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Old 02-12-2020, 03:44 AM
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I keep finding tail feathers of my ring necks at the bottom of the cage, (3 in the past 5 days)
I have a male and a female, they bicker sometimes. Should this be something to worry about?
I have had the male for 2 weeks and female for 5 days. Iím constructing a larger cage, could the cage size be the problem ? The seller confirmed the wrong age (saying 2 months but the males black ring is developed so obviously older than 18 months)


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Re: Losing feathers

She is likely pulling his out if she hasnít accepted him as a mate. This can escalate to deadly violence quickly. I hope you quarantined them and gave them enough time to acclimate to each other before you caged them together.


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Re: Losing feathers

Thank you for the reply,
I think she is losing her own feathers, and I introduced them to each other for 2 days before caging her, she lost one of her feathers when we just got her and my mom said it was likely cause of the way she was handled, Iíll try to separate them as soon as I can


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Re: Losing feathers

I also misread that as 5 in the last 3 days, but 3 in the last 3 days could be a normal molt.


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Re: Losing feathers

Okie thank you,
May I also ask for advice because all they seem to want to eat is shelled peanuts and Iím slowly introducing fresh fruits and vegetables. Are there any tips ?
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Re: Losing feathers

Yes; take away the peanuts Ringnecks are voracious and usually not too difficult to get on a good diet. Peanuts are extremely high in fat and protein and too many can damage their kidneys among other things. If they arenít breeding they donít need ANY peanuts. Breeders can benefit from maybe one peanut a day but you have to be careful of aspergillosis.


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Thank you so much, I appreciate it ! uwu


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Re: Losing feathers

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Yes; take away the peanuts Ringnecks are voracious and usually not too difficult to get on a good diet. Peanuts are extremely high in fat and protein and too many can damage their kidneys among other things. If they arenít breeding they donít need ANY peanuts. Breeders can benefit from maybe one peanut a day but you have to be careful of aspergillosis.


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Is this pretty much all common nuts? I try to avoid it but mine likes almonds, walnuts and especially cashews - all unsalted. Maybe a few a week.

Mine also eat the dry hulled millet from the supermarket and seed/pellet variety mix, but are very picky about what they eat out of that - they don't seem to touch any of the manufactured bits and only half the seed types.

I was going to try a popular pellet brand.

Of course I offer them fresh fruits and veggies and they only occasionally get deep into it.
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