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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 09-11-2015, 03:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hi, I am new to this site and would also say new to hand rearing birds (the only one I have ever done, was a dove). To make a long story short I have a baby IRN , I guess around 3 weeks old, I know all the dangers ect ect ect, but it seems that this breeder just passed this baby onto the pet shop, where they know as much as I do, but don't have the time or wouldn't be bothered to pay the poor chick some attention.....

Ok, so our feeding is going good, with spoon, he (will call the baby he until I know the sex, LOL) is sleeping well and loves my attention, this is about 15 - 20 min cuddle or sleeping on my chest after the feed.

So I guess I am posting to make sure I am not completely of my rocket, to get a second opinion of his age ( will post pick ) and to make sure if it is normal that he is so active - At feeding time he will wonder around, normally try top speed to my hand as soon as he feels the comfort of it is gone and climb out of his nest in his box and moves around in the box, he seems very hyper...LOL

One more thing - I read on the internet you shouldn't allow the babies to nibble on you....not sure if this is only meant for a older age....but he is always trying to peck/nibble my hand until he falls asleep, I don't think this is out of hunger as he stops feeding himself and has a full crop that always empties to the next feed.

Ps Not really good pics, but he the start of the feather (think you call it pin feathers) is showing.

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Welcome to the forum, I have no clue how to feed or care for a baby IRN but I'm sure someone on here will be able to help you with info.

That is one cute chick! Congrats on getting your new fid friend.





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Congrats on your new fid. I have no idea either never owned one. Sorry.
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I would like to give the breeder a backhand should I ever meet them. Even unweaned chicks people sell are so much older than this baby. I would say about 2-3 weeks tops and that's pretty bad seeing as they don't wean until about 10-12. Not having a go at you at all! I just HATE breeders that sell unweaned babies. It's not worth the risk and it's just an easy way to get a quick bit of money in their pockets. My budgies don't even leave until a minimum of 8 weeks PARENT reared and that's a much quicker process

Nibbling is fine. Like most babies of anything, everything goes straight into the mouth. Just testing and exploring is all

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I would like to give the breeder a backhand should I ever meet them. Even unweaned chicks people sell are so much older than this baby. I would say about 2-3 weeks tops and that's pretty bad seeing as they don't wean until about 10-12. Not having a go at you at all! I just HATE breeders that sell unweaned babies. It's not worth the risk and it's just an easy way to get a quick bit of money in their pockets. My budgies don't even leave until a minimum of 8 weeks PARENT reared and that's a much quicker process

Nibbling is fine. Like most babies of anything, everything goes straight into the mouth. Just testing and exploring is all
Don't blame you, want to give all the breeders here a smack, I was really sad that I couldn't take care of his siblings to, I had to buy him from the pet shop..... They feed the babies with a syringe and tube directly into the crop, fill the crop and back into the nest and that's the way it goes until the baby is sold, the breeder I know back at home who was busy teaching me showed me other wise and gave reasons why this wasn't a very good idea, especially for babies that will be sold as "hand reared" But in any case.....
I know a bit, but not specifically about ring necks and don't feel that I had enough time training and therefor sometimes need reassurance.

He is 5 weeks now, in a day cage and eats his food out of the dish when I am to slow with the spoon...LOL , but I do have a new question, please see below...

Can anyone please tell me what the behavior on the video means? He use to come out of his cage on his own (was surprise as he is only 5 weeks old, but managed well ) and I have had him in his day cage since Monday - He started doing this late yesterday afternoon, now he sits and does this every time he sees me, if no one is in the room his quiet and when he sees that I have his feeding dishes he will come out ...... Please advise

Ok, video won't load......???? Link - https://www.facebook.com/chantel.tal...ideo_processed

He sits and bobs his head up and down while making a noise...scream / cry ???? Sometimes he will lower his head by his feet and bob it up and down? Will take long to come to me or not at all unless I have food, please advise don't want any problems later.

I have had him for 2 weeks and handle him 15 - 30 min after each feed, sometimes he will just sit and sleep in my hands or in my lap under a towel while I scratch his head, if I stop he looks up at me as to say ...go on..

Don't think he is sick , crop is empty or almost empty at every feeding, always empty in the mornings, no red or irritated skin.....

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When you feed him do you feed him until he physically won't eat any more? Sometimes birds will still bop their heads for food even after they're full, if not, try give him some more at the time? With one bird I raised I tried abundance weaning. I gave him food to pick at all day every day so he would get used to different foods but if EVER he begged at all I would give him food. It's reassurance for them

Sometimes the head bobbing could also mean that he wants to get to you Take advantage of it when he's learning to fly because you can get him to come to you and thus encourage flight training

Now I'm even more angry at the shop than the breeders! That isn't hand raising at all, it's force feeding and shoving them back. It's no love, no care at all. They won't make happy, socialised chicks How confusing and sad that must be for them

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Nope , if I feed him till he want's to stop I will most definitely sit with a stretched crop.

I feed fruit in between meals, but today I started leaving bigger peaces in his brooder - He is only 6 weeks on Wed. but he is kind of pecking at it and at least this is keeping him busy seen that he won't snuggle with his buddy or play with anything. Not weaning him, just thought it might help if he does still feel hungry, as he doesn't bite pieces of, but get more of the juice. I do check on him and his crop..LOL

He still seems really afraid of everything in our play time and my hands or body is always his get away - He tries to hide by me.

Petshop ----- I am so disgraced with the way they do things around here. I saw a pick of the baby I left behind....his living and seems alert on the photo, but most def alot thinner than my chick. :-(

Thank you for your help, I think he might be looking for attention sometimes - I am his favorite thing , but I don't always react on his request as I think he needs to learn to be ok on his own 2 - If he could have his way, he would be sleeping in my lap all day. LOL

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