New Ring Neck Mom

RebelEgger

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Hello everyone!

I am a new bird mom, I did have a cockatiel many (20ish) years ago, but I have forgotten anything I may have known then!

I adopted a 4-year-old female Indian Ring Neck, she moved in today. Her previous owner who loved her very much made the hard decision to rehome her as her 2 conures were bullying her.

I made 4 visits to her house before she moved in so she could get used to my voice and presence a little so she didn't have to move in with a complete stranger.

She does not talk, apparently, she whistles, I heard maybe a bit of that today but she has been screeching a lot trying to convince me to let her out, which I am not going to do until she has been here for a few days.

She is eating well and preening, she will take treats from me through the cage bars but if my hand goes near it without food, she gives a little hiss and backs away. I'm just trying to give her space and let her observe me.

I will have many questions I am sure, any extra advice on how to establish a bond with her is appreciated. Once I let her out I was going to introduce her to a clicker for training and try to use that as a way to build a bond and trust. I don't even know what to teach her yet!
 

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Hello everyone!

I am a new bird mom, I did have a cockatiel many (20ish) years ago, but I have forgotten anything I may have known then!

I adopted a 4-year-old female Indian Ring Neck, she moved in today. Her previous owner who loved her very much made the hard decision to rehome her as her 2 conures were bullying her.

I made 4 visits to her house before she moved in so she could get used to my voice and presence a little so she didn't have to move in with a complete stranger.

She does not talk, apparently, she whistles, I heard maybe a bit of that today but she has been screeching a lot trying to convince me to let her out, which I am not going to do until she has been here for a few days.

She is eating well and preening, she will take treats from me through the cage bars but if my hand goes near it without food, she gives a little hiss and backs away. I'm just trying to give her space and let her observe me.

I will have many questions I am sure, any extra advice on how to establish a bond with her is appreciated. Once I let her out I was going to introduce her to a clicker for training and try to use that as a way to build a bond and trust. I don't even know what to teach her yet!
So happy you adopted her 😊

She is probably hissing at you when you don’t have food because she doesn’t trust you quite yet.
The best thing you can do is begin, and I mean slowly since you’ve had her just a day, she’s probably scared and nervous, to get her to associate you with good things.
Many people like to designate a treat bowl that they drop a favorite treat into when they enter the room so the bird starts to learn that good things come from you.
When she’s ready to start training, I recommend beginning with target training as this can be a helpful way to get her to go where you need or want her to go without force.
Learning tricks isn’t necessary but it challenges a birds mind.
I’ve taught my GCC and Quaker a few different tricks other than targeting like spin, wave, flipping around a perch, giving a kiss and recall training.
 
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So happy you adopted her 😊

She is probably hissing at you when you don’t have food because she doesn’t trust you quite yet.
The best thing you can do is begin, and I mean slowly since you’ve had her just a day, she’s probably scared and nervous, to get her to associate you with good things.
Many people like to designate a treat bowl that they drop a favorite treat into when they enter the room so the bird starts to learn that good things come from you.
When she’s ready to start training, I recommend beginning with target training as this can be a helpful way to get her to go where you need or want her to go without force.
Learning tricks isn’t necessary but it challenges a birds mind.
I’ve taught my GCC and Quaker a few different tricks other than targeting like spin, wave, flipping around a perch, giving a kiss and recall training.
Thank you for the reply @zERo.
Yes, I'm sure she is scared and unsure, I would be!
She does have a designated treat bowl which I used, and she happily ate her pepper seeds, took peas from my fingers and a piece of banana.
I will definitely start with target training, I don't really care if she does tricks, I just want her to come to me when I need her to and go back in her cage without a fight when I need her to. Anything beyond that is gravy.
She doesn't shy away if I approach the cage and she was making some happy-sounding
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chirps and whistles earlier.
We are just quietly hanging out out now, she's watching me very closely. It's been a big day for both of us.
 

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Thank you for the reply @zERo.
Yes, I'm sure she is scared and unsure, I would be!
She does have a designated treat bowl which I used, and she happily ate her pepper seeds, took peas from my fingers and a piece of banana.
I will definitely start with target training, I don't really care if she does tricks, I just want her to come to me when I need her to and go back in her cage without a fight when I need her to. Anything beyond that is gravy.
She doesn't shy away if I approach the cage and she was making some happy-soundingView attachment 49685 chirps and whistles earlier.
We are just quietly hanging out out now, she's watching me very closely. It's been a big day for both of us.
She’s so pretty 😍
I love the mix of blue and green!

Was she able to step up in her previous home?
 
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She’s so pretty 😍
I love the mix of blue and green!

Was she able to step up in her previous home?
Yes she can step up (and did it for me 2x during my visits, although I think begrudgingly! lol)
She has displayed some hormonal behaviour with her previous mama, and has another behaviour I am curious about. I will get a video a post it in the behaviour forrm.
 

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Yes she can step up (and did it for me 2x during my visits, although I think begrudgingly! lol)
She has displayed some hormonal behaviour with her previous mama, and has another behaviour I am curious about. I will get a video a post it in the behaviour forrm.
At least she’ll do that! What’s her name?
 

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What a lovely name, well I hope she settles in well to her new home 😊
Thanks, me too! I feel bad for her being shifted around. We will give her the best care we can though!
 

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