Indian Ring-Necked parakeet as a pet can be amazing and your best companion! They are smart, intelligent, emotional and my most favorite one, they can talk to you as a friend. I, as a pet owner of 2 Parakeets, would like to tell you some facts about these little creatures. If you’re looking forward to petting an Indian Ring-Necked Parakeet, you sure must be aware of some key points. It would help you and your pet to get along with each other effortlessly. 

Indian Ring-Necked Parakeet as a pet
Indian Ring-Necked Parakeet

Indian Ring-Necked Parakeets are medium-sized parrots, with a long tail. They have a lifespan of 50 years in the wild, however, in captivity, they live around 25 years.  They are mostly green in color with some blue tail feathers and yellow under their wings. They can also differ in many other colors like red or yellow according to the breeding process. They have a sharp red beak, which they use for eating, chewing, and sometimes for the purpose of defense!

Male Parakeets have a ring around their neck, while female parakeets have plane necks. They have dense feathers, which are distinctively used for other purposes like flight, protection, and keeping their body warm.  They have 2 feet to stroll around, eat, move, climb, and hop. 

Here are some brief points that would help you to understand some facts about petting an Indian Ring-Necked Parrot.

Let’s dive in!

Make a comfortable living environment for your bird

Usually, an Indian Ring-Necked parakeet as a pet lives in a cage. All you have to do is to make sure he lives comfortably in it. Provide your pet with all the necessary accessories which are required. Let me highlight some points, you should prioritize while making a warm and secure home for your parrot!

  • The size of the cage should be larger so that there is enough space for your parrot to move around. Avoid making the cage congested. 
  • Fix a rod or a swing so that he can sit on and relax.
  • Make a flat surface to keep the food bowl so that he can easily hop on it and eat in a comfy position. 
  • You can also make a covered shelter so that if your parrot wants to hide or sleep pleasantly, he can do it so.
  • Clean the cage every day to avoid unhealthy infection, bugs, or an insect bite.
  • Place the cage in a place that provides a natural environment for your pet. In addition to that, always try to keep the cage in a social environment, where he can always spot you and other members of your family.

Your parrot loves to eat!

Parakeets are usually very fond of eating. You must not worry about what type of food you should feed your pet. You must wonder but your parrot likes to eat everything that you like to eat. Yes! Whatever you make yourself for dinner or lunch, you can easily feed it to your parrot. 

Green vegetables, juicy fruits, pulses, beans, and grains are some favorite eatables of parakeet as a pet. Even cooked rice, pulses, bread, chapati, toast, biscuits, cookies (not very sugary), and even milk are some other items that you can feed your parrot. 

And the funniest thing, your parrot loves hamburgers and french fries too! Totally, you can also give some fancy eatables to your pet but not on a regular basis. Although, it is fine to feed them with these fancy items once in a while, otherwise it can upset the health of your parrot.

Parakeet as a pet
Feeding an Indian Ring-Necked Parakeet as a pet

Your behavior determines your pet’s nature

Your behavior with your pet majorly influences your pet’s nature. Not only parakeets but if you own a pet, you should be gentle and calm with him. The basic nature of  Parakeets is known to be social,  friendly, and smart. However, sometimes, they can be aggressive too. Therefore, you need to know how to deal with all the moods of your pet. 

An Indian Ring-Necked Parakeet as a pet needs loving, caring, and gentle treatment. Try to build trust with your little bird. Communicate with them in a soft tone. Play with them and indulge them in different activities.  Your pet should feel confident, that you understand what it is trying to convey and always be there for your buddy.

Most of the time, parrots are happy, but sometimes, things could even upset them or make them angry. At that time, try to offer them some time, and then talk to them in a gentle tone. Trust me they understand everything. Make him your best buddy.

Be interactive and socialize your bird

Parakeet as a pet is happy companions who like to spend most of the time in their cage but also love to be around its owner. They can be extremely talkative and demand your attention.

