Desiring to obtain a ringneck

Jan 11, 2013
Hi everybody. I am possibly getting a ringneck in March:D. From all my research:22: these guys have a charming and intelligent peronalty. The only problem is the breeder has not handled these guys lately :eek:(they are four months old will be Six months when I get mine) and I know they require daily handling to keep them tame. Being my first bird (my husband has an untame parakeet he will not let me tame because he does not want the bird to favor me over him) I am wondering if you have any advice on the subject.:confused: I really do have my heart set on a ringneck although a parrotlet is an option as well.:blue2:


New member
Dec 29, 2012
Melbourne, Australia
Ozzie - alexandrine parakeet
Indian ringneck are lovely parrot, but they go through a bluffing stage where they bite and attack hand. Some can become very nippy. And some are a 'one person parrot', that's why I prefer alexandrine parakeet.

Have you thought about them? They are basically a bigger version than a ringneck. Yes, they cost more, but I personally prefer alex than ringneck. Some does go through the bluffing stage, but not as bad as ringneck.

If the breeder doesn't handle the babies for a few days, it shouldn't be a big thing to worry about. But you can always have a look at anther breeder or other parrots.


New member
Sep 2, 2012
United States
1 year old Cinnamon Turquoise Indian Ringneck and a 10 year old TAG. (RIP Sydney, my silly 60 year old TAG, we miss you dearly)
If your heart is truly set on the ringneck, and you have done lots of reading, then by all means go for it. I got my IRN at 3 months and he was the first bird that I had in many years. They can be a REAL handful when it come to the sexual maturity phase around 1 1/2 to 2 years, and how bad the bluffing is completely dependent on your IRN as an individual. But if you can stay calm, and have time to work with them everyday they will bring you years of wonderful companionship.
Ask if you have questions. I got the best advice from and older man who used to raise ringnecks.
You won't know until you try. :)


New member
Feb 3, 2013
Blake - Grey Indian Ringneck parakeet
I got my baby when he was 3 months old, and he wasn't handfed or tame at all. I had to do it from scratch, and it didn't take long. His bluffing phase only lasted around 2 weeks or so, He is now almost 9 months old and hasn't started talking yet either. He doesn't bite at all, it's very rare. he usually just nips as a warning, and really he hasn't ever bit my face or anything. he's Not aggressive at all he's just very scared. He is a one person bird for sure, since even if he sees my mom or my sister everday he doesn't want anything to do with them. He still won't let me give him scratches or tickles, which is reasonable considering he wasn't hand fed which means he isn't comfortable with hands at all. Even during his bluffing phase, he's never drawn blood ever with his bites. He isn't a noisy bird, though he enjoys making sounds when I'm around. He likes to be on my hand/ shoulder, and he's pretty tame to me. I did get mine when he was a baby though so It's obviously easier when they're younger. I'm also home all day usually since I'm sick & homeschooled So I spend hours and hours with him every day. He's pretty spoiled. :)

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