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Old 04-29-2015, 10:23 AM
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Re: So..you think you want an Eclectus.

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This very informative thread is now a sticky. If anyone has any helpful eclectus information that they would like to add, please feel free to do so.
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Old 04-29-2015, 12:49 PM
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Re: So..you think you want an Eclectus.

One thing I would add to this thread is the importance of keeping a food diary with an Eckie...

In case there is an onset of toe tap/wing flipping. It comes in handy either as a diagnostic tool for the vet - [ahah, you fed him corn yesterday... and this had spirilina in it...]

Or to be able to look at him at the onset and say, okay, what ingredient did I feed him/her that was different...

You can solve a lot of dietary related issues [and the majority of the issues you have with an Eckie will be diet related.] with basic deductive reasoning.

Without it you're just blindly guessing.

As others have said, these birds just don't do well on pelleted diets.
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Old 05-01-2015, 09:17 AM
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Re: So..you think you want an Eclectus.

Thank you for your post. I bought home a 2 1/2 yo female SI Eckie in January this year. Never owned one and didn't know anything about them, just fell in love with her as a bird in general. I researched hours and hours and days and weeks and now months and still research daily, think I will be researching for the rest of my life.
However, I will never look back. My Ruby is amazing, she is so loving and sweet, she has never ever bitten or showed any aggression. She does screech extremely loud where my neighbours 8 houses away can hear her, but that is only because she can't see me or she is not with me.
Ruby and I bonded the first minute I stepped into her aviary where I bought her from. She was not cheap, I paid nearly $1000 for her, another $1000 for her cage, hate to think how much on toys and I'm sure I've paid a second house off with her diet, but at the end of all that she is worth it over and over again. Ruby is a very special, sweet, loving lady that will be with me forever and ever.

With all this positive I do agree what other ppl here are saying, not that if I had read any of this it would have prevented me from buying her, but for Ruby's best interest I wish I had researched a lot more before jumping the gun and buying her. But with that said, I have never looked back as I love her dearly and with all my heart.

I am a animal lover that will die for my animals, will go to jail for beating someone hurting an animal (I am not aggressive but I turn into a wild bear if I see animal cruelty or animal neglect). No money is ever spared for my furred or feathered kiddies. For example nearly 2 years ago I had a beautiful 9yo female tortoiseshell cat, she was given to me as a kitten from my very best friend, sadly Debbie my bestest gf ever passed away suddenly in 2008 and KJ was my final link to her. Anyhow to cut a long story short poor KJ was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. She was insulin dependant twice a day which she tolerated very well. On a Monday night (will never forget this time of KJs life) I got home from work around 755pm and noticed KJ was not well. I rang my vet clinic but unfortunately they had already turned their phones over so I rang a 24hr emergency clinic and raced KJ there. When there they were not very nice people and kept trying to push me into euthanising KJ sying I couldn't afford her treatment required. KJ was very sick but money was not going to be the reason I didn't give her a chance and not bring her home. KJ spent 2 1/2 days here then another 2 1/2 days at my usual vets. These 5 days cost me over $10,000, ridiculously expensive but I would do it again over and over to ensure she was ok and not in any pain. KJ came home after 5 days away from me (I visited her every morning before work and every night after work) anyhow, she is home with me and the rest of the tribe, which was amazing. Sadly KJ got very sick again with her diabetes a month later, my vet (also a very dear good friend) and I discussed KJs options and they weren't good. It was cruel for me to keep her alive when she was so sick. It was not fair on her and I had to separate my own selfish reasons to keep her with me and let her be in peace. That night I let my KJ go be with her Aunty Debbie in heaven. Absolutely broke my heart. Guess what I am trying to say here is that my furred and feathered babies will now and always get everything and anything they need to thrive and live a happy healthy safe life. Nothing is spared for them. I am no one special just an average income earner, but I always make sure that I have enough money put aside incase they ever need anything.