I will share my experience when my parrot first came to our family. Initial weeks were quite hard for her at socializing and adjusting to food habits. Eventually, I started interacting with her in a loving and gentle tone. I used to give her food from my hand which she cutely grabbed with her beak and started eating. Over time, believe me, I made the most loyal and talkative friend, who grabbed all of my attention. And it turned out to be the purest bond.

Do give a name to your parrot and every time you call him, take his name. This makes him identify his persona. Keep socializing your pet with new people so that he adjusts with them and doesn’t indulge in biting or teasing. This is how you can make your pet more connected and amiable.

Parakeet as a pet
Indian Ring-Necked Parakeet as a pet

Bluffing during adolescence is natural, do not worry

The period of 4 months to a year can be a little harsh for you and your bird. During this course of time, a parakeet as a pet might indulge in striking his owner, or, biting or lunging, and make shriek louder voices. This stage is known as Bluffing. 

It’s a normal behavior in parrots, so need not worry about it! Every parrot goes through this stage during their adolescence. All you have to do is to be relaxed and make your bird calm. If your bird bites you, instead of being acrimonious or bitter, just ignore that action quietly. Your bird will eventually learn that there is no particular reaction for his action. Communicate with him in a pleasant ton This would help you and your pet to go along with the situation effortlessly.

Parrots are excellent talkers

Parrots are really talkative and fast learners. It’s good if, from a very tender age, you motivate your parrot to learn how to preach. If you routinely indulge your parrot in conversations, he would automatically stimulate them to grab your tone and words comfortably.

It’s totally upon you what you want to teach your parrot! He possesses the capability to grasp simple as well as even complex words easily. Repeatedly deliver the word or phrases in your conversations. Sooner or later, he might come up with its first word. Once your pet starts grabbing the words, it becomes easy for him to memorize other phrases afterward.

Do teach it to call out its name and phrases related to it. This makes it mindful of its own identity. Sometimes, your parrot might also surprise you with usual words that you didn’t even teach and used them while talking to others. Enjoy your conversation with your parrot. You are gonna love your little buddy.

Take care of your pet’s Health and Hygiene

Indian Ring-Necked Parakeets are healthy birds. You might wonder, but they take care of themselves very impressively. However, as a responsibility towards your pet, you have to make sure the bird is perfectly fit and fine. Here are some points that might make you familiar with your pet’s health and hygiene. 

  • Feed your bird with healthy and nutritional food. Their diet significantly determines their health.
  • Keep your bird hydrated. Always keep a bowl full of water in their cages. Loss of water can make them dehydrated. Therefore, your bird needs an adequate amount of water. 
  • Do not disturb them while they are grooming! When the parakeet is ideal, he grooms itself routinely. While grooming, they make the body clean and tidy.
  • A shower on a regular basis is a must to keep their body clean and germ-free. 
  • Indian Parakeets are prone to Polyomavirus, psittacosis, aspergillosis, and bacterial infections. 
  • Do not always keep them inside the cage. While parakeet as a pet lives in a cage though, it is still really important to expose them to the outer surroundings. It makes them comfy and fearless. 
  • Parakeets are excellent fliers. Therefore, try not to trim the wings. Allow them to fly inside a closed room so that they exercise their activity of flight on a regular basis. This even enhances their physical fitness. Keep them away from electrical appliances and running fans when they are flying. 
  • Other than flight, indulge them in physical activities. Play games and make them move around in a room. It’s important for your pet to be agile and active.
  • Your bird might shed his feathers sometimes. Do not worry. During that interval of time, just shower the bird on regular periods and give it nutritious food. 

Make a fun play environment for them

Parakeet as a pet is actively playful and love playing with different stuff. Make a really good playing area for your pet inside a cage, as well as outside. I indulged my parrots in distinctive playful activities from a very tender age. 

It usually involves games like peekaboo, finding the cookie, and even dancing on the music. Also, parrots really find it engaging to chew and perch soft stuff. Let them do and don’t be mad. It’s one of the mischievous yet cute little thing’s, that they do.

Parakeet as a pet
Playing environment for a parakeet

My parrots like a game I specially bought for them later. It involved different sizes of bowls that you can keep one over and inside the other one. They loved playing with them. They used to sit inside the bowl, throw them around, give me the one I ask them for and even break the castle made out of the bowls. Likewise, you can get your pet indulged in different games and activities. It’s a major domination of their healthy physical and mental health. 

