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Old 10-11-2019, 10:42 AM
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Hi everyone, I adopted a bird few weeks ago I believe sheís an African ringneck
The previous owner seems didnít take a good care of her she used to be very scared of anyone (recently less but still wonít trust hands, and a bit shy).
Sheís very quite and Iíll say very well behaved (lol) compared to conures and Quakers.
Is it possible to know her age? Her eyes are all black, and tbh Iím say her cos Iím not sure of sex the previous owner told me doesnít have a black ring so it must be a female but it looks very young
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Re: My first post, few questions about my new bird

Yes it looks like you have a young ARN, for sex you will need to wait or do a DNA test which only costs about $13 in the USA.


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Re: My first post, few questions about my new bird

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Yes it looks like you have a young ARN, for sex you will need to wait or do a DNA test which only costs about $13 in the USA.


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Is the DNA requires feathers samples? she gets very scared if i tried to touch her, the previous owner clipped her wings severely don't know if this's the reason she scared of hand this much, or should I take her to pet smart/petco and they can do it? also, any idea of the age is it less than a year
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Re: My first post, few questions about my new bird

It is most likely less than a year based on the eyes.


Yes the DNA test requires plucked feathers or a blood sample but no petsmart or petco Iíve ever seen will do that for you. If you canít do it yourself your best bet is a vet but be prepared for at least $100 bill.


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Re: My first post, few questions about my new bird

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It is most likely less than a year based on the eyes.


Yes the DNA test requires plucked feathers or a blood sample but no petsmart or petco I’ve ever seen will do that for you. If you can’t do it yourself your best bet is a vet but be prepared for at least $100 bill.


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Thanks a lot wish if i found your webpage before, are African ringneck as difficult as Indians, I found good progress with mine within 3 weeks she still fears fingers but not flying around when i try cleaning the cage or filling her food container and keeps on one leg when i'm close to her.

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Re: My first post, few questions about my new bird

I have to admit, Iíve seen them but Iíve never dealt with one in person. Iím really not sure how they compare as pets.


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Re: My first post, few questions about my new bird

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I have to admit, Iíve seen them but Iíve never dealt with one in person. Iím really not sure how they compare as pets.


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Any reason why they're not as popular as IRN? not lots of info about them online (is it because they're not as beautiful as Indians?) few articles mentioned they're more friendly as pets but that's it.
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Re: My first post, few questions about my new bird

If I had to guess I would assume itís a simple matter of colors at the moment. ARNs come only in green, while IRNs come in hundreds of color and pattern combos. If Iíve done my math correctly, even my relatively small flock could be combined different ways to make almost 200 visual possibilities.


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Re: My first post, few questions about my new bird

I think it's just that when breeders started successfully breeding parrots other than budgerigars and cockatiels, which is only within the last 150 for most species, they must have found IRNs before they found ARNs, because IRNs were already commonly captured and kept as caged birds in their native lands, being especially popular among wealthy and royal Indians whose endorsement no doubt helped increase interest around the world as endorsement by the rich and powerful tends to do for anything.
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Re: My first post, few questions about my new bird

Welcome and be welcomed. Slow and steady is the ticket with taming most parrots, you proceed at their pace and not at the pace of your expectations. Try and make sure you work with her every day. Figure out her favorite treat and that gets used exclusively for taaming and training. Be consistent in your methods, actions and words, so she doent get confused. Patience is the name of the game.
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