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Terrified and Leaping

Discussion in 'Ringneck and other Keet Street' started by Kima, 11/8/18.

  1. Kima

    Kima Meeting neighbors

    Vancouver, BC
    I have recently rescued a young female IRN. She was found outside. Has a broken wing that has healed over which vet does not think is worth re-breaking so she is flightless. I've had her a little over a week, and she is absolutely terrified of me and any other human. Come too close, and she literally throws herself off of or out of her cage when possible. She falls like a rock, doesn't flutter at all.

    I'm familiar with special-need birds, my Quaker is a plucker/self-mutilator who I brought back from the brink of death. He is also flightless, but if he falls, he flutters down to break his fall. He is doing great now.

    My IRN - Kiwi - eats well and is calm with my Quaker and me if I'm not too near her. She takes treats from my hand and seems to like it when I talk to her. But when I'm in contact with her physically (I have to take her out to clean her cage and get her back in it if she jumps out) she is in full panic mode. Eyes shrink to pin-pricks and she screams (usually silent) and she just keeps trying to jump away. HOWEVER, she can step up and will, but then just frantically wants back in her cage.

    I know you'll probably tell me what I already know - time, patience and treats, but as I'm not familiar with this bread, I thought I'd ask. Is it normal for them to jump like that? [​IMG]
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  2. LSA

    LSA Rollerblading along the road

    Parrotian Castle
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    I'm sorry. :( I adopted a bully of an IRN (male, ~18yo, blue) :rpg6: who is a flighted self- mutilator on antipsychotics. Off his meds, he tries to break off his beak, tries to chew off body parts and literally bangs his head on the cage or wall or window, etc. :mad:

    I found he was most comfortable in a TINY transport cage. The other birds live together in a birdroom, but he lives separately. Everybirdie is aware of Glenn and knows not to disturb him.

    He loves looking out the window. With the climate change, I made a fake window with fake birds for him. (He's not impressed.)

    I was working with some behaviorists who recommended something that is working for my disabled pionus as well. To avoid additional stress caused by swinging toys :scared3:, attach them at top and bottom.

    The most important things are love, trust and patience. Often this is hard as I deal with him and my pionus. A member put it perfectly when I was at my breaking point, Glenn knows you love him :heart: and trusts you enough to show you his real self. He knows you'll love him when others have given up on him.

    Please feel free to PM me anytime. Times will get harder, but you know this. We all just need a break or a soft place to land ourselves sometime!:hug8:
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  3. Fergus Mom

    Fergus Mom Rollerblading along the road

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    I just wanted to say I hope she will become more comfortable as time passes. She's such a pretty girl. I have no experience with IRN's, so hopefully you will get some tips from the experts here.
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  4. Birdbabe

    Birdbabe Joyriding the Neighborhood Celebirdy of the Month Mayor of the Avenue Avenue Spotlight Award Avenue Veteran

    The valley of the sun
    Your right,,,time and patience. :hug8:

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