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Old 06-10-2014, 06:12 PM
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

She recommended the pellets and backing off on the fruit/veg a little (but not entirely) due to concerns that, in the sudden transition from the seed diet he's had all his life to a healthier diet, he may develop diarrhea. She seemed pretty knowledgeable about eclectus (and even spoke about examining a female eclectus a few days prior) and knew how to handle Max and what to look for right off. Even showed me the bars on his feathers and directly indicated that they were from his diet.
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

Ah, I guess I could see that. So the heavy pelleted diet would only be temporary as you weaned him onto veggies?
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

Yep! The pellets were suggested to help wean him off the parrot mix and ease the transition to a fresh diet.

Barely had to mention that he'd been on the parrot mix. She knew right away that it wasn't good for him. She also was suggesting fresh foods that were good for him to have, and was happy to hear about the fresh food mash.

He ate a little of his evening mash tonight and is currently falling asleep on his perch. He's very tired from his big day.

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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

Wish there were more choices in vets in case I did need a second opinion, but the pickings here in Vermont are very slim. I've only found three: the one I saw today, one that's a little closer to my house but apparently doesn't leave his phone on for people to get in touch with him in the first place (and I tried contacting him first...*facepalm*), and one that's clear across the state.

My copy of "A Guide to Eclectus Parrots" shipped today, and hopefully will be here in a few days. Can't get the Volkman seed locally, though. Ordered it (and the Soak and Simmer) from Amazon.

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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

So I was recommended the TOP Organic pellets in place of the Harrison's (and I'm now really leery of the Harrison's after hearing about them possibly containing spirulina), does anyone have any experience with them?
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

It won't be a bad thing to transfer to fresh food right now as seeds can still be given in small amounts. I personally would stay away from pellets all together with Eclectus parrots!!!
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

I agree with Michael. There is nothing wrong with seeds given in small amounts, so I don't see why pellets would be needed as a transitional bridge. I'm currently testing using a small supplement of pellets with Bixby, but around 90% of his diet is still fresh fruits, veggies, grains and legumes.
Too heavy a pelleted diet can lead to toe tapping and wing flipping, as well as general grumpiness and sometimes even feather plucking.
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Re: First time Eckie owner, need advice.

I must say I have come around to thinking no pellets for the eclectus as well. I am not having any issues with my crew but I have been buying both the tops and the Harrison's and other than Jillie liking the Harrison's in her foraging drawers which she promptly removes and breaks into crumbles they really don't eat it. I keep them plenty full with fresh foods and the Volkman seed (small amount) in their bowls at night so it has begun to seem like a waste since they mostly toss it anyway.
I have started adding the pellets to the Zon's food and they seem to like it more.
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Max surveying his kingdom, taken earlier. The big ham actually started posing for me!
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