Taming and training sessions of your bird

Relatively, parrots can be tamed easily. Taming sessions involve your patience and a little cooperation with your bird. Don’t worry. Go easy! You are gonna enjoy these sessions. 

  • While you teach your parrot to learn different tricks, make sure primarily, you provide them a comforting and pleasant arena. 
  • Hold the training sessions routinely.
  • Once your pet learns something new, appreciate him and give a treat. It makes them feel happy and proud of their achievement.
  • Even if they learn something new, keep on practicing that technique for a longer period. This will make them grab it sharply.
  • A parakeet as a pet might behave aggressively or may not want to learn on a particular day. Don’t be harsh on them. Give them a break and handle it with care. 
  • Be more of a friend than a trainer while carrying out these sessions. Your pet should be fearless and trust you during these times. 

 These small techniques will make the activity pleasant and fun for both of you. Happy Petting! 🙂

Your parrot identifies your tone of anger

Parrots can easily differentiate between your gentle tone and aggressive tone. If you are talking to your parrot softly and in a more compassionate tone, they will understand it. On the contrary, if you are talking in anger, your parrot knows it! 

Sometimes due to small mischievous, we might get upset with our pets and act accordingly. In the case of an Indian parakeet as a pet, they might get more disruptive by angry behavior. Consequently, from such scoldings, they will get carried away and can initiate biting and teasing which you do not want to pursue. Therefore, stay chilled out at situations like these. Their mischievous acts are innocent mistakes that they might not even be aware of. So, forgive, forget, and keep loving your pet. 

Make them familiar with other parakeets for an easy-going breeding process

From a very tender age, introduce your parakeet with the other parakeets. It makes them happy to have a companion for them. Gently, let them go along with each other. Initially, they might find it challenging, but more than one meeting definitely gonna help the situation. 

The significant agenda of introducing a parakeet with others involves the process of breeding. After adolescence, the parakeets become ready to breed. Therefore, it becomes necessary that both male and female parakeets form a bond. 

Female Indian ringneck parakeets are angry, boisterous birds that will kill their mate if the female decides she dislikes him. During the breeding season, sexually mature males will be ready to mate with any willing female. Bowing and staring at female birds caged near him are two steady signs that a male wants to breed with a particular female. If the female and male are kept together year-round, the pair will become far more affectionate with one another

 Do not feed them with a lot of sugar or salt

A parrot’s diet is dynamic. They are majorly comfortable with all types of food. However, feeding them with too much sugar or salt might affect their health. Although, parrots are very enthusiastic about fancy items. And who is not fond of desserts? So do your parrot! But you must be knowledgeable about what are the do’s and don’ts of your parrot’s diet

Feeding your parrot with extremely sugary and salty items excessively can initiate casting off their feathers in larger amounts. In addition to that, it could also affect the digestion process. Hence, feeding them with an essential healthy diet is mandatory. While fancy eatables and desserts could be fed irregularly and in lesser quantities.

 Determining the breed and sex of  Parakeets

Different species of parakeets as a pet

Other than Indian Ring-necked parakeets, two more species of parakeets namely, Psittacula Parakeets and Alexandrine Parakeets are known. All of them are categorized as parakeets, differing in their natural behaviors, eating orders, and body structures. While getting a parakeet from the store or a rescue center, make sure which species of parakeets you are bridging along with you as your pet. This is necessary as it significantly decides their eating, taming, and setting behaviors. 

How to know the sex of the parakeet

Parakeets are distinguished on the basis of the colorful ring around their neck. A male parakeet develops a ring around while growing up, however, a female parakeet doesn’t. This is the main criterion of distinguishing between a male and a female parakeet. 

Conclusion

These were some key points that will help you to make a stronger bond with your pet. Moreover, offering them a happy, social, and comfortable living environment makes it even better. In the end, I must say, Parakeets can be excellent pets if you treat them in a loving and gentle way. Happy Petting!:)