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Old 03-30-2016, 07:25 AM
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I do measure mine every day. They get fresh food in the morning - 2/3 of a cup for the female and 2/3 + for the male. Usually his is all gone by the end of the day and she usually has a little left but it appears to have been squished by the beak in some way or another. There are some days that he doesn't finish all of his. In the afternoon they get fruit (a couple of slices) or large seeds, (a coffee scoop full [you know the scoops that used to come in the coffee cans - NOT the coffee]).

I have busy/bad days. Then they get 1/2 - 1/3 cup of seeds and some Harvest Gourmet blend.

I have given them pellets and they don't eat them but I still try.

Chris-Md has a great point. Don't over think this. It's too bad that the Eclectus have such a bad rap about their diet because they are the sweetest bird I have and I have a lot.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:39 AM
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I've not really had a problem with feeding Venus, except when I brought her home, she wouldn't eat fresh food. She had been on a seed diet so I worked with her and switched it up. Venus also was deficient in vitamin A so I incorporate colorful, high in vitamin A foods like carrot, sweet potato, and red pepper. To get her to eat the good stuff, Stephen suggested grating so for those items she's fickle about, I grate them like carrot. It sticks to the other food so she ends up eating it. Another trick I use is my cup. If she's being difficult, I'll put her food in a coffee cup, with a spoon (she loves spoons), and she will come to me to see what I've got. Then climb on the cup and go to town. It never fails, she eats! I give her 1/2 cup in the morning, and in the evening around 5p. She gets snacks like an almond, nutraberry, or another fresh veg or fruit combo.
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Re: So..you think you want an Eclectus.

I am going to be getting a 12 week old in 5-6 weeks you say 1/2 cup and 1/3 cup is that in cup measures? as i do have these or you on about the food dishes/pots in the cages.
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Old 04-18-2016, 07:24 PM
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I am going to be getting a 12 week old in 5-6 weeks you say 1/2 cup and 1/3 cup is that in cup measures? as i do have these or you on about the food dishes/pots in the cages.


I used a conversion table and 1/2 c is about 118 ml, and 1/3 c is just under 79 ml. I hope that helps.
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I am going to be getting a 12 week old in 5-6 weeks you say 1/2 cup and 1/3 cup is that in cup measures? as i do have these or you on about the food dishes/pots in the cages.


I used a conversion table and 1/2 c is about 118 ml, and 1/3 c is just under 79 ml. I hope that helps.
Thanks for that very helpful : )
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I thought I wanted an Ekkie too, but would up with a Blue Crown Conure 28 years old. Sweetest, most cuddly bird on the planet.
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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!
When my boy doesn't like me doing something, or when he is over it, he will gently take my finger in his beak, and move it away from him LOL!

I love this sticky! Their beaks can cut, especially if they are overgrown, or haven't been filed. Luckily they don't seem to have the bite-force ability that other parrots have (guessing because of their diet of mostly softer foods). I've only been bitten once by Matisse...on accident, and not fully. He was aiming for my cousin (who for some reason is the only person he detests...and he doesn't like males in general but has never tried to bite), and I intercepted.

My experience with my one eclectus is that no bird will ever try to understand you to your soul, like an eclectus. He watches my e.v.e.r.y move. He stares at my face to calculate my emotions. He knows what I am going to say or do before even I do sometimes (sometimes he sighs right when I do, if not 1/2 a beat before LOL). He knows my habits, tendencies, routines....better than any human. I read somewhere that parrots can sense changes in mood through capillaries in the face....invisible to the naked eye. I believe it.

He has a funny, playful side, but usually doesn't like nonsense like singing and dancing to loud music, and acrobatics, or drama of any kind. For some reason he lets loose in the shower and will sing with me and get super hype and talkative. Mostly he likes to sit on or near me...where he can see my face at all times, give kisses and cuddle. And if I dare to try to touch his head or give in a scratch, he will duck and dive like we are boxing LOL.
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Re: So..you think you want an Eclectus.

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...Luckily they don't seem to have the bite-force ability that other parrots have (guessing because of their diet of mostly softer foods). I've only been bitten once by Matisse...on accident, and not fully.
Hahaha! Trust me, this is more a reflection of the sweetness of your particular ekkie than a true measure of their biting ability. Properly motivated, they are capable of de-gloving injuries. While neither of my ekkies tend to show me any aggression (Jolly has never bitten anyone, and Maya has only bitten me once - during her first hormonal surge), I have felt the wrath of an angry ekkie at a bird store (My first ekkie's brother, actually.) That was quite the blood-letting, let me tell you! Worst bite I've ever gotten, easily.

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My experience with my one eclectus is that no bird will ever try to understand you to your soul, like an eclectus...
Love this! I know EXACTLY what you mean! Lol! So true!
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Old 08-15-2017, 09:11 AM
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^ Oh no! I guess I'd better not piss him off then. Yes I have been very lucky that he is gentle.
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Bites? Venus slaughtered me when I got between her and Buzz my African Gray. She was on a mission. She sliced and diced me, I ended up at the doctor due to infection. Do not be tricked by those sweet beaks, lol!


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