Back to Ruby, I do blv that some Eckies are high maintenance and to a certain degree my Ruby is, but with saying that I am willing to put In The hard long tiring yards to ensure she gets the best of everything, being food, vets, toys, house and love.

If you don't think you have the time, money, patience or lifestyle required to own an Eckie, please reconsider. It is not fair to buy any animal on a whim then realise it is too hard, or it is too noisy, or it is too expensive or just simply that the excitement of owning an exotic bird is not that exciting anymore and then decide to get rid of it. This is not fair on the Eckie (or any animal in any case). Any feathered or furred kid you buy are a life long commitment and they deserve your respect, your love, your time, your patience and most important to be in a warm safe home.
Please always do your homework and remember, your feathered baby could outlive you!!!

Sorry for this being long, and because I am on my iPad and it is late, I apologise for any typos lol

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Old 05-01-2015, 10:13 AM
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Re: So..you think you want an Eclectus.

Thank you, thank you, thank you. I laughed at the female politely pushing your finger away, Venus does this and I'm mesmerized by it, lol. This is a great post, thank you for sharing your knowledge, both you and Stephen have been so valuable to me with Venus.

BTW, we are heading to the vet in the next hour for the Diva's check up. So far this morning she keeps pushing my hand away, lol. I hope she's in a better mood soon!
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Old 05-01-2015, 10:45 AM
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Keeping you and Venus both in my prayers, Tracey! Let us know how the visit goes. I'll keep an eye out on that thread.
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Re: So..you think you want an Eclectus.

I am so glad I didn't take on an eclectus. I would feel awful if I wasn't able to keep up with its needs.
I love everyone's pictures as they seem like wonderful birds! Just too high maintenance for me.
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Old 05-15-2015, 04:21 PM
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Re: So..you think you want an Eclectus.

There have been a few questions lately as to what exactly it is that makes an eclectus so different when it comes to their dietary needs. So, in the interest of answering some of those questions, here are links to various sites touching upon the topic:


diets
Meeting the Special Nutritional Requirements of the Eclectus Parrots
Eclectus parrot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Birds n Ways - Eclectus Diet - Eclectus Forum September 1997 Pet Birds, Pet Parrots, Exotic Birds
Solomon Island Eclectus Parrots from Avalon Aviary
Eclectus Parrots | Parrot Parrot
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Re: So..you think you want an Eclectus.

For Meal times what axact measurements do you give these parrots? I know its 80/20 but what are exact quantities as in 1/3 cup fruit and 1/2 cup veg for example. I cant find this info anywhere on the net even on the chop websites they all just tell you what veg to put in blender. I am trying to work out if I can afford to keep one feed wise and cant find any info anywhere.
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Re: So..you think you want an Eclectus.

Quote: Originally Posted by jibbs1977 View Post
For Meal times what axact measurements do you give these parrots? I know its 80/20 but what are exact quantities as in 1/3 cup fruit and 1/2 cup veg for example. I cant find this info anywhere on the net even on the chop websites they all just tell you what veg to put in blender. I am trying to work out if I can afford to keep one feed wise and cant find any info anywhere.
jibbs, I don't think anyone actually takes out a measuring cup when feeding their ekkis. You will learn how much of the fresh food you provide will be eaten vs being tossed and/or played with. Some ekkis are notorious for painting the walls with some of the fresh stuff - so you always have to keep in mind that not every morsel you put in the bowl will actually go into the bird's belly.
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Re: So..you think you want an Eclectus.

That's because you're overthinking it. A fair rule is if t was in his last meal, don't give it. My Parker probably eats about 1/3 to 1/2 cup of food each day. I started with 1/4 cup each feeding - all foods in- but there was always lots of leftovers after 13 hours.

thie isn't something you get so specific about. Just eyeball. Much of it is simply what you add. And you're not going to get exact proportions. Some nights parkers meal is an entire half pomegranate. 100% fruit. A good mix, focusing a bit more heavily on fiber and vitamin a, and you'll be fine.
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