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Old 12-02-2015, 01:18 PM
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Question IRN doesn't want to leave cage with both legs

My Indian Ringneck doesn't want to (fully) leave the cage. He always has to have one leg on the cage. I usually put treats and food right outside the cage and he just hangs from the bars and gets the treats or has one leg on the table and one on the bar. Sometimes he even hops around with one leg when he needs to move around a bit. He has never fully stepped down right outside the cage (on the table) with both of his legs.
However, when he flies away from the cage he walks around the room without a problem.
His legs aren't hurt. He moves around and walks around just fine.






Why does he do this? Is it that he feels more secure if he has one leg on the cage?
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:21 PM
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Re: IRN doesn't want to leave cage with both legs

It probably makes him feel a bit more secure to be close by the cage in case of something happening. Although they're captivity bred, they're still rather wild and it's just their natural instinct to be cautious.

By the way, he would need a different cage, that one is too small for him.
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Re: IRN doesn't want to leave cage with both legs

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It probably makes him feel a bit more secure to be close by the cage in case of something happening. Although they're captivity bred, they're still rather wild and it's just their natural instinct to be cautious.

By the way, he would need a different cage, that one is too small for him.
Agreed, especially about the cage part.
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Old 12-02-2015, 01:31 PM
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Re: IRN doesn't want to leave cage with both legs

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It probably makes him feel a bit more secure to be close by the cage in case of something happening. Although they're captivity bred, they're still rather wild and it's just their natural instinct to be cautious.

By the way, he would need a different cage, that one is too small for him.
Maybe it's from the picture's angle but I think the cage is big enough. I bought the biggest one I could find from the pet store where I bought the IRN from. They also recommended this one as a good fit.

It's: 65cm height, 45cm width, 30cm depth
Should I get a bigger one?

He can flap his wings, hop around, has space for toys etc...
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Re: IRN doesn't want to leave cage with both legs

They may not be in a country where it's easy to find a cage. If that is the case, you probably want to encourage some bravery from the little guy to get him to come out of the cage..with out his little leg holding onto it. If you can find something larger, it would be good for him too. Something that he can expand his wings fully and not hit sides, and same with his tail.

You are doing the right thing by trying to bribe him with treats. Just keep encouraging him and making him feel safe when out side of it. For stimulation inside the cage you could try to add some more interesting things for him to do. Little cardboard boxes, with a treat hidden inside. If you have safe tree's, you can use the branches as perches and something to chew on. If you challenge him with toys it will help him become more brave in other ways too. switching them out often too, he'll get used to new things that way. Even stuff like milkshake straws can be really entertaining to a bird.

He's extremely cute, with his little foot holding on to his cage like that.
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