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Hi from me and Bella

Hi I am new to the site. I have had Bella who is an Indian ringneck for 5 months and hes settled in well. I named him Bellas as I was told he was a female, however he has just started to get his ring so I am pretty sure Bella is a male. He does seem to enjoy my company but we are still working on taming. I can feed him peanuts from my hand but thats about it. Yesterday I did make a little breakthrough and he let me sit with him outside the cage and get quite close.
I am trying using a glove as I have read that ringnecks are scared of hands. Hopefully this will help once he gets used to the glove.
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Hi Wendy and Bella, Welcome to the forum.

We love photos of birds here so if you'd like to share any of Bella please do.





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This is Bella with his favourite toy and treat.
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Bella is very beautiful and she/he might be a hen. Female ringnecks do get a slight light greenish colored ring around their necks. A male/cock bird will get a full dark ring after 2 -3 serious molts sometimes it can take a year and a half before you see the perfect ring.

A male ringnecks feet are usually not as thick as the female ringneck. A cock ringneck will open his wings in a heart shape and bow you will notice that his eyes will pin as he does his display. If you place him in front of a mirror and he does this display you can see if you have a male or female.

I have a friend who use to have a ringneck and she ordered a DNA kit online. They sent her the kit asking for a few feathers which she sent back to them. They told her she had a female instead of a male. It didn't cost her anything to do this so look online and see if you can find a site that offers free testing and get Bella checked out. You might just have the hen you thought you got.



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Hello and welcome to the forum

I would say that you have a young male, not quite old enough to have a complete ring yet. I had a hen, you can see her in my siggy, and she barely had any ring definition at all (she was in her twenties when she passed away)

As for 'taming', I would try teaching her how to work with a clicker and target. I feel that almost any animal within reason can be trained using this method and it's force free. I think it's great and it's worked wonders with my birds in the past. It's good for biters or anxious birds

I will be a negative nancy and say that I would not be feeding peanuts what so ever, even more so in the shell. Peanuts can harbour a dangerous mould called aspergillus. This can give birds a really awful fungal infection called Aspergillosis. I had to treat a bird with a low immune system that caught it once and it was horrible. Very long and drawn out! As well as the risk of catching Aspergillosis, they are also incredibly fatty and therefore aren't ideal as part of the diet! The best training treats I have found have been hemp seeds, cut up grapes or small pieces of apple. Hemp seeds are obviously more convenient
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Thank you. I had no idea about peanuts. He loves grapes and apple too I think I will have to train him with them instead from now on.
He has had a pale patchy pink ring since I got him but now he has had a moult, I can see more black coming through each day. The photo doesn't really show it up very well.
He was an aviary bird and the person I bought him from would only say that he was under a year old so I don't really know exactly how old he is.
I have looked into DNA testing but I am not sure how I would get the feathers and I don't want to loose the little trust I have built up so far.
I am starting to target train and are keeping the target close by so he gets used to it before I start to use it. At the moment he gets scared by the target being close. I have put it at the bottom of his cage so he can get used to it being near.
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What I did was put the target just threw the cage bars so they could walk over to it should they be sat on the same perch. It could take a considerable amount of time but it worked well with nervy birds and I use it now for Holly. It helps me move her away from her dishes so I can change them without losing blood

He does seem steady for a parent raised aviary bird so I think he will soon come around. Just to be sat there chilling out and taking food from you is really positive. Indian ringnecks are sadly bought and sold a lot because of the cute YouTube videos of them talking and a lot of people don't realise that they're not overly hands on. Most of them are adult females that have had their wings clipped in the UK, sold as tame babies. It's an awful thing. Don't get me wrong, they can make excellent companion parrots but I think many people lack an understanding of them. Has he started to bluff yet? They pin their eyes, lunge at you etc. but don't open beak bite you... odd things! I love seeing them flying free. When visiting Amsterdam I saw wild IRN and Alexandrine's flying in large flocks around Vondelpark
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I will try that and see if it helps tonight I have also put my glove in the cage so he can get used to that which seems to be working as he has been over and had a look.
I did a lot of research before I found Bella and I did notice that there was a lot advertised as young males 6 months old etc tame and talking.
My research told me that they are nervous birds and can take a while to tame so I was prepared for a lot of work. Therefore I havent tried to push him and waited for him to feel comfortable. I am soo pleased that he finally seems to feel at home and exploring more. I feel that we are actually starting to form a bond. He is definately worth all the hard work and patience.
I would love to see them in the wild some day, I bet that was great.
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Hello Wendy! Welcome! Bella is beautiful!
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