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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-08-2010, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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My new ring necked parakeet (Sunny)

Hi my name is Ruth, I am from Bendigo and just bought a sunshine yellow female
young parakeet and I would like to be able to work with her so I can play with
her, but every time I put my hand in her cage she flies around and wont let me
touch her.How do I gain her trust to pet her and let her know I will not hurt her.
I bought her from a pet store and she was caged with another ring necked parakeet
the same as her.
Can anyone help me
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Ruth...Congrats on the ringnecked...they are beautiful birds! I've no experience with Ringnecks, but I imagine it's the same with any new bird. Give the bird a chance to adjust. She's very scared right now. I wouldn't attempt any handling at all right now. Sit by the cage, and talk to her softly. Let her get familiar with you, and your routines. In a few days offer her treats by hand. If she backs off, go no closer. Keep trying until she's comfortable. Be patient, and it will come.

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Congrats on your new bird! She sounds lovely! Ringnecks are generally fearful birds, especially if she's been housed with another bird. They have a tendency to lose their tameness if not handled regularly, if that makes sense. It's very important that you go slow, like Sharon said. Win her over with trust and love, and she'll be a companion for life Forcing her into doing anything will always leave a hint of mistrust between the two of you, so slow and steady is better IMO

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Welcome, good luck with your new bird!
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Welcome to the forum. I am happy for you and your new bird.

I don't know anything about ringnecks. I have never had one, and I have read that they are somewhat different in temperament from birds I have known personally. However, they are beautiful, and I really like them.

I agree with Sharon and Jenny. I think it is very important to work consistently with ringnecks because they will loose their tameness, but at the same time you don't want to scare them.

We have many members on this forum who personally own ringnecks and their close relatives, and I hope a few of them can speak to this question soon.

Again, congratulations and welcome.
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Smile My Ring-Necked Parakeet (Sunny)

Thank you so much for this information, I have put her into a smaller cage to help tame her so hope it will work, as long as my hyperactive kids keep it down.
I also have a Budgie who is just starting to let me interact with her as I have had her for about 4 months.
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