Need Help About IRN please!!!
Posted 09 May 2011 - 07:53 PM
1 So they both have dark black eyes, when they will change their eyes colour ?
2 I have short time to train them i just pick them at night and bring at my room and then talking and playing for 3,4 hours, so they pick my words and they will talk?
3 Here is few pictures of my birds will you exactly tell me they belong which generation/type ?
4 From what i come to know that who is male/female ?
5 After how much time the ring appear around the neck ?
Posted 05 August 2011 - 05:32 PM
They are not sexually mature until a year old, which means the males' ring won't appear till around then. If you house them together and they are male/female you could risk them mating and the female becoming egg bound. Hens should not be bred before around a year and a half. Do you know if these two are related? If you bought them from the same breeder and they are the same age it's possible they are, in which case they should not be housed together ever. Mating could result in weak or deformed chicks. What do you mean by you have a short time to train them? They will both need hours of attention and training to be happy tame birds. It takes a lot of work and repetition to teach a bird words and tricks, but it is possible for an IRN to talk. I'm not sure what you meant by generation.
Posted 13 August 2011 - 12:30 PM
The eyes do not change colour but they 'grow' into them moreso as they get older. When they are calm the eyes are basically all black showing, if the eyes go white called 'pinning' well that means they are angry or excited best to give them a bit of space. If they lunge out at you or snap at you, again space is needed because IRNs can get quite territorial about cages/their 'space' also they can get VERY excited and can get 'silly' also if you ask them to do something they dont feel like they will lunge and warning bite or fully bite.
So with step ups after the bird does a few 1-2 sunflower seeds as treat a day is good, or a small piece of a walnut or almond or millet they are great training tools to get them to learn how to step up when you need them to. Also fruit can be a huge modivation tool and a forage tool you can wrap it up in paper and place in the food bowel so the bird rips at paper and gets the treat inside or hide the fruit in a forage toy easily available at the pet store.
My birds are 2,2 and 3. Charlie is the main talker basically he learns phrases easily. When you walk by the cage say hi and be quite animated and very happy to see them. The best times to train are when birds are alert and interested in what your saying they might look at your mouth or make little noises back to you that eventually turn into words. Taking them into a seperate room one at a time for 15min twice or three times a day and just say hello in a voice similar to a parrots can help just say Hello or their name over and over again. Any attempt of speech on their behalf offer a bit of fruit a seed or a bite of millet. Charlie says probably 30 different things and lots of different 'noises'. Sammy has always been quite hyper and has his own little chat system that is birdie but lovely and unique he does try and talk sometimes but I dont really train him as he isn't to interested but would be more so if he spent time alone with me but he prefers 'flock time'.
Ollie can say Hello. He is learning to talk because I always talk to him but he is very very shy! He tries to perfect his speech before talking so he doesn't get embarrassed.
Ollie and Charlie are spectacular whistlers!!! Wolf and dog whistles are favourites.
Dancing lots in front of them and if they bob to the music give them lots of praise and a reward.
Charlie almost has a full ring, he is 3 now he will fully get it on his next moult.
Ollie and Sam started to show slight redish/pink and black parts from about 1 year old after their first moult. They are now both two and will grow more black/red in on their next moult which is soon. Birds will have full ring after 3 years of age after that moult.
IRNs can be quite bossy and silly, be very gentle and loving with them. A good diet and 12 hours sleep per day and lots of toys, foraging and shredding really helps. Foot toys can be safe wood bits, paddle pop sticks are a favourite as are lids! Just be careful of anything metal or to much string on toys it can kill them. Food loads of veggies mainly leafy greens just not cabbage and lettaces as they can cause stomach upsets, some fruit everyday as reward, sprouts and pellets are the healthiest IRN diet to make sure they live 30+ years and dont get sick. A bad diet can cause a lot of behaviour issues like screaming biting and being far to energetic and silly.
Good luck with your IRNs. Dont worry when they reach around 2 years of age and have a 6 month stage of NAUGHTY behaviour!!! Just love them, and accept them. They need to be loved and accepted to get through the transition to adulthood or they will have a lot of behaviour problems after. Just ignore the bluffing and love them they will be amazing pets!!!!
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