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I have kept Indian Ringnecks for many years and have gained a lot of enjoyment from them.
One problem that I have heard of from a couple of new-comers to aviculture is buying expensive mutations and then becoming disappointed for various reasons. I only buy birds I really want and never with the idea of making money. It is not always the sellers fault either. I sold a blue Indian cock and a lutino hen to a casual friend – he simply would not believe me when I told him all the young would be green. The hens he breeds will be split for blue and the cocks split for blue and lutino. So a basic knowledge of genetics is an advantage!
Indian Ringneck Aviaries
Indians tend to live and breed in any size aviary but I think the bigger the better applies – if you have the room. Some people say that young Indians erratic flight causes injuries in long aviaries but the only times I have has this happen is twice when young birds have flown into the perch sticking out of the nest log. I now use square blocks of wood at the entrance hole of nest-boxes.
Most of my Indian Ringneck aviaries are 4m long, 1m wide and 2.2m high. They are only this height so that the birds can fly over my head when I’m in the aviary. I’ve had no trouble keeping Indians next to each other providing that the aviaries are double wired, but I only have the top half of the aviary double-wired.
Indian Ringneck Sexing
It is easy to sex most adult Indians as only cocks have the rings around their necks. I say most, as albino cocks do not have the ring . Many years ago I purchased an adult pair of lutino Indians. Breeding seasons came and went with no breeding success, despite trying different boxes and logs. After three years the hen changed into a cock! Nowadays I prefer to young DNA or surgically sexed birds and wait.
Indian Ringneck Breeding Age
Eighteen years ago Indians seemed to take three years to mature and colour up. Hens laid for the first time at three years of age but cocks often had to be four before they mated successfully. Nowadays I have two year old hens laying eggs and being fertilised by three year old cocks. In 2003 I had my young birds DNA sexed and kept three cocks from different pairs: fifteen months later two of the cocks have their full rings. I have also checked up on cock birds I had sold and most of those I tracked down had their rings. Why the change has happened, I do not know. Maybe it’s something in the food? There has always been the odd story of an aviculturist buying two split blue birds and breeding four blues when they were only twelve months old. May be birds with trait are becoming more common?
Indian Ringneck Breeding
Indians usually lay around four eggs in August in a box or log. The log should be around 90 cm long with an inside diameter of 20-25 cm and an 8 cm entrance hole. The eggs take between 21-24 days to hatch and the young take seven weeks to leave the log. Some pairs sit together and often groom each other. One year a good breeding cock died so I put a new cock with the hen. They never went near each other so when the hen went into the log I swapped him for another cock bird. Within a week she startedlaying eggs and the new cock helped her raise the young, even though I could tell by their colour that they were not his. I often change pairs around, especially to breed different colours.
Indian Ringneck form Sale:
I have two pair of Lutino Indian Ringneck for sale, good health, breeder pair. If you are interested in finding out What's more for Sale at my farm, you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at +92-0300-4700304.