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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-15-2014, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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New To Ring Neck Parakeets

I am not a new bird owner but new to larger parrots. I had Jose until he passed from an illness about 2 years ago and had cockatiels and parakeets in the past so this will be a new adventure for me.

Any advice that will be helpful in our first few weeks home will be greatly appreciated. One specific question I do have is this: We had to have our Paralette shipped as the drive was simply too long- across country however with Tiki he will be only 16 hour drive without stops so technically 20 hour drive if we go and get him. Should we drive or will a 4 hour flight at most be less stressful on him? Thoughts and advice would be greatly appreciated, we would most likely attempt to drive straight through.

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I personally would take the flight simply because it's a much shorter amount of time to be in transit

Indian ringnecks are... interesting I love them, personally. I would try to be as hands on as you can be without scaring him too much as they are very nervy birds. If you don't handle him enough you'll find that he will soon become very much so 'wild'. They're hard to keep tame. Just keep offering him treats, talking smoothly etc. and I'm sure you'll get on great. Take baby steps

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Welcome to the forum. I agree with Daisy, the shorter flight should be less stressful. Congratulations on your indian ringneck. I had two for a while. The one was tame when I got her and never lost her tameness even when she went for a long time without any contact with me (when I went away to college). The other was not tame and never became tame, the closest I ever got to her without freaking her out was about 3 feet. I never tried to work with her. The tame one I had for 20 years, the untame I rehomed after about 10 years because her living situation changed to being inside the home as opposed to the aviary and she was not comfortable with it.

I love the ringnecks, they are one of the most beautiful birds (despite their relatively lack of color) and I guess they are pretty flighty, but I never had a problem with my ringneck, I don't like clingy, needy birds. The only thing I would warn you about is their loud calls and mine tended to be nippy when pushed too far.

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Thank you all. No decisions made yet- my husband is very interested in going to pick him up?? Time will tell I guess, it all depends on when he is weaned and ready, we are only able to go on one weekend other than that we are booked with other things.
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