Caging a normally free flying Senegal & Indian Ringneck(together)

by Charmaine
(South Africa)

Is it possible to take over a Senegal Parrot and an Indian Ring neck, about a year old,(who are already friends), which have been allowed to fly freely in a room together and not handled too much since their hand rearing days, and re-home them where they'll get more attention but will have to be placed in an adequately sized cage when they are alone?

Also, at present they come and sit on their owner's shoulder but it doesn't seem that they have had any other training. Is it still possible to train/teach them both at this age?

Many Thanks.

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Feb 02, 2011
Caging a normally free flying Senegal & Indian Ringneck(together)
by: Linda

They will need a flight as large as the room they were in, so unless you have an entire room to redo and make theirs, you'll have to have separate cages for each of them, and these will both need to be 2 to 3 times minimum size for one bird used to being caged.

They are wild now which means most likely not tame as for handling like getting in and out of cage. Even wild birds will become friendly with their long-time caretakers, but will balk at handling when a human wants to do it.

They'll need to be seen by an Avian Vet in your area to clear them for infections, nail trims and wing clips. If you plan on taming them down, you'll need to have the 6 long primary flight feathers at the bottom ends of each wing clipped. Do not clip up any higher than this as it causes chronic pain and cripples birds. Just the 6 long ones on each wing is enough and will allow them to glide safely to the floor instead of drop like a rock.

At one year old, they are still able to be trained, and you'll need to look at some of the links here about training as well as the internet because these birds are NOT going to like being imprisoned in cages for a while. They will get used to them in time as they will you, but at first, you'll be the enemy. A trip to the Avian Vet is a must before any training can take place because birds under stress get sick, and these two will be under a great deal of stress. Make sure perches are safe natural wood branches and not dowel rods. Make sure they are going to eat organic pellets and the additions recommended on package. Harrison's is a good one. All seed diets are very poor nutrition and end up killing birds. Feed NO people food or drink. Here is a link about changing from seeds to pellets, and it takes time so follow instructions carefully:

Switching Birds to Pellets article

I want to wish you the best with your birds, and it is going to be a struggle to train two at the same time. The separate cages will help so you can work with one at a time. Good Luck and God Bless,

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