead, her cage looks far more lived in than it did earlier today. Im much happier with it now.
I have kept her very well chewed rope perch in for now her previous owner said it was her favourite so until she settles in it can stay but it will be going too.

I did notice after her bath her skin was a little red I will post up a picture in the morning. I am really starting to think she is a plucker, If her cage only consisted of what she came with then Im not really that surprised it was pretty bare. Hopefully we can break her out of the habit.

As far as I am aware she is between 4 & 5 years old.
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One of my boys was 4 years old when he just started to get his ring, they can start very late You most likely have a girl then though

They're really good for bathing too, I bet she loved it. It didn't take long for mine to get used to be doing it and they weren't remotely hands on at the time

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I think she was a bit shocked to start with but lifted her head proudly after a while. As far as I know she had never had a shower before so she has a lot of learning to do. Poor baby isn't going to know what hit her in this house our babies are royally spoiled.

She is currently sitting back chomping on some snow peas.

Next project- Foot toys. I have to find something she loves to get those feet of hers working.

She really wasnt what I was expecting when I got her I was a bit disappointed but I am going to make the best of the situation and try and help her out as much as I can, she seems really sweet and it will be a good challenge for me
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I think she was a bit shocked to start with but lifted her head proudly after a while. As far as I know she had never had a shower before so she has a lot of learning to do. Poor baby isn't going to know what hit her in this house our babies are royally spoiled.

She is currently sitting back chomping on some snow peas.

Next project- Foot toys. I have to find something she loves to get those feet of hers working.

She really wasnt what I was expecting when I got her I was a bit disappointed but I am going to make the best of the situation and try and help her out as much as I can, she seems really sweet and it will be a good challenge for me
That's the spirit Alicia, she can't help the way she is.

She's a lucky girl having you in her life, and I'm sure that you'll be suitably rewarded with love and affection for your efforts, and you'll have a friend for life.

Cheers,

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Hi Alicia and welcome. I like Daisy thought she may be a he that hasn't gotten his ring yet. My guys didn't get theirs till they were over 4. Also her head seems to be slightly flat which usually indicates a male, most males tend to have more of a block head compared to females.

Also she/he may be in moult at the moment. Mine are and they look like ? well I think you get the idea. But yes it is possible that plucking is occurring because of stress more than anything. But if the bird is finally going through puberty (some go through later than others) that will stress them enough. With all this weird weather we have been having it has thrown moulting times completely out of kilter. Mine moulted in November and now again January February, this has happened with mine before. It happened when the boys got their rings in. They moulted in November and got one black feather in their rings each, then in February they went into another moult and the ring came fully in after that one.

I am just trying to remember if mine use their feet to hold things like food, mine are in a large aviary, so I don't see them and the only time they are in smaller cages is when they go to a show. But there doesn't look to be any problems with grip as she is holding onto the feed dish quite well. When in a show mine do tend to favour the feeder over the perch alot of the time so I don't think that is a big problem, may just be an Alex thing.

With the size the first thing I thought of was an Alex/IRN hybrid. This has happened alot over here with people trying to get the IRN colours into the Alex. Most of the Alex's over here tend to be the Nepalese.

Other than that just try to give her plenty of fruit and veges. Mine like pretty much everything. Favorites tend to be apple, capsicum, pumpkin, silverbeet, endive, mandarin, chilli, snow peas, and they are rather partial to the odd Milk Arrowroot Biscuit.
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That's really interesting about the late rings. I am going to get the 2 IRN's Dna tested soon so maybe I should get this one done too.

This is the photo I was talking about of her skin, this was straight after her shower last night it looks a little inflamed?
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I would say it could be inflamed, I'd better see an Avian vet.
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Thanks Karin,

She had a splash around in her water bowl yesterday and got really wet and now its gone, But I am going to take her in anyway
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