Indian Ringneck Love Brings Ringneck Problems

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I have a year old female ringneck, at first she only nipped at my finger when I’d put my hands near her food but now she launches a bite at me randomly even while she’s on my shoulder.


When she was younger she used to love to cuddle up with me under the blankets however now if my finger or face gets too close to her while she’s under the blankets she goes psycho and bites me.


Why is she now starting to bite even while on me?


Hi April


Your bird is now a sexually mature creature and you are treating her like a toy. She does not belong in bed with you and under the covers.


She is a bird. You are confusing her and she is hormonally charged and you can’t give her what she wants or needs. She needs to be in a cage.


Got it. She has a cage and sleeps in it every night but I like to let her roam free.

Are there any solutions to solving this issue without having to buy a male bird?


Dear April

Your bird is hormonal and needs to not be.

She should have a full spectrum light put above her cage (12 inches away is fine), the light should be on 12 hours and off 12. Figure 8 am to 8 pm.

That will help keep her hormones level.

She should only be pet from the neck up.

Below the neck is sexually stimulating.

No more in bed with you.

No birdie beds or tents.

If she starts to masturbate or lay eggs then you can give her a simple light treatment that will stop that behavior.

She would be kept in her cage for 72 hours with the LIGHT ON.

Not turned off for three solid days and nights

(She can be out and about during the day, but in the evening and night, she goes back in the lit up cage)

This will reset the circadian rhythm in her body and brain and she will lose interest in broody behavior.

Yes, she will be able to sleep in the light, but may chirp at midnight in confusion. It will not harm the bird.

Then go back to 12 hours light on and 12 hours light off.

This should help.


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