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Old 06-07-2014, 01:35 PM
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

Different beans have different cooking times, follow the instructions.
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Old 06-07-2014, 01:39 PM
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

Yeah, I used to buy the Volkman's Soak and Simmer, but now I just buy a ten-bean soup mix and add some brown rice to it
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

Hey Rave
I found this video of a bean mix. You don't have to go as far as she did ingredients wise, but if you did that's great! She feeds this mix in addition to her chop mix or whatever else. Just to give you some ideas.

?Teenie Weenie Beanies- The Video | Parrot Nation

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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

I'll have to watch that video later. Getting lots of good ideas to tempt Max away from the dreaded parrot seed and onto fresh foods.

He politely tried his evening veggie mash (carrots, corn, green beans and peas put in a food processor, just enough to fill his bowl halfway, mixed with apple and grape slices), but otherwise wasn't interested in it. Of course, he was browsing his seed today, so he's prob'ly just not hungry.
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Double-posting because the edit button has gone missing. 3DS stinks for this kind of thing. (Button came back before I edited this!)

After I posted, I took the bowl from its holder and held it out to Max again. This time, he was intrigued enough to follow the bowl down to the holder and actually try it. After a few minutes of him nibbling and beaking through for grape bits (mixed in well enough that he still got veggie mash), he left the bowl. I waited a few minutes, then offered the bowl again, and he came down again and ate a little more of the mash. Not just the grape bits, either. He ate some veggie!

I'm happy he seems to like the veggie mash, and that he's open to trying it.

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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

This morning's apple/pineapple/blueberry mash didn't fare as well as the veggie mash. He tried it, then it was right down to the seed bowl. It took several minutes for me to accomplish the morning bowl switch. Stubborn bird. Haven't been able to get out of the house to do proper grocery shopping yet, so I'm still working with what I have on hand. At least I know he's eating something.

He seems to like it a little better if I hold the fresh food bowl up to him. No idea what that says about either of us!

Tomorrow the vet is getting a call (was unable to reach him on Friday) and an appointment will hopefully be scheduled. It's going to be stressful for the both of us, but there's no getting around it. I honestly have no clue if Max has ever been to a vet before. Wouldn't surprise me if he hasn't. I just want to know if he's truly healthy and get him checked over.
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

I just wanted to tell you what a dedicated and loving bird owner you seem like. I know you've been nervous about things, but I think you two are going to do great If I were a bird, I'd live with you any day!
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

That made me feel so very good. Thank you!

Everything seemed so overwhelming at first, to the point where I considered bringing him to a bird rescue because I didn't think I was good enough to take care of him, but now I think Max and I are going to be fine. We're settling in and feeling each other out, but we're going to be fine.
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

Tonight I added a little scrambled egg to a quarter cup of warmed veg, two quartered grapes and a small bit of cut up apple, and put it through the food processor like normal to make his mash.

Huge success. He tried it, got a taste for it, and has yet to leave the bowl alone for more than a minute or so, even after I put the bowl back in the holder.

Is cooked egg safe to feed often? I think that really made the difference.
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Old 06-08-2014, 05:32 PM
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

I personally wouldn't give egg more than 2 or 3 times a month for fear of excessive cholesterol. But that's just me being careful.
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