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Old 06-08-2014, 06:37 PM
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

But you are definitely on the right track with your approach! Trial and error is how you're going to find what works. Keep throwing those combos at him! Fresh, cooked, large pieces, minced, sliced, grated, warm, cool, soft, crunchy... You never know what will make the difference. Keep in mind that they are almost as intrigued by texture as by taste.
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Old 06-08-2014, 07:53 PM
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

Yeah, I feed egg to my ekkie but he doesn't get a ton of it. You can always scramble him up egg whites and see if he likes those as much! Honestly, I've yet to find a form of meat that Zephyr won't eat with relish. He wishes he'd been born a carnivore.
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

Egg whites! Yes, I'll have to try it and see if he likes it just as much. It should be healthier for him, as well, and might end up being a regular addition to his meals if I can do that. I didn't give him too much egg tonight, but he seemed to really enjoy it mixed with his fruit/veg. He ate a good amount of the mash mix and barely bothered with the seed bowl after I put it back in for the night.

Didn't have to throw too much away, either. I was catching flak over how much was getting thrown away (my mother doesn't believe in throwing away too much food), so I was also experimenting with the amount of food given, and for now this was a success as well.

Going to purchase some brown rice, bean mix, and more fruit/veg when I can get out to the store and give him even more things to try.

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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

Can Max have oatmeal? Not the preprocessed kind, just made straight from oats with nothing else in it.

Fruit mash this morning (plum, mango, strawberry, blueberry, and grape) is seemingly only really eaten if I hold the bowl up to him. Whether that's a comment about where the food bowl is placed or what relationship he wants us to have, I've no idea.
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Old 06-09-2014, 09:39 AM
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

Yes, he can have oatmeal and will probably love it.

I think he's trying to tell you something!
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

He prob'ly is! And he's prob'ly not going to like anything tomorrow, he has an appointment with the avian vet tomorrow afternoon.
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Old 06-09-2014, 10:15 AM
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

Maybe he'll surprise you. Zephyr loves to be taken outside in his travel cage to smell the fresh air and look around -- and he loves car rides. I'll cross my fingers for you!
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

Max likes car rides, so that's not a problem. It's the stopping that makes him cranky!

Picked up some stuff at the market while out making sure I knew where the vet was. Mixed up Max's mash a little with blueberries, kale and peppers. He wasn't particularly interested in it beyond a few bites, and even tried taking the bowl away from me when I offered it to him. He then eyed up my supper instead!

He did demolish an entire small wheel of fresh corn earlier, though, so he's likely just not that hungry.
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

Max is back from his first visit to the avian vet! He had an examination (he is healthy!), then his nails and his wings trimmed, and he will be going back in just over a month to get his beak filed down.

He wasn't happy about the whole thing, and I was nervous just watching.

The vet recommended I gradually convert him from the dreaded parrot mix over to Harrison's High Potency pellets, cut back on his fruit/veggie intake, and start toweling to get him socialized, as right now he can't really bite me due to his beak being as long as it is. She (and everyone else there) also says that he's a beautiful bird.
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:50 PM
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

I'm not sure I'd listen to the vet about the pellets and the veggies/fruit. Unless he/she felt there was some particular reason why Max needs pellets, I would be concerned that the vet is not that familiar with eclectus and isn't aware of their specific dietary needs.
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